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Entertainment & Amusement Parks

  • Tallahassee Nightlife — When the sun goes down, Tallahassee’s restaurants, bars and social scenes heat up. Enjoy everything from concerts, clubs, plays or a rocking good time at Florida’s only spot on the National Blues Trail.
  • Sam’s Fun City /Sam’s Surf City — Located outside Tallahassee in nearby Pensacola, Sam’s is the city’s only amusement park with more than 20 rides and attractions for kids of all ages.
    • Location: 6709 Pensacola Blvd., Pensacola
    • Phone: 850-505-0800
    • Costs: Call for information about the various admission packages available to visitors.
    • Hours: The park opens daily starting at 11 a.m. (the rides open at noon) but closing times vary. Operating dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visitors should call ahead for information.
  • The Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at Florida State University — This 12,500-seat arena is north Florida's premiere entertainment venue, hosting a wide variety of concerts, family shows, Broadway tours and sporting events including FSU Basketball (ACC) and the FHSAA Cheerleading Championships.
    • Location: 505 W. Pensacola St., Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-487-1691
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The civic center box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Plaza Live Theatre — Constructed in 1963 as Orlando’s first two-screen movie theater, this historic plaza is a live concert venue offering a wide range of musical performances, comedians and cultural events. As the third-largest seated venue in central Florida, the stage at the Plaza has hosted performances by Paul Poundstone, Ziggy Marly and Kenny G.
    • Location: 425 North Bumby Ave., Orlando
    • Phone: 407-228-1220
    • Cost: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office is open Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Walt Disney World — At more than 25,000 acres, the Disney resort is both the largest vacation resort in the world and most visited theme park resort in the world. The massive property features four world-renowned theme parks — the Magic Kingdom (the original park opened in 1971), Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios, a movie studio inspired theme park) and Disney’s Animal Kingdom —two water parks, 24 on-site resorts, a shopping and nighttime entertainment area and five professional golf courses.
    • Location: World Drive, Orlando
    • Phone: 407-934-7639
    • Costs: A variety of ticket packages are available that allow visitors to purchase admission for multiple days and hop between theme parks. A one-day admission to the Magic Kingdom costs $99 for visitors ages 10 and older.
    • Hours: Hours of operations vary seasonally and according to the particular venue. Visitors should call ahead for information.
  • Seaworld Orlando — At SeaWorld, you can get up-close to gentle manatees, graceful dolphins, playful penguins, fascinating sharks and the famed killer whale, Shamu. There are also wonderful gardens to admire and coaster rides. Feeding the dolphins is a great value at only $7 for a pot of fish. You can also buy other foods to feed the stingrays, sharks and otters.
    • Location: 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando
    • Phone: 888-800-5447
    • Costs: A variety of ticket packages are available for one or multiple days.
    • Hours: The park opens daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary seasonally. Visitors should call ahead for more information.
  • Downtown Disney Area —As part of the Disney resort, this famous outdoor entertainment complex is renowned for its shopping, dining and nightlife. Major establishments include Disney Quest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba, House of Blues and Planet Hollywood.
  • Aquatica — SeaWorld’s waterpark is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 38 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Aquatica’s exclusive attractions promise unlimited fun, sending guests on amazing undersea adventures and through breathtaking animal exhibits.
    • Location: 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando
    • Phone: 888-800-5447
    • Costs: Ticket prices start at $28 per person.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary daily and seasonally. Visitors should call ahead for information.
  • Discovery Cove — This reservations-only water park restricts attendance to about 1,300 guests per day. Guests are able to participate in the park’s signature 30-minute Dolphin Interaction, snorkel with tropical fish and rays in The Grand Reef®, wade beside marmosets and otters in the Freshwater Oasis®, hand-feed parrots, toucans and other exotic birds in the free flight Explorer’s Aviary, and relax in the large resort pool and swim along a tropical river.
    • Location: 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando
    • Phone: 877-557-7404
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Discovery Cove is a full-day adventure with operating hours of 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m.
  • Universal CityWalk —Universal CityWalk is a 30-acre nighttime entertainment complex offering some of the hottest, most recognizable entertainment experiences in the world with dozens of clubs, restaurants and shops.
    • Location: 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando
  • Amway Center — This 20,000-seat sports and entertainment venue in Orlando is home to the Orlando Magic of the NBA. The arena has also hosted a variety of performances by the likes of from Blake Sheldon and Demi Lovato.
    • Location: 400 West Church St., Orlando
    • Phone: 407-440-7000
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events. The box office is located on Church Street and operates Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and three hours before any event.
  • Florida Citrus Bowl — As the largest of the Orlando sports and entertainment venues, the Citrus Bowl Stadium seats more than 70,000 patrons and attracts the national spotlight due to the legendary performers who have played there, including the Rolling Stones and Monster Jam.
    • Location: Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando
    • Phone: 407-440-5700
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information about upcoming events.
  • American Airlines Arena — A modern architectural marvel where the NBA's Miami Heat play, this 19,600-seat arena is also a premier entertainment venue hosting performances by the likes of Usher, Phish, Justin Beiber and the MTV Video Music Awards. Located in Downtown Miami on the waterfront of Biscayne Bay, the arena is positioned between the skyline of the city, the beautiful beaches and the nightlife of South Beach.
    • Location: 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
    • Phone: 305-577-4328
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The ticket office operates Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours may be extended on event days.
  • Grapeland Water Park — The only water park within the City of Miami, offering four pools, two slide pools (one for toddlers and one for older children and adults), a recreation pool and a lazy river, all ages can come and cool off in the summer months.
    • Location: 1550 NW 37 Ave., Miami
    • Phone: 305-960-2950
    • Costs: $12 for Miami-Dade County residents, age 14 and older; $15 for non-Miami-Dade County residents, age 14 and older; $7 for children, age 2 to 13; free for children, age 1 and younger.
    • Hours: Open March to October, although the hours of operation vary seasonally. Visitors should call before planning a visit.
  • Gusman Center for the Performing Arts — This arts center includes the Olympia Theater, which opened in 1926 as downtown Miami's grandest silent movie palace and Vaudeville house. Today, the Olympia is home to live performances.
    • Location: 174 E. Flagler St., Miami
    • Phone: 305-374-2444
    • Costs: Call for information about ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information about upcoming events.
  • South Beach — In Miami's South Beach, you can sip a martini while rubbing elbows with celebrities. Begin the night at a glittering outdoor café on Lincoln Road or one of the sophisticated hotel bars lining Collins Avenue. For a true nighttime South Beach experience, check out a trendy dance club.
  • Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park — Located within Bayfront Park, the amphitheater reopened in August 2009 after a multi-million dollar renovation.
    • Location: 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami
    • Phone: 561-795-8883
    • Costs: Call for information about ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on box office hours and upcoming events.
  • Midtown and Wynwood — Just driving through the streets, you might not peg it as a bustling metropolitan nightlife center but when the sun goes down and the doors open you’ll find some of the coolest and chicest spots around. Part of the charm of the Midtown/Wynwood area is that the spots are a bit hidden. Venues run from cozy wooden taverns to giant gallery party spaces or cozy hidden live music living rooms.
  • Downtown Miami — Here you can count on an after-work crowd for happy hour that bleeds into the wee hours of the morning. Tobacco Road is a stop worth making if you’re a history buff with a taste for beer or cheap cocktails. Other cool spots to check out downtown include the cocktail lounge and outdoor space Blackbird Ordinary. One of Downtown Miami’s mainstays is the legendary, gigantic Club Space. This is the place to head for house, trance and techno dance music – and for partying into the early hours.
  • Coconut Grove — The Grove is stuffed with college bars perfect for bar crawls. The Sandbar Sports Grill is a longtime favorite for cheap beer and fish tacos, while the rooftop of the Mayfair Hotel offers a swank atmosphere for cocktails and a spectacular view of Biscayne Bay. CocoWalk has long been a nighttime gathering place.
  • Miccosukee Resort & Gaming —One of several Indian casinos run by the Seminole Tribe, the Miccosukee houses 1,900 gaming machines and a 32-table poker room .
    • Location: 500 S.W. 177th Ave., Miami
    • Phone:877-242-6464
    • Hours: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week year-round.
  • Nightlife in Fort Lauderdale — The chic Las Olas area offers upscale lounges. You'll have a great time bar-hopping on Las Olas Boulevard or strolling along the city's stunning New River with exciting entertainment options year-round that include world-class concerts, events, unique galleries, shopping and fine dining.
  • The Broward Center for the Performing Arts — Located in the heart of the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, the venue offers musical and theater productions, including touring Broadway shows.
    • Location: 201 Southwest Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-462-0222 or 877-311-7469
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Seminole Hard Rock Casino — The glitzy, Vegas-style Seminole Hard Rock Casino is located in a somewhat downtrodden area of inland Hollywood. But once inside the Hard Rock enclave, you'll be mesmerized by the excitement radiating from the 145,000-square-foot casino, the 5,500-seat arena (Hard Rock Live), a dozen restaurants and nearly a dozen bars and nightclubs. The casino has blackjack, baccarat, three-card poker and more than 2,500 gaming tables.
    • Location: 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
    • Phone: 866-502-7529
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices for upcoming events.
    • Hours: The casino is open 24/7 year-round. Call for information on upcoming events, restaurant hours and nightclub hours.
  • Parker Playhouse — One of Fort Lauderdale’s first entertainment venues, this neo-classical playhouse seats 1,167 patrons and serves as a vibrant part of the area’s cultural scene.
    • Location: 707 NE 8 St., Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-468-3313
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming shows.
  • Zoomers Amusement Park — This indoor/outdoor amusement park offers an assortment of games, rides and attractions including the Cobra Roller Coaster, mini golf, go-kart tracks, bumper boats, a tilt-a-whirl and six brand-new Midway rides designed especially for younger children.
    • Location: 17455 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-481-9666
    • Costs: Admission to the park depends on height requirements. Call ahead for more information.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary seasonally call ahead before visiting.
  • Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall — This premiere performance venue in southwestern Florida has played host to artists ranging from the Gulf Coast Symphony to Ringo Star and comedian Lewis Black.
    • Location: 13350 Edison Parkway, Fort Myers
    • Phone: 800-440-7469 or 239-481-4849
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events. Box office hours in season are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fort Myers River District — Here you'll find eclectic boutiques, art galleries, live theater, great restaurants, upscale accommodations, tourist attractions and fantastic venues.
  • Lee County Civic Center — Home of the Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair, this indoor/outdoor event complex contains a 65,000-square foot arena suitable for trade shows and concerts, a 15,000-square foot exposition hall and a 17,000-square foot pavilion.
    • Location: 11831 Bayshore Road, Ft Myers
    • Phone: 239-543-8368
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Seminole Casino Immokalee — With more than 1,200 of the industry's newest slots, 34 live table games and a poker room, you are sure to find action that suits your style. The resort also offers many dining and entertainment options. Driving time from most areas of Fort Myers, Bonita, Naples and Marco Island is about 25 to 45 minutes.
    • Location: 506 S 1st St., Immokalee
    • Phone: 1-800-218-0007
    • Hours: Open 24/7 year-round.
  • St. Augustine Amphitheater — Built in 1965 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of city, this amphitheater was constructed in one of the old coquina quarries used to supply building materials for St. Augustine and the Castillo de San Marcos. After an $8.7 million renovation, it reopened in August 2007 with a fiberglass tensile canopy over the main stage.
    • Location: 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine
    • Phone: 904-471-1965
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • St. Augustine Nightlife — Although it seems like a quiet city, St. Augustine has a vibrant nightlife offering entertainment to match any mood or personality, ranging from biker bars to karaoke joints to sophisticated jazz clubs. Take in a martini along the bay, dance at a rooftop jazz club, bar hop on Anastasia Island or sing along with pirates in a tavern. In the historic district, you'll find many of the best pubs and clubs.
  • Veteran Memorial Arena —This 15,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Jacksonville was built in 2003 as part of the Better Jacksonville Plan to replace the outdated Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The stage has played host to the likes of Elton John, Garth Brooks and Motley Crue.
    • Location: 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville
    • Phone: 904-630-3900
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Downtown Jacksonville — The nightlife in Jacksonville provides an ample selection of bars, music venues and nightclubs. The adventuresome types can head down to Springfield and check out the eclectic Shanty Town or the Pearl. By far the best place to go on a random night is the Riverside/Avondale district, located between Five Points, King Street and the Shoppes of Avondale, where there are plenty of bars, restaurants and cool dance clubs.
  • Busch Gardens Tampa —Busch Gardens in Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 297 acres of attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. It is a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games.
    • Location: 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa
    • Phone: 1 888-800-5447
    • Costs: Various admission packages are available, although the prices vary seasonally. Visitors should call ahead for more information.
    • Hours: The park is open 365 days a year. Occasionally, attractions close for improvements and general maintenance. Park hours and show times vary seasonally so visitors should call before arriving.
  • Adventure Island — Located across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa, Adventure Island features an unrivaled blend of slides, corkscrews, waterfalls, a wave pool, children's water playground and other family attractions.
    • Location: 10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa
    • Phone: 813-987-5600
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: The park is open seasonally. Call for information on schedules and operating hours.
  • Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa — The sixth largest casino in the state offers 4,500 of the hottest gaming machines, 120 table games and an all new Asian-themed gaming area with 17 of the most popular Asian Table Games. If poker is your game, the casino has 50 tables of live high-stakes poker will get you into the action. Visitors can also enjoy concerts and shows at the Hard Rock Café as well as several restaurants and lounges.
    • Location: 5223 North Orient Road, Tampa
    • Phone: 866-388-4263
    • Hours: The casino is open 24/7 year-round. Call for information on upcoming shows and events.
