Take me out to the Ball Game!
Now that the Marlins have became the Miami Marlins it is definitely a need to do to see the stadium. We unfortunately couldn't see a game, but our awesome friend gave us a tour of the stadium anyway. He told us the biggest tip is to pay for a $10 entrance at the Clevelander. It is at baseline and you can swim in the pool while you watch a game.
The stadium is beautiful.
Who goes to Florida without seeing gators? So we saw gators at Everglades Safari Park. The tour was really impressive. Our guide was really informative and the hover boat is a cool experience. After the tour the weird moldy "museum" was strange. It has snakes and other swam creatures. Then they lead you to a gator education hut. This was actual very cool. A guy gets into a pen with the gators and feeds them while talking about gator behavior. Over all it is a nice place.Related to:
Miami Boat Rentals and Yacht Charters
Spending the day on a yacht in Miami is an ideal choice for couples, small groups and families while vacationing in Miami. Your friends will be envious! Think about a private luxury Miami boat rental for your next vacation. Our experience with Yacht Charters in Miami is that they offer many wonderful yachts to choose. Whether you are looking for a yacht with a hot tub or jet-ski, Yacht Charters in Miami has what you are looking for.
Whether your group is just looking for a relaxing day spent on the water, a corporate team building event, an intimate small wedding ceremony onboard, swimming, snorkeling, jet skiing, sunbathing, suntan, birthday party onboard a yacht, a wedding anniversary celebration, a bachelor party, a bachelorette party, private marriage proposal or just to be treated like a queen for the day – you have many choices for the perfect day on the water in Miami. Charter yachts available in Miami range from 43’ to 125’. Get out on the water today and experience Miami from the water.
Crewed Private Yacht Rentals in Miami: The crew onboard your private yacht are very well qualified, skilled, as well as knowledgeable of the South Florida waters. All Captains are licensed as per the USCG rules and regulations. The First Mate will assist you with safety onboard, will assist with docking the vessel, and will assist with food and beverage set-up and clean up. You may bring your own alcohol and food onboard. Jet-ski demonstrations to acquaint you with the proper use of a jet ski during the charter will be offered by your First Mate.
Yacht Charters in Miami website offers many online specials including free jet ski use on select vessels and free hour long boat rental with minimum purchase on select vessels.
Chartering a yacht is a great choice for families with children, teens or young adults. Looking for something private - a yacht charter is the perfect solution.Related to:
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The Miami metropolitan area is the 7th largest in the U.S. with over 5.5 million people. The city of Miami has about 400,000 residents, good for 42nd largest in the U.S. Miami is known for its good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water, clean streets, and is one of the richest cities in America. The cruise ship port has been the busiest in the world for decades.
Miami's European influence began with the arrival of the Spanish in 1566 and the mission, completed in 1567. Fort Dallas was constructed in 1836, and it was played a key role in the Seminole Wars. When Henry Flagler extended his Florida Railroad to Miami in 1896, and the city was soon incorporated and began to witness rapid growth.
An airboat ride in the Everglades
A must when visiting Miami is going to the Everglades for an airboat ride. Yes, it is a touristy activity, but I insist, a must. If you're traveling with kids, by all means bring them there. They'll love it too!
The change in vegetation, culture, panorama in general is worth the trip. It is only a short ride from Miami, but you feel as if you were thousands of miles away from civilization, surrounded by alligators, birds, and who knows what else...
Head to Buffalo Tiger's airboat rides for a more off the beaten path experience. You'll learn about the local indians, the Micosuki tribe, and see lots of alligators. But you need to ask questions, as they don't do the show thing like the others. If you're looking for the all american show type experience, head to Coppertown.
- National/State Park
Watching the sunset over the bay
The view of the bay and downtown from South Beach is simply beautiful... the crispy blue water, the luxurious islands and million dollar mansions of Star Island, the intense light, and, in the background the downtown skyrise.
However, this view becomes even better when the sun sets. It becomes breathtaking. And staying there for hours, watching as the colors change is very much worth it!
I'd recommend to either drive from South Beach to Downtown Miami and back as the sun sets, or simply head to the new South Pointe Park, take a stroll in the park and consider having a cocktail at the terrace of Smith and Wollenski. If you're lucky you'll get to see one of the cruise boats pass by when you're there, and that is really impressive...
And if you can afford it, have dinner on their terrace. The food and the location are great, but be prepared to pay for it!Related to:
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Cross Biscayne Bay and see the City of Miami
Miami is the heart of the five million person strong South Florida metropolitan area and the seat of Miami-Dade County. Miami is home to a variety or corporations, including the largest number of international banks in the US, and it's port is the busiest cruise ship terminal in America.
Miami had long been home to Tequesta Indians before being explored by Juan Ponce de León in 1513. The area was conquered by Spain in 1566, and they built a mission here in 1567. The mission was abandoned just three years later and the area returned to the natives. The Spanish returned to build a fort and a permanent settlement here in 1743. The British began granting land in the Miami area to its citizen in the late 1700s, and the first permanent British settlers arrived in the early 1800s. the area saw little growth until the 1890s when northerners began buying citrus plantations, then Henry Flagler expanded his Florida East Coast Railroad down the coast from St. Augustine. The early 1900s saw huge expansion including the start of the draining and destruction of the Everglades. Miami Beach's art deco areas were developed in the 1930s, and Cuban immigrants began arriving in huge numbers in the 1950s and 1960s, giving the area its modern cultural flair.
