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What To Do In Florida?  
User currently offline9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

Hi guys,

I will be making my first trip to Florida in September and I´d like to know what you would recommend me to visit over there.
My trip will be a two-week roundtrip from Miami and I will visit Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Key West and Fort Myers.
Is there anything I should not miss?

I would be glad to hear some good tips!

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User currently offlineMcringring From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1103 times:

The early bird specials are great!

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

If you like partying Miami can't be beat.

Orlando is home to all the theme parks.

All in all, Florida is a place to relax and unwind, there's not much to sightsee (It doesn't have history like Berlin or Paris), except for some Spanish things in Key West.




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User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2122 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1098 times:

Besies airplane spotting...

South Beach in Miami is a great place for "people" spotting. Attractive and trendy people, great restaurants (keep in mind $$$) and a great overall scene if you're into being in trendy crowds (some people are not).

There is also Coconut Grove in Miami...

Ft. Lauderdale beach is up and coming, another rival to South Beath. Max's Place is good.

One thing I did last time that I had not done before is go on an Everglades air/speed boat tour...was pretty nice. Be sure to find out how long the tour is and how much you're going to pay. You'll want the most time you can get for the least amount of money.

Wave riding has got to be one of the best things to do too...

Just some quick thoughts off the top of my head.

-Chris




Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

Be sure to hit Little Havana. When you do, be sure to caryy lots of cash with you.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1088 times:

The Keys are awesome, I recommend driving from Miami. The scenary is awesome, also Ft.Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Cape Canavaral for the Space Shuttle.

And ofcourse Orlando, my favorite is Epcot and Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom.

In FortMyers there's Albert Alvin Edison's labratory.



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User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

Visit the duh of Floriduh. Palm Beach County has a lot to do. Good nightlife in downtown West Palm on Clematis Street and the best outdoor mall in the world at Cityplace. South Florida also has plenty of Cheesecake Factories. That's a restaurant btw.

Head over to Palm Beach and see where the rich live it up. The beach there aint to bad either.



Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

Visit JETPILOT  Big thumbs up

JET


User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3829 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1068 times:

Visit JETPILOT


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...visit Jetpilot's girlfriend!  Big thumbs up



Ain't I a stinker?
User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1067 times:

Right On !!!  Big thumbs up

JET


User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

I can't speak much for Ft. Myers, and Orlando is obviously all about theme parks..but here's some ideas:

-You may have the time of your life without even leaving the airport. With the possible exception of JFK and LAX, MIA is the best place in America to spot exotic and awesome airliners from around the world.

-Miami, visit Cocoawalk in Coconut Grove...great shopping and dining. Check out the Miami Seaquariumhttp://www.miamiseaquarium.com/ on Key Biscayne. And the Bayside entertainment complex just north of downtown is great for people watching too.http://floridagoa.goacom.com/flalbum3.html

-Obviously you get a peek at the 'glamourous' people (or at least the ones who think they are) on South Beach. The Clubs and Bars are cool, but take a moment to take in the retro buildings, all built in the 1930s art deco style (I'm told a design that was inspired by the French Liner Normandie).

-In Lauderdale, check out the beach, Atlantic Blvd.....and spy some of the most incredible superyachts in the world. Also, FLL is becoming quite the spotter's gem too.

-The Keys....my favorite...

-Stop by the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Keyhttp://www.dolphins.org/ ...you can even inquire about their 'swim with dolphins' program.

-Not sure what your budget is, but in Marathon, about 2/3rds down the Keys to Key West, you can go for a genuine fighter jet ride aboard a Czech built L-39 Albatross trainer. Im told though that the fun starts at about $US800 an hour!

-Once you get to Key West....do the "Duval Crawl" down the main street and see some of the coolest pubs in the world. Visit the Green Parrothttp://www.greenparrot.com at Southard and Whitehead streets...it's been a bar nonstop since 1890! Or visit http://www.sloppyjoes.com where fabled author Ernest Hemmingway was a regular (his house is right down the street and open for tours).

And OF COURSE you're gonna need to wander down the street to Kelly's http://www.kellyskeywest.com/home.htm...not only is this bar and restaurant owned by Hollywood star Kelly (Top Gun) McGillis, but it is located inside the building where a startup mail and passenger air transport company had its' offices in the early 20th Century...specializing in trips from Key West to Havana, that company called itself Pan American Airways! And you can see where it all began!

I also recommend an excursion out to the reef to snorkle...plus take in the sunset (an incredible sight here at the end of the world!) , either at Mallory Square (a tradition with street performers, magicians and more) or aboard one of the authentic schooners that sail out for the event.

My best advice on visiting Florida is to bring some spending cash...we are one of the world's great tourist traps and ripoffs do abound...and also do take care to stay out of 'less than desirable' areas....the easiest way to do that is to head for and stay on the big expressways and know exactly which exits you're looking for. Other than that, you'll have a GREAT TIME in America's Playground.


User currently offlineVictech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 546 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1056 times:

If you like to spot, Frontage Road in front of MCO (the Orlando International Airport) is only 500 feet away from the numbers of one of our fine 12,000ft runways...makes for great shots!

User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1052 times:

everyone eats breakfast @ 0600, lunch at 1000 and dinner at 1630. count white lincolns and ambulances if you're on the SE coast.

User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1050 times:

...visit Jetpilot's girlfriend!

I might have to do that myself. She sure is one hottie with a body!


User currently offline9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1038 times:

Thank you all guys for your assistance.
Jetpilot, would you kindly give me her address and send a photo?

Cheers,
Daniel


User currently offlineDeltaownsall From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1031 times:

Bleh don't stay in ft myers...stay in naples  Big grin As for stuff to do around ft myers area...sanibel and captiva are nice...the edison home is ok to visit and fifth avenue in naples has some nice restaurants. In Orlando I know its cliche and Im sure you know this but Disneyworld isnt bad (make sure to do space mountain)...Islands of Adventure is cool too.

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