Miami Vacation Tips

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Spring has officially sprung, and before you know it you’re bound to become “afflicted” with the travel bug—if you haven’t already! Fortunately, this is one fever you’ll be glad you caught. This year, perhaps the bug will take you to Miami, Florida. Miami is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations and is home to picture-perfect beaches like the ones you see on postcards. However, if you’re not the type to lie in the sand all day, or if you really want to see what Miami culture is all about, you won’t stop with the beaches. You’ll discover a myriad of diverse Miami attractions, spanning the realms of art, history, outdoor recreation, and scientific discovery. To make the most of your Miami vacation, follow these simple tips! Know Your Neighborhoods Like … [Read more...]

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Orlando

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The lovebirds are in luck this year, as Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday—the perfect timing for a romantic night out. Of course, you don’t have to be head over heals for someone to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Orlando. Whether you’re heading out on a first date, relaxing or letting loose with friends, or enjoying a weekend with the love of your life, there are plenty of things to do in Orlando this Valentine’s Day. This year, we want to step out of the mold and share some unique and creative ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day. We’ve rounded the coolest ideas and events in Central Florida so that you won’t be left hanging at the last minute. Romance on the Water The tranquil stretches of lakes and canals in Winter Park make for the perfect backdrop to a first date or a … [Read more...]

Jungle Island’s Winter Wonder Island

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If you're heading to Southern Florida this winter with Smart Destinations, a must-see holiday attraction that the whole family will enjoy is a visit to the amazing Winter Wonder Island experience. Located in Miami's popular Jungle Island park, Winter Wonder Island brings all of the fun and excitement of the holiday season to sunny Miami.  The most exciting part? Winter Wonder Island also brings something particularly rare to Miami- SNOW! From November 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014, Jungle Island’s private beach (La Playa) becomes a place for families to make snowballs, build snowmen, and sled down gentle slopes. From sand to snow, La Playa will become a winter wonderland. In addition to this marvelous landscape transformation, Jungle Island will also host special holiday shows and … [Read more...]

Family Things to do in Miami

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If you are planning on taking a family vacation to Miami, then it’s probably a pretty good idea to start thinking about what you want to do. South Beach certainly has a lot of things to offer, but not everything in Miami is necessarily 100 percent “family-friendly.” That said, there are plenty of things to do that your kids will enjoy (and you will too). The Miami Family Pass package saves you 27% on admission to Miami Duck Tours, Jungle Island and Zoo Miami! Learn more and save money! One of the best attractions where the Miami Family Pass package saves you cash is Jungle Island. This 10-year-old park is a horticultural engineer’s dream come true. After a two-year landscape installation process, Jungle Island finally opened its doors, putting its beautiful foliage, cultivated … [Read more...]

Zoo Miami Discount Tickets

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The Miami-Dade County Zoological Park and Gardens, more commonly referred to as Zoo Miami, welcomes more than 810,000 yearly visitors and is the permanent home of over 2,000 animals and more than 1,200 plants.  If you’d rather check out wildlife than go wild yourself during your next visit to Miami, Zoo Miami is definitely the place to go. Save on admission to Zoo Miami and other top Miami attractions and tours with a Go Miami Card discount attractions pass. Save money and skip lines! Since there are so many animals and plants to see at Zoo Miami, it would be nearly impossible for even the most dedicated visitor to see them all. Thanks to the to new “Featured Creature” series, which provides an in-depth look at some of Zoo Miami’s more exotic and reclusive residents, guests of … [Read more...]

What’s New at Jungle Island?

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In December, Jungle Island celebrated its 75th anniversary, making it one the oldest and most established attractions in the area. However, much has changed in Jungle Island's 75-year history (including its name!), and today, what used to be a small habitat for exotic birds is a vibrant contemporary theme park featuring rare animals of all kinds. Jungle Island's current location on Miami's Watson Island combines the best of Miami's beautiful tropical landscape and extraordinary animals from around the globe. Check out some of the park's most loved animals, special offers, and upcoming events.     Our Favorite Animals   Vulcan, The Liger This rare breed is an offspring of the male lion and female tiger, exhibiting traits of both species. The liger … [Read more...]

Jungle Island Lemur Experience

For the first time, South Florida visitors and residents will be able to get up-close and personal with some of the rarest primates on Earth. The Jungle Island Lemur Experience allows members of the public the chance to learn extensively about these colorful and vivacious creatures, while interacting with them in a hands-on way. The 45-minute experience brings small groups of guests – no more than six at a time – in the park’s Lemur Nursery, where young ring-tailed lemurs, and the rare red-ruffed and black-and-white ruffed lemurs are growing up and developing. Before the interaction begins, the guests are educated about the lemurs natural habitat, diet and habits and are advised of the best way to pet them and feed them their favorite treat – juicy grapes. When everyone is … [Read more...]