  • The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre — The amphitheater has an impressive 20,000 seat capacity, which includes seating and lawn areas, making it one of Florida’s largest outdoor theaters. Due to its huge capacity, some of the biggest artists in the world have chosen to perform here including Aerosmith, Alice in Chains, Backstreet Boys, Brad Paisley, Bob Dylan, Boston, Blink-182, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Brown, Coldplay, Creed and Dave Matthews Band.
    • Location: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Highway 301 North, Tampa
    • Phone: 813-740-2446
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts — Located in downtown Tampa on a nine-acre site along the east bank of the Hillsborough River, the Straz is the second largest performing arts complex in the southeastern United States. It has a leading Broadway series and produces grand opera as well as presenting a variety of concerts, performances and events. The center is the home stage for the Jobsite Theater, Opera Tampa the Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra.
    • Location: 1010 N.W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa
    • Phone: 813-229-7820
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events. The ticket office is open Monday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Duke Energy Center for the Arts-Mahaffey Theater — This 2,031-seat cultural jewel, located in the heart of beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, features an elegant ballroom space, spectacular waterfront views and European box-style seating. The Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances, including Broadway, classical, pop, rock, comedy, dance, family and the renowned Florida Orchestra.
    • Location: 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg
    • Phone: 727-893-7832
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall —Ruth Eckerd Hall's near perfect acoustics have received rave reviews from artists, technicians and audience members since opening in 1983 and has been recognized as one of Tampa Bay's best concert halls.
    • Location: 1111 North McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
    • Phone: 727-791-7400
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events. The ticket office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and one hour prior to performances and remains open through intermission.
  • Key West Nightlife — Duval Street offers an abundance of nightclubs and bars where visitors can drink and dance the night away. Among the most well-known venues, Sloppy Joe’s is famed as a favorite watering hole of Ernest Hemmingway, who made his home on Key West during the 1930s.
  • The Red Barn Theater — This Key West theater hosts live productions, including plays, cabarets and musicals.
    • Location: 319 Duval St., Key West
    • Phone: 305-296-9911
    • Costs: Ticket prices range from $25 to $45, depending on the production.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming productions.
  • Downtown Key Largo — This one-square-mile entertainment hub offers family-oriented restaurants, cafes and plenty of arts and culture.

Arts & Cultural

  • Museum of Florida History — The Museum of Florida History promotes the heritage of Florida. Exhibits tell the story of Florida’s role in the Civil War, World War II and the state’s founding by Spaniards.
    • Location: 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-245-6400
    • Costs: Admission is free but donations are accepted.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science — Nestled within 52 acres of flora and fauna, this museum features a working 1880s pioneer farmstead, native Florida wildlife habitat, cypress swamp and an outdoor zip line and adventure course for kids and adults.
    • Location:3945 Museum Drive, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-576-1636
    • Costs: $9 for adults; $8.50 for seniors and college students; $6 for children, age 4 to 15; free for museum members and children, age 3 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Theater Tallahassee — This small 271-seat community theater opened in 1949 as the Tallahassee Little Theater and today remains an important local entertainment venue.
    • Location: 1861 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-224-4597 or 850-224-8474
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events. The box office is open Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. and one hour before curtain on show nights. Performances take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1p.m.
  • Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts — MoFA exhibits lush painting, dynamic sculpture and provocative photography. Every season begins with an international competitive exhibition that embraces all media and every semester closes with the youth and exuberance of the graduating-artist exhibitions.
    • Location: 250 Fine Arts Building, Florida State University, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-644-1299
    • Costs: Free
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on university holidays and weekends May through August.
  • Florida Historic Capitol Museum — The museum serves to illuminate the past, present and future connection between the people of Florida and their political institutions through programs of civic education, historic interpretation and preservation.
    • Location: 400 South Monroe St., Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-487-1902
    • Costs: Admission is free although donations are appreciated.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sundays and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Orlando Museum of Art — This recently renovated museum displays a fine rotating collection of American, pre-Colombian and African art.
    • Location: 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando
    • Phone: 407-896-4231
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, college students and military personnel; $4 for children, age 4 to 17; free for museum members and children, age 3 and younger.
    • Hours:Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Closed Monday and major holidays.
  • Mennello Museum of American Art — While in Loch Haven Park to enjoy The Mennello Museum of American Art plan to stay for the day and take in some other local attractions and eateries.
    • Location: 900 East Princeton St., Orlando
    • Phone: 407 246 4278
    • Costs: $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $1 for students and children, age 6 to 18; free for active military personnel and children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
  • Orland Shakespeare Theater — Housed in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Cultural Park, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater produces classic, contemporary and children's plays.
    • Location: 812 E. Rollins, Orlando
    • Phone: 407-447-1700
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events. The box office is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon until show time, and one hour prior to curtain. On non-performance days, the box office closes at 5 p.m. The box office is closed on Mondays.
  • The Orlando Philharmonic — As central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, the company is comprised of accomplished musicians recruited from around the world and performs in a number of venues, including Loch Haven Cultural Park.
    • Phone: 407-770-0071 Box office
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • CityArts Factory — Downtown Orlando’s largest collective of art galleries showcases an infusion of local and international works of art, rotated on a monthly basis.
    • Location: 29 Orange Ave., Orlando
    • Phone: 407-648-7060
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts —This center, which houses the Walt Disney Theatre, the Acoustical Theater and the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, hosts a range of performances including the Orlando Ballet and the Orlando Broadway series as well as smaller community shows.
    • Location: 455 South Orange Ave., Orlando
    • Phone: 407-839-0119
    • Cost: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing — Miami’s largest performing arts space with the fullest calendar is the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Not only is it the biggest venue in Miami, but it’s one of the largest performing arts complexes in the country. Residents at the Arsht Center include The New World Symphony, the Miami City Ballet and the Florida Grand Opera.
    • Location: 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
    • Phone: 786-468-2000
    • Costs: Call for information ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office operates Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon until curtain time when there is a performance. The box office is also open two hours before every performance.
  • The Momentum Dance Company — One of the oldest contemporary dance companies in Florida performs at various venues throughout the city.
    • Location: Coconut Grove, Florida
    • Phone: 305-858-7002
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours:Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • Perez Art Museum Miami — Founded in 1984 as the Center for Fine Arts, this museum was strictly an exhibiting organization with no collection of its own. That changed in 1996 with plans to create a new, world-class facility. The new museum opened to international acclaim in 2013, renamed as the Pérez Art Museum Miami in recognition of a landmark leadership gift of cash and art from Jorge M. Pérez, now valued at $40 million.
    • Location: 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
    • Phone: 305-375-3000
    • Costs: $12 for adults; $8 for seniors, students and children. age 7 to 18; free for museum members, military personnel and children, age 6 and younger.
    • Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art — An art-collecting museum known for its provocative and innovative exhibitions, and for seeking a fresh approach to examining the art of our times.
    • Location: 770 NE 125th St., Miami
    • Phone: 305-893-6211
    • Costs: $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and students; free for members, North Miami residents and children under age 12. Jazz at MOCA performances are free.
    • Hours: The galleries and the MOCA shop are open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Bass Museum of Art — This museum in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco District houses five galleries that offer an overview of major European paintings, sculpture and textiles plus temporary exhibitions of contemporary art from around the world. Its varied permanent collection spans more than 500 years and four continents.
    • Location: 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
    • Phone: 305-673-7530
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; free for members and children under age 6. Group discounts are available.
    • Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays. Docent tours are available upon request and free with museum admission.
  • Actor’s Playhouse — Located in Coral Gables at the Miracle Theater, this company raises its curtains to both dramatic and musical theater and even has something for the kids.
    • Location: 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
    • Phone: 305-444-9293
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office operates Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
  • New Theatre — Founded in 1986, this Miami theater company has been putting the works of early and mid-career playwrights on stage, including the world premiere of Anna in the Tropics that went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. The small 100-seat theater has produced more than 50 world premieres.
    • Location: 8567 Coral Way #355, Miami
    • Phone: 305-443-5909
    • Costs: Tickets costs$26 if purchased in advance and $31 on the day of the show.
    • Hours: Call for information about upcoming performances.
  • Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum —Located just a few miles from Billie Swamp Safari, is Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, whose name means "a place to learn, a place to remember." This museum documents the traditions and culture of the Seminole Tribe of Florida through artifacts, exhibits and reenactments of rituals and ceremonies. The 60-acre site includes a living-history Seminole village, nature trails and a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk through a cypress swamp.
    • Location: 34725 W. Boundary Road, Clewiston
    • Phone: 877-902-1113
    • Costs: $9
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Bonnet House Museum and Gardens — Ponds with bonnet water lilies and tropical gardens surround this historic courtyard-style waterfront home. Built in 1921 on 35 acres famed artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife, Evelyn, who made the inside equally beautiful.
    • Location: 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-563-5393
    • Costs: $20 for adult; $16 for students and children, age 6 to 12; free for museum members and children under age 6.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours take place at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Closed on Monday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale — Part of the Nova Southeastern University, one of the largest private research universities in the United States, this museum houses a permanent collection that contains more than 6,000 works, including the nation’s largest collection of works by American painter William Glackens and a significant collection of works by leading Latin American artists.
    • Location: 1 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-525-5500
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $7 for seniors and military personnel; $5 for students; free for museum members and children, age 12 and younger.
    • Hours: Museum galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. The galleries close at 2 p.m. on July 4 and Christmas Eve. The museum is closed on Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day.
  • Southwest Florida Symphony -- The only professional orchestra in Lee County performs Classical and Pops concerts November through April. In addition, they have a Symphony Chorus that performs in various venues around the Fort Myers and Cape Coral area.
    • Location: 8290 College Parkway #103, At Fountain Court, Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-418-0996
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Box office open from May 1 to Oct. 1, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and from Oct. 3 to April 30, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • Gulf Coast Symphony -- Founded in 1996 by Dr. Andrew Kurtz, the Gulf Coast Symphony is the premier community orchestra of Southwest Florida and one of the most dynamic community orchestras in the United States.
    • Location: 6314 Corporate Court Suite 100, Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-277-1700
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: call for information on upcoming performances.
  • Florida Repertory Theater — The Florida Repertory Theater performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre in the heart of the Fort Myers River District. A fully professional theater company that The Wall Street Journal called "One of America's Top Repertory Companies," the group produces a wide variety of comedies, dramas and musicals during its October to May season.
    • Location: 2267 1st St., Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-332-4488
    • Costs: Ticket prices run from $10 to $45 per seat.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • Southwest Florida Museum of History — Housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad Depot, this museum showcases the history of southwest Florida with exhibits showcasing the Paleo Indians, the Calusa, the Seminoles, Spanish explorers and early settlers. An authentic replica of a pioneer "cracker" house, a 1926 La France fire pumper and a 1929 private Pullman rail car are also part of the tour.
    • Location: 2031 Jackson St., Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-321-7430
    • Costs: $9.50 with seniors and AAA members receiving a $1 discount off admission; $5for students with current ID.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Naples Depot Museum — Set in Naples' restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station, this museum welcomes visitors back to the railroading boom days of the Roaring Twenties and explains how generations of Southwest Floridians used technology and transportation to conquer a vast and seemingly impenetrable frontier.
    • Location: 1051 Fifth Ave. South, Naples
    • Phone: 239-262-6525
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operation.
  • Artis-Naples — This performing arts center hosts more than 300 concerts, performances, exhibitions and educational events for children and adults each year. The facility is home to the Naples Philharmonic and the Baker Museum.
    • Location: 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples
    • Phone: 239-597-1900
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • Baker Museum — Located in the Artis-Naples campus, the three-story Baker Museum includes 15 galleries. Special features include the museum’s entrance gates, designed by renowned metal artist Albert Paley and a Persian ceiling created by popular glass artist Dale Chihuly.
    • Location: 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples
    • Phone: 239-597-1900
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $5 for full-time students (with valid ID); free for children, age 17 and younger.
    • Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • The Lightner Museum —Chicago publisher Otto C. Lightner opened this museum, which features items of Victoriana as well as a stained glass room by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
    • Location: 75 King St., Saint Augustine
    • Phone: 904-824-2874
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $6 for active military personnel; $5 for college students and children, age 12 to 18; free for children, age 11 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Spanish Military Hospital Museum — Fully guided tours take you back to the Colonial Spanish days. Learn why the Spanish were considered 400 years ahead of their time in medicine and see how surgeries were performed in Colonial times.
    • Location:3 Aviles St., Saint Augustine
    • Phone: 904-342-7730
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts — This three-venue facility is a cornerstone of downtown Jacksonville, supporting a wide range of entertainment experiences including the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
    • Location:300 West Water St., Jacksonville
    • Phone: 904-633-6110
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens —Built on the site of the home of Arthur and Ninah Cummer, this museum opened its doors in 1961 with a relatively small collection of 60 pieces that has grown to more than 6,000 works of art encompassing 8,000 years of art history.
    • Location:829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville
    • Phone: 904-356-6857
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $6 for seniors, college students and military personnel; free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours:Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • MOCA Jacksonville — Founded in 1924 as the Jacksonville Fine Arts Society, the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art (JMOMA) now resides in a six-floor facility that now houses more than 800 pieces of art.
    • Location: 333 North Laura St., Jacksonville
    • Phone: 904-366-6911
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $5 for seniors, retired and active military personnel and children, age 2 to 12: free for college students and children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday.
  • Tampa Museum of Art — This museum's impressive collection includes contemporary art as well as Greek and Roman antiquities. Opened in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on antiquities and modern and contemporary art, this is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media.
