- The best tours around Miami
- West Palm Beach
- Boca Raton
- Fort Lauderdale
- Key West
In south Florida, in addition to the beautiful Miami, there are many other cities and naturalistic beauties to be discovered.
You have already consulted the things to see in Miami and have decided to visit the surroundings a bit while you are in the capital of Miami - Dade County, but you don't know where to go? No fear! Here's what they are the best places to visit around Miami.
The best tours around Miami
Who hasn't heard of Orlando? Along with Miami, this is certainly one among the most famous cities in Florida. We could define Orlando as the capital of the theme parks, because this city is home to some of the most popular amusement parks in the United States.
Orlando is 235 miles (378 km) from Miami and can be reached in about 3 hours by car if you take the I - 30 and then turn off onto the Florida Turnpike, while it takes just over an hour if you decide to use the plane as a means of transport.
Not just parks
I know you want to know more about the parks, but first I want to tell you something about the many things to do and see in the city.
As for art, in the downtown area called CityArts Factory there are several places where you have the opportunity to admire wonderful works. One is the Cornell Free Arts Museum, the other is there Grand Bohemian Gallery.
If you like flea markets, just north of Orlando there is FleaWorld, the largest market in the whole of the United States, with over 1700 vendors (open Friday through Sunday).
Obviously, the most interesting attraction after the natural parks is the famous Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, located just over an hour's drive from Orlando, it is a really essential stop if you are in the area.
Another unmissable visit is the one toOrlando Science Center, which houses a museum and a beautiful Planetarium.
We come now to the parks. Orlando is home to theme parks. From Walt Disney World to Universal Studios you are spoiled for choice.
There is Gatorland, the park dedicated to alligators. There is Legoland, dedicated to the most famous bricks in the world. SeaWorld, on the other hand, is a very funny and huge water park.
Those who win over all the others are certainly Walt Disney World and Universal Studios which continue to grow with real "parks within parks". In addition to the long-running Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney fun has continued to grow, with Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom and the brand new Pandora, The World of Avatar.
As for Universal Studios, Volcano Bay, City Walk and the Island of Adventures have been added to the "traditional" park and, last in chronological order, a gigantic attraction dedicated to the most famous wizard in the world: Harry Potter.
West Palm Beach
About 75 miles (140 kilometers) away from Miami, just under an hour and a half by car, there is West Palm Beach, an exclusive resort on the east coast of Florida.
Between streams, white beaches and entire districts dedicated to entertainment, West Palm Beach is a truly unique destination.
For shopping and leisure, the addresses to go to are: Clematis Street, CityPlace, Northwood Village, Antique Row and Palm Beach Outlet.
Those who love art and culture, on the other hand, can explore the Norton Museum of Arts and Kravis Center for Performing Arts.
Also not to be missed is a visit to Palm Beach Zoo.
Located just over 80 kilometers from Miami, it can be reached in about 45 minutes, Boca Raton is another prime South Florida destination.
Called simply “Boca” by the locals, this city has a lot to offer the visitor: music, art, entertainment, shopping, beaches of fine sand… In short, it is a really recommended excursion if you want to explore the surroundings of Miami.
You can take part in the annual Festival of the Arts, listen to jazz in the clubs of Mizner Park, feast your eyes and do some shopping in the glittering Boca Raton Shopping Mall, located right in the city center.
A little further south of Boca Raton, and a little closer to Miami, there is another city that is the perfect destination for those wishing to explore the surroundings: it is Fort Lauderdale, which is only 29,2 miles (46 kilometers) and just over 30 minutes if you take the I - 95.
Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches, art, culture and entertainment.
You can get on a gondola and take a tour in one of its canals, or stroll through one of its most famous streets, Las Olas Blvd, located right on the coast, and admire the windows of the exclusive boutiques scattered along its entire length; or you can follow the red brick road of Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk, the wonderful park, up to the Arts and Entertainment District. Again, you can stroll along Millionaire Row, and feast your eyes on the houses and yachts of its rich and famous inhabitants.
Rest assured, you weren't suddenly transported to California! Even here in Florida there is a place called Hollywood and it is located about 30 kilometers from Miami (less than half an hour by car).
This small town is also famous for its beaches, so much so that Fodor's has called it one of the ideal destination for family holidays, but not only. It is wonderful to walk along his Boardwalk, a promenade located right on the seafront almost five kilometers long.
And then there is Le Boy, a real hamburger paradise. There are also small family-run shops and restaurants for all tastes, and all budgets.
For those wishing to immerse themselves in nature, there is theAnne Kolb Nature Center, a real paradise in the area of West Lake Park and its mangrove forests.
Located about 120 kilometers from Miami, just over an hour and a half away, the Everglades area is one real natural paradise. Consisting for the most part of swampy areas and mangrove forests, this area and that ofEverglades National Park it's all to be explored.
Here you can go canoeing, walking and cycling and admire the local fauna, made up of many protected species. Perfect starting point for exploring the area is Everglades City, located on the west coast reachable through a scenic route in the middle of nature.
Located about 140 kilometers from Miami and reachable in about 3 and a half hours from Miami, Key West is the most important and well-known of the islands that make up the archipelago of the Keys, as well as the southernmost point of the United States.
The area of Key West is famous for its natural beauty, for its beaches but also for its historical sites. This area is a real paradise for those who love water sports and outdoor activities, but also for lovers of history and culture. The famous writer Ernest Hemingway often came here. His favorite hangout was Slopping Joe Bar, but to find out more about his life you have to visitErnest Hemingway Home and Museum.
Another place of interest is the Key West City Cemetery, which preserves some tombs with truly peculiar engravings.
Naples is a very popular destination located on the west coast of Florida, about 200 kilometers and 2 hours by car from Miami. Located on the border with the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is a city famous for shopping, glamor and luxury, all accompanied by white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, which make it an ideal destination for families as well.
Fifth Avenue South e Third Street South, with their boutiques and art galleries, are considered the heart of the city.
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