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The cruise line offers one post-cruise shore excursion, Hop On Hop Off Miami City Tour With Airport Transfer (MI06). $54/$34 ages 3-9 (onboard bookings only). This is just $9 more than Big Bus Tours’ regular 24-hour tour (see below)! Luggage is stored while you tour and then collected before boarding your shuttle to the airport (MIA or FLL). Shuttles to MIA depart hourly from 11:45 am to 4:45 pm, and FLL-bound trips depart at noon and 2:00 pm.
Nature lovers have a lot to love here, and fishing, biking, kayaking, sailboarding, and stand-up paddle boarding are top picks for the active. Everglades National Park ($10 per vehicle fee) protects 1.5 million acres of “The River of Grass.” The park’s Shark Valley Visitor Center is 36 miles due west of Downtown, on Tamiami Trail (aka US 41/SW 8th St). From there, Shark Valley Tram Tours can take you on a 15-mile trail deep into the ‘glades. $24/$12.75 ages 3-12. Or rent bikes to ride the same route at $9.00/hr. (http://www.nps.gov/ever and http://www.sharkvalleytramtours.com). The road to Shark Valley passes Gator Park and Everglades Safari Park, offering airboat rides, wildlife shows, food, and gifts. 95% of Biscayne National Park is underwater. Snorkel, scuba, canoe, and kayak are top activities. The park’s Convoy Point visitor center includes a museum and exhibits, and park concessionaires offer boat, snorkel, and scuba tours (http://www.nps.gov/bisc). Oleta River State Park rents canoes, kayaks, and bikes and is a great place to use them, with 10 miles of bike trails, and a mangrove forest for paddlers to explore. $6 per vehicle fee. 3400 NE 163 St., N. Miami (https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Oleta-River). Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s world-class collection of tropical trees and plants is a must-see for the botanically-inclined. $25/$12 ages 6-17 (http://www.fairchildgarden.org). Zoo Miami is home to 2000 animals in 65 exhibits. $20/$16 ages 3-12. 12400 SW 152 St. (http://zoomiami.org) Zoological Wildlife Foundation is a highly-regarded, for profit, exotic-animal petting zoo. Their by-appointment animal encounters begin at $85/$45 ages 4-17 (305-969-3696, http://zoologicalwildlifefoundation.com).
Deals and Tours: Go Miami Card provides admission to 30 attractions and tours. Passes can be bought for up to seven days of use, and multi-day passes can be used any time within two weeks of the first use (similar to Walt Disney World’s multi-day passes). Attractions include Vizcaya, bus tours to the Keys and Everglades, the Miami Zoo, Gator Park, boat and airboat rides, museums, bike rentals... and if you’re driving to/from the north, even Kennedy Space Center and the Daytona Speedway tour! $65-$175/$52-$145 ages 3-12. Discounts at the web site: http://www.smartdestinations.com. Hop-on/hop-off bus tours: Tour Miami and Miami Beach at your own pace, leaving the bus for the sights you want to visit. Another bus will be along every 15-30 minutes when you’re done. Big Bus Tours operates two routes, one through Miami, the other for Miami Beach, and you can ride both for the same price. Each lasts 90 minutes if you stay on board. A 24-hour ticket is $45/$30 ages 5-15. Add a second day for $5, and add a harbor cruise for $20. Tickets are available at each of the 20 stops and online: http://www.bigbustours.com. City Sightseeing runs a comparable service, with three tour loops. $45/$30 ages 5-12, and the ticket is good for 48 hours (http://miamicitysightseeing.com). Harbor cruises depart from Bayside Marketplace. Island Queen Cruises and Miami AquaTours are the big operators, and discounts can be had at their web sites: http://www.islandqueencruises.com and http://www.miamiaquatours.com.
Top Photo Slice: Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami (℗ 18585) Photo contributed by © chezp
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