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Get ready for three full days of pure Miami fun with this 3-Day Miami Getaway! You and your classmates will have the well-deserved opportunity to venture into the heart of the sunshine state as you discover all the fun, entertaining, and educational things it has to offer! Step back in time at the Miccosukee Indian Village and spend your evening relaxing on the beach! This trip has a little bit of something for everyone in your group, so kick back, relax, and get ready to have the time of your lives with this essential Miami trip.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - Spend your afternoon exploring Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the historic subtropical home built in 1910. This once thriving homestead today serves as an accredited museum and beloved National Historic Landmark. This, the former villa and estate of James Deering, is a stunningly beautiful villa in the heart of Miami that is recognized internationally for it’s cultural and historic significance. Inside your group will learn the building's’ fascinating history, origins, and evolution in terms of the arts, agriculture, and environment. Over 200,000 guests per year come to see the exemplary preservation, the museum complete with most of the original furnishings and historic layout of the formal gardens still to this day. See over 2,500 art objects and furnishings in the main house, then head outside to see the 10 acres of formal European gardens, 25 acres of primary growth forest, or 2,000 specimen orchid collection!
Bayside Market - End your day at the 230,000 square foot festival marketplace in downtown Miami known as Bayside Marketplace. First established in 1987, Bayside Marketplace provides over 15 million visitors annually with ample shopping, food, live music, local culture, and fantastic seaside viewing opportunities, what more could you ask for in a shopping mall? Your group will find all the major retail stores inside, from 98 Coast Avenue to Wet Seal, and everything in between. Shop the best clothing, electronics, food, health and beauty, home and housewares, shoes, fashion, specialty shops, and sports and fitness stores within the spacious 2 floors of the shopping center. Once you’ve worked up an appetite you can head to any of the many restaurant options, such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Five Guys Burger and Fries, Auntie Anne's, or even Fat Tuesday Daiquiri Bar! There is so much to see here, from the always diverse crowd to the upbeat outdoor music and sightseeing atmosphere.
Little Havana Walking Tour - Get ready for 3 full hours of Little Havana education as you and your group take the Little Havana Walking Tour! This tour departs daily at 10:30 am and delves into political, religious, and social customs of the community that have had a significant influence on the city of Miami’s development, culture, and history. Choose between a regular or private customizable tour with any of the reputable guides as they take you through one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods and show you how waves of Cuban refugees changed the landscape in these humble yet lively communities. You will get to walk down Memorial Blvd, the site of the memorial, and be educated on all of the statues of historic leaders from Cuban history lining the street. Your group will visit a local fruit market as well as get the chance to watch a cigar rolled in the same fashion as the decade-old techniques!
Everglades Airboat Tour - Tour one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, the ‘river of grass’, with Airboat in Everglades next. You and your group will have the chance to see some of the most impressive natural beauty as you explore the sawgrass mangroves and shallow wetlands. The luxury airboat will allow your group to roam and sightsee the natural beauty of the Everglades all while sitting in comfy waterproof seats, the entire boat itself powered by high tech jets. The tropical climate and unbelievable views make this airboat tour simply the best, and it is oftentimes called the ‘best airboat tour in Miami’. You and your group can choose from such tour options as Semi-Private, Sunset and Night, or 1-2 hour Private Tours. On this tour, your group and yourself will get to experience the natural wildlife of South Florida up close and personal, with ample opportunities to see such creatures as alligators, deer, snakes, bears, panthers, bobcats, raccoons, and over 300 different species of bird. You will learn all about the tribes of this area that were in existence over 15,000 years ago, such as the Calusa and Tequesta Tribes. Become educated about the manmade and natural downfalls plaguing the area, such as canal building and invasive species such as the Burmese Python. It will be easy to see why people love Airboat in Everglades, a company true to their word of wanting to bring the public closer to a truly wondrous and endangered ecosystem.
Beach Time - Known as the American Riviera, Miami’s South Beach is a thriving cultural hotspot and beachy beauty in south Florida. This trendy and unconventional neighborhood has grown into a wildly popular tourist destination for everyone seeking a lively, warm, and inviting spot to relax and find excitement. South Beach stretches from Biscayne Bay to the Atlantic Ocean for miles, making a beautiful location with perfect climate. With the palm tree classic look, the beach is covered in silky soft golden white sands leading into the brilliant turquoise waters that are a magnet for locals and tourists alike. Though the beach can be crowded, it is worth the effort and crowds to experience this pristine, warm-weather favorite. South Beach is renowned for its mix of vibrant cultures and Latin-American influence making for young, urban energy that illuminates the area. Stop by restaurants like Puerto Sagua to sample a taste of authentic Cuba in a relaxing, colorful environment.
Freedom Tower - Welcome to Freedom Tower, the Miami Dade College associated Museum of Art + Design AND Miami Cuban American Museum. Originally this building served as the Miami News headquarters, today being one of South Florida’s most distinctive historic buildings around. Besides being a newspaper office the Freedom Tower was also a reception center for Cuban refugees from 1962 to 1974, playing a highly important role in Cuban and American history. Inside you will see art exhibits of Cuban immigrants as well as learn the story of the resettlement of the Cubans during the Cold War. The tower itself is a cupola on a 255-foot tower that is itself contained in a decorative beacon. If the striking architectural detail of this octagonal tower and richly ornamented facade doesn’t truly impress your group, the 40 foot New World Mural sure will!
Miami Zoo - Zoo Miami is South Florida’s premier zoo with all of your favorite animals plus a few new friends. Designed and devoted to the health and happiness of the animals, Zoo Miami is one of the top zoos in the United States. Set in the lush tropical greenery of Florida, Zoo Miami is the perfect destination for groups of all ages. Zoo Miami is also a very accommodating attraction with programs and encounters for all ages and interests. See a show at the Sami Family Amphitheater, visit the small and gentle creatures at the children’s zoo, or visit the Playworld Playground. On those really hot days, take your kids by one of the many water play areas to cool down. Unlike a lot of zoos, Zoo Miami gives you up-close encounters with the animals to give greater appreciation and education of these gentle beings.
Miccosukee Indian Village - Just 30 minutes west of Miami-Dade County your group will find Miccosukee Indian Village, the premier place in Miami to step into the past and experience how a local tribe existed, and still exists today in the heart of the Florida Everglades. This ‘village’ actually consists of a museum, an airboat ride feature, and a space for live alligator demonstrations. Within the village, you will get a tour of the history, culture, and lifestyle of the Miccosukee Indians, with displays and demos including woodcarving, patchwork, beadwork, basket weaving, and even doll making! If you are craving more of an outdoor adventure head over to the Alligator Encounter, a local demonstration in which a tribal member teaches the art of alligator wrestling live. Your group can also choose to take an airboat tour of the Everglades and see a typical hammock-style Indian camp that has been owned by the same tribal family for over 100 years now!