    • Location: 6600 North Ashley Drive, Tampa
    • Phone: 813-274-8130
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $7.50 for seniors, active military personnel and Florida educators; $5 for students; free for children, age 6 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday: 11a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Museum of Science and Industry — The museum offers more than 450 hands-on activities plus Florida’s only IMAX® DOME Theater. Visitors can gaze into the starry night sky in MOSI’s Saunders Planetarium and won't want to miss exploring the outdoors in the BioWorks Butterfly Garden.
    • Location: 4801 East Fowler Ave., Tampa
    • Phone: 813-987-6000
    • Costs: $22.95 for adults; $20.95 for seniors; $18.95 for children, age 6 to 12; free for children, age 5 and younger. Parking costs $5 per car.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts — Located on a nine-acre site along the east bank of the Hillsborough River, the second largest performing arts complex in the Southeastern United States is home stage to the Jobsite Theater, Opera Tampa, the Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra and the renowned Florida Orchestra.
    • Location: 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa
    • Phone: 813-229-7827
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events. The ticket office is open Monday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater — Located in the heart of downtown St, Petersburg, this newly renovated center hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances, including the renowned Florida Orchestra.
    • Location: 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg
    • Phone: 727-893-7832
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall — This hall's near perfect acoustics have received rave reviews from artists, technicians and audience members since opening in 1983. In 2003, the Hall's audience chamber received a complete refurbishment and now plays host to the Florida Orchestra.
    • Location: 1111 North McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
    • Phone: 727-791-7400
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events. The ticket office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and one hour prior to performances and remains open through intermission.
  • The Ringling Museum of Art — This museum is home to one of the preeminent art and cultural collections in the United States. You'll want to spend a day or two exploring the 66-acre estate of John and Mable Ringling, which also includes the Circus Museum, the Ca' d'Zan, The Historic Asolo Theater and the Bayfront Gardens.
    • Location:5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
    • Phone: 941-359-5700
    • Costs: $25 for adults; $23 for seniors; $18 for students; $10 for Florida educators and active military personnel; $5 for children, age 6 to 17; free for members and children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Dali Museum — An important collection of the famed surrealist's works reside in this fantastical three-story building designed by architect Yann Weymouth. The collection includes 96 oil paintings, many original drawings, book works, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts and an extensive archive of documents, all by Salvador Dali himself. It remains the preeminent collection of the artist’s work in North America.
    • Location: One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg
    • Phone: 727-823-3767
    • Costs: $24 for adults; $22 for seniors and military personnel, police and firefighters; $17 for college students and teens, age 13 to17; $10 for children, age 6 to 12; free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m.
  • Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg —From a legendary permanent collection to fascinating traveling exhibits, this museum offers diverse and ever-changing opportunities to experience art. Discover 4,500 years of civilization in thousands of objects extending from antiquity to the present. Highlights include masterpieces from Monet, Cézanne, Renoir and others, a sculpture garden, a Steuben glass gallery and one of Florida’s most respected photography collections.
    • Location:255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg
    • Phone: 727-896-2660
    • Costs: $17 for adults; $15 for seniors and military personnel; $10 for college students and children, age 7 to 18; free for museums members and children, age 6 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours Thursday until 8 p.m. (with reduced admission after 5 p.m.); and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Chihuly Collection — The permanent collection of Dale Chihuly's unique artwork is displayed in a waterfront setting designed by architect Albert Alfonso. The collection includes the spectacular Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier created specifically for the collection and is not to be missed.
    • Location: Morean Arts Center, 400 Beach Dr., NE, St. Petersburg
    • Phone: 727-896-4527
    • Costs: $19.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors; $12.95 for children and students; free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Restaurants & Shopping

  • Midtown Area of Tallahassee — This neighborhood is fast becoming a trendsetter with boutique hotels, rooftop bars and new delectable restaurants with celebrity chefs at the helm.
  • Bradley’s Country Store — Located just outside of Tallahassee on the scenic Centerville Road, this family-owned store has been a local tradition since 1927 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
    • Location: 10655 Centerville Road, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-893-1647
    • Hours: Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Apalachicola — Located 40 miles south of Tallahassee on the Gulf Coast, this once-thriving shipping port now stakes its fortune on oysters, recognized by many as the finest produced in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Ten Thousand Villages — In the heart of Tallahassee's northeast shopping district, this non-profit retail store features products from more than 130 artisan groups in 35 countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
    • Location: 1415 Timberland Road in Market Square Road, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 877-883-8341
    • Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Downtown Disney Area — A famous outdoor entertainment complex renowned for its shopping, dining and nightlife.
  • Universal CityWalk — Universal CityWalk is a 30-acre nighttime entertainment complex offering some of the hottest clubs, restaurants and shops
    • Location: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary according to venue.
  • The Mall at Millenia — This upscale contemporary shopping mall is famous for its shopping and renowned for its beautiful contemporary architecture.
    • Location: 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando
    • Phone: 407-363-3555
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Orlando Premium Outlets-International Drive — Located minutes from Universal Orlando Resort, this outlet mall offers 180 luxury designer and name brand stores.
    • Location: 4951 International Drive, Orlando,
    • Phone: 407-352-9600
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Orlando Vineland — Located near SeaWorld, this shopping area houses 160 stores including Coach, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tory Burch outlets.
    • Location: 8200 Vineland Ave., Orlando
    • Phone: 407-238-7787
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores — Located only two miles from Walt Disney World, this complex is known among savvy consumers as one of Central Florida's "best-kept secrets for outlet deals," offering factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off.
    • Location: 15657 State Road 535, Orlando
    • Phone: 407-238-9301
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Antique Row — This street in Orlando that is home to many antique shops. It is an ideal place to go if you're in the area and have a taste for fine antiques.
  • Orlando's International Drive — This 14.5-mile-long stretch of road welcomes travelers from all over the world with more than 100 hotels and 500 stores. Visitors can ride up and down International Drive on trolleys that make frequent stops along the way.
  • Miami’s Little Havana — Hispanic culture permeates everything in Little Havana and includes colorful murals, elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics and cigar rollers deep at work and the aroma of Cuban coffee. Visitors will find unique storefronts and art galleries as well as quaint restaurants. Local landmarks include Calle Ocho, the main drag of Little Havana, where fruit stands, art galleries, Cuban restaurants and cigar shops line the avenue and the Walkway of the Stars, which honors Latin American celebrities including Gloria Estefan and Celia Cruz.
  • Downtown Miami — Home to one of the nation’s largest jewelry districts and hundreds of boutiques and restaurants.
  • South Beach — Designer shopping abounds on the streets of South Beach, whose Lincoln Road, Española Way, Washington Avenue, Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive stores are synonymous with must-have merchandise and an unique shopping experiences. Visitors will find one-of-a-kind jewelry, housewares, books and gifts. Galleries across South Beach feature works by cutting-edge artists. If fashion is your passion, look no further than Nicole Miller, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger and the myriad other ultra-hip, independent boutiques on the avenues and side streets of South Beach.
  • Bayside Marketplace — This shopping area blends shopping with pleasure as national retailers share space a huge Hard Rock Cafe, great seafood, steak and Latin restaurants along with scores of places to savor a quick café con leche or gelato or to linger over fruity drinks by the bay.
    • Location: 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
    • Phone: 305-577-3344
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Coral Gables — A historically charming neighborhood known for its walk-able downtown area, “the Gables” offers unique shops and sidewalk cafes. Anchored by its signature promenade, the Miracle Mile, the streets are lined with bridal shops, clothing and jewelry boutiques, shoe stores, art galleries and even a few bakeries.
  • Design District — This haute design area tempts serious collectors with contemporary and traditional furniture showrooms, antique dealers, art galleries and innovative retail spaces.
  • Coconut Grove — Coconut Grove was Miami’s first neighborhood and remains one of its most picturesque featuring an area of frequent festivals, endless street life, eccentric artists and sophisticated arts. At the heart of “the Grove” is CocoWalk, an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination that invokes the ambiance of a European town square.
  • Swap Shop — Hunt out bargains at this flea market, the largest in the South with 2,000 vendors selling items at dirt cheap prices.
    • Location: 3291 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-791-7927
    • Hours: Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk and Las Olas Riverfront —Curving along the New River, the meandering Riverwalk runs from Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and plays host to restaurants and shops. Las Olas Riverfront is basically a giant alfresco shopping mall with stores, restaurants and live entertainment nightly. It's also the place to catch many river cruises.
  • Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard — South Florida’s most architecturally unique, authentic, and eclectic shopping and dining district boasts more than 30 al fresco dining options, 10 major international art galleries and 65 unique shops filled with fashion.
  • Downtown Hollywood Arts and Design District — Located half way between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, the city of Hollywood’s arts and design district runs from 21st Avenue to Young Circle on Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street. The streets are peppered with boutiques, bistros, sidewalk cafés and galleries featuring original artwork.
  • Downtown Fort Myers — Filled with businesses ranging from boutiques, restaurants, cafes, antique stores and jewelers, the area also hosts a monthly arts walk.
  • Tanger Outlet Center — A bargain hunters paradise with more than 40 designer stores.
    • Location:20350 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-454-1974
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Downtown Naples — Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South are the focal points for Naples’ shopping in the historic downtown area with numerous art galleries, chic clothing boutiques and home decor shops.
  • Fort Myers River District — Here you'll find eclectic boutiques, art galleries, live theater, great restaurants, upscale accommodations, tourist attractions and fantastic venues.
  • Shell Factory — Thriving through 75 years, the Shell Factory has withstood a fire, hurricanes and the construction of Interstate 75.
    • Location: 2787 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-995-2141
    • Hours:Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • St. George Street in Downtown St. Augustine — Beginning at the Old City Gates and stretching for several blocks, St. George Street is the very popular heart of St. Augustine's historic Old Town. Pedestrian-only, except for some street crossings, St. George Street is lined with old or re-created historic structures now occupied by specialty and souvenir stores, restaurants, art galleries and dessert shops.
  • St. Augustine Premium Outlets — Owned by Simon Properties, Augustine Premium Outlets features an impressive collection of the finest brands and impressive savings of 25% to 65% all year round.
    • Location: 2700 State Road 16, Saint Augustine
    • Phone: 904-825-1555
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • St. Augustine Outlets — St. Augustine Outlets is conveniently located off Interstate 95 serving the Jacksonville and Daytona Beach market areas. The recently expanded St. Augustine Outlets offers more than 75 authentic fashion brands and serves as the premier outlet destination for Northeast Florida shoppers.
    • Location: 500 Outlet Mall Blvd., St. Augustine
    • Phone: 904-826-1311
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 a.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Uptown San Marco Merchants Association — Comprising the "Uptown" area along San Marco in St. Augustine, this retail destination boasts unique clothing and accessories, letterpress paper products, furniture, home decor, gourmet food, sporting goods, art, crafts, collectibles and antiques. The last Saturday of every month, most uptown merchants participate in "Uptown Saturday Night" and keep their shops open until 9 p.m.
  • Downtown Jacksonville — Unique stores abound in the heart of the city’s downtown with a mixture of the latest in retail and historic shops, which have served locals for decades.
  • Beachside Shopping in Jacksonville — The A1A strip, running throughout Neptune, Atlantic and Jacksonville Beach, is a shopper's paradise with a variety of galleries, shops and restaurants all within a neighborhood setting.
  • Jacksonville’s Avondale District — Stroll the oak-lined avenues of historic Avondale, one of the nation’s largest National Register of Historic Districts. A variety of specialty boutiques, fine galleries and gourmet eateries cater to the upscale shopper. Choose from more than 45 stores featuring children’s clothing, women’s accessories, fine art and antiques.
  • Jacksonville’s Five Points — Riverside's funky, trendy Five Points is considered Jacksonville's arts and commerce district. Built in the 1930s as Jacksonville's first shopping area outside of downtown, it continues to thrive.
  • Tampa’s Foodie Scene — Over the last few years, Tampa’s dining scene has undergone a significant transformation. Once dominated by fast food and chain restaurants, the area has given rise to a new generation of eateries offering inventive dishes with traditional ingredients. Among the city’s best-know tradition is its Cuban cuisine. A Cuban sandwich — ham, salami, roasted pork, Swiss cheese and a slew of condiments packed in between two slices of freshly baked Cuban bread — is a culinary experience. Numerous area cafes and eateries offer their own unique take on Tampa Bay’s signature sandwich.
  • Tampa’s Latin Quarter —Ybor City is both a National Historic Landmark District and, particularly on weekends, a scene that bustles throughout the day with sightseers in the morning, well-dressed Tampa businessmen and women who pop over from Tampa's skyscrapers at lunch, a dinner crowd of both local patrons and tourists and, finally, the young adults with bare midriffs and low-slung jeans who enliven its dozens of bars and clubs.
  • Tampa’s Channel District — Funky, artsy, rustic and eclectic are some of the words that describe downtown Tampa's Channel District. Warehouses are being renovated and replaced with new trendy lofts and creative workspaces.
  • Downtown St. Petersburg — The scene in vibrant downtown St. Petersburg is filled with museums, sidewalk cafes, unique shops, antiques and galleries with trolleys that connect them all. Take a stroll and encounter breathtaking public art that dots the landscape or tour the many private galleries that call St. Petersburg home.
  • Ellenton Premium Outlet — Check out the great buys in this open-air shopping center with legendary brands and impressive discounts at more than 130 outlet stores.
  • Hyde Park Village — This shopping district has been a cherished neighborhood hub since its first buildings were constructed in 1925. Now spanning seven city blocks, it remains one of Tampa Bay's most desirable residential neighborhoods. The Village is home to a unique mix of national, regional and local retailers who together form the special fabric of these streets.
  • SoHo Tampa — Short for "South Howard Avenue," this entertainment district within the Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa is home to the much praised Bern's Steak House. Other high-end restaurants and nightlife venues are located here as well as high-end locally-owned clothing boutiques, art galleries and dessert cafes.
