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The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden a world renown 83 acre botanic garden was opened to the public in 1938. Dr. David Fairchild, the great plant explorer, guided the gardens to eventually become the center of palm research, conservation and horticulture. On an international level, the Fairchild Garden is among the leaders in the conservation of tropical plants and role that they play in preserving the biodiversity of tropical environments. Since 2003 the Botanic Garden has sponsored exhibits by noted artists and has become widely known for its seasonal weekend festivals.


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Everglades National Park, a vast expanse of roughly 1.5 million acres, is the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the United States and is the third largest National Park in the lower 48 (Death Valley and Yellowstone are 1 and 2 respectively). The Park was declared an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site and Wetlands of International Importance – only one of three locations in the world to appear on all three lists. The Park boasts 36 species of endangered or threatened protected in the Park. There is no end to the adventure that awaits you at Everglades National Park, from bird watching, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, and camping…it’s an adventure in waiting.

Tip: Everglades National park is a great place for airboat rides, alligator sightseeing, bird watching, and tons of other adventures.

Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, Florida 33034-6733
Visitor Information: (305) 242-7700
Emergencies in Park: (305) 242-7740

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There are tons of activities in Miami including:

• Kayaking
* Biking
• Big Game Fishing
* Boating
• Windsurfing
* Hunting
• Golf
* Camping
• Tennis
* Walking
• Jogging
* Bird watching
• Marathon competition
* Bass Fishing
• Professional Baseball
* Professional Basketball
• Professional Football
* Professional Hockey
• Concerts
* King Mango Strut
• Professional Theatre
* Excellent Restaurants
• Div 1-A College level sports
* Art Festivals
• Coral Castle
* The Florida Keys
* Zoo Miami
* Hanging Out !
* South Beach
* Everglades
* Vizcaya
* Parrot Jungle Island
* Cape Florida State Park
* Beaches

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, located just south of Downtown Miami, is a National Historic Landmark including a museum. Built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916, it features a Main House, and ten acres of formal gardens. Vizcaya is an area in Miami Dade County where a unique and hand-built natural resource was conceived. Now it is a place where people go to learn about art, interior design, architecture, landscape design, horticulture, and the environment. John Deering was the first owner of Vizcaya, which is a huge structure teaming with European inspiration. One event offered at Vizcaya is an over-night stay at the mansion experiencing firsthand what Mr. Deering and guests might have done. Seeing a movie of both modern day and an historic silent film. Music is supplied along with beverages. There are many different ways to enjoy your time at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Tip: Location of the ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ Mansion Dinner Scene, and one of the most exclusive venues for a Wedding in Miami.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129

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The Charles Deering Estate is situated on Old Cutler Road in Miami, and is famous for its 444-acre historical estate that offers various types of activities suitable for children as well as adults to enjoy. The preseved estate includes historical buildings such as the Richmond Cottage and the Stone House. There are nature walks and trails for everyone’s enjoyment, and can also be used for educational purposes. It is also a great place to canoe and there is a 7-acre large mangrove island nearby. The Charles Deering Estate is currently being managed by Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation under the administration of the State of Florida.

Tip: Great place for a wedding in Miami.

Charles Deering Estate
6701 SW 72 Avenue
Miami FL 33157

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Established in 1958, Palmetto Senior High School has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The school serves a diverse population reflecting 40% white (non-Hispanic), 34% Hispanic, 18% black (non-Hispanic), 5% Asian and 3% multiracial.

Official Info:
Miami Palmetto Senior High is a nationally recognized senior high school located on 23 acres in the Village of Pinecrest in southeastern Miami-Dade County, Florida. Palmetto offers a challenging academic program, while providing stimulating coursework for students of all academic abilities. Currently, almost 3,400 students have 290 course offerings from which to choose.



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In the heart of Palmetto Bay, Southwood Middle School offers a Magnet program in Visual and Performing Arts. An “A” school ten years in a row, Southwood was honored as a Red Ribbon Certified school in May 2010, was a winner of the Magnet Schools of Distinction Award for 2009 and was a five star award recipient for 2009 – 2010.
Mission Statement:
Southwood Middle School
Is committed to preparing today’s student to become a productive, responsible, and self-reliant citizen ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s technological and multicultural society.


16301 SW 80th Avenue
Village of Palmetto Bay, Florida 33157
Telephone: (305) 251-5361

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Located in Palmetto Bay, FL, Perrine Elementary School was named after Henry Perrine who was a local horticulturist and helped establish the land that was to become Perrinesville. The area has a long and interesting history. Perrine Elementary School is dedicated to helping students become proficient in the learning part of everyday life, but also to promote artistic excellence. Perrine Elementary School incorporates a Magnet Arts Program, which includes classes in art history, theory, and criticism, with classical and contemporary art instruction. Two and three-dimensional compositions are developed with emphasis on drawing, painting, printmaking, digital art, ceramics and sculpture in a studio setting. Artwork from the students is displayed throughout the community, and they are very proud of the students who have partaken in the arts.

“Official Info”
Perrine Elementary Expressive Arts School is committed to educating and preparing students for the challenges of tomorrow. Through the use of multiple intelligences, expressive arts and technology, all stakeholders will facilitate the cognitive development, as well as emotional, physical and social skills of the students while strengthening their pride, respect, integrity and commitment to excellence.

Perrine Elementary Expressive Arts School will provide students with a meaningful learning Environment where every Student will demonstrate proficiency and commitment to academic and artistic excellence


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Opened in 1997 as a Mega-Magnet school, Coral Reef Senior High School offers magnet programs in six academic disciplines; Visual/Performing Arts, Business/Finance, Agriscience/Engineering Technology and Legal and Public Affairs. An “A” rated school for the past five years with 96 percent of graduates going on to college, Coral Reef High School demonstrates excellence in Palmetto Bay area public schools.



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Located near Palmetto Bay, FL – The Miami Metro Zoo (now called the Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, or Zoo Miami) is one of the top 10 zoos in the United States. It is also the only tropical zoo in the continental US. The Miami Metro Zoo houses over 2,000 animals, living on 740 acres of prime Miami real estate. In 1948, the zoo opened its doors with six animals on Key Biscayne, in Downtown Miami. After Hurricane Betsy destroyed the zoo in 1965, they decided to move the zoo to a different location. Attaining some land in Dade County, and after years of planning, negotiating, and building, the Miami Metro Zoo opened the doors in 1980. In 2008, they opened the World Class Amazon and Beyond Exhibit featuring giant river otters that can grow to six-feet-long, as well as a harpy eagle with talons the size of grizzly bear claws, and anacondas.

12400 Southwest 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33177-1402
(305) 251-0400

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