It is no easy task to break down all of the amazing and memorable places in south Florida, but these are just ten of the hundreds of places on our must see radar. South Florida Favorites wants our fans to experience the best places to eat, shop, and have fun in south Florida. We are compiling a list of videos that highlight the best places that the community has to offer. South Florida Favorites video episodes can be seen on YouTube, Vimeo, Loran TV, and the South Florida Favorites website. Keep up with our fun contests and giveaways on the SFF Facebook page.
Here are ten of the most beautiful, interesting, unusual, and fun places in south Florida. We begin with one of the most unique and intriguing locations in Miami. The Coral Castle, formerly Rock Gate Park, this man made wonder is carved from solid Coral rock. This monument to a lost love consists of over 1,1000 tons of native coral rock. It was created by Ed Leedskalnin without outside assistance or large machinery. The sculpture garden is mind-boggling with some people claiming that Ed had extra terrestrial help to complete his vision.
Our second favorite place keeps us in Miami with the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This breathtaking building and grounds was constructed in 1916. It features an elaborately decorated main house, ten acres of formal gardens, and a Rockland hammock. It is an amazing place with elaborate architectural elements, statues, and a large estate collection with objects from North America, Europe, and Asia. Be sure to check out the secret garden and hedge maze.
What is Florida site seeing without a trip to the beach? Here guests will enjoy a truly beautiful beach, boutiques, Euro style bistros, and a local’s favorite, Cabana el Rey. It is said that they have the best mojitos and seafood in town. Explore beach sites and local events for a memorable day out in the Florida sunshine.
The Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood enables guests to experience the beauty of a large mangrove preserve, a nature video in their miniature theatre, interactive displays, and a hands on nature exhibit. Their amazing 3,500-gallon saltwater aquarium enables adults and kids alike to greatly admire local marine life. Finish this visit with a beautiful view from the observation tour.
Florida is certainly not without water filled fun. There are dozens of beaches and water parks throughout the sunshine state. However, Rapids Water Park is known for its high-speed attractions like Big Thunder, Pirates Plunge, and six foot wave action in their 25,000 square feet wave pool. They have 20 acres of attractions with 29 water slides. Splish and splash this summer at our number five place in south Florida.
The tropical heat of the south Florida sun can make you crave indoor fun. Take the adventure indoors with a trip to Funderdome in Ft Lauderdale. This amazing indoor playground enables kids from six months to sixteen years of age to enjoy safe, indoor fun. Kids can run, climb, slide, and more. It is a great place to host a birthday party or other group event. They offer classes and activities as well to keep kids of all ages entertained, while mom and dad enjoy a moment of downtime.
The Stranahan House is one of the oldest buildings in Fort Lauderdale. It still stands in its original location and provides guests with a glimpse into the 1800′s. Frank Stranahan built this home in the late 1800′s as a trading post. It later became a post office, community center, town hall, and restaurant. It was entered into the national register of historical places in 1973 and now provides Floridians with a view of life in times gone by.
This museum was once a Civil war garrison and now is home to thousands of artifacts and items each with its own story to tell. Not only is the East Martello Museum said to be haunted by Civil War soldiers, it is also home to a Key West celebrity, Robert the doll. Dubbed the original “Chucky” stories say that Robert is possessed. A Haitian nanny or servant gave him to a young boy. When the boy would get in trouble for mischief it was Robert who was said to have caused the trouble. In his museum home, Robert is said to move positions on his own and tap the glass of his display case. The East Martello Museum is a great place for that eerie feeling.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is the place to see your first Opera, musical, or concert. They hold several performances and events throughout the year such as Lion King and Les Miserables. They also offer unique opportunities for people to experience the artistic process first hand. Events and performance are updated online throughout the year.
Have you ever been in a glass bottom boat? John Pennekamp’s offers guests a ride on a 65-foot high-speed catamaran that features a glass bottom, which enables guests to see marine life below their feet. Guests can also partake in snorkeling tours and get to know what animals and marine life live around them. There are so many amazing landmarks and attractions in south Florida; it could take a lifetime to experience them all. South Florida Favorites looks forward to sharing these amazing places with you, so that you can see what south Florida truly has to offer. Keep a look out for the next South Florida Favorites episode online.
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