The Best Day Trips from Miami
Miami is an international city at Florida's southeastern tip. Its Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Miami has so many different facets to its diverse neighborhoods that it's hard to believe it all fits in one place. By day you can admire incredible photorealistic murals in Wynwood, then spend the evening immersed in Afro Cuban jazz in Little Havana, followed perhaps by rooftop drinks atop the city's latest skyscraper. Crossing town you can't help feeling like you've passed into another city. On barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach, home to South Beach. This glamorous neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs. This is best followed by late-afternoon strolls along the sands, when the golden light is mesmerizing. With all of these fabulous attributes, Miami is a great place to experience, and there are several options for budget friendly sightseeing and tours from the city.
After a morning hotel pickup in the Miami area, it's off to one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth - the Florida Everglades - for an exciting airboat adventure. On this guided, 30-minute excursion through the Everglades, skim along the grassy water while listening to fun facts and learning about the area's subtropical ecosystem from the experienced captain. Look for a variety of wildlife, like alligators, fish, turtles and wading birds in their natural habitat, an exciting and unspoiled wilderness. After the airboat ride, spend a couple hours at Everglades National Park. Walk along a jungle trail filled with crocodile exhibits, see an alligator wildlife show and more. Then return to Miami for a 90-minute cruise along beautiful Biscayne Bay. Enjoy the view of Miami's sun-splashed skyline, plus Fisher Island, Miami Beach, the Port of Miami's cruise ship and cargo districts and much more. Check out the high-rise hotels and condos plus the spectacular multi-million-dollar ocean front homes that line Miami Beach. And don't forget to look down into the crystal clear water for the exotic marine life, like manatees, dolphins, manta rays and more. Take a seat on the outer deck with a panoramic view or head downstairs to the enclosed, air-conditioned cabin. Soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails and snacks are available for purchase on board the boat.
Start your day with a pickup from your Miami or Miami Beach hotel, and relax as you travel south to Key West. The scenic journey follows a route across more than 40 bridges including the Seven Mile Bridge, setting for many a movie scene including True Lies, License to Kill, 2 Fast 2 Furious and more. Hop between islands, and then arrive in Key West where a laid-back, Caribbean vibe awaits. The time is your own here to do whatever you want. Enjoy roughly six hours of free time and check out attractions such as Hemingway House where Ernest Hemingway lived on the island. Or take a stroll through Mallory Square; it's right on the waterfront in the historic Old Town of Key West. With this tour you can upgrade your trip to include one of 5 exciting activities at Key West including a conch train, trolley tour, snorkel cruise, glass bottom boat cruise, or parasailing.
After a Miami hotel pickup, begin a 4-hour bus ride to Key West, driving across 42 bridges and 32 islands on the way. Once in Key West, enjoy time exploring the island city and seeing its top attractions, like popular Mallory Square, where everyone comes to hang out, eat and shop. Be sure to make a stop at the popular Hog's Breath Saloon. Then, hop on board a 50-foot catamaran vessel for a 2-hour cruise off the coast. Try a snorkeling session above a coral reef in the Key West wildlife refuge. Before diving in, get some simple instructions from the experts, then prepare to see more than 600 species of colorful fish, coral and other sea life that can't be found anywhere else in the world. All the equipment - a snorkel, mask, fins and vest - are included.
Your air-conditioned transport will collect you from your Miami hotel and transport you to Orlando, where you'll change vehicles and depart for the Space Coast. This family-friendly tour includes a tour roof the NASA's launch headquarters, plus two IMAX films, entrance into the Astronaut Hall of Fame, exhibits and shows, plus the Shuttle Launch Experience. You'll get a bird's eye view of the shuttle launch pads at the LC 39 Observation Gantry and walk beneath a rocket the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Choose from IMAX movies and then take in some of the exciting exhibits the center is known for. Families will love the Astronaut Encounter Show and the Shuttle Launch Experience. Visitors will spend four to five hours at the Kennedy Space Center before making their way back to Miami.
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