  • Historic Seaport at Key West Bight — Visit the Key West Historic Seaport and Harbor Walk to find a multitude of restaurants, attractions and activities and take in some breathtaking views at the same time. Browse artwork in one of several boutiques or find that perfect gift at one of several gift shops.
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  • Restaurants in the Florida Keys — A Florida Keys diet is bound to be plentiful in fishy nutrients, but you'll get points off for breaded and fried. Thankfully, restaurants are warming to the healthful New World cuisine—tropical fruits and tubers, Latin-Caribbean flavors—that's ubiquitous in Miami. Even in high-end restaurants, a jacket is never required and ties are laughed at. At dockside seafood joints, fresh fish and talkative bartenders are the only prerequisites. And don’t skip the local specialties — conch fritters and Key Lime Pie are on almost every restaurant menu.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

  • Doak S. Campbell Stadium — With more than 84,000 seats, this stadium is home field to the Florida State University’s Seminoles football team.
    • Location: 288 Champions Way, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-644-1830 or 888-378-6653
    • Costs:Call for information on ticket prices
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming games. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Players Club at SummerBrooke — A hidden gem, SummerBrooke is known as the best golf value in town.
    • Location: 7505 Preservation Rd, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-894-4653
    • Costs: Call for information green fees and other costs.
    • Hours: The first tee time is 7:40 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:16 a.m. Friday through Sunday. The pro shop stays open until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.
  • Hilaman Park Municipal Golf Course — The panoramic Hilaman Golf Course, located in the heart of Tallahassee, is ideal for all levels of golfers.
    • Location: 2737 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-891-3935
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees.
    • Hours: Call for information about tee times.
  • Don Veller Seminole Golf Course and Club — Spread out over 200 acres, the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course features strategically placed bunkers, water hazards and natural areas in a gently rolling terrain to challenge the more accomplished players while the large greens generous landing areas will be very appealing to average players. You won’t find any homes, apartment complexes or commercial buildings to distract your round. What you will find are plenty foxes, deer, geese, purple martins, woodpeckers and butterflies.
    • Location: 2550 Pottsdamer St., Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-644-2582
    • Costs: Rates vary by day and time of day. Monday through Thursday, fees run from $19.95 to $36.95. Friday through Sunday, prices start at $23.94 and run to $44.95. Golf carts cost extra.
    • Hours: The first tee times are available daily starting at 7 a.m.
  • Amway Center – This 20,000-seat sports venue in Orlando, Florida is home to the Orlando Magic.
    • Location: 400 West Church St., Orlando
    • Phone: 407-440-7000
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and three hours before any event.
  • Florida Citrus Bowl -- As the largest of the Orlando sports venues, the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium seats more than 70,000 patrons and attracts the national spotlight due to the caliber of the bowl games played here.
    • Location: Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando
    • Phone: 407-440-5700
    • Costs: Call for information about ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Grand Cypress Golf Club —This gold course is open to limited public play. The North, South and East Nines offer a variety of mental and physical stimuli that, unlike other Orlando golf courses, test accuracy rather than strength and distance. The original North-South combination, marked by sharply ledged fairways, tall shaggy mounds and plateau greens perched above water or sand, is a demanding, target-style test. The sportier, more wooded East Nine is more generous with less bunkering and allows for more run-up shots.
    • Location: One North Jacaranda, Orlando
    • Phone: 407-239-1900
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Shingle Creek Golf Club — This Orlando course presents challenges to players of all levels and has consistently been rated as one of the area’s best golf courses since opening in 2003.
    • Location: 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando
    • Phone: 407-996-9932
    • Costs: Rates range from $39 to $149 per person, depending on the time of year.
    • Hours: Tee times vary seasonally so visitors should call before arriving.
  • Orlando Golf Trail — Ten of Orlando's premier golf facilities have come together to make it easier to book golf in Orlando. Orlando Golf Trail courses have played host to PGA and Senior PGA Tour qualifying schools, Dell Webb Father Son Challenge, The Oldsmobile and Buick Scramble National Finals, U.S. Open Regional qualifying as well as numerous state and local championships.
    • Location: 701 Golf Park Dr. Celebration
    • Phone: 407-566-4653
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • American Airlines Arena — This modern architectural marvel where the NBA's Miami Heat plays is also a premier entertainment venue. Seating 19,600, the arena is a vibrant waterfront setting positioned between the skyline of the city, the beautiful beaches and the nightlife of South Beach.
    • Location: 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
    • Phone: 305-577-4328
    • Costs: Call for information on concert tickets.
    • Hours: Ticket office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours may be extended on event days.
  • Marlins Park — The Miami Marlins play their regular season home games at this 37,000-seat facility.
    • Location: 501 Marlins Way, Miami
    • Phone: 305-480-1300
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The Marlins Park box office operates Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sun Life Stadium — This stadium is home of the Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes and the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. In addition, Sun Life Stadium has hosted five Super Bowls, the Pro Bowl and four collegiate National Championship games, WrestleMania 28, International Soccer matches and numerous world-class concerts.
    • Location: 7500 S.W. 30th St. Davie
    • Phone: 954-452-7000
    • Costs: Call for information on tickets prices.
    • Hours: The ticket office operates Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on all event days.
  • Miami Beach Golf Club — This popular course on historic Alton Road features an on-site pro shop with high-quality golf merchandise appropriate for this course. It’s open year-round, is busiest from January to April and you can book your tee times online. Its top-rated golf academy employs tenured professionals in the industry and works with golfers at all experience levels. The club offers equipment rentals as well.
    • Location: 2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach
    • Phone: 305-532-3350
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Briar Bay Golf Course -- More than 40,000 games are played annually at Briar Bay, which speaks volumes about the quality of the experience here. The course sits on 20 acres of land and its multi-directional layout creates unique challenges during play. This attractive course is suitable for seasoned players as well as first timers. The course offers an on-site clubhouse as well.
    • Location: 9375 SW 134 St., Miami
    • Phone: 305-235-6667
    • Costs: $11 Monday through Friday; $12 Saturday and Sunday and holidays.
    • Hours: Tee times are available from 7 a.m. to sunset.
  • Greynolds Park Golf Course — Greynolds Park Golf Course’s unique layout and par-36 game has made it one of Miami-Dade’s most popular nine-hole courses.
    • Location: 17530 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach
    • Phone: 305-949-1741
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Tee times are available from 7 a.m. to sunset.
  • Bonaventure Country Club — The East and West Courses are both open to the public. The East Course is an 18-hole, 7,000-yard, par-72 course. The West Course, a par-70 course, is shorter at 6,100 yards long and may be a little easier for beginners to handle because water hazards come into play less. Despite this, a successful round still requires several strategically placed shots.
    • Location: 200 Bonaventure Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-389-2100
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Emerald Hills — In addition to an 18-hole, 7,117-yard course with a par of 72, the club includes a chipping green, a driving range and two putting greens. The best way to start a successful round on this course is to play the dogleg correctly on the first hole, which is a 580-yard par-5 hole.
    • Location: 4100 N Hills Drive, Hollywood
    • Phone: 954-961-4000
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • JetBlue Park at Fenway South — Informally called JetBlue Park, this ball park in Fort Myers is part of the Fenway South training and development facility. Opened in March 2012, it is primarily the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox,
    • Location: 11500 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-334-4700 ; 239-226-4783
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Lee County Sports Complex — This facility is the training center for the Minnesota Twins and home field for the championship Fort Myers Miracles minor league baseball team.
    • Location: 14100 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-768-4225
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Buckingham Polo — The Buckingham Polo Club presents almost every weekend “Friday Night Polo Under the Stars” and “Sunday Polo @ Teatime.”
    • Location: 6270 Staley Farms Road, Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-288-3533
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Eastwood Golf Course — Designed by Robert Von Hagge and Bruce Devlin, Eastwood sits on more than 150 acres. The par-72 course features 87 strategically placed bunkers and water comes into play on 10 of the 18 holes. Those who play Eastwood leave with the appreciation that it is a great course that is fun to play and very affordable.
    • Location: 4600 Bruce Herd Lane, Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-321-7487
    • Costs: $30 from 7 a.m. to noon,; $25 from noon to 3 p.m.; and $20 from 3 p.m. to closing.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • ArrowHead Golf Course — This full-service public golf facility offers a fully stocked golf pro shop, PGA professional staff, leagues, outings, tournaments, banquets and individual and group instruction.
    • Location: 2205 Heritage Greens Drive, Naples
    • Phone: 239-596-1000
    • Costs: Because rates vary seasonally, visitors should call before arriving.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Hibiscus Golf Club — This 18-hole public golf course is one of the few courses in the Naples area open to the public. Hibiscus is a golfer's dream with 18 totally different experiences for both the high and low handicap golfer. Wide fairways, bunkered greens and numerous lakes and streams make each hole a new challenge and a pleasure to play. In addition, they offer one of the few public practice facilities in Southwest Florida.
    • Location: 5375 Hibiscus Drive, Naples
    • Phone: 239-774-0088
    • Costs: Because rates vary seasonally, visitors should call before arriving.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • EverBank Field — Home of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars, this 76,000-seat stadium sits adjacent to the St. Johns River in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. EverBank Field is the result of a $135 million renovation project.
    • Location: One EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville
    • Phone: 904-633-6100
    • Costs:Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours:Call for information on upcoming games and events.
  • Daytona International Speedway — This speedway hosts many motorsports events and races throughout the year, including stock car, sports car, motorcycle and go-karting. Since opening in 1959, it has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR.
    • Location:1801 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach
    • Phone: 877-306-7223
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events and races.
  • TPC Sawgrass — Birthplace of the Tournament Players Club Network (TPC) and home of The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass has been consistently recognized as one of the top golf resorts in the world. It’s the ultimate golfer’s getaway, located between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, and features two spectacular courses designed by world-renowned architect Pete Dye.
    • Location: 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach
    • Phone: 904-273-3235
    • Costs: Call for more information on golf packages.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding tee times.
  • St. Johns Golf and Country Club —About 30 minutes from downtown St. Augustine, this club is well worth the trip. In terms of layout, conditioning and value, it’s hard to beat. The Clyde Johnston layout is a monster from the tips measuring more than 7,200 yards but there are 5 sets of tees for players of all levels of ability. The course has served as host to the PGA TOUR Qualifying School in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, so those long tees have been well served. Most would enjoy the white tees at 6,384 yards and the ladies tees are at 5,286 yards.
    • Location: 205 St. Johns Golf Drive, St. Augustine
    • Phone: 904-940-3200
    • Costs: Fees including cart run from about $35 to $70 depending on the time of day and season.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • The King and the Bear — If you want a high-end resort course where the conditions are perfect and the designers are Jack Nicklaus and Arnie Palmer, this is your place. The only downside is you will pay for the privilege.
    • Location: One King and Bear Drive, St. Augustine,
    • Phone: 904-940-6088
    • Costs: Greens fees range from $69 to $169 on the weekend. Call for information on greens fees.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • South Hampton Golf Club —The course is similar to St Johns Golf and Country Club with many of the holes wide open so you can “grip it and rip it” in this very enjoyable and playable Mark McCumber design. The course has 16 lakes and more than 60 bunkers. The back nine is a bit more adventurous so do your scoring on the front nine.
    • Location: 315 S. Hampton Club Way, St. Augustine
    • Phone: 904-287-7529
    • Costs:Fees range from about $45 during the week to about $69 on the weekend. Call for information on greens fees.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena —This 15,000 seat arena in Jacksonville was built in 2003 and is the current home to the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League and the Jacksonville Dolphins men's basketball team. The Jacksonville Giants, a member of the American Basketball Association, also play their home games here.
    • Location: 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville
    • Phone: 904-630-3900
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events.
  • Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville — Considered one of the premiere minor league baseball parks in the country, The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville opened in 2003 as the home field for the Jacksonville Suns. Featuring an old-fashioned design, brick facade and a grass seating berm, the Baseball Grounds preserves all of the wonderful traditions baseball has to offer.
    • Location: 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville
    • Phone: 904-358-2846
    • Costs: Ticket prices run from $5 to $22.50 per person, depending on the location of the seats. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming games and events.
  • Raymond James Stadium —Raymond James Stadium, also known as the "Ray Jay," is home to the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as the NCAA's South Florida Bulls football team.
    • Location: 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
    • Phone: 813-350-6504
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket events.
    • Hours: The ticket office is only open on event days. Call for more information on upcoming games.
  • Steinbrenner Field —This field is the spring training home to the New York Yankees and home field to the minor league Tampa Yankees.
    • Location:1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa
    • Phone: 813-875-7753
    • Costs: Tickets start as low as $4 per person. Call for information on prices.
    • Hours: The box office is open on non-game days from Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The box office is open on game days from Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to the fifth inning of game; Saturday, 3 p.m. to the fifth inning of game; and Sunday, 11a.m. to fifth inning of game.
  • Tropicana Field — Home of the Tampa Bay Rays, this major league park is the world's only professional sports facility that features live cownose rays. The Rays Tank opened in 2006, and is located just behind the right center field wall. Through a unique partnership with the Florida Aquarium, there are more than 30 rays that fans can touch and feed throughout the game. The 10,000 gallon tank is one of the 10 largest in the United States.
    • Location: 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg
    • Phone: 888-326-7297
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming games.
  • Bright House Networks Field — This family-friendly ball park with a capacity of 8,500 patrons is home field to the Clearwater Threshers, the minor league ball club for the Philadelphia Phillies. The facility distinguishes itself with a 360-degree main concourse, grass berm seating and a tiki-hut pavilion in left field. Other features include group picnic areas, a children's play area and a state-of-the-art video scoreboard.
