Make a weekend of it in Miami

Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 11:55 p.m.
If you are making a Miami weekend of the Super Bowl, football doesn't have to be the only item in your travel plans.
Miami offers some exciting hot spots for singles, seniors and families, said Sue Boate, travel Manager at AAA Auto Club South in Gainesville.
  • People gazing and more. Coconut Grove offers dining, shopping and loads of enchantment that has made this trendy outdoor village a popular spot for tourists. Tree-lined streets lead to one of the world's most beautiful sailing bays. The Grove runs along U.S. 1, from North Prospect to Brickell Avenue. They write songs about this place.
  • Open wildlife. The Miami Metrozoo is a good stop for people of all ages. All the animals at the cageless Metrozoo roam in settings fashioned after their natural habitats. Admission is $11.50 for adults and $6.75 for children ages 3 to 12. The zoo is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
  • Sea creatures up close. The 250,000 gallon saltwater aquarium at the Miami Seaquarium offers live shows, presentations, a dolphin swim program (reservations required) and marine mammal exhibits for all ages.
    Prices are $31.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors, and $24.96 for children ages 3 to 9. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
  • Visit the past. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the former winter residence of agricultural industrialist James Deering, is a National Historic Landmark open to the public 364 days a year. The serene retreat is in the heart of Miami. Admission to the estate is $12 and under. (305) 250-9133 or www.vizcayamuseum.
  • Miami at night. To get a feel for what Miami is all about, Boate recommends heading to South Beach, a hot spot for Miami's nightlife. The strip is lined with bars and clubs for dancing, drinks or moonlight walks along the water.
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