Fun Activities and Attractions in South Florida

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Florida, known for its famous lighthouse built in the 1800’s, offers a variety of activities including swimming, camping, boating, concession stands, nature trails, picnic tables, fishing, guided tours and access to daily showers. Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle with two to eight members, $4 for a single individual in a vehicle or motorcycle and $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists or extra passengers. The park is open every day of the year at 8 p.m. and closes at sundown. For directions and additional information, contact the Information Center at 305-361-5811.

Dolphins Plus

Dolphins Plus, an educational research facility for dolphins and marine mammals, offers visitors a plethora of activities to enjoy in Key Largo, Florida. With the “Make Your Own Package” feature, guests can enjoy one to several different activities of their choosing. Activities consist of snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, kayaking and sea lion encounters for the younger visitors. Pricing varies depending upon the package and activity. Contact the Dolphins Plus booking staff for more information at 1-866-860-7946.

Nightlife

The nightlife in South Florida offers adults an exciting array of choices for entertainment, dining and dancing. A well known area is in Miami Beach’s southern tip, appropriately named South Beach and is famous for glitzy clubs and restaurants. With over 10 renowned night clubs, five-star restaurants and open-roof lounges, South Beach is a socially active part of the South Florida scene. For more information on South Beach clubs, lounges and restaurants, contact the Miami Beach Visitor’s Hotline at 305-673-7400.

Beaches

South Florida’s beaches are among the region’s most popular assets. Though some beaches are off-limits because they are on privately owned properties, locals and visitors can still enjoy such beaches as Bal Harbour Beach, Crandon Park Beach and Haulover Park Beach. Surfing, sunbathing, swimming are offered at all of South Florida’s beaches, however, Haulover Park Beach is one of the only beaches in South Florida that offers a legally nude beach. Crandon Park Beach is geared towards family outings with carousels, playgrounds and eating areas, while Bel Harbour beach accomodates fitness lovers with shaded jogging paths. For more information on South Florida beaches, contact the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau at 305-539-3063.

Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami, previously known as MetroZoo, is a popular attraction for both children and adults in the South Florida area. It is the home for more than 2000 animals and birds from all around the world, including Bengal tigers, koalas, cassowaries, and lions. Though damaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the zoo recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Attractions include gardens, carousel rides, snack bars and several exhibits such as the Cloud Forest, Amazonia and The Village Plaza. For more information contact Zoo Miami at 305-251-0400.