Things to Do While Visiting Miami

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Things to Do While Visiting Miami

Food scene

"Bonsai Thai & Sushi on 8th Street in Miami is a great place to go for delicious and fresh sushi and Thai food.
Bonsai Thai & sushi
14240 SW 8th St
"Bonsai Thai & Sushi on 8th Street in Miami is a great place to go for delicious and fresh sushi and Thai food.
FINKA Table & Tap is a fusion of Cuban, Korean and Peruvian cuisines all inspired by different travels and experiences the chef has encountered.
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Finka Table & Tap
14690 SW 26th St
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FINKA Table & Tap is a fusion of Cuban, Korean and Peruvian cuisines all inspired by different travels and experiences the chef has encountered.
Cuban Cuisine
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Islas Canarias Restaurant
13695 SW 26th St
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Cuban Cuisine
El Floridita Seafood Restaurant - Coral Way
2411 SW 147th Ave
Seafood Restaurant
Miller's Ale House - Miami Kendall
11625 N Kendall Dr
Casual Dinning
La Carreta Restaurant
11740 Southwest 88th Street
Latin Cuisine
Menu has more than 250 dishes, made fresh from scratch, to order.
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The Cheesecake Factory
11401 NW 12th St
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Menu has more than 250 dishes, made fresh from scratch, to order.
Under Chef David Lee, PLANTA is dining as it should be – an unguilty pleasure. Created in 2016, PLANTA is a celebration of delicious and innovative plant based dishes.
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Planta South Beach
850 Commerce St
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Under Chef David Lee, PLANTA is dining as it should be – an unguilty pleasure. Created in 2016, PLANTA is a celebration of delicious and innovative plant based dishes.
Nicaraguan Restaurant
Los Ranchos Steakhouse
1645 West 49th Street
Nicaraguan Restaurant
Located in the historic Browns Hotel, Prime 112 is a chef-driven boutique steakhouse that offers an innovative menu in a high-energy environment.
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Prime 112 Restaurant
112 Ocean Drive
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Located in the historic Browns Hotel, Prime 112 is a chef-driven boutique steakhouse that offers an innovative menu in a high-energy environment.
Originally developed around a one-pound Kobe meatball, Prime Italian is restaurateur Myles Chefetz's answer to modern Italian dining.
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Prime Italian
101 Ocean Drive
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Originally developed around a one-pound Kobe meatball, Prime Italian is restaurateur Myles Chefetz's answer to modern Italian dining.
Papi Steak fuses Golden Era Hollywood swagger with modern day Miami energy to create an entirely new steakhouse experience.
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Papi Steak
736 1st Street
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Papi Steak fuses Golden Era Hollywood swagger with modern day Miami energy to create an entirely new steakhouse experience.
High-end, Hong Kong-based restaurant Hutong boasts a colorful outpost in the Magic City. The filled with vibes restaurant offers classics like Peking duck, which uses a recipe said to have been developed over one hundred years ago for the Emperor, and unique dishes like dumplings filled with everything from rose Champagne to prawn and black truffle. It’s also an excellent place for strong cocktails and top-notch of people watching.
Hutong Miami
600 Brickell Avenue
High-end, Hong Kong-based restaurant Hutong boasts a colorful outpost in the Magic City. The filled with vibes restaurant offers classics like Peking duck, which uses a recipe said to have been developed over one hundred years ago for the Emperor, and unique dishes like dumplings filled with everything from rose Champagne to prawn and black truffle. It’s also an excellent place for strong cocktails and top-notch of people watching.
Located on Brickell Key inside the Mandarin Oriental, La Mar is Gaston Acurio’s temple offering a combo of well-executed upscale novo-Andean fare and Asian-Peruvian fusion dishes. You’ll find classics like lomo saltado, local offerings like yellowtail snapper, and several ceviche options. Make sure to grab a table on its expansive patio for some of the best views of the Miami skyline in town.
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La Mar by Gaston Acurio
500 Brickell Key Drive
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Located on Brickell Key inside the Mandarin Oriental, La Mar is Gaston Acurio’s temple offering a combo of well-executed upscale novo-Andean fare and Asian-Peruvian fusion dishes. You’ll find classics like lomo saltado, local offerings like yellowtail snapper, and several ceviche options. Make sure to grab a table on its expansive patio for some of the best views of the Miami skyline in town.

