Summer Adventure Guide
COMPILED BY GABRIELLA BLANCO AND DANIELLE CHARBONNEAU
Some of the best advice I was ever given is: “If you live like a tourist in your own town, you’ll never get bored.” So true. Summer is the perfect time to try this philosophy. Get out. Live like a tourist. Adventure. Cross some things off your bucket list and make this summer memorable. Treating yourself will bring fresh air to your sunny Florida summer. Are you venturing to Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Miami or the Keys? Delve into this summer adventure guide to find out what is waiting for you. We’ve selected a few of our favorite spots and activities.
ADVENTURES CLOSE TO HOME
A DAY TRIP TO JAPAN: MORIKAMI MUSEUM AND JAPANESE GARDENS
Listen to the birds chirping, meander through the Bonzai garden, stroll through the Bamboo grove, admire Japanese art, taste an array of Japanese sake, partake in a relaxing tea workshop or dine on authentic sushi — all can be enjoyed at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, which features a museum, garden, restaurant and tea house. Morikami offers a variety of tours and cultural programs. Learn more at morikami.org.
4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach | morikami.org | 561-495-0233
A LEAP OF FAITH: SKI RIXEN
If you are into extreme water sports, Ski Rixen in Deerfield Beach is calling you. Novice or pro—either way, there is a place for you on Ski Rixen’s cable-propelled water skiing and wakeboarding lake. Classes, private lessons and a summer camp are available. Don’t really want to get wet? The surrounding Quiet Waters park features mountain bike trails, pavilion picnic areas, basketball courts and sand volleyball too.
401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach | skirixenusa.com | 954 429-0215
You know this is the summer you want to learn how to kiteboard.
2560 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami | southfloridakiteboarding.com |
XTREME ACTION PARK
Visit the largest indoor entertainment venue in the sunshine state including go-kart racing, bowling, a roller skating rink, ice-cream shop, full bar and much more.
5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale | xtremeactionpark.com | 954-491-6265
Offshore sports fishing for $99/per person. Can’t beat that.
2705 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach | 99dollarsportfishing.com | 954-943-1808
Right off the beach in Pompano you can see the Lady Luck, a casino-themed sunken ship and underwater art exhibit just for divers to enjoy.
125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach | southfloridadiving.com |
WELCOME TO MIAMI
GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM: KEY BISCAYNE
With mangrove swamps, crystal clear aquamarine waters, an array of marine life, fish and coral, Biscayne National Park is one of the most picturesque places to try SUPping (Stand Up Paddle Boarding). If standing isn’t your thing, you can also rent a pedal boat or kayak. Bring your furry friends along too: dogs are allowed on the beach and on board. Visitors can rent a bike to cruise around the Key, or beach chairs, umbrellas and towels to relax on shore. Key Biscayne has a little something for everyone.
3979 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne
sosupkeybiscayne.com | 786-301-3557
FLY ME TO THE MOON (OR MIAMI): HELICOPTER RIDE
Get to know the “Magic City” from the sky. Choose from a 30-, 45- or 60-minute flight in a helicopter for a scenic ride over Miami, Coconut Grove, Fairchild Gardens and Biscayne Bay. Tours depart between 9am and 6pm.
815 NW 57th Ave. #217, Miami
graylinemiami.com | 786-235-2775
Take a Dip: VENETIAN POOL IN CORAL GABLES
Going to be in the Coral Gables area? Don’t forget to bring a swimming suit. Built in 1981, the Venetian Pool is modeled after Venice Italy and is one of the largest and most beautiful public swimming pools in Miami. Swim into vine-covered caves, lounge on the cobblestone steps like a mermaid or caress your scalp under one of the waterfalls. This tranquil, open-air pool is almost mystical.
2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables, coralgables.com, 305-460-5306
OLD WORLD CHARM: VIZCAYA MUSEUM GARDENS
With 43 acres of wonders, Vizcaya Museum Gardens features Baroque, Renaissance, Renaissance Revival and Mediterranean Revival architecture. You can tour the place in a group, or take a guided public tour. There are lush gardens and an art exhibition featuring original installations by contemporary South Floridian artists. If you get hungry, there are lunch options. Vizcaya is open from
9:30am to 4:30pm.