Some key attractions in Miami include Little Havana, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Spanish Monastery Cloisters, Venetian Pool, the Biltmore Hotel, and of course, the Everglades.
See the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium
The NFL's Dolphins play in Sun Life Stadium (formerly Land Shark Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Pro Player Stadium, Pro Player Park and Joe Robbie Stadium. The team was founded in 1966 by the late Joe Robbie, whose name adorned the new stadium when first constructed in 1987. The Dolphins are famous as being the only NFL team to complete a "perfect season," going unbeaten in the regular season, then winning the championship.
We saw the Dolphins play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 regular season finale. Before the game, some of the great Miami Dolphins personalities were on hand for Don Shula's birthday. Coach Shula himself was in attendance as everyone in the stadium wished him a happy 80th. Numerous former Dolphins players were in attendance for the pregame coin toss.
Pittsburgh jumped ahead to a 7-0 early lead on a Santonio Holmes TD catch, but the Dolphins tied up the game just minutes later when Lex Hilliard caught an 11 yard TD pass from Chad Henne. At the end of the 1st quarter, the Steelers pulled back out in front on a nice 54-yard pass from Big Ben to Mike Wallace. The second quarter was quiet with both teams exchanging field goals, to go into the half with a 17-10 score. The only score of the 3rd quarter was a 3 yard Heath Miller TD catch to give the Steelers a commanding 24-10 lead. The Steelers pulled ahead by 17 early in the third with a FG, but then the Dolphins made it exciting with back-to-back TDs only 3 minutes apart. With 2 minutes to go in the game, the Dolphins learned they had been eliminated from the playoffs, no matter the result of this game, then the Steelers kicked one last field goal to win by 6.
For the Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 220 yards with 3 TDs, and Hines Ward led the team with 8 catches, but the difference in the game was Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall rushing for just under 100 years each. The Dolphins used three different QBs as Pat White when down with a concussion, then Chad Henne left the game with an eye injury.
Everglades Safari and Air boat tours
When in Miami visiting the Everglades National Park is a must. The best way to visit the park is by booking an organized tour. Miamidiscounttours.com offers discounted tours, activities, rentals in South Florida and will save you some money and time.Related to:
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Visit the Everglades
The Everglades system stretches from Orlando to the Florida Bay near the Keys. This vast area includes the Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier-Seminole State Park, Fakahatchee Strand State Park, and pockets of Indian reservations and other private land. Since the early 1900s, man has drained, redirected, and developed the land, leaving the Everglades half the size that it once was.
Everglades National Park is still the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, and it has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance. The park is a refuge for a variety of endangered species, perhaps none more famous than the Florida panther. The Everglades also offers hiking and kayaking trails, fan boat rides, fishing, hunting, and camping.
Parasailing South Beach
Parasailing is not the daredevil activity you would think. Almost anyone can sit on the back of the parasail boat in a harness and life vest and be gently taken hundreds of feet in the air. Pinky's Parasail in the Miami Beach Marina offers double and triple flights, and their crew makes the experience easy. What a spectacular view of South Beach! You will find it calm and peaceful and at the same time exhilarating. Pinky's Parasail is recommended because of their experienced and friendly crew and staff, attention to detail, and free parking at the marina. Anyone visiting Miami Beach would be missing the highlight of their trip if they did not participate in Parasailing.Related to:
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It would have been a real nice trip if it did not rain. They let us get on the airboat which was fun. It was extremely windy though so if you have a hat it will fly off. I would not try to get either because their are alligators in those swamps and you might not get your hand back. It is best to sit towards the front of the boat and not in the back where the engine is so loud.
The Indian Village was abandoned so that limited activities. The museum was all there was for culture since it was indoors.
The aligator show was a little scary but nice. There were no tricks performed just a guy telling us about their nature of this animal.
This is a very entertaining tour that goes around by bus then into the ocean as a boat. The guide put on varios wigs and pretended to be different characters, told jokes, played music and had us do your typical party dances. He gave one of the boys a water gun and told them to squirt anyone on the street with speedos who did not dance. Well this boy started squirting more people than that so I know he had fun.
Miami Beach Boardwalk & Walkway
Starting at 18th Street all the way up to about 25th Street you can walk the Boardwalk and walkway. It is a really nice walk with nice glimpses of hotels on the beach and the beach itself.
At 18th Street you can also check out the little stands selling wonderful jewelry and other little crafts.
It was a really nice walk back to the hotel from Lummus Park.
Lummus Park is a nice stretch of green starting from 14th Street through 1st Street. Its located between Miami Beach and Ocean Drive and makes for a wonderful place to stroll, roller blade, ride your bike or just lay on the grass and enjoy a picnic.
You also get a really nice view of the hotels and restaurants from this park. Ferni and I spent a nice afternoon strolling along Lummus Park before having a wonderful lunch.
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