Travel Guide to Florida


Total Immersion

Take to the wild open skies where sprawling nature preserves plus loads of idyllic coastal beaches and other diversions cast Southeast Florida as the ultimate playground for every style of traveler.

A Day In…

Key West

Begin your day with breakfast in the outdoor courtyard of Blue Heaven. Then wander the Old Town district enjoying colorful Victorian architecture. Snap a “mandatory selfie” at the Southernmost Point in the continental USA. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum and the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Grab lunch in the Historic Seaport before embarking on a reef snorkeling excursion. Catch a beautiful sunset and the action at Mallory Square. Dine at an Old Town restaurant and sample the nightlife on Duval Street.

Fort Lauderdale

Start your morning with a tour of the beautiful historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens or snorkel or dive to explore 69 miles of natural coral reef just offshore. Board a water taxi and cruise through some 300 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway while viewing some of the most incredible mansions and homes. Revel in a unique dock-and-dine experience at one of many waterfront restaurants before taking in a show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. End with a stroll along picturesque Las Olas Boulevard.


Relax poolside at one of many chic hotels and hit the waters of South Beach. Stroll down Lincoln Road for shopping al fresco and enjoy a world-class meal while people-watching at an outdoor restaurant. Visit the art collection at the Pérez Art Museum Miami next to beautiful Biscayne Bay, and take an afternoon walk through Maurice A. Ferré Park. Head over to Wynwood to take in the vibrant street art. Spend the evening at one of the Miami Design District’s unique restaurants.

The Palm Beaches

Start your day at the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and cruise south down to Loggerhead Marinelife Center to check on the sea turtles. Take lunch in West Palm Beach. Ride the trolley through The Square and down Clematis Street; with so many local hot spots to choose from, the decision is guaranteed to be difficult, but delicious! Head to Boca Raton for the afternoon, renting bikes to experience the Ocean Boulevard Path, or stroll around Mizner Park. End the day dancing and dining along Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

Your Southeast Florida Experts

Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority: downtowndelraybeach.com

Discover The Palm Beaches: ThePalmBeaches.com

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau: sunny.org

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau: miamiandbeaches.com

Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency: floridashollywood.org

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Chamber of Commerce: lbts.com

The Monroe County Tourist Development Council: fla-keys.com

Sunny Isles Beach Miami Tourism & Marketing Council: sunnyislesmiami.com

Arts And Culture

Cultural and art institutions dot the coast of Southeast Florida and brim with one-of-a-kind features, combining eco beauty, rich history and unique works of art.

Worth a visit every time you explore Key West, the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, Harry S. Truman Little White House and Audubon House & Tropical Gardens are cultural mainstays. Tour the Key West Art & Historical Society’s permanent exhibit at Fort East Martello Museum to view sculptures created by the late Key Largo folk artist, Stanley Papio, whose works are acclaimed for their inventiveness and humor. In Islamorada, the Third Thursday Art Walk features artists, vendors and entertainment. Sails to Rails Museum at Flagler Station offers a glimpse of Key West’s storied past. Follow an interactive timeline of Key West history during the era of Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway (1912-1935) when tall ships plied the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico waters in the early 1900s.  

As the home of Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the world’s most prominent annual art fairs held in December, Miami-Dade County boasts a variety of opportunities to experience local and international art. For highly acclaimed performing arts and Broadway-style shows, head to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Stroll down the street-art-clad avenues in the Wynwood Arts District, home to an abundant collection of local galleries as well as Tony Goldman Way, named after the late arts visionary and real estate developer. In downtown Miami’s waterfront, Maurice A. Ferré Park boasts the Pérez Art Museum Miami, a highly regarded institution offering a taste of modern architecture and intellectually stimulating exhibits. There’s also the Bass Museum in Miami Beach, which houses contemporary art. For a different but memorable experience, visit the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach or the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center in Dania Beach.

Fort Lauderdale has plenty of museums, galleries and performing arts institutions to visit. Located on bustling Las Olas Boulevard, where shopping and dining abound, the NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place to view more than 7,500 works by artists like William J. Glackens, George Bellows and Diego Rivera. Children and adults alike love the Young At Art Museum located within the Broward Mall in Plantation. The facility inspires, educates and entertains all ages with interactive exhibits, as well as entertaining art classes and workshops.