3251 S Miami Ave, Miami | vizcaya.org | 305-250-9133
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
A Three Hour Milkshake: ROBERT IS HERE
Some of our magazine staff drove an hour and a half just for one of Robert’s famous Key Lime milkshakes. Robert is Here started as a tropical fruit stand in Homestead and soon became renowned for their milkshakes. Throughout the year, Robert is Here carries 500 unique types of exotic fruit including Cherimoya, Jackfruit, Guanabana and Sugar Apples. Be adventurous and try something new.
The market is an excellent place for a summer afternoon with family and friends. There is also a petting zoo where kids can hand-feed the animals of the farm.
9200 SW 344th St, Homestead | robertishere.com
PREPARE TO DIVE: HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM
Summer adventures also involve learning and discovering. Dive into the Florida Diving Museum to learn more about our beloved state’s history as it relates to underwater exploration. Man’s quest to investigate the wonders of the ocean has been an ongoing story of discovery. Have fun and learn. Some of the current exhibits include: Timeline Of Diving, The South Florida Adventure, Beebe’s Lab and Marine Biology and The Treasure Room. The museum is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm.
82990 Overseas Highway, Islamorada | divingmuseum.org | 305-664-9737
EVERGLADES ALLIGATOR FARM
Complement your drive to the Keys with an Airboat ride less than an hour from Islamorada. You can book a private guided boat for up to six people. In addition to airboat rides, the Everglades National Park has educational shows where you can learn about snakes and alligators. The park is open daily from 9am to 5:30pm.
40351 SW 192 Ave. Homestead | everglades.com | 305-247-2628
Water World: BLUE SPRING STATE PARK
Blue Spring is the largest spring on the St. Johns River. The crystal clear spring runs a few miles long where visitors can fish, swim, canoe, kayak and tube. Qualified Scuba divers can descend into the spring cave as well. Multiple pavilions are available for groups, and picnic tables are scattered around the entire park. The park also features volleyball courts and a playground. Hontoon Island State Park is a short paddle down the St. Johns River. There are also 51 campsites with water and electricity hookups, plus six cabins. Hours of operation, fees and rental information can be found at
floridastateparks.org/park/Blue-Spring | 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City | floridastateparks.org | 386-775-3663
FLYING HIGH: ZIP LINE IN KISSIMMEE
Going to be around Orlando? Add a unique stop to your amusement park tour. The Zip Orlando canopy tour in Kissimmee is a thrilling opportunity to admire the lush landscapes of Orlando like a bird, soaring above the canopy, from deck-to-deck, on cable zip lines. Zip Orlando is the area’s largest tour with over 4,500 feet of zip lines and 350 feet of aerial bridges.
ziporlando.com | 509 S Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee | 407-808-4947
Palm Beach Pride
Forget Beverly Hills: WORTH AVENUE, PALM BEACH
Channel your inner pretty woman, grab a floppy beach hat, your biggest sunglasses, fanciest jewelry and designer handbag, then head to Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue. The beautiful boutiques are surrounded by bougainvillea, fashion sparkles in almost every window and palm trees line the pristine Avenue. Sit down to a gourmet lunch at Ta-boo for a taste of real Palm Beach. The restaurant has been open since 1941 (ancient by Florida standards) and is simply a “must” for any day in Palm Beach to be complete.
Worth Avenue, Palm Beach | worth-avenue.com | 561-659-6909
RAT PACK FLASH BACK: HMF AT THE BREAKERS HOTEL
HMF (named after Henry Morrison Flagler, The Breakers Resort founder) oozes glamour, class and nostalgia. The space transports guests to an era when the glitterati sipped on chilled martinis, pin-striped suits puffed on cigars and the sound of singers swooning wafted in the air. While the bar carries this classic feel, the contemporary cuisine (with plenty of small plate options for sharing) teases the palate and excites the eyeballs with pristine plating and bold flavors. This is a great destination for a group of friends or family to enjoy an intimate cocktail hour or dinner.
1 S. County Road, Palm Beach | thebreakers.com | 561-290-0104
HAVE A SPA DAY
Want to bring some tranquility to your summer? Treat yourself with relaxing massages, expert care, holistic skin care and more. Spend a spa day at the Breakers or Eau Palm Beach—both spas are sublime. Don’t miss the Self-Centered Garden at the Eau—the name says it all.
The Spa at the Breakers | 1 S. County Road, Palm Beach | thebreakers.com | 561-290-0104
Eau Palm Beach | 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan | 561-533-6000