Sightseeing

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is among the world's best tropical botanic gardens. Here you will find internationally renowned collections of cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruits, vines, aroids and endangered species, which provide a living laboratory for scientists, and the opportunity of discovery for everyone. In addition, Fairchild has the largest palm collection in the U.S. and is also the keeper of the National Palm Collection as designated by the American Public Gardens Associations. With its beautiful paths, vistas and outstanding horticultural displays, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden provides every visitor with an unforgettable experience.
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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Rd
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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is among the world's best tropical botanic gardens. Here you will find internationally renowned collections of cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruits, vines, aroids and endangered species, which provide a living laboratory for scientists, and the opportunity of discovery for everyone. In addition, Fairchild has the largest palm collection in the U.S. and is also the keeper of the National Palm Collection as designated by the American Public Gardens Associations. With its beautiful paths, vistas and outstanding horticultural displays, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden provides every visitor with an unforgettable experience.
Patch of Heaven Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization located on a 20-acre protected forest in the Redland area of Miami-Dade County. Patch of Heaven Gardens is a 20-acre estate located in the Redland area of Miami-Dade County. It is a unique property as it encompasses tropical hammock, pine rock-land, tropical gardens, and historic structures. When on enters POHG it exudes a sense of both spiritual oneness with nature and a serenity engendered by being apart from the urban milieu. It possesses a special sense of place. The property encompasses: - The Gate House - Lychee Root Sculpture - The Cabin - Main House - Garden Vista - Chocolate Bar - The Jade - Conference Room - Media Room - Koi Pond - Buddha Garden - Jogloo - The Barn - Crystal Greenhouse
Patch of Heaven Sanctuary
21900 SW 157th Ave
Patch of Heaven Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization located on a 20-acre protected forest in the Redland area of Miami-Dade County. Patch of Heaven Gardens is a 20-acre estate located in the Redland area of Miami-Dade County. It is a unique property as it encompasses tropical hammock, pine rock-land, tropical gardens, and historic structures. When on enters POHG it exudes a sense of both spiritual oneness with nature and a serenity engendered by being apart from the urban milieu. It possesses a special sense of place. The property encompasses: - The Gate House - Lychee Root Sculpture - The Cabin - Main House - Garden Vista - Chocolate Bar - The Jade - Conference Room - Media Room - Koi Pond - Buddha Garden - Jogloo - The Barn - Crystal Greenhouse
FIU is Miami's public research university and offers more than 190 degree options, in-person and online, including schools of law and medicine.
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Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St
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FIU is Miami's public research university and offers more than 190 degree options, in-person and online, including schools of law and medicine.