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County promotes a wide range of theater, dance, art, music and history in what’s known as Florida’s Cultural Capital. Located in the popular Mizner Park, the Boca Raton Museum of Art houses an array of contemporary and modern art collections. For a unique taste of Japanese arts with the picture-perfect Florida backdrop, visit the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach.

West Palm Beach is home to the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, located at Norton’s former residence where she spent the last 30 years of her life creating pieces for the garden she helped design. Other gardens worthy of exploration include the Four Arts Botanical Gardens and the Mounts Botanical Garden.

The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach is one of the most renowned art museums in Florida, featuring acclaimed exhibitions, programs and a permanent collection. And, dating back to 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, is a National Historic Landmark, which is open to the public as the Flagler Museum. Visit the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Wick Theatre & Costume Museum and Palm Beach Dramaworks for shows from elegant ballets to Broadway musicals.


Southeast Florida offers an abundance of family-friendly attractions, many showcasing the Sunshine State’s unique ecosystem and wildlife.

In the Florida Keys, the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West displays gold, silver and treasures recovered from sunken wrecks, while Dolphin Research Center and The Turtle Hospital in Marathon invite the whole family to get up close and personal with sea life. Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, a conservation center also located in Marathon, conducts guided park tours as well as tarpon and stingray feedings. At the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada, enjoy an interactive historical experience through a permanent model of Indian Key, once the Florida Keys’ second largest community outside of Key West only accessible by private boat or kayak.

The Florida Everglades is where naturalists and adventurers can spot alligators on airboat tours and learn about the Seminole Indians’ unique way of life on an Everglades Holiday Park airboat tour.

For more exciting animal encounters, visit Zoo Miami just north of Homestead, Monkey Jungle south of the zoo, Jungle Island in downtown Miami and the Miami Seaquarium in Key Biscayne. At the Miami Seaquarium, visitors enjoy the Penguin Isle, a habitat for African penguins, which can be viewed above and below water in a 9,000-gallon pool. Boasting an impressive collection of rare plants and flowers, as well as a sprawling tropical oasis, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosts special events like the International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival.

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is located in Downtown Miami’s Maurice A. Ferré Park. The 250,000-square-foot facility includes a planetarium, aquarium and science museum.

Head to ArtsPark at Young Circle in downtown Hollywood to enjoy a 10-acre interactive park complete with a children’s play area. Near Fort Lauderdale, Flamingo Gardens and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary offers 60 acres of diverse native plants and trees, a Bird of Prey Center with a free-flight aviary, and the chance to view alligators, flamingos, bobcats and Florida panthers. For a mix of ecology, history and architecture, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale is a 36-acre estate preserving a piece of Old Florida charm. While in Fort Lauderdale, hop on board the Jungle Queen for a sightseeing cruise. Then, check out more than 20,000 butterflies from around the globe at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, one of the world’s largest butterfly parks.

Visit the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach for guided marsh tours, bird walks, canoe trips and more. Become part of the herd at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, a drive-through adventure where you can check out more than 1,000 animals including giraffes, lions, zebras and monkeys. Nearby, the Cox Science Center and Aquarium includes a planetarium, a one-of-a-kind 18-hole conservation-themed mini-golf course, the quarter-mile Fisher Family Science Trail and the open-air amphitheater which features daily live science shows, trivia sessions and concerts, along with many other educational programs.

See the three young Malayan tiger cubs born at the Palm Beach Zoo in May of 2020. The zoo houses some 190 species, including at risk and endangered types.

Providing the opportunity to see endangered sea turtles and other marine life up close, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach is a hospital for injured sea turtles where visitors learn about Florida’s marine life and the ecosystem.

Road Trips

Probably the most iconic, convertible, wind-in-your-hair drive in Southeast Florida is the one along Route 1, a.k.a. the Overseas Highway, from Miami to Key West.

But who says a road trip means you have to drive a car? Why not let someone else do the driving and hop aboard Brightline, Florida’s intercity passenger train that uses nearly 200 miles of Henry Flagler’s existing Florida East Coast Railroad? And since trains hit speeds of 125 miles per hour, you can expect to reach your destination faster than if you drove. Stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach are designed to connect with current public transportation options in each city, making it simple to explore those locations. Additional stops have been added to service other cities like Aventura and Boca Raton, including service expansion to Orlando.

