South Florida Attractions

South Florida has so much to offer! We have tried to compile a variety of things to do, however, please understand that this list only scratches the surface of all the possibilities you have to keep you entertained and active!

Photo of Pink Spoonbill taken at Green Cay Nature Preserve and Boardwalk.

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Airboat Rides -- Holiday Park: Fun and informative airboat rides through the Everglades. You can also see the alligators and other animal encounters.  https://www.evergladesholidaypark.com

Blue Foot Pirate Adventures: A fun 90 minute children's pirate cruise down the Intracoastal. http://www.bluefootpirates.com

Barbie Dream House Experience: Fun Experience for kids who like Barbie.  https://www.facebook.com/DreamHouseExperience/

Bonnet House: Historic home and gardens, lots of art, tours available, gift shop on site, hosts community events. http://www.bonnethouse.org

BB&T Center: Major sporting events, Entertainment venue. http://www.thebbtcenter.com

Broward Center for Performing Arts: Excellent entertainment venue.  https://www.browardcenter.org

Butterfly World: The first and largest butterfly garden in the U.S. Great for kids and adults. https://butterflyworld.com

Deering Estate: A 444 acre environmental, archaeological and historic preserve that offers daily tours of historic homes, hikes through the natural areas and more.  http://www.deeringestate.org

Disney World: No explanation needed here!  https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

Dolphin Research Center: See and interact with dolphins and sea lions. https://www.dolphins.org

Fairchild Gardens: Beautiful gardens, lots of paths to explore, nice gift shop, exhibits, sculpture garden, cafe, great landscaping. You could easily spend 3+ hours here. Special events also hosted throughout the year. http://www.fairchildgarden.org/about-fairchild

Flagler Museum: Tour Whitehall, Henry Flagler's estate. a magnificent museum to see. Guided tours available. https://www.flaglermuseum.us

Glass Bottom Boats: A unique look into the undersea world and an opportunity to see the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  http://pennekamppark.com/glassbottom-boat/

Green Cay Nature Preserve & Boardwalk: An outstanding nature center and 1.5 miles of elevated boardwalk. It is a great place to see tropical birds, turtles, ducks, alligators, etc. Free!  http://discover.pbcgov.org/parks/Pages/GreenCay.aspx#.WDJV_hR_vp4

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park: Rent Jet Skis, Segways, Canoes, Bikes and more.  https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Hugh-Taylor-Birch

Jungle Queen Boat Ride: Enjoy a cruise down the "Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale's New River. Several cruises available - morning, afternoon and dinner cruises. http://www.junglequeen.com

Kennedy Space Center: The visitor complex is organized into mission zones where attractions and tours are by chronological era. Fuel your quest for inspiration here! https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com

Lion Country Safari: Enjoy a drive-through safari as well as walk through park. Over 900 animals, food, shopping, kids sprayground, animal feeding and more.  https://www.lioncountrysafari.com

Monkey Jungle: Where the humans are caged and the monkeys get to run wild!  http://www.monkeyjungle.com

Morikami Gardens: Museum, beautiful gardens, shopping and dining. An authentic Japanese cultural experience that entertains, educates and inspires.  http://morikami.org

Museum of Science & Discovery: Spend a day of discovery, exploring two floors of fascinating interactive exhibits. Experience an IMAX film adventure. Snack bar and gift store available.  http://www.mods.org/home.html

National Parks - Florida: Florida's 11 National Parks have much to offer. Check out the website and see how much you can explore!  https://www.nps.gov/state/FL/index.htm

Palm Beach Zoo: Take a walk on the wild side! Open 9-5 daily. There are 11 shows and talks each day.  http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.main

Sea World Parks: Entertainment and learning for the kids. Visit one of the parks!  https://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/

Stranahan House Museum: Built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, he is credited as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father. A guided tour of the house museum is like a journey through time. Special events throughout the year, gift shop.   http://www.stranahanhouse.org

Swim with Manatees: Crystal River is the place to go to be able to swim with these amazing creatures. Several operators are available.  Here are just three of them. http://www.plantationoncrystalriver.com/manatee-tours.htm

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Turtle Hospital: This is a small non-profit that is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of endangered sea turtles and they do a fantastic job!  Open daily 9-6. Educational programs daily. A very worthwhile place to visit and learn!  http://www.turtlehospital.org/visit-us/

Universal Studios: Jump into the action of your favorite movies. Theme park, rides, shows, events and more.  https://www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Parks/Universal-Studios-Florida.aspx

Vizscaya Museum and Gardens: A stunning American Villa, museum, gardens and events.  Be sure to enjoy high tea!  http://vizcaya.org

Wakodahatchee Wetlands & Boardwalk: Outstanding boardwalk that is about a .75 mile nature walk. See countless numbers of tropical birds, (some will likely be nesting) ducks, alligators turtles and more.  Free. http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/florida/wakodahatchee-wetlands