    • Location: 601 N. Old Coachman Rd, Clearwater
    • Phone: 727-467-4457
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The main ticket office is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours for night and weekend games.
  • TPC Tampa Bay — Home to the Champions Tour each April, the TPC Tampa Bay is certainly one of the top golf facilities in the Tampa bay area. The course offers a variety of tough holes featuring many water hazards and tough bunkering. TPC Tampa was rated in 2010 by Golf World Magazine as #13 Best Public Golf Facility.
    • Location: 5300 West Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz
    • Phone: 813-949-0090
    • Costs: Greens fees run from $99 to $159.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Babe Zaharias Golf Course — One of three golf courses managed by the Tampa Sports Authority, “the Babe,” as it is known locally, was named after Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, a female athlete of the 20th century who owned and managed this historic golf course for seven years. Located just 20 minutes from downtown in the tree-lined residential neighborhood of Forest Hills, The Babe measures a modest 6,244 yards, but should not be taken lightly. Although both nines are par 35, the backside sports four par 4s in excess of 400 yards, providing a challenging course for golfers of all skill levels.
    • Location: 11412 Forest Hills Drive, Tampa
    • Phone: 813-631-4374
    • Costs: Regular weekday rates for 18 holes start at $18.69 per person while rates on weekends start at $21.95.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times. The golf shop is open 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Rogers Park Golf Course — Built in 1952, Rogers Park Golf Course is one of Tampa's best kept secrets. This beautiful 160-acre, 18-hole golf facility is surrounded on three sides by the Hillsborough River, offering golfers tranquility and an escape from busy city life. The 6,802-yard, par-71 design is a test for any skill level.
    • Location: 7911 North Willie Black Drive, Tampa
    • Phone: 813-356-1670
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees.
    • Hours: Call for information on tee times.
  • Key West Gold Club — The Key West Golf Club's 18 holes encompass more than 200 acres of beautiful Florida Keys foliage and wildlife. Masterfully designed by Rees Jones, the 18-hole, 6,500-yard course is a challenge to players of all abilities.
    • Location: 6450 East College Road, Key West
    • Phone: 305-294-5232
    • Costs: Summer rates are $72 for 18 holes. Winter rates are $97 for 18 holes
    • Hours:Call for information regarding tee times.

Historical Sites & Landmarks

  • Capitol Building — This building replaced the "Old Capitol" for state government business.
    • Location: 400 S. Monroe St., Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-488-6167
    • Costs: Call for information about admission fees.
    • Hours: Call for information about guided tours.
  • Mission San Luis de Apalachee Mission San Luis — This mission was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. Today, it brings the 17th century to life through costumed interpreters, reconstructed buildings, museum exhibits and archaeological demonstrations. The mission offers special events, camps and workshops throughout the year.
    • Location: 2100 W Tennessee Street, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-245-6406
    • Costs: $5 for adults; $3 for seniors; $2 for children; free for active duty military personnel.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Knott House Museum — The Knott House was first occupied in 1843 by attorney Thomas Hagner and his wife Catherine Gamble. The house is thought to have been built by free black builder George Proctor. When Gen. Edward M. McCook entered Tallahassee on May 10, 1865, with orders to accept the surrender of Florida’s capital, he set up Union headquarters at the house. Ten days later on the steps of the house, McCook issued President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Today, the house museum is open to the public.
    • Location: 301 East Park Ave., Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-922-2459
    • Costs: Admission to the museum is free, but donations are accepted.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m.
  • John G. Riley Museum — This museum is dedicated to the life of John G. Riley, one of the most inspirational and influential African Americans of the late 1800s to the mid-1950s.
    • Location: 419 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-681-7881
    • Costs: $2 for adults; $1 for children under age 12
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other times by special appointment only.
  • St. Mark’s Lighthouse — Constructed in 1842, the St. Marks Lighthouse is located at the mouth of the St. Marks River on Apalachee Bay.
    • Location: St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, St. Marks
    • Phone: 850-925-6121
    • Costs: Call for information about admission fees.
    • Hours: Call for information on tours.
  • Calhoun Street Historic District — Dubbed “Gold Dust Street” in the late 1800s because of the affluent political and social residents who built homes here, the area is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and showcases 16 historic buildings constructed from 1840 to 1940.
    • Location: The district runs along Calhoun Street from Thomasville Road to Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee.
  • Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park — This site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida is also where the St. Marks River drops into a sinkhole and flows underground for one-quarter of a mile before reemerging. During the final weeks of the Civil War, a Union flotilla landed at Apalachee Bay, planning to capture Fort Ward and march north to the state capital. With a timely warning, volunteers from the Tallahassee area-Confederate soldiers, old men and young boys met the Union forces at Natural Bridge and successfully repelled three major attacks. A reenactment of the battle is held at the park every March.
    • Location: 7502 Natural Bridge Road, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-922-6007
    • Costs: $3 per vehicle; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. until sundown.
  • Orange County Regional History Center and Heritage Square —Housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 county courthouse in the heart of downtown Orlando, this center showcases the vast collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida. The museum features smart, surprising fun for all ages throughout three floors of dynamic permanent exhibitions. Visitors journey through 12,000 years of Central Florida history, from the region’s fascinating transition from Indian settlement to small town surrounded by citrus groves and cattle ranches to today's tourist-centric community.
    • Location: 65 East Central Blvd., Orlando
    • Phone: 407-836-8500
    • Costs: $15 for adults; $13 for seniors, students and military; $12 for children, age 5 to 12; free for members and children, age 4 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Tupperware Brands Confidence Center — Located just behind the main lobby at the historic Tupperware Brands Global Headquarters in South Orlando, the center was created to not only celebrate and honor the company's heritage but also to shine a spotlight on present and future endeavors. Touch-screen multilingual kiosks display videos and products as well as amusing interactive quizzes.
    • Location: 14901 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
    • Phone: 407-826-8755
    • Costs: Call for information on admission costs.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum — A historic home museum celebrating the architecture of James Gamble Rogers.
    • Location: 656 Park Ave. North, Winter Park
    • Phone: 407-628-8200
    • Costs: Call for information on admission costs.
    • Hours: Open each Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dade Battlefield Historic State Park — Maj. Francis L. Dade spoke words of encouragement to 107 cold, tired soldiers in a pine forest on the morning of Dec. 28, 1835. Within eight hours, only three soldiers would survive the battle that marked the beginning of the Second Seminole War. The story of this momentous battle in Florida history is told in the visitor center at Dade Battlefield State Historic Site.
    • Location: 7200 C.R. 603, Bushnell
    • Phone: 352-793-4781
    • Hours: Open daily. Call for information regarding hours of operation.
  • Clermont’s Citrus Tower —One of Florida’s first “attractions,” the Citrus Tower was built in 1956 on one of the highest hills in Florida’s ridge section. Rising 22 stories, the tower stands unrivaled as a majestic and monumental tribute to Central Florida’s famed citrus industry and its lush subtropical groves.
    • Location: 141 South Highway 27, Clermont
    • Phone: 352-394-4061
    • Costs: $6 for adults; $4 for children.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Kennedy Space Center — The John F. Kennedy Space Center has been the home of every manned space flight from the United States since 1968. The basic admission includes IMAX space films, all exhibits and shows, the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Visitors can also pose for photos next to the space shuttle Atlantis or see the rocket garden, which includes eight vintage rockets from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs to let visitors experience how small these crafts really were.
    • Location: Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral
    • Phone: 321-867-5000
    • Costs: $50 for adults; $40 for children
    • Hours: The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open year-round. The park opens at 9 a.m. and closing times vary seasonally. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is open noon to 5 p.m.
  • Miami’s Little Havana — Hispanic culture permeates everything in Little Havana, from colorful murals, elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics, cigar rollers deep at work and the aroma of Cuban coffee. Visitors will find unique storefronts and art galleries as well as quaint restaurants. Local landmarks include Calle Ocho, the main drag of Little Havana, where fruit stands, art galleries, Cuban restaurants and cigar shops line the avenue and the Walkway of the Stars, which honors Latin American celebrities including Gloria Estefan and Celia Cruz.
  • Deering Estate at Cutler — Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate offers canoe tours, butterfly walks, guided nature hikes and daily tours of two historic houses, the Stone House and Richmond Cottage.
    • Location: 16701 S. W. 72nd Ave., Miami
    • Phone: 305-235-1668
    • Costs: $12 for adults; $7 for children, age 4 to14.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving.
  • Freedom Tower — Designed by Schultze and Weaver, the building is a distinctive part of Miami’s skyline and currently used as a contemporary art museum. The Freedom Tower was built in the Mediterranean Revival style in 1925, when it housed the offices of the Miami News & Metropolis. It is said that it was inspired by the Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain.
  • Cloisters of the Monastery of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux — Construction of the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux was begun in the year 1133 in Sacramenia, near Segovia in northern Spain. In 1925, William Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters and the Monastery's outbuildings, had them dismantled and brought to the United States. Soon after the shipment arrived, Hearst's financial problems forced most of his collection to be sold at auction. The massive crates remained in a warehouse in Brooklyn, NY for 26 years. One year after Hearst’s death in 1952, they were purchased by two entrepreneurs for use as a tourist attraction and reassembled at a cost of $20 million. In 1964, Col. Robert Pentland, Jr., who was a multimillionaire banker and philanthropist, purchased the Cloisters and presented them to the Bishop of Florida. Services are held on Sundays and weekdays in both English and Spanish.
    • Location: 16711 W. Dixie Highway, Miami
    • Phone: 305-945-1462
    • Hours: The Monastery closes for special events, filming and catalogue shoots. Please call ahead to confirm they will be open on the day you wish to visit. Normal visiting hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attend Mass on Sundays at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. in English and at 12:15 p.m. in Spanish.
  • Barnacle State Historic Site — This beautiful house with a whimsical name dates to 1891 and offers a glimpse of Old Florida during The Era of the Bay. Situated on the shore of Biscayne Bay, this was the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut Grove´s most charming and influential pioneers. Today, it is one of the last remnants of the once vast Miami Hammock. Enjoy sitting in the rocking chairs on the spacious porch used as a gathering place or on a bench under a tree for solitude. The park is also host to dances, concerts and yoga classes.
    • Location: 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, Miami
    • Phone: 305-448-9445
    • Costs: An entrance fee is required. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tours at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and for groups by reservation on Wednesday and Thursday. The park is closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Tuesday.
  • Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables — This luxury hotel is a Coral Gables landmark dating back to 1926. At one time the pool was the largest in the world and among the many attractions was swimming instructor (and later “Tarzan” actor) Johnny Weissmuller. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996, some superstitious people claim this hotel to be haunted, most often by the spirit of Thomas Walsh. The hotel has been used as a setting for the movie “Bad Boys” and television programs such as “CSI: Miami” and “Miami Vice.” Currently, the acclaimed GableStage Theater operates out of the Biltmore Hotel. It is owned and managed by Joseph Adler.
    • Location: 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
    • Phone: 855-311-6903
  • Art Deco Historic District — Located in Miami Beach, here you will find the largest collection in the world of Art Deco architecture. Structures featuring white façades, neon lights and sleek designs line one of America’s most exciting streets: Ocean Drive. There, you’ll discover some of the most iconic and most photographed boutique hotels.
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens — This National Historic Landmark was built by agricultural industrialist James Deering, who wintered on the property from 1916 to 1925. Today, the extraordinary European-inspired estate includes a main house filled with art and furnishings, 10 acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay, a hardwood hammock (native forest) and a historic village.
    • Location: 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami
    • Phone: 305-250-9133
    • Costs: $18 for adults; $12 for seniors; $10 for college students and teens; $6 for children, age 6 to 12; free for children age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Open Wednesday through Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Cauley Square Historic Village — This nostalgic village offers a glimpse of Old South Florida at its best. Take a trip south on Old Dixie Highway and you’ll run into the Village Chalet Restaurant and the Tea Room, filled with delicate china, crystal and lace. Stroll along the lovely landscaped pathways and tour specialty antique shops and boutiques. The quaint cottages have been restored into a labyrinth of antiques, boutiques and specialty shops, featuring unique items to delight the discerning shopper. The garden paths invite guests to casually stroll in the shade, making the perfect setting for a private gathering or an unforgettable wedding. The famous Tea Room Restaurant, the Village Chalet with its delicious menu and the Latin Corner, with snacks, milkshakes and ice cream, are open daily.
    • Location: 22400 Old Dixie Highway (US 1), Miami
    • Phone: 305-258-3543
    • Hours: The shops are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Venetian Pool — Also located in Coral Gables, the landmark swimming pool is carved out of coral rock with scenic waterfalls and stone bridges. It’s the perfect place to stop and cool down with a dip in the pool before you set off on your next historic adventure.
    • Location: 2701 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables
    • Phone: 305-460-5306
    • Costs: Call for information on admission costs.
    • Hours: Hours of operations vary seasonally. Please call for more information before arriving.
    • Other: All children must be 3 years old and at least 38 inches tall. If a child is not 38 inches tall, please provide proof of age (36 months).
  • New River — The New River originates in the Everglades and flows east, passing through Fort Lauderdale to the Atlantic Ocean at Port Everglades. According to a legend attributed to the Seminoles, New River had appeared suddenly after a night of strong winds, loud noises and shaking ground, resulting in the Seminoles calling the river Himmarshee, meaning "new water." Experts attribute the noise and shaking to an earthquake, which collapsed the roof of an underground river.
  • Stranahan House — The Historic Stranahan House Museum is Fort Lauderdale’s oldest surviving structure. Built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, a founding father of the city, this house has served as a trading post, post office, community center, town hall and home to the Stranahans.