From the Miami station, walk to FTX Arena, Adrienne Arsht Center, PortMiami and Bayfront Park. Take the train up to the Fort Lauderdale station and walk to the Historic District, Museum of Discovery and Science, Riverwalk A&E District and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. From the West Palm Beach station, take a stroll to the Clematis District, The Square and Post Park.

Beaches And Outdoor Gems

A trip to Florida isn’t complete without some much-needed beach time.

Spend the day swimming, kayaking and snorkeling in crystal-clear water at Bahia Honda State Park, located between the historic Seven Mile Bridge and Big Pine Key in the lower Florida Keys. This stretch of sand has been listed many times among the best beaches in the USA.

Home to two sprawling beach parks, Key Biscayne is perfect for oceanfront family picnics. Visit either Crandon Park at the entrance to the island, or Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park at the island’s end. At Bill Baggs, climb the steps of the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse (c. 1825) or kayak along the water’s edge. Or fish on the seawall of Biscayne Bay where you can spot the remnants of Stiltsville, a collection of historical structures on stilts hovering over the water that dates back to the Prohibition-era rumrunner days.

Of course, in Miami, you’ll not want to miss the sparkling sands of South Beach. Families love the kid-friendly facilities and mini splash and play area at the South Pointe Park beach, while those who want to be in the “scene” head to the beach along Ocean Drive. Farther north, the beach in Surfside is a favorite among locals because of its laid-back vibe and access to a waterfront walking path. Or check out the Oleta River State Park beach, ideal for kayaking and canoeing.

Famous for its bustling beachfront district and an entertainment destination in its own right, Hollywood Beach features a variety of sidewalk cafés, boutiques and ice cream parlors—so go for a dip and then cruise the Broadwalk. Spend the day boating or canoeing at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park in Dania Beach, a popular turtle nesting spot.

Drawing spring break crowds for years, Fort Lauderdale Beach runs the length of North Atlantic Boulevard and makes the perfect beach day easy because of its proximity to a variety of restaurants and amusing attractions. Seeking a quiet respite? Enjoy serenity in the shaded picnic areas at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, which also features monthly mangrove habitat walks.

In Boca Raton, the Daggerwing Nature Center features a 3,000-square-foot exhibit hall surrounded by 40 acres of natural area to explore.

Check out the panoramic views from the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum at Jupiter Beach Park.

In Juno Beach, venture out on a wildlife turtle walk then navigate through the rare coastal hammock and natural dune systems, part of Florida’s most precious habitat.


For hot days and sultry nights, these neighborhoods and hot spots will keep you entertained around the clock, seven days a week.

Fans of fine beers, ales, rums and more can enjoy local libations throughout the Keys. For the ultimate bar-hopping adventure, complete with plenty of local music, Duval Street is party central in Key West. At the end of the stretch, Mallory Square is the perfect place to sip a tropical cocktail and watch street performers during the nightly sunset celebration. Tour the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery, located in a former Coca-Cola bottling plant and on the site of a former pre-Prohibition-era bar named Jack’s Saloon, and sample free rum. The Jolly II Rover Land and Sea Combo Tour blends food, libations, strolling and sailing. The pirate-themed tour introduces visitors to the history as well as the present-day beauty and charm of Key West. It features a variety of food and rum tastings on land as well as two hours on board an 80-foot pirate ship replica.

Miami has so many popular entertainment districts you could spend weeks here and still not hit every hot spot. Two of the most famous areas are Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road on South Beach. Home of the Art Deco Historic District, renowned nightlife, luxurious hotels and tons of local eateries, both locations offer the ultimate South Beach experience. The Miami Design District has added enticing options from inviting open-air venues to the much-anticipated arrival of a renowned French culinary gem. Whether your palate craves the finesse of Italian flavors or the intimate journey of an omakase experience, there’s a culinary adventure at this posh spot. Clubs like LIV at the Fontainebleau and Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach draw the hottest DJs and late-night revelers. Back on Miami’s mainland, the Mary Brickell Village near downtown is a popular spot for locals to live, work and play, thanks to a bevy of skyscraper residences, rooftop bars and posh eateries. Both the Wynwood Arts District and South Beach have been drawing the cultural elite to hobnob over sophisticated cocktails, luxurious shopping and celebrity-helmed restaurants. Joining other trendy neighborhoods is the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District, where you’ll find hip restored hotels and bars from the 1950s. MiMo, short for Miami Modern, describes a design aesthetic unique to Miami that was influenced by American fascination with futurism, jets and space exploration. Lush and tropical Coconut Grove is a hip and inviting corner of South Florida with elegant hotels, restaurants and boutiques. And, in Little Havana, stroll down Calle Ocho to savor a taste of nostalgic Cuban culture where eateries serve authentic pastelitos and Cuban coffee that packs an impressive punch. Not to be overlooked, CityPlace Doral near the Miami International Airport is a leisure destination offering dining options, shopping venues, entertainment and residences.