Entertainment

Palmetto Mini Golf offers safe family fun in a beautiful setting The 18-hole course has waterfalls, lagoons, and a cave, all among lush landscaping from around the world. All age groups and all levels of athletic ability can enjoy the game of miniature golf. Whether a fun teen night out, a relaxing afternoon for seniors, or maybe a birthday party for a family member – it’s sure to be an enjoyable outdoor experience. The place to be for Mini Golf in Miami. Fun, Local, and Affordable!
Palmetto Mini Golf
9300 Coral Reef Dr
Palmetto Mini Golf offers safe family fun in a beautiful setting The 18-hole course has waterfalls, lagoons, and a cave, all among lush landscaping from around the world. All age groups and all levels of athletic ability can enjoy the game of miniature golf. Whether a fun teen night out, a relaxing afternoon for seniors, or maybe a birthday party for a family member – it’s sure to be an enjoyable outdoor experience. The place to be for Mini Golf in Miami. Fun, Local, and Affordable!
Baseball Field Basketball Courts Facility Rentals Football Field Picnic Shelter/Pavilion Pool lifts Pools - Year-Round Soccer field - lighted Wi-Fi Tennis Court
Tamiami Park
11201 Southwest 24th Street
Baseball Field Basketball Courts Facility Rentals Football Field Picnic Shelter/Pavilion Pool lifts Pools - Year-Round Soccer field - lighted Wi-Fi Tennis Court
Movie Theater
AMC Tamiami 18
11865 SW 26th St
Movie Theater
Gourmet Theater Experience
CMX Cinebistro Doral
3450 Northwest 83rd Avenue
Gourmet Theater Experience
Outlet Mall
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Dolphin Mall
11401 NW 12th St
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Outlet Mall
Outlet Mall
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Mall of the Americas
7795 West Flagler Street
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Outlet Mall
Luxury Mall
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Brickell City Centre
701 South Miami Avenue
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Luxury Mall
Shopping Mall
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Dadeland Mall
7535 North Kendall Drive
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Shopping Mall
Luxury Mall
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Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue
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Luxury Mall
Native American casino offers 67,000 square feet of gaming space including 635 slots, table games and bingo.
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Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
500 Southwest 177th Avenue
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Native American casino offers 67,000 square feet of gaming space including 635 slots, table games and bingo.

Exercise

LA Fitness
9291 West Flagler Street
Gym
Equinox Coral Gables
370 San Lorenzo Avenue
Gym

Neighborhoods

Rich history, rare art and colorful murals, live music that moves you, and authentic Cuban food abound in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. This always-lively hub of Hispanic culture is centered around world-famous Southwest 8th Street, Calle Ocho, where there’s a constant celebration of Cuban heritage. A cherished pastime is watching locals compete in intense domino games while debating politics at Máximo Gómez Park. Little Havana is also the place to watch vendors rolling cigars at spots like Little Havana Cigar Factory. Don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to break out in dance as music permeates from open-air restaurants and shops.
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Little Havana
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Rich history, rare art and colorful murals, live music that moves you, and authentic Cuban food abound in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. This always-lively hub of Hispanic culture is centered around world-famous Southwest 8th Street, Calle Ocho, where there’s a constant celebration of Cuban heritage. A cherished pastime is watching locals compete in intense domino games while debating politics at Máximo Gómez Park. Little Havana is also the place to watch vendors rolling cigars at spots like Little Havana Cigar Factory. Don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to break out in dance as music permeates from open-air restaurants and shops.
People watching is a great pastime in Miami's South Beach, which draws celebrities and beautiful people in skimpy swim attire to see and be seen. The wide and fine, white sand-covered beaches are popular spots for fashion photo shoots, so you're sure to see models. The area is known for its hip clubs and wild nightlife as well as numerous excellent restaurants.
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Miami Beach
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People watching is a great pastime in Miami's South Beach, which draws celebrities and beautiful people in skimpy swim attire to see and be seen. The wide and fine, white sand-covered beaches are popular spots for fashion photo shoots, so you're sure to see models. The area is known for its hip clubs and wild nightlife as well as numerous excellent restaurants.
One of Miami's most exciting neighborhoods, Midtown is a sudden burst of color tucked away in what was formerly a rusty industrial sector. Today, the area is known for industrial-chic art galleries, cutting-edge contemporary skyscrapers, and world-class shopping.
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Midtown Boulevard
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One of Miami's most exciting neighborhoods, Midtown is a sudden burst of color tucked away in what was formerly a rusty industrial sector. Today, the area is known for industrial-chic art galleries, cutting-edge contemporary skyscrapers, and world-class shopping.