    • Location: 335 Southeast 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-524-4736
    • Costs: $12 for adults; $11 for seniors; $7 for students.
    • Hours: Open daily for guided tours at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Bonnet House — This pretty plantation-style property was once the home of artists and collectors Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett. It is now open to guided tours that swing through its art-filled rooms and studios. Beyond the house, 35 acres of lush, subtropical gardens protect a pristine barrier-island ecosystem, including one of the finest orchid collections in the country.
    • Location: 900 N Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-563-5393
    • Costs: $20
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Flagler Museum — When it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world." Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits and special programs.
    • Location: 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach
    • Phone: 561-655-2833
    • Costs: $18 for adults; $10 for children, age 13 to 17; $3 for children, age 6 to 12; free for children, age 6 and younger.
    • Hours: Open year-round on Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • The Himmarshee Historic District — Located along SW 2nd Avenue, there are a number of historic buildings to explore, including the 1905 New River Inn, the first property in Broward County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Broward’s oldest remaining hotel building. A replica of the first Fort Lauderdale schoolhouse has been reconstructed within the district. There are about 17 properties here, including the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society in the Hoch Heritage Center, the Philemon Bryan House and the King-Cromartie House.
    • Location: 219 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-463-4431
    • Costs: $10
    • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Docent-led tours begin at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Edison & Ford Winter Estates — Visitors to the Edison and Ford winter estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Estates Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, and Caretaker’s House and the Ford House. The 1929 historic landscape can be enjoyed throughout the property including the award winning Moonlight Garden. The Estates Museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.
    • Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-334-7419
    • Costs: Various tour packages are available with prices running from $12 to $20 for an adult.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The last guided tour starts at 4 p.m.
  • Burroughs Home and Gardens — Join Mona and Jettie Burroughs as they share the history and colorful tales of living in one of Fort Myers’ oldest homes. Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival mansion was the scene of many social events that included Fort Myers’ elite such as the Edisons, Fords and Firestones. Antique furnishings, historical artifacts and delightful tales of growing up as the privileged daughters of wealthy businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife, Adeline, await visitors who want to take a step back in time.
    • Location: 2505 First St., Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-337-0706
    • Costs: Call for more information on admission costs.
    • Hours: Tours are available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m.
  • McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers — McGregor Boulevard is a beautiful street lined on both sides with soaring Royal Palm trees that lead for miles from downtown Fort Myers to Sanibel. This historic area features large luxury estate homes along both sides of the street; they are stunning and have been well-maintained over the years.
  • Naples Pier — Originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock, the Naples Pier stands as a community landmark. The structure extends way out into the Gulf of Mexico, making it perfect for fishing and long walks. Coffee, smoothies, popsicles and similar food are available from a kiosk located midway down the pier. And once the sun goes down, a moonlit stroll is incredibly romantic.
  • Palm Cottage — Palm Cottage is one of the many historical attractions in Naples. The cottage was built in 1895 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the 1940s, the cottage served as the social gathering place for Hollywood stars including Robert Montgomery and Gary Cooper, and is the former residence of Laurence Brown. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of Palm Cottage to see a large collection of photographs of the early days of Naples, original house furnishings and decor, and a collection of artifacts used by former residents and house guests.
    • Location: 137 12th Ave. South, Naples
    • Phone: 239-261-8164
    • Costs: As of March 2010, admission to the cottage is free and donations are accepted. Call for information regarding admission prices.
    • Hours: Call regarding hours of operation.
  • Castillo de San Marcos — The oldest masonry fort in the continental United States is actually one of several forts in and around St. Augustine. Originally constructed by the Spanish between 1672 and 1695, the British, Spanish and Americans all made changes to the Castillo before it was finally retired as an active fortification in 1900. Proclaimed a national monument in 1924, the Castillo is now a prominent tourist destination.
    • Location: 1 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine
    • Phone: 904-829-6506
    • Costs: $7 for adults; free for children, age 15 and younger, if accompanied by an adult.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.
  • The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park — Considered the 1565 birthplace of St. Augustine and colonial European America, this is where it all began. Explore 15 historic, waterfront acres and step back in time. Drink from the legendary fountain. Visit the native Timucua Indian village and hear the Spanish Cannon roar.
    • Location: 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine
    • Phone: 904-829-3168
    • Costs:$12 for adults; $11 for seniors; $8 for children, age 6 to 12; free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours:Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Jacksonville’s Avondale District — Stroll the oak-lined avenues of historic Avondale, one of the nation’s largest National Register of Historic Districts.
  • St. Augustine's Colonial Quarter — Take a captivating journey through centuries of St. Augustine's rich history, brought to breathtaking life at the Colonial Quarter. This revitalized two-acre signature attraction in the heart of the city’s downtown historic district immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and smells of three centuries. You can also climb to the top of a 17th centurywatchtower or dine on classic pub fare.
    • Location:33 St. George St., St. Augustine
    • Phone: 904-495-5337
    • Costs: $12.99 for adults; $6.99 for children, age 5 to 12; free for children, age 4 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum — Fort Menendez is a hands-on, interactive experience for all ages. Travel to Spanish Florida and the small town of St. Augustine and be a Spanish settler for a day. Guests have the option to explore the territory and take in the sights and activities, or take on a job, earn gold coins and truly become part of history here.
    • Location: 259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine
    • Phone: 904-824-887
    • Costs: $11 for adults; $8 for children, age 3 to 18; free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operation.
  • The Old School — Located in the historic district, this original colonial house is made of red cedar and cypress and dates back to the 1700s. Juan Genopoly purchased this homestead and transformed his living area into a classroom. Experience what school life was like during the class of 1864. Enjoy the collection of rare artifacts and antiques beautifully preserved inside the house. Outside, explore the colonial kitchen, drinking well, the "privy" and beautiful surroundings. The tropical garden is filled with blooming flowers and lush plants.
    • Location: 14 St. George St., St. Augustine
    • Phone: 904-824-0192
    • Costs: Call for information regarding admission prices.
    • Hours: Open daily. Call for information regarding hours of operation.
  • St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum — Enjoy the most breathtaking view in northeast Florida from the top of the 165-foot-tall lighthouse tower, built in 1874.
    • Location: 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine
    • Phone: 904-829-0745
    • Costs: $8.95 for adults; $7.95 for seniors and children, age 12 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Other: Children must be 44 inches tall to climb the tower. Children standing under 44 inches will receive free museum admission.
  • Gonzalez-Alvarez House — The Gonzalez-Alvarez House is the oldest house in St. Augustine and the state of Florida. Built sometime between 1702 and 1727, after the city was burned to the ground during an attack by English colonists from South Carolina in 1702, it is one of many structures at the site and around the city operated and maintained by the St. Augustine Historical Society.
    • Location: 14 St. Francis St., Saint Augustine
    • Phone: 904-824-2872
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors and military personnel; $4 for college students and children, age 6 to 18; free for children age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours begin every half hour, with the last tour starting at 4:30 p.m. Closed Christmas Day, Thanksgiving and Easter.
  • Ybor City — Tampa’s Latin Quarter is a National Historic Landmark District and, particularly on weekends, quite the scene. Located just northeast of downtown, it was founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and was populated by thousands of immigrants, mainly from Spain, Cuba, and Italy. For the next 50 years, workers in Ybor City's cigar factories would roll millions of cigars annually. There’s an underground tunnel connecting the buildings under Ybor City's main street that natives claim was used to smuggle liquor during Prohibition.
  • Henry B. Plant Museum — If you’re railroad magnate Henry Bradley Plant, in the midst of the sand swamps that would be Tampa, you construct the most astonishingly magnificent hotel of its day then fill it with treasures from around the world. With its splendid Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings and spectacular tropical gardens, Plant’s Tampa Bay Hotel attracted a host of celebrated guests, from Teddy Roosevelt to Sarah Bernhardt to Babe Ruth.
    • Location: 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
    • Phone: 813-254-1891
    • Costs: $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students; $5 for children, age 4 to 12.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Tampa Bay History Center — Experience 12,000 years of powerful stories at the Tampa Bay History Center. Here, visitors can learn about the early exploration of Florida, stroll through a 1920s-era cigar store, row up the Hillsborough River and ride along with a cattle drive.
    • Location:801 Old Water St., Tampa
    • Phone: 813-228-0097
    • Costs:$12.95 for adults; $10.95 for seniors, college students and teens, age 13 to 17; $7.95 for children, age 4 to 12; free for children, age 3 and younger.
    • Hours:Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Roser Park Historic District — This small residential neighborhood located south of downtown and east of Martin Luther King Street was developed primarily during the 1910s and 1920s.
    • Location: 913 Prospect Court St., St. Petersburg
    • Phone: 813-417-1225
    • Costs: Call for information regarding admission prices.
    • Hours: Call regarding operating hours.
  • Sunshine Skyway — Sunshine Skyway is a toll bridge located on I-275/US 19. This multi-lane "highway on stilts" is 12 miles long and curves gracefully across the entrance to Tampa Bay. Its central feature is a 4.25 mile long high-level bridge, the middle section of which is suspended from two gigantic pylons, allowing the passage of large ocean-going vessels beneath. The bridge itself is also a beautiful sight and often photographed.
  • Historic Seaport at Key West Bight — A stroll along the Harbor Walk offers a taste of the rich history of Key West where this working seaport was the heart of the island.
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park — Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Florida's southernmost state park is a must-see stop for military history buffs. The fort was one of a series built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation's southeastern coastline. Completed in 1866, Fort Zachary Taylor played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Guided tours of the fort are available daily.
    • Location: Southard Street on Truman Annex, Key West
    • Phone: 305-292-6713
    • Costs: $6 per vehicle; $4 for a single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle; $2 for pedestrians.
    • Hours: The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. The fort closes at 5 p.m.
  • Audubon House & Tropical Gardens — The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was built between 1846 and 1849. Slated for destruction in 1958, it was saved and underwent a major restoration. All furnishings reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed by a wealthy family in Key West during the mid-1800s.
    • Location: 205 Whitehead St., Key West
    • Phone: 305-294-2116
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operation.
  • The Oldest House Museum — The oldest house in south Florida features family portraits and original furnishings as well as other period pieces, ship models and documents telling the story of old Key West. In the rear of the house is a spacious, peaceful garden where benches invite you to sit and reflect.
    • Location: 322 Duval St., Key West
    • Phone: 305-294-9501
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum —It was on the advice of John Dos Passos, a fellow member of the “Lost Generation,” that Hemingway was first prompted to visit Key West. The author and his wife, Pauline, bought the house in1931 and set about remodeling it. The couple divorced in 1940. Today, the house stands as a museum and includes the original furnishing and artwork. The site is famous for the pack of six-toed cats that live on the grounds.
    • Location: 907 Whitehead St., Key West
    • Phone: 305-294-1575
    • Costs: $13 for adults; $6 for children.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Key West Lighthouse —The current lighthouse opened in 1848 with a woman as its keeper; nearly unheard of during the 19th century. In the years following, the Key West Lighthouse underwent a number of upgrades. In 1969, the U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned the lighthouse since there was no longer a need for a full-time keeper due to technological advancements. Today, this sentinel of the sea stands as a museum dedicated to Key West’s maritime heritage.
    • Location: 938 Whitehead St., Key West
    • Phone: 305-194-0012
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $9 for seniors and AAA travelers; $5 for children, age 6 and older; free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day.
  • The Overseas Highway — This 110 mile-long highway runs the length of the Florida Keys, connecting all the islands and offering magnificent views.
  • Southernmost Point — This colorful landmark buoy in Key West and spectacular sunsets mark the southernmost spot in the continental United States.
    • Location: Whitehead St., Key West

Parks & Outdoor Activities

  • St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge — Natural salt marshes, hardwood swamps, extensive pine forests and freshwater pools lure fishers, hikers, bird watchers and wildlife observers while viewing the historic St. Marks lighthouse draws visitors from around the world. Of special interest is the fall migration of the monarch butterflies and the winter migration of the whooping cranes.
    • Location: 1200 Lighthouse Road, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-925-6121
    • Costs: $5 for cars and motorcycles; $1 for bicycles and pedestrians.
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operation.
  • Cascades Park — Located in the heart of downtown, Cascades Park has a state-of-the-art amphitheater, interactive water fountain and miles of trails.
    • Location: 1001 South Gadsden St., Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-891-3866
    • Costs: Call for information on admission fees.
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operation.
  • Lake Talquin State Park — This 10,000-acre, man-made lake offers outstanding sport fishing and other recreational opportunities. Because the lake is inundated with logs and stumps, no swimming is permitted. The park boasts a 650-foot boardwalk that rims the water’s edge, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the lake. Hikers can enjoy a 1.2 mile nature trail that winds gently through the upland forest, offering a closer look at the steep head ravine system.
    • Location: 14850 Jack Vause Landing Road, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-922-6007
    • Costs: $3 per vehicle; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. to sundown.
  • Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park — These beautiful ornamental gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after they purchased the property for their winter home. A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, a secret garden, a reflection pool, a walled garden and hundreds of camellias and azaleas. Lake Hall provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing, boating and kayaking as well as hiking and bicycling.
    • Location: 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 904-487-4556
    • Costs:$6 per vehicle; $4 for single occupant vehicles; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. to sundown. The gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail — Through the early 1900s, this historic railroad corridor was used to carry cotton from the plantation belt to the coast for shipment to textile mills in Europe. Today, a canopy of foliage arches over a premier rail trail that runs from Florida's capital city through part of the Apalachicola National Forest, and ends at the coastal community of St. Marks.
