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What To Do In Florida?

Sat Jun 15, 2002 11:44 pm

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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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sat Jun 15, 2002 11:46 pm

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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 12:09 am

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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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 12:11 am

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.


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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 12:12 am

Be sure to hit Little Havana. When you do, be sure to caryy lots of cash with you.
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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 3:50 am

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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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 9:44 am

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.
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Sun Jun 16, 2002 9:52 am

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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 10:06 am

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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 10:12 am

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.
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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 11:00 am

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!
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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 11:04 am

everyone eats breakfast @ 0600, lunch at 1000 and dinner at 1630. count white lincolns and ambulances if you're on the SE coast.
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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 11:08 am

...visit Jetpilot's girlfriend!

I might have to do that myself. She sure is one hottie with a body!
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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 4:41 pm

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

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RE: What To Do In Florida?

Sun Jun 16, 2002 9:04 pm

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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