Parks

What is it? A sprawling green space used for sports, exercise and all sorts of outdoor pursuits. It’s a popular park and a great place to get physical or just lazy. Why go? Aside from the dog park and bike trail—this park is also home to one of the tastiest Miami summer treats around: the frozen lemonade of A.C.’s Icees.
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David T. Kennedy Park
2400 South Bayshore Drive
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What is it? A sprawling green space used for sports, exercise and all sorts of outdoor pursuits. It’s a popular park and a great place to get physical or just lazy. Why go? Aside from the dog park and bike trail—this park is also home to one of the tastiest Miami summer treats around: the frozen lemonade of A.C.’s Icees.
What is it? Home to one of the most popular marinas and boat ramps in the city, this waterfront park also has plenty to do for those who don’t own a boat. Why go? You can bike, enjoy the artificial atoll pool, green space and paddleboard. Sounds like a good afternoon, right?
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Matheson Hammock Park
9610 Old Cutler Road
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What is it? Home to one of the most popular marinas and boat ramps in the city, this waterfront park also has plenty to do for those who don’t own a boat. Why go? You can bike, enjoy the artificial atoll pool, green space and paddleboard. Sounds like a good afternoon, right?
What is it? A couple gorgeous miles of white-sand beaches that’s probably the best place to take a dip in Key Biscayne. Why go? This park is a great family park. There’s a ton of parking at just $7 per vehicle, barbecue, volleyball and a lot more to ensure everyone goes home nice and tired.
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Crandon Park
6747 Crandon Boulevard
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What is it? A couple gorgeous miles of white-sand beaches that’s probably the best place to take a dip in Key Biscayne. Why go? This park is a great family park. There’s a ton of parking at just $7 per vehicle, barbecue, volleyball and a lot more to ensure everyone goes home nice and tired.
What is it? Florida’s largest urban park with so much to do, both in the water and on land. Oleta is a bit north, but well worth the trip and an easy place to kill an entire day. Expect to pay $2 to $6 depending on if you arrive on foot or via car. Why go? This park is perfect for the active outdoorsman. Kayak, paddleboard, off-road bike and even spend the night at cabins and camp spaces. It’s the sort of pristine Florida wilderness we don’t see much in South Florida.
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Oleta River State Park
3400 Northeast 163rd Street
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What is it? Florida’s largest urban park with so much to do, both in the water and on land. Oleta is a bit north, but well worth the trip and an easy place to kill an entire day. Expect to pay $2 to $6 depending on if you arrive on foot or via car. Why go? This park is perfect for the active outdoorsman. Kayak, paddleboard, off-road bike and even spend the night at cabins and camp spaces. It’s the sort of pristine Florida wilderness we don’t see much in South Florida.
What is it? A park that offers both green space and ocean access. Bill Baggs is a favorite of tourists and natives alike. Why go? Aside from being beautiful, the park is home to a super cool historic lighthouse that was built in 1825. Guided tours are available if you want to see inside. Note: the lighthouse is currently closed
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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 Crandon Boulevard
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What is it? A park that offers both green space and ocean access. Bill Baggs is a favorite of tourists and natives alike. Why go? Aside from being beautiful, the park is home to a super cool historic lighthouse that was built in 1825. Guided tours are available if you want to see inside. Note: the lighthouse is currently closed
What is it? This eight-acre Edgewater gem might be on the smaller side, but it’s packed with basketball, tennis and beach volleyball courts, picnic tables and walking trails with panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. Why go? Single and looking to scout a like-minded boo? Located behind several high-rise condos along the bay, Margaret Pace Park has no shortage of active young professionals working up a sweat or walking their adorable dogs after work. Talk about a breath of fresh air!
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Margaret Pace Park
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What is it? This eight-acre Edgewater gem might be on the smaller side, but it’s packed with basketball, tennis and beach volleyball courts, picnic tables and walking trails with panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. Why go? Single and looking to scout a like-minded boo? Located behind several high-rise condos along the bay, Margaret Pace Park has no shortage of active young professionals working up a sweat or walking their adorable dogs after work. Talk about a breath of fresh air!
