Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is an exquisite villa that overlooks the stream. This lavish Italian villa takes you back in time and lets you explore the beautiful architecture, furnishings and other details of the past era. The gardens at this spot are simply spectacular where you can stroll along the trail area and click some great pictures. The place also provides a panoramic view of Miami skyline and every room at this magnificent villa has a story to tell.
Built in 1825, this 95-foot (28.95-meter) lighthouse is the oldest building in south Florida. It originally guided sailors through the dangerous waters along the Straits of Florida. Although it was removed from service many times during various wars, it has weathered the years extraordinarily well. The US Coast Guard has used it as a navigational device for the past 25 years. The lighthouse is part of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Guests can take guided tours or explore the Cape Florida Lighthouse by themselves.
Zoo Miami is one of the oldest and largest zoos in the entire state of Florida. The zoo is what is called a "free-range zoo," where none of the animals are caged. Due to its tropical climate, it is an ideal menagerie for observing animals from warmer areas of the world like Australia and Africa. Visit all kinds of animals from natives like Caimans to those from Southern Hemisphere like the Tree Kangaroo. The zoo also has several cafes and concession stands scattered throughout so visitors are refreshed.
Crandon Park is three miles (3.21 kilometres) of sandy beach, park area with an 18-hole golf course, soccer and softball fields. The beach is named as one of the top ten in the United States. The park also includes a promenade, concession stands, picnic areas and an amusement area. The amusement area is home to an antique carousel, a splash fountain, an outdoor roller rink and a beach-front playground.
Unlike many of South Florida's state parks, Barnacle State Historic Park is centrally-located and easily accessible by automobile. Just off the main street in trendy Coconut Grove, this five-acre (2.02 hectare) historic site offers visitors a glimpse into a past full of beauty and luxury. This stately structure was originally the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, a landowner and yacht enthusiast who hailed from New York. Before and after Munroe's passing, measures were taken to assure that the property reflected South Florida's culture and blossoming heritage. Guests can tour Munroe's home or explore the lush land outside. The park also offers ample amenities for wildlife watching and picnicking.
Welcome to everybody's favorite spot in Miami. South Beach refers to the locale, as well as the beach itself. Historically, this was the first neighborhood on Miami Beach to be comprehensively urbanized during the early periods of the 20th Century, which was when a vast majority of its magnificent art-deco masterpieces that you can see today had been built. The commune really upped its game in terms of prominence during World War II, when Miami Beach had been chosen as an influential hub for the United States Air Force. Today the South Beach is viewed by the world as a premier tropical destination for vacationers with its pristine golden-sand beaches, swanky waterside resorts and vibrant nightlife. The Lummus Park, Miami Golf Club, Di Lido Island and the iconic Ocean Drive are some of South Beach's unmissable sights.
The Catholic Diocese of Miami constructed this church in 1896 and the National Register of Historic Places placed it on its list in 1974. Over the last two centuries, the church has received many refurbishments and renovations, however much of the original charm remains. The Jesuit Order runs the parish, and it is open seven days a week, including Sunday mass.
You probably have seen this boulevard in famed movie Casino Royale. Biscayne Boulevard is one popular place. It begins from Route one of US till Midtown Miami. It also passes what is called as the Biscayne Wall. Apart from housing the usual shops and other stores, major consulates can be found on this boulevard.
The Bayfront Park is a beautiful patch of green that consists of Klipsch Amphitheater, which seats 10,000, and Tina's Pavilion for a smaller audience. Concerts, fund raisers, yoga classes, and a host of other events take place throughout the year. The nearby Bicentennial Park is also a popular venue. Celebrities and rock stars are seen from time to time, lending their voice for a cause.
Located at the intersection of North East 3rd Street and the Biscayne Boulevard is the Plaza Libertador Simon Bolivar which can be easily spotted when one sees the statue of Simon Bolivar erected at the center of the plaza. Simon Bolivar was a political leader and a military personnel who played a pivotal role in the liberation of Latin America. The plaza is a beautiful open space perfect for evening walks or strolling babies. The area is surrounded by many restaurants and bars and is buzzing throughout the day.
Dedicated to the Latin American political leader and freedom fighter, Simón Bolívar, the statue on Biscayne Boulevard forms a part of the Bayfront Park. Bolivar played a pivotal role in Latin America's struggle for independence from her Spanish rulers. The bronze statue was a gift from the Government of Venezuela, that was stored in a warehouse for a couple of years before being unveiled and dedicated in 1984. Towering a little more than 8 feet (2.43 meters) high, the statue stands for friendship, peace and harmony between the United States and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Located in Bayfront Park right along Biscayne Boulevard, this monument to Florida's neighboring countries was built in 1960. The monument is a pillar with a gas-lit torch attached at the top. It celebrates the immigration and friendship between Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean. As of 1964, the monument is also dedicated to President John F. Kennedy.