    • Location: 1358 Old Woodville Road, Crawfordville
    • Phone: 850-519-6594
    • Costs: Free
    • Hours: The trail is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
  • Lake Eola Park — Home to a majestic fountain and graceful swan boats, Lake Eola Park is a bit of serenity and Old Florida in the heart of Orlando.
    • Location: 195 N Rosalind Ave., Orlando
    • Phone: 407-246-4485
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Open daily, 6 a.m. to midnight.
  • Bill Frederick Park — Designed for nature lovers, the park covers 183 acres of land alongside Turkey Lake, one of the top-five-rated fishing lakes in the state of Florida.
    • Location: 3401 S Hiawassee Road, Orlando
    • Phone: 407-246-4486
    • Costs: Call for information on admission fees.
    • Hours: Open November to March daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April to October daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Orlando Loch Haven Park —Nestled between three lakes, Lake Estelle on the north, Lake Rowena on the east and Lake Formosa on the south, the park covers 45 acres and serves as the region’s premier cultural park. One of Central Florida’s oldest and largest oak trees, “The Mayor,” is located here.
    • Location:777 E Princeton St., Orlando
    • Phone: 407-246-2283
    • Costs: Call for information on admission fees.
    • Hours: Open daily, 5 a.m. to sunset.
  • Shingle Creek — Flowing out of Orlando, Shingle Creek is considered the headwaters of the world's most famous freshwater wetlands: the Everglades. The trail begins at Osceola County's 1,000-acre Shingle Creek Regional Park and ends at the ramp along Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee. Many people enjoy paddling up and down the stream through the park. Remnants of early pioneer buildings can be found along the creek and the waterway flows through a thick cypress swamp that was the site of a running battle during the Second Seminole War.
    • Location: 1 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee
    • Phone: 407-742-0200
    • Costs: Call for information on admission fees.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Canaveral National Seashore — Since ancient times, this barrier island has provided sanctuary to both people and wildlife. Today, visitors can enjoy 24 miles of undeveloped beach with 1,045 plant species and 310 bird species.
    • Location: The national seashore and the wildlife refuge, located midway on Florida's east coast between Daytona Beach and Melbourne, are accessible via US 1, I-95, and Fla 528 (Beach Line Expressway). The northern access, Apollo Beach, is on Fla A1A at the southern-most end in New Smyrna Beach.
    • Phone: 386-428-3384
    • Costs: $5 for cars and motorcycles; $1 for pedestrians.
    • Hours: Open daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Miami Beaches — Whether it’s a nature reserve, a family-friendly stretch of sand or a party spot lined with cafes and bars, there’s a beach in Miami perfect for you. The South Beach is the trendiest beach in all of Miami, a huge swatch of sand and sea with the beaches broken into sections, some more appropriate for families and others more appropriate for topless beach-goers. At Matheson Hammock Park Beach, visitors will find a man-made lagoon surrounded by a dense hardwood forest containing mangrove trees. Oleta River State Park is located right in the center of Miami and at 1,042 acres is considered the largest urban park in Florida. Haulover Beach is the only legally nude beach in the entire area. Hobie Beach, located just off of the Rickenbacker Causeway, is the preeminent place for windsurfing in Miami.
  • Boating in Miami — Miami boating and sailing charters offer many great ways to see Miami from the water. Several Miami companies offer everything from sailboats to luxury party boats big enough for a corporate event, anniversary celebration or big-time birthday party. Whether you’re visiting with a big group or looking for a quick tour of Millionaire’s Row, there’s a yacht, boat or catamaran adventure that’s right for you.
  • Diving in Miami — Commonly known as the “Wreckreational Dive Capital of the World,” the waters bordering Miami-Dade’s eastern shore are home to an incredible array of both natural and artificial dive sites. Among the local favorites are Emerald Reef off Key Biscayne and the Half Moon is one of Florida’s 11 Underwater Archaeological Preserves. The “Wreck Trek” is a string of artificial reefs lying just off the shores of Miami Beach.
  • Fishing in Miami — The waters around the Greater Miami area teem with saltwater fish of every description from Spanish mackerel and grouper to sailfish and snook. Add the temperate weather during the late fall through late spring months and the combination produces an angler’s paradise.
  • Biscayne National Park — If you don’t get to see Miami by boat, you aren’t seeing the very best of Miami. Consider checking out Boca Chita Key or Elliott Key, popular islands in Biscayne National Park.T he waterfront visitor center offers exhibits, films and information.
    • Location: 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead
    • Phone: 305-230-7275
    • Costs: Call for information regarding admission costs.
    • Hours: The park is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The visitor center is open daily, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Everglades National Park — Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides an important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile and the elusive Florida panther. Everglades National Park spans across 1.5 million acres. Visitors can enjoy a multitude of activities from hiking, canoeing and biking to camping, ranger-led programs, tram tours and boat tours.
    • Location: Everglades National Park covers 1.5 million acres of South Florida and spans three counties — Monroe, Miami-Dade, and Collier. The main entrance, located in Homestead, connects visitors to the Royal Palm Area and the Flamingo Area of Everglades National Park. The Shark Valley entrance is located in Miami and the Gulf Coast Entrance is located in Everglades City. Call for directions.
    • Phone: 305-242-7700
    • Costs: $10 for private vehicles; $5 for pedestrians and cyclists; Individuals, age 16 and older are admitted free of charge. An annual pass costs $25.
    • Hours: Open 24/7 although some entrances are closed in the evening or seasonally.
  • Fort Lauderdale's Promenade — A wide, brick, palm-tree-dotted pathway swooping along the beach and the A1A is a magnet for runners, in-line skaters, walkers and cyclists. The white-sand beach, meanwhile, is one of the nation's cleanest and best, stretching seven miles to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
  • Intracoastal Waterway — Navigate the canals that have earned Fort Lauderdale its nickname, "Venice of America.” Made up of beautiful canals lined with palm trees, restaurants, hotels and attractions, the waterways provides a unique way to take in Fort Lauderdale’s resort-like skyline, high-end real estate, yachts and attractions. For those who enjoy wildlife viewing, it’s not uncommon to also see manatees. Along with a number of scenic sightseeing cruises on the Intracoastal Waterway, there’s a hop-on, hop-off water taxi that takes you through the city’s waterways and provides access to 12 different stops.
  • Watersports in Fort Lauderdale — The waters off Fort Lauderdale are rich with marlin, sailfish, snapper, tarpon, wahoo and more. Naturally, there are plenty of fishing charters available. Sail the blue-green waters on a chartered catamaran or dive beneath the surface to meet-and-greet the local sea life.
  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park — Enjoy a day at the beach, a picnic under the trees or fishing along the Intracoastal Waterway. This park is an oasis of tropical hammocks, a gift from Hugh Taylor Birch to Florida's posterity. His former estate preserves four distinct natural communities, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Visitors can rent a canoe and paddle along a mile-long freshwater lagoon or fish from the seawall. Nature lovers can hike along two short trails and learn about local plants and wildlife while bicyclists and skaters glide along the paved park road.
    • Location: 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-564-4521
    • Costs: $6 per vehicle with a limit of two to eight people per vehicle; $4 for single-occupant vehicles or motorcycles; $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. until sundown.
  • Fort Lauderdale Beachfront — Fort Lauderdale has 23 miles of beachfront and some of the best beaches in all of Florida.
  • The Great Calusa Blueway — This paddling trail meanders through the coastal waters and inland tributaries of Lee County, covering the Pine Island and Estero Bay area, the Calooshatchee River and Sanibel and Captiva islands. Easy-to-identify trail markers guide paddlers through shallow areas away from powerboat traffic.
    • Location: 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-533-6718
  • Lovers Key State Park — A 1,600-acre paradise made up of four barrier islands: Lovers Key, Inner Key, Long Key and Black Island. Lovers Key is renowned for its pristine white beach and wildlife viewing opportunities. The park features five miles of hiking and biking trails through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem. Visitors can see manatee, gopher tortoises and wading birds along the trails.
    • Location: 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-463-4588
    • Costs: $8 per vehicle; $4 for single occupant vehicles; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. until sundown.
    • Other:Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome at the park but they are not permitted to go on the beach.
  • Sanibel Island — Located along the Gulf of Mexico, just a short drive from Fort Myers, Sanibel Island is justly famed for its sunsets, lighthouse and the lure of deep sea fishing and boating. By far, the most popular activity here is shelling — you barely can walk a step on the beach without indulging in the so-called "Sanibel Stoop" to search for shells.
  • Captiva Island — Located near Fort Myers off Florida's Gulf Coast, Captiva Island is often associated with the neighboring island of Sanibel to the south. Both are all about the outdoors, where activities such as biking, sailing, birding and water activities abound.
  • Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park — This popular destination boasts one of the most pristine stretches of beach in the world. Visitors partake in the vast peaceful views of the Gulf of Mexico, and experience the many shorebirds and wildlife that gather here every year. Visitors arrive to this park to sunbathe, snorkel the reef, hike, bird-watch, fish, picnic and search for seashells on a daily basis.
    • Location: 11100 Gulfshore Drive, Naples
    • Phone: 239-597-6196
    • Costs: $6 per vehicle; $4 for a single-occupant vehicle; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. to sundown.
  • Estero Bay Preserve State Park — The first aquatic preserve established in Florida, this is one of the most productive estuaries in the state. The bay is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the bald eagle. The preserve protects the water, inlets and islands along 10 miles of Estero Bay. Visitors can canoe or kayak in the bay or on the Estero River.
    • Location: 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero
    • Phone: 239-992-0311
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. until sundown.
  • Fort Myers Beach — Heaped with sugar-sand, Fort Myers Beach is a popular destination for watersports such as parasailing and kayaking. The beach sits on a little barrier island, about seven miles long, with a range of accommodations, parasailing and dolphin tours. Just off the coast and easy to reach are the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.
  • St. Augustine Beaches — St. Augustine's beaches stretch from Vilano Beach north of the city to Crescent Beach in the south.
  • Anastasia State Park — The park consists of 1,700-acres and five miles of beautiful, sandy beaches. It features swimming, lifeguards, a bath house, hiking, nature trails, a boat ramp, fishing, a volleyball court, beach equipment rentals such as umbrellas and beach chairs, canoes, nature trails, grills and picnic areas, concessions, a covered pavilion, gift shops, playgrounds, and camping.
    • Location: 1340A A1A South, Saint Augustine
    • Phone: 904-461-2033
    • Costs: $8 per vehicle; $4 for a single-occupant vehicle; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
    • Hours:8 a.m. until sundown, unless camping overnight.
    • Other: Vehicles are prohibited from driving on the beach in this area.
  • Guana River State Park — This 2,000-acre sanctuary for endangered species offer varied recreational activities. Swimming, sunbathing, surfing, fishing, shelling and other traditional beach activities are enjoyed here.
    • Location: 2690 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach
    • Phone: 904-825-5071
    • Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown all year long.
    • Other: Pets are prohibited on the beach, but are allowed in other areas of the park on a six-foot, handheld leash.
  • Jacksonville Beaches — The beaches near Jacksonville feature invitingly soft, white sand and while some are mostly flat, others boast sand dunes that are quite picturesque. The warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean also beckon beachgoers. Some visitors have little more than sunbathing in mind but others relish in the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, particularly surfing.
  • The Timucuan Preserve — A 46,000-acre area and one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast with several individual park sites to visit, this park includes Fort Caroline, the Talbot Islands State Parks and Kingsley Plantation.
    • Location: 12713 Ft Caroline Road, Jacksonville
    • Phone: 904-641-7155
    • Costs: The Timucuan Preserve sites are free and open to the public.
    • Hours: Most of the parks in the preserve are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for more information.
  • Amelia Island State Park — An easy drive from Jacksonville, the park protects more than 200 acres of unspoiled wilderness along the southern tip of Amelia Island. Beautiful beaches, salt marshes and coastal maritime forests provide visitors a glimpse of the original Florida, not to mention a chance to enjoy horseback riding and surf fishing.
    • Location: 2157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville
    • Phone: 904-251-2320
    • Costs: $2 per person. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. until sundown.
  • Lettuce Lake Park — This 240-acre site offers wooded picnic areas, a 1.25-mile bicycle path, a 3,500-foot boardwalk and an observation tower where visitors can view an extensive variety of wildlife. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent to visitors to experience a whole new side of the park.
    • Location: 6920 East Fletcher Ave., Tampa
    • Phone: 813-987-6204
    • Costs: $2 per vehicle.
    • Hours: In spring and summer, open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In fall and winter, open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m..
  • Fort De Soto Park — This barrier island and 1,136-acre state park was recently named America’s "Best Family Beach" by USA Today. The state park and beach was also named one of the Top 25 U.S. Beaches by TripAdvisor.
    • Location:3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde
    • Phone: 727-582-2267
    • Costs: Call for information on admission fees
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operations.
  • Clearwater Beach — The beach was named "Best Beach Town" in January 2013 by USA Today. Clearwater Beach was also chosen as one of Peter Greenberg's "Best Beaches in the U.S."
    • Location:West End of State Road 60, Clearwater Beach
    • Phone: 727-447-7600
    • Costs: Call for information on admission fees.
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operation.
  • Caladesi Island State Park — Named America’s top beach in 2008 by Dr. Beach, this pristine barrier island along the west coast of Florida is only accessible by boat or the ferry from Honeymoon Island. Forget your worries as you take a ferry to this three-mile beach and explore the natural surroundings on one of the state's last undeveloped barrier islands. Boaters, bird-watchers and beachcombers can walk the sandy shore and then head inland to hike a wooded nature trail.
    • Location: One Causeway Blvd., Dunedin
    • Phone: 727-469-5918
    • Costs: Catch the ferry at Honeymoon Island State Park for entrance onto Caladesi Island. Entrance fees at Honeymoon Island State Park are: $8 per vehicle with a limit of two to eight people per vehicle; $4 for a single occupant vehicles; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. The ferry travels to Caladesi Island for a four-hour stay. Ferry fees: $14 per adult; $7 for children, age 6 to 12; free for children, age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. until sundown.
