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Miami is known for its pristine beaches, nightclubs and trendy hangouts. The city is has a vibrant nightlife and party scene, but it has a lot more to offer than just beaches and nightclubs. The city's large Hispanic population has just added to the overall charm and uniqueness, making it a wonderful place to spend a holiday.

Jungle Island

This tropical-style park is home to a variety of animals, including exotic birds, a liger (or a cross between a tiger and lion) and monkeys. The park has its own beach where families can relax and enjoy the natural beauty.

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Miami Science Museum

This attraction boasts of a fabulous light show, amazing science exhibits and even a wildlife rehabilitation center, which is a bit hit with children. It is great place for families, adults and singles. Be sure to visit the planetarium, which is unique and extremely interesting.

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Miami Zoo

It is the oldest zoo in the state and boasts of more than 2,000 animals and 1,300 plant species. The zoo is unique, as the animals are not kept in cages. Instead efforts have been made to reconstruct their natural habitat, so it gives an illusion of being out in the wild. Keep a whole day to explore the wonders of the zoo.

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Children's Museum

As the name suggests, the museum is for kids, but even adults will enjoy themselves. The museums has many exhibits showcasing important aspects of the city and Florida, but it also offers many other exhibits, which children will truly love and enjoy.

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Spend time watching dolphins, orcas and sea lions perform in water. In addition, the Seaquarium has many other interesting and exciting marine life. The shows keep changing throughout the day, so you can spend an entire day here without feeling bored. In fact, there is never a dull moment!

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Everglades National Park

Be sure to visit the Everglades to see flamingoes and alligators in their natural habitat. The park was established in the 1940s and it is the only wildlife preserve dedicated to protecting the sub-tropical creatures and plants that call it home. Be sure to take an airboat ride to get a close glimpse of the animals, such as Florida panthers, alligators and snakes, which live amidst the mangroves, prairies and tree islands.

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Biscayne National Park

Visit this park to see the living coral reef up close. You can take a ride in the glass bottom boat to catch a glimpse of the reef and all the marine life that lives amidst it. It can be a fascinating experience, especially for the little ones.

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South Beach

Miami has a total of 15 beaches, with the most popular being the South Beach, West Palm Beach and Bal Harbor. Be sure to enjoy the sun, sand and azure waters that all the beaches offer. If you have the energy, you can also enjoy some thrilling water sports.

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Other Attractions

The Bayside Market in the city is the perfect place to do all your holiday shopping. After you finish buying all the clothes and accessories you need, spend some time relaxing at the many restaurants that dot the market. You will also be able to hear live music in the evenings.
Bass Museum of Art is where you can see Renaissance and modern art. The museum was established in 1963, and is considered to one of the best of its type.

Taking walking tour of the city's Art Deco District to check out architecture from the 1920s. This is the place where you can also explore St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, which is about 700 years old. Each stone of the building was brought from Spain, where the church was originally located, and laid in exactly the same manner in this part of the city.

I hope you enjoy your trip and are able to experience some or all of these attractions.

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