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    Miami Seaquarium

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 15, 2009

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    I have not been to the Seaquarium in quite a number of years.

    OPERATING HOURS • 9:30am - 6:00pm
    7 Days a week
    Ticket booth closes at 4:00pm
    Last series of shows begins at 2:30 PM

    Daily Rates
    General Admission $24.95
    Children (3 to 9) $19.95
    Plus 7% Florida sales tax

    You can upgrade to an Annual Pass for only $8.00* (plus tax)

    Daily Rates
    General Admission $32.95
    Children (3 to 9) $27.95
    Plus 7% Florida sales tax

    Please note: All prices subject to change without notice.
    *same day only

    Inside the dome in the mid 1960s entrance from the road c 2003 Seaquarium from the water 2000 Daughter in mid 60s Sea Lions
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    Crandon Family Amusement Center

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 3, 2006

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    In 1967, we took the kids to the Crandon Park. They rode on the antique carousel, which first started spinning in 1950. It has been restored and started up again in 1998 after having been idle for 20 years. They also went to the zoo area - I don't know when the Miami Zoo was moved from this location, but this area is now a 200-acre garden. In those days there was a kind of petting zoo. One of the cows licked my camera (photo 4).

    Now there is a roller rink, and a squirting fountain. You can also take a canoe ride across one of the lakes in the Central Garden and there is also a "Tropical Hayride" on weekends from 10am-1pm and enjoy a half hour of stories about Key Biscayne's colorful history while touring Crandon Park Gardens, a pirate area and an Indian village. It sounds like an ideal and low cost place for children to play.

    Hours: Daily 8am-sunset(beach); Daily 10am-7pm (amusement area)
    • Cost: $5 per car

    Daughter on carousel Turtles on alligator's back Bird walk-in cage Cow that licked my camera Resting in the shade
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    Rusty Pelican: Amazing views; not to be missed!

    by Dutchnatasja Updated Oct 12, 2009

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    This restaurant, located on the Biscayne Bay, offers one of the best views in the city. Nice atmosphere, the food is good. It has a American and continental cuisine. I’ve been there a few times, and the view is always fantastic. Many locals and tourists come to this place. We can understand why. We, too, are hopelessly hooked on the view. If you have a car than drive to the Rusty Pelican and experience a fine dinner and a view of Key Biscayne and downtown Miami from your table. After your meal, walk outside on their dock and enjoy their incredible view. You couldn’t ask for more.

    American (Traditional)

    Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm;
    Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am

    On the patio

    Special Features
    Family Style
    Outdoor Dining
    Romantic Dining
    Waterfront Dining
    Special Occasion Dining

    Favorite Dish: The seafood

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    The Rusty Pelican: Look across to Miami

    by grandmaR Written May 4, 2003

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    We've been to this restaurant a couple of times. It is a romantic place - In good weather you can eat outside and watch the sun go down on Miami across the way. A bit more expensive than we usually go for. They did have early bird specials which were a bit more reasonable.

    We went on Valentine's Day in 2001 (forgetting that it was Valentine's Day) and the place was packed to the gills and they had to have valet parking because the parking lot was full. They lock the gates to the parking lot after the restaurant closes at night. So if you park here for the marina at night you won't be able to get your car in the morning.

    Open: MON-THU 11:30 am-11 pm.
    FRI-SAT 11:30 am-12 am.
    SUN 11:30 am-11 pm.

    Favorite Dish: For Valentine's Day they had a special which included everything - everything meant you got wine or champagne with the meal. We ate outside which was a little chilly. You wanted to warm yourself on the candle at the table.

    View from the restaurant during the day Rusty Pelican from the water Closer up from the water Looking across to Miami on a stormy day Miami in 2001
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Key Biscayne Local Customs

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    New Years Day Fireworks

    by grandmaR Written Feb 6, 2003

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    On New Years Eve, I sat on the deck of our boat and I could see fireworks in four directions - Miami Beach, Miami, Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne. Other folks came and sat on the rocks at the end of the causeway to see all the fireworks, so you don't have to have a boat on a mooring to do this. It probably will also be good for the Fourth.

    Our boat on a mooring with Miami in background Another view during a storm Rickenbacker Causeway Rickenbacker Causeway Rickenbacker Causeway from Government Cut

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Key Biscayne Off The Beaten Path

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    Cape Florida Light

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 17, 2011

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    Cape Florida Light is in Bill Baggs State Recreational Area. Named after the late Miami newspaper editor who championed this area for a state park, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area is part of a large barrier island ecosystem. Up until 2004, I'd only seen this from the water.