What is it? A park with a catch: approximately 95 percent of the park covered by water. Obviously, you’ll need some sort of vessel to enjoy this one. Why go? Because even if you don’t own a boat, the park offers plenty of guide tours or rental opportunities so you can see the diverse ecosystem the way it was meant to be seen.
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Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328th St
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What is it? A park with a catch: approximately 95 percent of the park covered by water. Obviously, you’ll need some sort of vessel to enjoy this one. Why go? Because even if you don’t own a boat, the park offers plenty of guide tours or rental opportunities so you can see the diverse ecosystem the way it was meant to be seen.
What is it? A lovely park whose main attraction is a beautiful coral reef teeming with a small city of sea life. Why go? For the reef, silly! See it from a glass bottom boat or—the best way, in our opinion—jump in the water on a snorkel tour and paddle around for an hour. Get up close with barracudas (they won’t bite) and the famous 4,000-pound statue of Jesus, which stands 25 feet underwater.
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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
102601 Overseas Highway
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What is it? A lovely park whose main attraction is a beautiful coral reef teeming with a small city of sea life. Why go? For the reef, silly! See it from a glass bottom boat or—the best way, in our opinion—jump in the water on a snorkel tour and paddle around for an hour. Get up close with barracudas (they won’t bite) and the famous 4,000-pound statue of Jesus, which stands 25 feet underwater.
What is it? The most beloved park in Coconut Grove, a city that loves its green space. The historic Barnacle Park shows you what life was like in that area back in the 20th century. Why go? Tour the former home of Coconut Grove pioneer Ralph Middleton Munroe. Start at the slim stretch of hammock-enclosed trail and end at the beautiful waterfront space dotted with giant old trees.
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The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
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What is it? The most beloved park in Coconut Grove, a city that loves its green space. The historic Barnacle Park shows you what life was like in that area back in the 20th century. Why go? Tour the former home of Coconut Grove pioneer Ralph Middleton Munroe. Start at the slim stretch of hammock-enclosed trail and end at the beautiful waterfront space dotted with giant old trees.
The Everglades is an expansive area of land in south Florida, which consists of 1.5 million acres of wetland. Since the park covers such a large area of south Florida, planning is a must. There are three entrances to Everglades National Park and they are not connected, they are accessed through different areas of south Florida. All these areas offer a wide range of activities! You can take a short walk on the Anhinga Trail to spot abundant wildlife--turtles, herons and alligators! Climb atop Shark Valley's 65-foot observation tower for a bird's eye view of the glades. Glide over Florida Bay by tour boat or kayak for a chance to glimpse a crocodile, manatee, or dolphin. Watch as the sun sets over Flamingo, the southernmost point in mainland Florida. Explore the pinelands by bike, paddle amongst the mangroves on Nine-Mile Pond, or tour the historic Nike Hercules missile base. Join a ranger on a slough slog deep into the heart of a cypress dome. Find solitude on your own on a week-long canoe trip, camping along the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway.
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Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
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The Everglades is an expansive area of land in south Florida, which consists of 1.5 million acres of wetland. Since the park covers such a large area of south Florida, planning is a must. There are three entrances to Everglades National Park and they are not connected, they are accessed through different areas of south Florida. All these areas offer a wide range of activities! You can take a short walk on the Anhinga Trail to spot abundant wildlife--turtles, herons and alligators! Climb atop Shark Valley's 65-foot observation tower for a bird's eye view of the glades. Glide over Florida Bay by tour boat or kayak for a chance to glimpse a crocodile, manatee, or dolphin. Watch as the sun sets over Flamingo, the southernmost point in mainland Florida. Explore the pinelands by bike, paddle amongst the mangroves on Nine-Mile Pond, or tour the historic Nike Hercules missile base. Join a ranger on a slough slog deep into the heart of a cypress dome. Find solitude on your own on a week-long canoe trip, camping along the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway.