You planned your vacation based on what you and your family are interested in doing. Popular attractions include beaches, lighthouses, sports, theme parks, etc. and are within easy reach of your destination. Sometimes though some of the most interesting things to do are off the beaten path and may take a little more time to get to. Read on for some off the beaten path attractions you might want to see while on vacation in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.
Coral Castle is a sight to behold! This sculpture garden was created by hand from over 1,100 tons of coral rock. Edward Leedskalnin from Latvia, who was just over 5 feet tall and weighed only 100 pounds, created this as a testament to his lost love, Agnes Scuffs. Coral Castle is located in Miami so it will take over an hour to get there but it is definitely worth the drive.
If you want to see alligators then this is the place for you. Alligator shows, alligator feedings and snake shows are all offered here at the Everglades Alligator Farm. While here you won’t want to miss a chance to see the Florida Everglades so book a guided tour by airboat. The Everglades Alligator Farm is located in Homestead, a little more than an hours drive from the greater Fort Lauderdale area.
Over 300 primates live in this 30-acre wildlife park and discovery center known as Monkey Jungle. Visitors get a unique look into the life of a variety of monkeys, orangutans and gorillas through demonstrations and interactions with keepers. This unique place is located in Miami and is over an hour from the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.
Another unique attraction located in Homestead is the Fruit & Spice Park. This 37-acre botanical garden hosts over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, nuts and other plant specimens from around the world. Visit the tasting counter inside the park store or have lunch in the Mango Café.
The Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation offers visitors a look into the life of the Seminole Indians and a variety of other tourist attractions. The AH-TAH-THI-KI Museum displays more than 180,000 artifacts and archival items about the culture and history of the Seminole people. Billie Swamp Safari provides over 2,200 acres of Florida Everglades that can be explored through airboat rides, eco-tours and exhibits offering a wide variety of wildlife. The Reservation is over an hours drive from the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.
Peanut Island is home to the historic ready Boathouse and Coast Guard Station and the President John F. Kennedy bomb shelter. Guided tours are available through both facilities from Thursday to Sunday. Shuttle service to the island is available at Riviera Beach Marina.
The Wings Over Miami Air Museum is a tribute to the veterans and aviators who pioneered civilian and military aviation. Almost all of the collected aircrafts are in flying condition and some are flown on a regular basis, mostly on weekends. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday and is located in Miami.
The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum is housed in Whitehall, the former home of Henry Flagler. The house was started in 1900 and finished in 1902 and is located in Palm Beach. When Whitehall was built, Palm Beach was one of the least developed and most remote locations in the United States but this home included 22 bathrooms, electric lighting, central heating and a telephone system. This historic national landmark features guided tours, changing exhibits and special program.