    The first picture is one my father took on a visit to Florida at New Years 1951. The second photo I took in 2004. Photo 5 is my husband walking toward the lighthouse in the park (film photo). Photos 3 and 4 are details of the lighthouse.

    The website says "The 95 foot tall white brick lighthouse is the focal point of the historic lighthouse compound where the original tower was built in 1825. It was rebuilt following the Second Seminole War when warriors attacked and set fire to it and the Keeper's Cottage. The lighthouse, elevated 30 feet to its present height in 1856 by Lt. (later General) George G. Meade, rises 95 feet. A panoramic view of surrounding waters, islands, and Keys awaits those who climb the 109 steps up the circular iron stairway to the watch room at the top of South Florida's oldest landmark, overlooking the Gulf Stream and Biscayne Bay."

    Lighthouse in 1951 Cape Florida light with speedboat - 2004 Bottom of the stairs in the lighthouse Door showing thickness of wall Bob walking toward the lighthouse
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    Cape Florida Bill Baggs State...

    by pulgaron Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Cape Florida Bill Baggs State park and Light House. Just follow the road to the southeast end of Key Biscayne till you can go no more, and voila! There is a toll to enter, I believe $4.50 per car. There you can go tothe beach see the light house, bathrooms, tables, bar-b-q facilities, and snack bar are available. In the picture the lighthouse as seen from a boat about a mile away.

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Key Biscayne Sports & Outdoors

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    Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park...

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    While we were in Miami in 2004, the NASDAQ Open 100 Open, a 12-day tournament featuring the top 96 men and women tennis players in the world was being held on Key Biscayne. People were being shuttled to the tournament in buses, but there were still people who came in their own cars and parked. It created quite a traffic jam on our way out to Bill Baggs State Park. One of the prime attractions were the Williams sisters.

    Now the tournament formerly known as the Nasdaq-100 Open is the Sony Ericsson Open. The first one will be in March 2007. For ticket information, click on the URL below.

    Equipment: * 18 Laykold cushioned hard courts, six lighted for evening play
    * 6 state-of-the-art clay courts, 2 with red European clay, and 4 with green American clay. There are 2 grass courts. All courts are equipped with the newest watering system available.
    * Full-service pro shop with equipment and apparel for sale and racket re-strung service.
    * Clubhouse that can be rented for social events and meetings accommodating up to 200 people. Tennis related events only


    * Hard court fees: adults, $3 per person, per hour during the day, $5 per person, per hour, during evenings. Children are $2 and $3 respectively.
    * Clay court fees: adults, $6 per person, per hour during the day; Children, $3 per person, per hour. No evening play allowed on clay courts. Call 305/365-2300 for details.

    Tennis Programs:

    *Individual private or semi-private lessons available daily, from USPTA or USPTR certified staff instructors.
    * World Team Tennis (WTT ) league available.
    * Summer Camp thru Cliff Drysdale Tennis Program

    For more information on the tennis programs call the number below

    People going to the tournament Another view Bus going to the tournament
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    Ultralight Adventures

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 23, 2007

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    When we had a mooring at Rickenbacker we used to watch the ultra-lights. For a picture of the ultralight in flight, see photo 4.

    I haven't done this but it looks like fun. You can take sightseeing flights:

    A Bayside / Cruise Ship Row / Fisher Island
    B Key Biscayne - Lighthouse / Stiltsville
    C Dinner Key / Cocnut Grove / Vizcaya / Brickell
    D Virginia Key / South Beach / Sea Aquarium

    Any of the above routes is $65

    Any 2 combined routes is $80

    Any 3 combined routes is $100

    All 4 combined routes is $160

    Equipment: Or you can get instruction.

    From their website:

    "In just 15 hours you can meet the requirements for an ACS License. All training done under United States Ultralight Association Airmen Registration Program.

    "The Ultralight Pilot License (ACS Aerodynamic Control Sea) issued through the USUA, takes approximately two weeks to complete, weather permitting, requiring 15 hours of flight. ...

    "Total cost for the course is $1620 prepaid. Includes flight time, log book and training manual. You must successfully complete a 60 question written exam, as well as a oral and flight test in order to obtain an ultralight aerodynamic control sea rating."

    Ultralight from a sailboat Ultralight taxis through the mooring field See the tiny plane over Miami Beach? From the car on the highway Ultralight over Miami
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