Miami Vacation Travel Guide

 Things to do in Florida

Miami is a subtropical city located in the Sunshine State Florida in between the Everglades and the North Atlantic Ocean.  Flying in over Biscayne Bay you can spot the wonderful beaches that attract nearly 14 million visitors each year welcome to Florida’s cultural center and the diverse mix that represents Miami a palm tree-lined city is known for its stunning beaches.

With its Art Deco district Latin culture and 24-hour lifestyle, it is the place to see and be seen. Even the zoo residents put on a show this is as good as it gets if you are planning a holiday in the Sun the weather is warm year-round and the city has many parks and some of the best beaches in the country Miami is a cultural melting pot that attracts people from the colder north it’s mainly Hispanic residents and influx of South American visitors.  Add Latin rhythm and Cuban cuisine to the mix away from the oceanfront there is also an artistic cultural side to this Magic City.  Find theaters on the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables and modern art galleries downtown take in the moving sight of the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach.  Or watch the muralists at work in the Wynwood Arts District in the city’s north-south of the city center stands a century-old landmark the Vizcaya museum step back in time in this opulent mansion with atrium and gardens and enjoy idyllic views of the bay.

Across from here is the Seaquarium where marine mammals will amaze you with their clever tricks this is where flipper lived the smart dolphin from the TV show.

On the other side of the bay are the barrier islands that offer everything Miami is famous for white sand palm trees great tans and VIP lifestyle is what it’s all about here the star attraction is Miami Beach its bustling promenade dream cars sun adoring beach lovers and colorful lifeguard towers have Miami written all over it touring on a sightseeing bus is a fun way to see the cultural and architectural hotspots on the island.  Find hundreds of historic buildings in the pre-world War two Art Deco district in South Beach which you can call Sobe.  Once you’re in the know take some time to stop at Lincoln Road Mall to browse the shops and markets.

On your way back to the mainland visit Jungle Island where inquisitive wild cats and Florida’s iconic pink flamingos are curious to meet you closer to the Everglades is another lush zoo but this one is mainly for primates monkey jungles residents love hauling up the food you leave them and even collect treats from your outstretched hands.  If you’re lucky you may receive some hugs and kisses as a reward.

Also near the Everglades is zoo Miami it has cageless habitats with only a moat between you and the local species and more exotic animals if you feel active paddle over the bay around Key Biscayne or bike along Crandon Boulevard.  In between activities you can lounge on the beach Miami is one of those dream destinations that appeals to everyone its Beach and party culture attracts singles while couples will find romance in the al fresco restaurants and on the boulevards.

And thanks to many fun attractions Miami also gets the thumbs up from families with children if you are in search of a good time in the Sunshine State come to Miami to explore its long stretches of beaches family-friendly zoos and famous Art Deco district any time you like

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Pirate Museum in St Augustine

 Things to do in Florida

Today we look at the Pirate Museum in St. Augustine and it’s a great place to visit for Pirates young and old. A super cool thing they have here at the Pirate Museum is they give you a treasure map and what you do is you look for the skull and crossbones anywhere in the museum and you could find some hidden treasure like this. Pretty cool, huh? Here they even have an original Jolly Roger Flag. I asked Executive Director Cindy Stavely what the response has been to the museum since it opened. It’s been phenomenal, not only with our visitors the locals absolutely love it we’ve been voted best local attraction for the past couple years and the school groups, we have an unbelievable turn out of the school groups that come to St. Augustine. We did a thousand school groups here last year.

WOW, that’s a lot of kids. Yes, it’s a lot of kids and we love sharing this place with those kids. So I know there’s an interesting story about how Pat got started with Pirates and his fascination for Pirates all together can you tell me that.

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One day he was sitting in the living room of his home outside of  Philadelphia watching the movie Captain Blood. Ok. With his father, with Errol Flynn.  Well, that movie totally fascinated him so from that point on he was fascinated and drawn into the culture and the philosophy of the life of Piracy. So he’s been into this his whole life basically?  His whole life.

And it was about 30 years ago that he bought his first artifact and it’s actually a book, The Buccaneers of America. Antiques Roadshow was recently here in Jacksonville. Right. And they came to the museum to do an appraisal of that book.  And it was appraised for tens of thousands of dollars.

He’s collected over 500 things, documents, weapons, swords, treasures, and then we’ve got things online from places too, not just his things, but the majority of what you see here is his personal collection that he’s been purchasing and collecting for over thirty years.  Now,  another thing that’s pretty cool here too is besides all the artifacts you guys are really well known for the interactive portion that you’ve created. Can you tell me more about that?  Well, you’re going to hear it one second, hold on there. FIRE IN THE HOLE!

That is our interactive cannon firing, we actually have real cannons rigged up electronically so you can fire them. Shhhh, don’t wake him up. I like to let people know that when they’re coming in here what they are going to see is one of the world’s largest collections of authentic Pirate artifacts and I look at the kids and I’m like, you probably don’t know what I mean when I say that I say real things, that real Pirates and sailors used.
hundreds of years ago.. 

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