Going to Kaleidoscope? What else can you do in Sunny Florida?
I live in Miami so I know the region quite well especially that every time we have people visiting us, we give them a little tour of the area. So if you plan to attend Kaleidoscope this year, feel free to reach out directly to me if you need more information about what to do after the conference, I will be delighted to speak with you!
Last before we get to it, it is never too late to register: the Advanced Rate deadline is June 9th. On top of that, you can save $100 on your Kscope15 registration by using the discount code “TPDWN”.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Located at the south tip of Key Biscayne, this park is the home of the oldest lighthouse in the US. While you are there you can rent a bicycle (or a quad bike) and tour the area. Bring your best swimsuit when you visit Bill Baggs State Park. You can also see Stiltsville from there (these are the houses on the water you see south of the lighthouse on the photo).
The Venetian Pool
This pool is a fortunate creation: it was an abandoned coral rock quarry sitting on an aquifer. Every night, the pool is emptied and filled out again every morning and the water is constantly at 78F. This pool has a grotto, a waterfall, and a small snack. On rare occasions, the pool is drained to allow the Miami Symphonic Orchestra to perform in the pool to and take advantage of the sound of the old quarry. It is one of a kind!
More on Coral Gables website.
Wynwood Walls and the Design District
Wynwood is to Miami what Soho is to New York. This neighborhood is vibrating and is definitely worth a visit, don’t miss the Wynwood walls, this is the new hot spot for street art. If you are more into luxury shopping, go a little west to the Design District, you will be amazed.
Fairchild Tropical Gardens
Designed by landscape architect William Lyman Phillips, member of the Frederick Law Olmsted partnership who designed Central Park and Prospect Park. Fairchild Tropical Gardens present an extensive collections of rare tropical plants from all over the world. Don’t miss the tram tour given by lovely volunteer people and the butterfly greenhouse where they breed butterfly (they release new butterflies twice a day at mid-morning and mid-afternoon).
More on Fairchild Tropical Gardens website.
The Everglades is the largest National Park in the US, it’s ecosystem is unique with crystal clear freshwater running through mangroves. Take SW 8th St to the West and you will soon be surrounded by canals and rivers: look for gators there! Go for an airboat tour, it is really unique and you will discover why the Everglades is a fragile ecosystem and why it is more than just gators! You will have several airboat tours and I recommend Gator Park, I think they have the best tours and they are easy to find: they have a large Coca-Cola can with an airboat on top.
Have fun exploring the region!