Miami is full of many fantastic tourist attractions, but within a short drive from the city there are countless other superb attractions well worth visiting.
Whether you are looking for historical attractions in Miami, beautiful gardens or parks, you can rest assured that you will not have to travel far.
Coral Castle– Coral Castle is located at 28655 South Dixie Highway in Homestead. It’s at the intersection of SW 157th Avenue and US 1. This fascinating work of art attracts many tourists visiting Miami. Some people call it the eighth wonder of the world and others call it a mystery. But one thing is true about Coral Castle – is the most incredible view you see during your vacation in Miami. A man – Edward Leedskalnin, a five foot tall, 100 pound man built the Coral Castle in 1920-1951. The amazing thing is that the stones used to build the castle weighed several tons each. Coral Castle, also known as the Rock Gate, appears in the National Register of Historic Places.
Miami Everglades National Park– Located at 40001 State Road 9336 Homestead , FL 33034. This is one of the largest natural parks in the Miami area and is a truly unique ecosystem, consisting of 1.5 million acres of large swamps, saw-grass prairies and sub-tropical jungles and marshes. The park is home to 14 rare and endangered species, including the American crocodile, Florida Panther and the West Indian Manatee. There are many crocodiles in the Everglades National Park and are usually very docile, but always to be admired from a distance.
Miami Metro Zoo– Located at 12400 SW 152nd Street Miami , FL 33177. Considered one of the best zoos in the United States, the zoo is home to an amazing species of animals from Africa, Asia and Australia. The Metrozoo also happens to be one of the first “free-range” zoos in the country and you can watch the animals roam freely in their habitat. The Miami Metro Zoo visitors can also attend a wildlife show, attend a “keepers Talk”, go to an “Animal Meet & Greet”, have a “Pelican feeding Meeting” or ride on the “Carousel Wildlife “.
Jungle Island– Located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami , FL 33132. The jungle Island offers visitors a fun and educational opportunities to get a close look at tropical birds in replicas of their natural habitats. Jungle Island is home to a large number of animals and also features a wide variety of fish and plants. Jungle Island offers three shows daily; The Winged Wonders, Tale of the Tiger and The Adventures of Dr. Wasabi in the Serpentarium.
Seaquarium– Located at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, Fl 33149. Miami Seaquarium is a wonderful, ideal for families, an outdoor aquarium located on the Rickenbacker Causeway between Downtown Miami and Key Biscayne. The Seaquarium offers exhibits of dolphins, whales, sea turtles, seals, sea lions, and Florida Manatee.