Miami, Florida Top 10 Attractions

6: Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium

The oldest oceanarium in the United States features sharks, sea turtles, birds, and marine mammals. The popular 1960s TV show "Flipper" filmed 88 episodes and two feature films here. One of the park's main attractions is Lolita, the oldest orca in captivity and the only orca at the seaquarium. Shows featuring Lolita, as well as the park's dolphins, happen daily, and the park also welcomes Boy Scout groups and overnight camps.

Address: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

7: Jungle Island

Jungle Island

This unique interactive zoo was created when a feed store owner became enamored of the idea of a park where birds could fly freely around the trees. Although it's moved from its original location, it remains a beloved tourist destination. Birds that are featured here include the only trained Cassowary in the world, the Andean Condor, and the King Vulture, as well as the Florida favorite, the American Flamingo. Besides birds, the park also presents a liger, a cross between a lion and a tiger, and a list of animals ranging from boa constrictors and snapping turtles to lemurs and penguins.

Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trl, Miami, FL 33132

8: Art Deco Historic District

Art Deco Historic District

Fanciful, vibrant colors interlaced with palm trees make this historic neighborhood a must see for any tourist. This area was the first 20th century neighborhood to be inducted into the National Register of Historic Places, due to its abundance of art deco architecture. Chrome and glass combine with swooping arches and smooth curves to create a feast for the eyes. Retro theatre marquees and facades draped in neon lights complete the scene. Constructed between 1923-1943, over 800 structures make up this most unique neighborhood.

Address: 1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Website: www.nps.gov

9: Little Havana

Little Havana

As one might imagine, Little Havana takes its name from the large Cuban population that resides there. Calle Ocho, or 8th Street, is a popular destination and the site of many festivals. The Walk of Fame honors prominent Latin figures in the arts, including Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan. On the last Friday of the month, Viernes Culturales takes place on Calle Ocho and visitors can expect to experience music, art exhibits, and various types of Latin cuisine.

Address: Miami, FL 33135

10: Miami Children's Museum

Miami Children's Museum

Children and adults can explore the curiosities of the world around them at this top of the line museum located just outside downtown Miami. The exhibits are interactive, encouraging attendees to work and play together. A two story sand castle, a six foot piggy bank that allows you to design your own currency, and exhibits underlining the importance of health and nutrition, public safety, and caring for pets are all permanently on display. There are also displays portraying different Miami neighborhoods at different periods of time, giving contextual understanding to this most unique city.

Address: 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132

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