South Florida

A Museum for the Kids – Miami

Although the Miami Children’s Museum has been a South Florida fixture since the early 1980s, it has really become a hidden gem since moving eight years ago to Watson Island, near downtown Miami. The museum augments its lively kid-friendly permanent attractions with touring exhibits such as Dino Island, a prehistoric adventure land populated by nine lifelike robotic creatures on display from June 5 through year’s end.

 

A Classic Pool – Coral Gables

More than a place to swim, the Venetian Pool, carved out of a limestone quarry in a quiet neighborhood near the Biltmore Hotel, is the place to go to feel like an extra in an Esther Williams movie. The pool, opearated by the city of Coral Gables, is drained nightly and filled each morning with more than 800,000 gallons of spring water, framed by lovely gardens that exude a tropical vibe.

A Classic Concert Hall – Miami Beach

The focus of a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2007, the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) is a state-of-the-art performance space that occupies and iconic spot in South Florida’s entertainment history. The Gleason reference, of course, is to the legendary comedian, who moved his television show to the original theater in 1964 helped put Miami Beach on the cultural map. Nowadays, the theater hosts an array of events from theater to classical and pop concerts.

 Getting Around in the Keys – Key West

One of North America’s most remote national parks now is more accessible. Key West Seaplane Adventures offers morning, afternoon and full-day trips to historic Dry Tortugas National Park aboard 10-passenger seaplanes. The park, about 70 miles west of Key West, is home to Civil War-era Fort Jefferson, the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere.

  

A Centennial is Celebrated – The Florida Keys

A yearlong series of events, including bicycle and kayaking tours, is planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the completion of Henry Flagler’s Oversea Railway, the $430 million line that connected the Florida mainland to Key West starting in January 1912.

 

 

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