  • Skyway Fishing Pier State Park — When the new Sunshine Skyway bridge was built over Tampa Bay, connecting St. Petersburg with Sarasota, the old bridge was turned into the world's longest fishing pier. Common catches include snook, tarpon, grouper, black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, sheepshead, red snapper and pompano.
    • Location: 4905 34th St., St. Petersburg
    • Phone: 727-893-2627
    • Costs: Call for information on admission fees.
    • Hours: Open 24/7 year-round.
  • Archibald Beach Park — This favorite spot for visitors and locals alike is often busy on weekends, and has restrooms and restaurants nearby.
    • Location:15100 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg
    • Phone: 727-391-7373
    • Costs: Call for information on admission fees.
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operation.
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park — Key West's favorite beach, located at the southern end of the park, provides opportunities for picnicking, swimming, snorkeling and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy a short nature trail and bicycling within the park.
    • Location: Southard St on Truman Annex, Key West
    • Phone: 305-292-6713
    • Costs:$6 per vehicle; $4 for single-occupant vehicles or motorcycles; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. until sundown. The fort closes at 5 p.m.
  • Diving off Key Largo — Visitors to Key Largo are often lured by the promise of diving, snorkeling and glass-bottom boating. It’s little wonder. The only living coral reef in the continental United States (and the third-longest in the world) lies just off Key Largo. Within John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is an extraordinary underwater universe: canyons and mountains of living rock, schools of fish, shipwrecks and oddities like the Christ of the Abyss, an 11-foot bronze statue.
  • Fishing in the Florida Keys — There's no place you can't fish in the Keys but Islamorada, Marathon and Key West are where the charter boats gather.
  • Dry Tortugas National Park — Almost 70 miles west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and a vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area.
    • Location:Key West
    • Phone: 305-242-7700
    • Costs: $5 for visitors, age 16 and older. This fee covers entrance to the park for seven days.
    • Hours: Open 24 hours year-round.
  • Bahia Honda State Park and Beach — Featuring an award-winning beach and some of the best snorkeling and beachcombing in Florida, Bahia Honda State Park encompasses more than 500 acres and an offshore island.
    • Location: 36850 Overseas Hwy., Bahia Honda Key, Big Pine Key, Big Pine Key
    • Phone: 305-872-3210
    • Costs: $8 per vehicle; $4 for single-occupant vehicles and motorcycles; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. Camping fee, $36 per night.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. until sunset.
  • Curry Hammock State Park — Even though there is no wave action, shallow water wind surfing, kite flying and beach combing can be fun in this park. You are able to kayak around the entire Island in 90 minutes or enjoy the bay-side fishing, swimming and snorkeling area.
    • Location: U.S. 1, Mile Marker 56.2, Little Crawl Key, Marathon
    • Phone: 305-289-2690
    • Costs: 5.00 per vehicle; $4 for single-occupant vehicle or motorcycles; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists; Camping Fees, $36.00 per night.
    • Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. to sundown.

Zoos & Aquariums

  • Gatorland — Gatorland features 3,000 gators and 89 crocodiles as well as a number of bird and snake exhibits.
    • Location: 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail, US 441, Orlando
    • Phone: 407-855-5496
    • Costs: $26.99 for adults; $18.99 for children, age 3 to 12.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Brevard Zoo — This zoo is home to more than 650 animals, representing 165 species. Feed gentle giraffe and lorikeets, go kayaking, take a paddle boat ride and ride the train.
    • Location: 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne
    • Phone: 321-254-9453
    • Costs: $16 for adults; $15 for seniors; $12 for children, age 2 to 12; free for children, under age 2.
    • Hours: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on event days when it closes at 3 p.m. on Closed on Thanksgiving and Dec. 25.
  • Zoo Miami — Rated one of the top 10 zoos in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, Zoo Miami houses more than 2,000 animals across 360 acres in large open-air exhibits that approximate the animals' natural habitats and provides guests the feel of a safari. Enjoy daily wildlife shows, a children's zoo, camel rides, giraffe and pelican feeding and rhino encounters.
    • Location: 1 Zoo Blvd, Miami
    • Phone: 305-251-0400
    • Costs: $15.95 for adults; $11.95 for children, age 3 to 12; free for members and children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Christmas Day, noon to 5:30 p.m.
  • Miami Seaquarium — It’s a South Florida attraction like no other – a place where dolphins walk on water, a killer whale flies through the air, moray eels lurk in coral reef caverns and giant sharks patrol their territory.
    • Location: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami
    • Phone: 305-361-5705
    • Costs: Call for information regarding admission prices.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding hours of operation.
  • Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens — This historic tropical garden and nationally accredited zoo features a full day of wildlife experiences to delight guests. New additions include a giant anteater and other wonders of South America along with cheetahs and the Giraffe Feeding Experience.
    • Location: 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples
    • Phone: 239-262-5409
    • Costs: $19.95 for adults; $18.95 for seniors; $12.95 for children, age 3 to 12; free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens — This 73-acre park is the only zoo in Florida's northeast and is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. It has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants.
    • Location: 370 Zoo Pkwy, Jacksonville
    • Phone: 904-757-4463
    • Costs: $16.95 for adults; $14.95 for seniors; $11.95 for children, age 3 to 12; free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day.
  • The Florida Aquarium — One of the top family-friendly aquariums in the country, the facility offers interactive programs such as "Swim with the Fishes" and "Dive with the Sharks" as well as a shark feeding and a penguin encounter.
    • Location: 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa
    • Phone: 813-273-4000
    • Costs: $23.95 for adults; $20.95 for seniors; $18.95 for children, age 3 to 11; free for children, age 2 and younger
    • Hours: Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo — Named the #1 Zoo in the U.S. by both Parents and Child magazines, the Lowry Park Zoo features more than 1,500 incredible animals on nearly 60 lush acres including manatees, koalas, elephants, tigers, penguins, orangutans and much more.
    • Location: 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa
    • Phone: 813-935-8552
    • Costs:$24.95 for adults; $22.95 for seniors; $19.95 for children, age 3 to 11; free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium — Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays and nurse sharks and “Winter” the dolphin, who lost her tail and has learned to swim with a prosthetic one. A movie, “Dolphin Tale,” about her life story was released in the fall of 2011 starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., and Ashley Judd.
    • Location: 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater
    • Phone: 727-441-1790
    • Costs: $21.95 for adults; $19.95 for seniors; $16.95 for children, age 3 to 12; free for children, age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Big Cat Rescue — The world's largest accredited big cat rescue facility is located right here in Tampa, and houses more than 100 animals.
    • Location: 12802 Easy St., Tampa
    • Phone: 813-920-4130
    • Costs: Various tour packages are available. Weekday tours start at $36.
    • Hours: Call for information on tour schedules.
  • Key West Aquarium — With more than 100 species of fish, turtles, sharks and birds, this aquarium features a “Touch Tank” where visitors can pick up amazing animals. See stingrays, sharks, eels, lobster, tarpon, seahorses and colorful tropical fish.
    • Location: 1 Whitehead St., Key West
    • Phone: 800-868-7482
    • Costs: $15.04 for adults; $8.59 for children, age 4 to 12; $12.90 for seniors.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feedings and tours take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. every day.
  • Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters — Enjoy the opportunity to feed and swim with sharks, stingrays and other tropical fish.
    • Location: 11710 Overseas Highway, Marathon
    • Phone: 305-407-3262
    • Costs: $20 for adults; $15 for children, age 4 to 12.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other Points of Interest

  • Tallahassee Antique Car Museum — This car museum features rare, beautiful and famous cars such as the Batmobile.
    • Location: 6800 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee
    • Phone: 850-942-0137
    • Costs: $17.50 for adults; $15 for seniors; $11.75 for students (age 10 to college); $8 for children, age 5 to 9; free for children, age 4 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Canopy Roads around Tallahassee — Scenic drives define the Tallahassee area, especially its signature canopy roads where the limbs of huge moss-draped live oaks, sweet gums, hickory trees and pines provide a towering canopy over roads that were once paths traveled by native tribes. Tallahassee has nine official canopy roads offering more than 78 miles of shaded drives.
  • Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards — Located a short drive from Orlando, Lakeridge is Florida's largest winery. A tasting tour lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
    • Location: 19239 Hwy. 27 N. Clermont
    • Phone: 352-394-8627
    • Costs: Call for information on tour costs.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Complimentary winery tours and tastings are offered seven days a week
  • Florida's Natural Growers Grove House Visitor Center — See how Florida's Natural® Brand juices are squeezed. Watch a tour from "grove to glass" and learn about Florida's citrus industry through exhibits and interactive displays.
    • Location: 20160 U.S. Highway 27 North Lake Wales
    • Phone: 863-679-4110
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Opened seasonally from October through May on Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • El Credito Cigar Factory — This popular tourist attraction has been visited by many A-list celebrities. The factory's rolling room features renowned rollers, many of whom are Cuban expatriates who bunched and rolled cigars for the best-known Cuban cigar factories. These expert rollers engage in the art of hand-crafting cigars daily. Visitors are welcome to stop by, see the rollers in action and take a tour.
    • Location: 1100 SW 8th St., Miami,
    • Phone: 305-285-9154
    • Hours: Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Costs: Call for information on tour prices.
  • Miccosukee Indian Village & Boat Ride — Head out west to the Everglades to experience the dynamic culture and history of the Miccosukee Tribe. Tribe members perform live alligator demonstrations and teach beadwork and basket weaving classes as well as lead scenic airboat tours through the Everglades.
    • Location: Mile Marker 70, US Highway 41, Miami
    • Phone: 305-552-8365
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $5 for children, age 5 to 12; free for children, age 5 and younger; and $10 for airboat rides.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monkey Jungle — This attraction allows visitors to explore the wilds of South America, Asia and Africa. Witness crab-eating monkeys diving for treats or be in awe of the great apes. The site also contains one of the richest fossil deposits in Southern Florida with more than 5,000 specimens.
    • Location: 14805 SW 216th St., Miami
    • Phone: 305-235-1611
    • Costs: $29.95 plus tax for adults; $24.95 plus tax for seniors; $23.95 for children, age 3 to 9.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery — The southernmost winery in the continental United States makes handcrafted tropical wines without using grapes. Visitors can enjoy tours and wine tastings around natural coral waterfalls surrounded by lush tropical foliage as they compare the taste of lychee, passion fruit, carambola, guava and mango wines, just to name a few.
    • Location: 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead
    • Phone: 305-242-1224
    • Costs: Weekend tours cost $7 per person and take about 30 to 40 minutes.
    • Hours: Tours and held Saturday and Sunday every hour from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Broward County A1A Scenic Highway — The Broward County A1A Scenic Highway provides residents and tourists alike with the opportunity to experience 28 miles of changing vistas that include habitat of flora and fauna indigenous to the area as well as migratory birds.
  • Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum — This museum is a reproduction of a Packard showroom from the 1920s. On display are 22 Packard motor cars from the 1900s to the 1940s, all in full working order. Among them, are Roadsters with compartments for golf clubs, a doctor's coupe with a compartment for his medical bag, and a 1929 645 Dual Cowl Phaeton that can self-lubricate its chassis as it drives along the road.
    • Location: 1527 S.W. 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-779-7300
    • Costs: Call for information on admission fees.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Museum of Discovery and Science — Spend a day of exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy a five-story-high film adventure at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, home of the biggest screen in South Florida.
    • Location: 401 South West Second St., Fort Lauderdale
    • Phone: 954-467-6637
    • Costs: $14 for adults; $13 for seniors; $12 for children, age 2 to 12; free for children, age 1 and younger.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Railroad Museum of South Florida — The museum houses many artifacts, pictures, model railroads, books and items from past Florida railroads. Also available are daily train rides along a 1.5-mile track that meanders around and between the many lakes, passing small villages and through a tunnel.
    • Location: 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers
    • Phone: 239-267-190
    • Costs: Call for information regarding admission fees.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding hours of operation.
  • Haunted St. Augustine — Face the spirits in the oldest and most haunted city in America. Ghost host tours will lead visitors through the dark, haunted history of St. Augustine and includes haunted pub tours, hearse rides and dead walks.
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum — Ripley’s Odditorium was the very first permanent Ripley’s attraction. Set in a beautiful historic castle, Ripley’s houses three floors of interactive and bizarre exhibits, including some of Robert Ripley’s original collection.
    • Location: 19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine
    • Phone: 904-824-1606
    • Costs: Ticket prices vary, starting at $12.99
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Christmas Day, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Harry S. Truman Little White House — As Florida’s only presidential museum, the Harry S. Truman Little White House was the winter White House for this country's 33rd president. Truman spent 175 days during 13 vacations in the house that is now filled with original furnishing and memorabilia from Truman’s days.
    • Location: 111 Front St., Key West
    • Phone: 305-294-9911
    • Costs: Call for information regarding admission fees.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding hours of operation.
  • Key West City Cemetery — Located at the center of town, this historic cemetery offers a glimpse of Key West's past and its offbeat sense of humor as exhibited by gravestones that read, "I told you I was sick," and "At least I know where he's sleeping tonight."
    • Location: 701 Passover Lane, Margaret and Angela Streets, Key West
    • Phone: 305-292-6718
    • Hours: Call for information on hours of operation.
  • Sunset at Mallory Square — Key West's legendary freak show—the contortionist, the fire juggler, the escape artist—must be seen once. The square brims with the pink-faced and inebriated, but it's a tradition to uphold.

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