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Florida: Travel Directory - Attractions

Exciting Attractions Await Any Age in Florida

Walt Disney World, Orlando

Bal Harbour
Ranked the #1 the most productive shopping center in the U.S. by Women's Wear Daily, Bal Harbour Shops offers Bottega Veneta, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chanel, Escada, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Prada, Pratesi, Gianni Versace, Hermes, Charles Jourdan, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Sulka, Tiffany & Co, and dozens more of the most elite corps in the realm of fashion.
www.balharbourshops.com

Daytona Beach
Ocean Walk Shoppes & Theaters, an oceanside shopping and entertainment complex which opened in Dec. 2002, includes upscale eateries, boutiques and live entertainment. www.oceanwalkvillage.com

Ft. Lauderdale 
At Butterfly World you can walk among thousands of live Butterflies in all stages of life. Enjoy the beauty and elegance, as you walk through screened aviary gardens. You'll also come face-to-face with humming birds and other exotic creatures in our enormous aviary. www.introweb.com/butterfly

Get in the water and swim with the dolphins. At Dolphin World, you will actually get face-to-face with these sea mammals while swimming with them in a tropical lagoon. This is one of South Florida's unique attractions.  www.dolphinworld.org

The Museum of Science and Discovery's mission is to promote and increase the understanding and appreciation for science in children and adults through enteratining interaction with education exhibits, programs and films. Explore over 200 hands-on science and technology exhibits. www.mods.org

One of the world's most popular shopping destinations and Florida's largest retail and entertainment center, Sawgrass Mills Mall features almost 2 miles of more than 400 name brand stores, pushcarts and kiosks with such names as Off 5th-Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Last Call! The Clearance Center from Neiman Marcus, Disney's Character Premiere, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Mikasa Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Calvin Klein Outlet Store, Gap Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and more. www.sawgrassmillsmall.com

Jacksonville
Escape to The Jacksonville Zoo for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Open a whole world of opportunities -- encounter wildlife wonders and interactive experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo is growing and changing daily, with over 1,000 rare and exotic creatures. Whether you are a visitor to Florida's First Coast or a lifetime resident, be our guest and enjoy the natural wonderland the Zoo has to offer. www.jaxzoo.org

Miami 
The Miami Seaquarium is home of Lolita the Killer Whale and TV Superstar Flipper. See 100 species of sea life, endangered Florida manatees and sea turtles. Twenty-six Nile Crocodiles are the center of attention at Discovery Bay; already home to white-tailed deer. www.miamiseaquarium.com

Parrot Jungle and Gardens is a world-famous bird sanctuary, wildlife habitat and botanical garden. The "Trained Parrot Show" highlights some of the park's more talented residents with the amazing and hilarious antics of trained parrots, cockatoos and macaws. Dragons & Monsters" marks the premiere of the only albino alligator on exhibit in South Florida, along with other exotic reptiles. www.parrotjungle.com

Orlando 
The Walt Disney World® Resort creates worlds of magic and brings fantasy to life with its world-famous parks. Epcot® is a park of discovery, the world showcase comes to life through an incredible array of entertainment, exhibits, and technology. At Disney-MGM Studios, go behind the scenes to discover the magic of movies, then free-fall 13 floors on the hair-raising Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. At Magic Kingdom® Park, meet your favorite Disney characters and experience seven wondrous lands and 40 fantastic adventures. Discover more information

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Harry P. Leu Gardens has nearly fifty acres of peaceful grounds that let you enjoy "Old Florida" at a leisurely pace. Stroll along meandering paths shaded by ancient oaks, forests of camellias and giant camphor trees.  Take a guided tour of the Leu House Museum, a restored late nineteenth-century home that began as a Florida farmhouse. www.leugardens.org

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show performs entertaining comedy mysteries nightly in their three climate-controlled theatres. Have a tasty dinner and interact with the performers as you try to solve the mystery! www.sleuths.com

Palm Beach
When it was completed, in 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was hailed by the New York Herald as "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander, and more magnificent than any othe rprivate dwelling in the world." Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits and special programs.
www.flagler.org

St. Petersburg
The Florida International Museum has become Florida's premier cultural attraction, having attracted over 2.3 million visitors from all 50 states and over 100 countries since it opened in 1995. The Kennedy Galleries include over 500 items of a personal nature relating to the Kennedy family and includes a recreation of the West Wing of the White House and a Jackie Kennedy gallery.

In December 2000, the museum opened The Cuban Missile Crisis: When the Cold War Got Hot, a 10,000 square foot exhibition which transports visitors back to the 1960s through film, design, and music. Now a permanent feature, the display focuses on the tense events of October 1962 and includes over 300 articles from that period. floridamuseum.org

The Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg has the only comprehensive art collection, extending from antiquity to the present day, on the Florida west coast. See stellar works in galleries designed for leisurely reflection. From Monet to O'Keefe, the museum has something for everyone. www.fine-arts.org

The Salvador Dalí Museum is the permanent home of the world's most comprehensive collection of the renowned Spanish artist's work. Compiled by the A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor Morse over a 45-year period, it is celebrated for its 95 oil paintings, and features excellent examples from Dalí's four major periods - Early (1917-1927), Transitional (1928), Surreal (1929-1939), and Classic (1940-1970s). In addition to the 95 oil paintings, the collection includes over 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures and objects d'art, and an extensive archival library. www.salvadordalimuseum.org

The Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center features exhibits designed by anthropologists, historians and Native Americans to reflect the art and history of the area's first people. Weedon Island Preserve is a group of low-lying islands in north St. Petersburg whose history goes back 10,000 years when early peoples such as the Timucuans and Manasotas made the island their home. www.co.pinellas.fl.us/BCC/Environ/weedon.htm

Tallahassee
The Tallahassee Antique Car Museum offers over 85 rare and unique vehicles, including over 20 national champion cars, Abraham Lincoln's Horse Drawn Hearse, and the only 1931 Dusenberg Model J, Double Cowl Phaeton Coup known to have been in Tallahassee. www.tacm.com

Tampa
The Florida Aquarium is home to sharks, rays, otters and sea dragons. Explore Tampa Bay with their new Dolphin Quest eco-tours. Their newest attraction - Sea Hunt - features deep-seea predators, including a giant Pacfiic Octopus. One of th eight major aquariums in the world. www.flaquarium.net

International Plaza, adjacent to Tampa International Airport, is the most distinctive shopping and dining destination on Florida's West Coast. Four fashionable department stores, nearly 200 specialty shops and Bay Street at the Plaza, an open-air village of fine restaurants and small boutiques, offers all shoppers could possibly want! shopinternationalplaza.com

Vero Beach
McKee Botanical Garden boasts an outstanding collection of water lilies and palms, as well as ornamental plants and seeds from around the world, yet it still maintains a feel for the native flora with its dense tropical vegetation. McKee is the second oldest tourist attraction in Florida and is on the National Register of Historic Places. mckeegarden.org

Winter Park
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art houses the world's most comprehensive collection of works by American designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, including Tiffany jewelry, pottery, paintings art glass, leaded-glass windows and lamps and the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. www.morsemuseum.org

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