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Attractions in Miami

Updated on July 23, 2012

Miami was ranked as “America’s Cleanest City” in 2008 and in 2010 was ranked seventh in terms of finance, commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, education, and other sectors.The city's mild and hot weather and many magnificent attractions add to the city being one of the most popular tourist destinations in America.

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Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United State. It houses over 2,000 animals on 299 ha, 131 ha of which are developed. It is about 5 km around if walked on the path, and has over 100 exhibits. There are four main exhibit sections in the zoo; Asia, Africa, Amazon and Beyond and Australia. .The zoo has been consistently rated as one of the top 10 zoos in the United States.

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Miami Seaquarium

The Miami Seaquarium is a 15 ha oceanarium. In addition to the marine mammals, the Miami Seaquarium also houses various fish, sharks, sea turtles, birds, reptiles and manatees. The park offers eight different marine animal shows and presentations daily and attracts over 600,000 visitors per year.

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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, and is visited on average by one million people each year. The park boasts rare and endangered species and has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance.

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Miami Children's Museum

Founded in 1983, the museum (priorly called the Miami Youth Museum) attracts visitors of all ages. The 5,250 m2 facility, designed by Arquitectonica, includes 12 galleries, classrooms, parent/teacher resource center, Kid Smart educational gift shop, 200-seat auditorium and Subway restaurant. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.

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Jungle Island

Jungle Island, founded in 1936, is an interactive zoological park in the City of Miami. The theme park's landmark are its sails covering the Jungle Theater, an arena where visitors encounter wildlife from all over the world. Jungle Island is now the home for 1,100 tropical birds, 2,000 varieties of plants and flowers, and the best trained bird show in the world. It is a place where exotic birds "fly free" everyday.

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Monkey Jungle

Monkey Jungle is home to nearly 400 primates, most running free on a 30 acre reserve. It is one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States and the only one that is open to the general public. A total of 30 species of primates are represented, including gibbons, guenons and spider monkeys. The park introduces audiences to the lifestyle of the orangutan, always unpredictable.

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Coral Castle

Coral Castle is a sculpture garden in stone. The stone garden was built by one man, Edward Leedskalnin. He started in 1923 and finished his work in 1951. He single-handedly and secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock, and his unknown process has created one of the world's most mysterious accomplishments. The Coral Castle Museum is open every day and welcomes visitors from around the world to explore this enchanting South Florida destination. Features of the Coral Castle Museum include a 9-ton gate that moves with just a touch of the finger, a Polaris telescope and functioning rocking chairs – all made entirely of stone.

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