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Visitors to Florida, as well as the rest of the United States, are subject to arbitrary s t r i p-searches, as per US Supreme Court Ruling
10-945 issued on 2012-04-02. Please note that in many parts of the US, including Florida, police are very aggressive in s t r i p-searching people for minor offences. This should be a particular concern for those whose appearance identifies them in some way as non US Citizens or members of a religious, cultural, racial, or ethnic minority.
It causes me pain to say this, as I love my country, but there are other nice places to visit in the world where they do not s t r i p-search people for riding a bicycle without a bell, or for not wearing seatbelts (two examples mentioned in the Supreme Court decision upholding this practice).
Don't let your desire to visit the US result in the mistreatment and humiliation of yourself, your wife, or your children.
If you are willing to risk this sort of incident however, we do have some nice places here in Florida:
900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304.
Bonnet House is the legacy of Frederic Clay Bartlett's visions and
talent which translated his years of exposure to the arts and
architecture of Europe into a native Floridian house.
Coral Castle Museum, 28655 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33033
Definitely a different kind of place, but interesting.
"To this day, no one knows how Ed created the Coral Castle. Built under the cover of night and in secret, at a time when there were no modern construction conveniences, Ed would only say that he knew "the secret of the pyramids." When he died, his secrets died with him, and to this day scientists and thinkers still debate Ed's methods."
Don't look for much help from their website. It is a morass of graphics
that take forever to load and seem to give no meaningful information.
West of Fort Lauderdale: Two miles North of I-75 (Alligator Alley) on U.S. 27.
Airboat rides, Alligator & Reptile Exhibit, Replica of an 18th Century Indian
Village, Vanishing Species Exhibit, Boat Rentals and Fishing Guides.
10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables (Miami) Florida 33156 Tel: 306-667-1651
A really nice display of tropical plants. Fairchild is involved in efforts to
conserve tropical plant species. They also have (twice so far) hosted exhibits
by Dale Chihuly, the noted glass artist.
3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie, Florida 33330-1614(between Griffin Road and I-595) 954.473.2955
A beautiful and inviting Botannical Garden featuring tropical plants. There is a guided tour, a tram ride, and a Wildlife Encounter show.
12450 S.W. 152nd Street Miami, Florida, U.S.A., 33177-1402
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum has over 40 pieces of railroad rolling stock and
equipment, as well as informational exhibits and programs for children.
Old timers will remember this as the "Parrot Jungle", but it is now at a new location.
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, off 395, between downtown Miami and South Beach.
A tropical garden featuring performing birds and animals.
One of my favorites.
2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee, FL. 33470
A drive-through and traditional zoo featuring mostly African animals.
As close as you will ever get to a lion, elephant, hippo or rhino and still stay alive.
One of my favorites.
4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446
The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a center for Japanese arts
and culture in South Florida, with rotating exhibitions in its galleries,
tea ceremonies performed monthly in its Seishin-an tea house, an
educational outreach program with local schools and organizations,
and Japanese traditional festivals celebrated for the public several times a year. Possibly the best attraction in Florida.
Coming to Florida and missing this is like going to Wyoming without visiting Yellowstone Park.
401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 954-467-6637
Many permanent and temporary science exhibits, including many that are "hands-on" for kids.
Also has an IMAX theater that shows science-related films.
Lincoln Theatre 541 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The New World Symphony is dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional
development of outstanding musicians. The NWS fellowship program provides top
graduates of music programs here and abroad the opportunity to enhance their
musical education with the finest professional training.
1451 S Olive Avenue - West Palm Beach, FL 33401
The Norton is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and is known for
its permanent collection featuring 19th and 20th century European and
American art, Chinese, Contemporary art and photography.
There are a number of locations in Florida.
The one near us is in Big Cypress, Florida.
Take Alligator Alley (I-75) from either Ft. Lauderdale or
Naples. Exit 49 (Service Plaza) then go North 19 miles to Big Cypress.
Real Seminole indians and indian culture in a friendly and fun setting.
Museum, Swamp adventures, Restaurant, many cultural and cross-cultural events.
4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
In Dreher Park next to the Dreher Park Zoo (above)
Planetarium and lots of interesting science exhibits.
Basically the same location as The Palm Beach Zoo.
3251 S. Miami Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 305.250.9133
Vizcaya, which was the winter home of International Harvester vice president James Deering,
offers a unique glimpse of a vanished lifestyle in America. Vizcaya provides a window to
both the history of Miami, graced by the villa since it completion in 1916; and to the
Italian Renaissance, represented in the Museum's architecture. Its art and furnishings
portray 400 years of European history.
3000 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612 (813) 987-5082
An interesting combination of theme park, thrill rides, education, and a zoo.
I never really appreciated King Tut and
his history until I saw the "King Tut" exhibit here.
Of course the exhibit and all of the "artifacts" were
admittedly fake, but they did a much better job of presenting King Tut and his times
than most museums with real artifacts, at least in my opinion.
Education aside, the thrill rides are truly world-class!
175 Bourne Ave. Pooler, GA 31322 912.748.8888 DON'T MISS THIS!!
This museum absolutely blew us away when Rosann and I visited here. We even changed our
vacation plans so that we could make a return visit. I feel a little guilty listing it on
a "Fun" page, but it is something every American needs to see.
This museum powerfully makes the point that "The Price of Freedom" is a hell of
a lot more than eternal vigilance.
This is easily worth the 400 mile drive from SE Florida!
They have an interesting, but limited website. You have to see the museum to appreciate it.