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1. Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit
3280 South Miami Avenue
www.miamisci.org
What is it? Nothing is staid or boring in Miami, least of all its museums. The Museum of Science north of Coconut Grove, contains more than 140 exhibits, all designed to be hands-on and interactive, coupled with live demonstrations and collections of rare natural history specimens that make discovering and learning a great deal of fun. The Wildlife Centre boasts more than 175 live reptiles and birds of prey, and the adjacent Space Transit Planetarium provides more thrills with projected astronomy and laser light shows. Hours of Operation: Daily from 10am to 6pm; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Phone:(305) 646 4200
2. Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
www.miamiseaquarium.com
What is it? At least a half a day is required to fully enjoy south Florida's premier attraction. The Seaquarium is world-renowned for its marine life shows and attractions, including performing killer whales and television aquatic star and dolphin, Flipper. Another favourite star is the sea lion Salty and his colleagues, who amuse and amaze with their antics. Hours of Operation: Daily 9.30am to 6pm Phone:(305) 361 5705
3. Miami-Dade Cultural Centre
101 West Flagler Street
What is it? The outwardly unattractive complex of the Miami-Dade Cultural Centre, in the rather unsavoury area of West Flagler Street, is worth a visit because it houses a plethora of interesting artistic and historic exhibits. The Centre contains the Miami Art Museum (www.miamiartmuseum.org), featuring a collection of modern and contemporary works by American, Latin American and Caribbean artists. There are also themed exhibits, which bring art and artists to life, as do the twice-monthly 'happy hour' parties, organised to highlight a particular exhibit. The Cultural Centre also contains the Historical Museum of Southern Florida (www.historical-museum.org) with exhibits that relate to the fascinating history of the area and the culture, folklore and archaeology of South Florida and the Caribbean. Hours of Operation: Art Museum: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm. Historical Museum: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday from 12pm Phone:Art Museum: (305) 375 3000; Historical Museum: (305) 375 1492
4. Vizcaya Villa
3251 South Miami Avenue
www.vizcayamuseum.com
What is it? Lovers of antiques revel in visiting the magnificent 34-room Vizcaya bayfront villa, built in the Italian Renaissance style in 1916 as a winter retreat for wealthy industrialist, James Deering. The grand mansion took hundreds of artisans five years to complete, and the formal gardens, which surround the villa fronting on Biscayne Bay, took even longer to lay out. Today visitors can tour the villa and grounds, enjoying the original furnishings and décor in a variety of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococco and Neoclassical styles. Hours of Operation: Daily 9.30am to 4.30pm; closed 25 December Phone:(305) 250 9133
5. Spanish Monastery
16711 West Dixie Highway
www.spanishmonastery.com
What is it? Miami boasts the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere. Dating from 1133 the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux in North Miami Beach is a hugely popular tourist attraction, although not quite indigenous to the area. The monastery stood originally in Segovia in Spain, but in the early 1950s the medieval building was bought by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, disassembled, shipped to Miami and rebuilt on its present site. Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm; Sunday 1.30pm to 5pm Phone:(305) 945 1461
6. Coral Castle
28655 South Dixie Highway
www.coralcastle.com
What is it? Legend has it that unrequited love led a Latvian immigrant to spend 25 years single-handedly carving a castle out of rock between the Florida Keys and Miami, on the South Dixie Highway. The amazing monument to the man's determination has been called America's Stonehenge and has been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Visitors are awed by the castle, which also contains affidavits from neighbours testifying to the fact that the builder had no assistance with his mammoth task. Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm, Friday to Sunday 9am to 9pm Phone:(305) 248 6345
7. Everglades National Park

www.nps.gov/ever
What is it? The vast Everglades National Park that spans the tip of the Florida peninsula, 35 miles (56km) southwest of Miami, has been described as a 40-mile-wide (64km) slow-moving river of grass, interspersed with shallow wetlands. It is the only subtropical preserve in North America, containing temperate and tropical plants. It also boasts dozens of endangered species that find a home in this natural habitat, like the swallowtail butterfly, American crocodile, leatherback turtle, southern bald eagle and West Indian manatee. The best way to explore the Park is by canoe; private operators however run rapid air-boat tours, which are popular with thrill-seeking visitors. The Park has been accorded several honours including its designation as a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance. A few sections of the park still remain closed due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina and Wilma; visitors are advised to check on the latest situation before visiting. Hours of Operation: Open year round; the main park entrance (near Homestead and Florida City) is open 24 hours a day Phone:Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center: (305) 242 7700

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