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Thanks for all of your great suggestions ! I've printed everything.....how will
the weather in late june affect seeing the everglades?
I want to see the Cuban area of Miami and shop their shops....any main part not to miss?
Whats your take ?
Keep the suggestions coming.... !
June is usually the "rainy" season, especially in the 'glades. You'll find that you can almost set your watch by the afternoon storms that build up and move east to the populated areas. I would opt for a morning visit, or late afternoon / sunset after the rain. If you're in the Miami area and want to see that area of the everglades, go to "Shark Valley" (http://www.southalley.com/sharkvalley.html
). You can bike around and see the wildlife close up. Also try Flamingo Park (http://www.nps.gov/ever/visit/planning.htm
Other parts of Miami worth seeing:
Fairchild gardens - an amazing collection of tropical plants / palms. It took a real beating during hurricane Andrew, but has been rebuilt. (http://www.fairchildgarden.org/
Miccosukee Everglades Tours - alligators, Indians, and airboats - what more could a kid want (http://www.miccosukeetours.com/mainsite/
Vizcaya Museum - if you're into art / history / architecture then this place has it all - probably the most beautiful building in South Florida (http://www.vizcayamuseum.org/
). Also check out the Deering Estate (http://www.deeringestate.com/
Metrozoo - bring you're sunscreen and water (http://www.miamimetrozoo.com
For all that's Cuban, head to Calle Ocho which is 8th St in Little Havana - the food is authentic and much better than pollo tropical. (http://miami.about.com/cs/maps/a/calle_ocho.htm
Up the road in Broward County / Ft. Lauderdale:
Seminole Tribe Museum - (http://www.seminoletribe.com/museum/
The Bonnett House - historical home, art collection, and some cool monkeys living on the grounds (not sure if they're still there) (http://www.bonnethouse.org/
Museum of Discovery and Science - also has an IMAX theater and is near the downtown shopping/entertainment district on the New River (http://www.mods.org/
Butterfly World - an amazing collection - bring your camera (http://www.butterflyworld.com/
Of course there are plenty of beaches, parks, shopping, etc. Even though the "snowbirds" have gone home, I would drive carefully and defensively - South Floridians drive about as well as they vote...
If you're heading through Palm Beach County, let me know and I'll include a few places to see there.
I don't know if you plan on heading up the east coast, but the Kennedy Space Center is worth checking out - (http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/