For casino fun, head to the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, which includes non-stop thrills like high-stakes poker, jackpot games and bingo hall. Catch year-round horse racing at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, home of the Curlin Florida Derby. While there, be sure to check out the Vegas-style slot machines, poker tables, restaurants, open air mall, bowling alley and art galleries. Also, in Hallandale Beach, the Big Easy Casino features slots, simulcast (greyhounds, thoroughbreds, harness, and jai-alai), poker, entertainment and casual dining venues. For more round-the-clock casino action and nightlife, head to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in nearby Hollywood. The iconic Guitar Hotel, which is a state-of-the-art entertainment venue and a pool resort, features a man-made lake with paddleboarding and a lazy river. Check out the Casino @ Dania Beach for gaming and entertainment. Or challenge Lady Luck at the nearby Harrah’s Pompano Beach, featuring slots, poker tables, electronic table games and restaurants.

In Southeast Florida, dining and entertainment collide on a variety of popular main drags.

Stretching more than two miles along the ocean, Hollywood’s Broadwalk features panoramic beach views, a variety of outdoor restaurants and the very popular Margaritaville Beach Resort. Las Olas Boulevard offers plenty of dining options, plus many live entertainment and local music performances every weekend. Mizner Park in Boca Raton is the place to go for shopping, dining and fun.

The West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District unites a fast-growing number of the area’s top cultural institutions and burgeoning art scene. This cultural corridor covers a one-mile city radius and encompasses more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural venues including Palm Beach Dramaworks on Clematis Street and the Society of the Four Arts on the island of Palm Beach. Downtown West Palm Beach is also known for its eclectic mix of restaurants along Clematis Street.


Florida is a shopping mecca and features tons of opportunities to shop till you drop.

The Brickell City Centre is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and features a variety of dining establishments as well as luxury, premium and contemporary retailers, including Sephora, Tommy Bahama, and others. Nearby, the super-luxe Miami Design District showcases the crème de la crème of high-end fashion, including Burberry, Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Versace.

To the south in Wynwood Arts District you’ll find more art galleries, retail stores, antique shops and hip bars as well as one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world. Aventura Mall is a top shopping center in the U.S. It features dynamic shopping and dining experiences blended with experiential, artistic elements. Anchored by Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom,  Aventura Mall features iconic retailers, including  Givenchy, Fendi, Michael Kors and other shopper favorites. Additional Miami malls you might want to include on your list are The Shops at Midtown Miami, The Falls, Shops at Merrick Park and Bal Harbour Shops.

Considered one of South Florida’s premier shopping destinations, Fort Lauderdale’s Galleria Mall features brand-name retailers from Apple to Macy’s, dining and a currency exchange kiosk.

And don’t overlook Las Olas Boulevard with all its trendy boutiques, galleries and restaurants.

To score some impressive deals, head to Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, where you’ll find over 350 stores and  exclusive outlets not found anywhere else in South Florida.

Dolphin Mall is Miami-Dade County’s largest outlet shopping center where you’ll find over 240 value-priced and outlet stores.

Another great spot for outlet shopping is Tanger Outlets in Palm Beach, which features more than 100 stores including brand favorites Saks OFF 5TH, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store and Vera Bradley.

Be sure to add Mizner Park Boca Raton to your bucket list of shopping malls. Town Center at Boca Raton is another high-end shopping destination anchored by Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s, while The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens is a spacious shopping center with more than 140 world-class brand names. Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue is lined with trendy boutiques and popular restaurants—it’s not uncommon to see all ages walking along this main-street-style neighborhood hot spot.

Don’t overlook Southeast Florida’s popular flea markets. The gigantic flea market at the Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale features vendors selling brand-name items at bargain prices. Florida shoppers in-the-know also head to the Festival Market Mall, a veritable shopper’s paradise in Pompano Beach.

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