Florida

Things to do in Florida

No matter what your age or interests, there are tons of things to do in Florida. Florida is the place to visit if you are a NASCAR fan. The season begins in February at the Daytona International Speedway and concludes at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. The Everglades is one of the most unique ecosystems in America. It is actually a wet prairie, not a swamp, and the water moves (though very slowly). Visit from December to April during the dry season to see more wildlife and avoid the bugs and afternoon thunderstorms. Take an airboat tour to scout out Florida alligators, and even dolphins and manatees.

Since 2011, the Kennedy Space Center has transformed into a historical museum rather than a living one, but that doesn't affect its marvel. Call ahead for a tour to see parts beyond the visitor center. As one of the oldest settlements in the US, St. Augustine has history and haunted landmarks to explore. Its cobbled roads and small pubs give it a quaint and quirky personality. Stop by the Alligator Farm to see the only facility with every species of crocodile, including Maximo, the 15-foot Australian saltwater croc. As always, Florida provides the strange and exciting.

Second only to the Lincoln Center in its super-sized proportions is Miami's world-class performing arts complex with a half-billion-dollar price tag.

Oceania’s three identical midsize ships—the 684-passenger Insignia, Nautica, and Regatta—are geared toward a crowd that wants to explore interesting ports and enjoy a taste of finery— including gourmet cuisine (menus are overseen by Jacques Pepin), personalized service, resort-l

Once a less-than-favorable part of town, Wynwood now hosts one of the area's most popular events, the Second Saturday Art Walk. Attracting art enthusiasts of all types, the Wynwood Art District's Second Saturdays cover the dozens of galleries and studio between 23rd and 27th streets in NW.

Just like the designer and preppy icon before her, Kourtney Pulitzer (whose father-in-law, Peter Pulitzer, was married to Lilly Pulitzer) epitomizes young Palm Beach style.

If you're into doodads like ridiculous sconces adorned with ostrich feathers, than Dolce - the most wacked-out emporium on the strip - is your kind of place.

Once you’ve watched the Weeki Wachee Springs’ mermaid show, hit the spring-fed waters yourself in a canoe. This tour operator offers three-and-a-half-hour self-guided paddling trips that span about seven miles.

Owned by Miami’s famed Opium Group, this 40,000-square-foot nightclub is a magnet for A-list celebrities and the city’s fashionable set.

Almost every item in this ocean-themed shop is covered in seashells. There are handmade sand dollar– and starfish-rimmed mirrors and frames, along with gorgeous sea-glass chandeliers, all of which come wrapped in tissue paper decorated, yes, with shells.

Do not leave Homestead without stocking up on tropical fruits like papayas, star fruit, lychees, atemoyas, or monstera deliciosa (which tastes like pineapple-banana) at the Robert Is Here fruit stand—where Robert Moehling has been peddling exotic fruit since 1960.

Grab a drink at this atmospheric 1878 saloon, with its carved mahogany bar and tin ceiling, claims to be the oldest bar in Florida.

This restaurant and lounge is ideal for people-watching on weekends, when the hip crowds swill cucumber cocktails and watermelon martinis and dance to hip-hop.

For breakfast, choose from 15 flavors of muffins.

Then hit the museum 19th-century masterpieces from Thomas Moran.

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