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AMERICAN POLICE MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME  10,000+ police artifacts including the world's most unusual police vehicles. Sit in the "electric chair" and "gas chamber". Solve a crime and become a certified "detective"! Uniforms, firearms, badges. All ages. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. seven days. 3801 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137 (305)573-0070

BABCOCK WILDERNESS ADVENTURES  Experience Florida - naturally!! Enjoy a 90-minute swamp buggy nature tour guided by experienced naturalists. See the real Florida. Explore unspoiled woodlands and swamps on the 90,000-acre Crescent B Ranch. We guarantee you will see wild alligators, bison and panthers. Reservations are essential. (813)489-3911

BILLIE SWAMP SAFARI  Features Seminole Indian swamp buggy tours & shows in the Everglades. See gardens of palmettos, cypress and sawgrass. Spot alligators, birds and animals. Overnight camping village & gift shop available. Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Take I-75 1 hour west of Fort Lauderdale. Group sales (305)257-2134; Safari park (800)949-6101

BUTTERFLY WORLD  Stroll among thousands of exotic butterflies soaring in a tropical rainforest. Waterfalls, ponds, birds, orchids, and roses complete this natural habitat. Breeding laboratory, botanical gardens, museum/insectarium, gift and plant shop. Open Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073 (305)977-4400

CAPTIVA CRUISES  Enjoy remarkable island nature and explore nearby out-islands and waterways. While cruising, see exotic wildlife and playful dolphins. Vessels are spacious and comfortable with enclosed, climate-controlled lower cabins, upper sun decks and full service cocktail bars. Dinner cruises available on certain evenings. For reservations and information, call (813)472-5300.

CARIBBEAN GARDENS,  Home of Jungle Larry’s Zoological Park Explore 52 acres of tropical plants, trees and endangered animals. Boat trips to primate inhabited islands. Animal performances, alligator feeding and wildlife lectures daily. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. 1590 Goodlette Road, Naples, FL 33940 (813)262-5409

CONCH TOUR TRAIN  Key West's most famous and popular attraction. The 90-minute fully narrated tour views the island’s unique architecture, flora, history and local attractions. Trains leave at regular intervals daily from depots located at Mallory Square on Front Street and 3840 North Roosevelt Blvd. (305)294-5161

CORAL CASTLE  The amazing true story of Coral Castle and its enigmatic creator, Ed Leedskalnin, comes to life in our new 30 minute audio tour in English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais. Was he superhuman or supernatural? You be the judge. A National Historical Site. Open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. 28655 So. Dixie Highway, Homestead, FL 33030 (305)248-6344

EDISON WINTER HOME  Visit the estate of America's greatest inventor. Home, laboratory, botanical gardens just as he left them. One of the largest collections of Edison memorabilia on public display in America. Daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Except Thanksgiving Day and December 25. 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901 (813)334-3614

EVERGLADES ALLIGATOR FARM  Venture into unspoiled Florida at its wildest from south Florida’s oldest alligator farm. Explore the Everglades by thrilling airboat tour. Enjoy live shows hourly featuring alligators and snakes. Turnpike extension south to Florida City exit. Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 40351 S.W. 192nd Ave., Homestead, FL 33090 (305)247-2628

EVERGLADES WONDER GARDENS  A glimpse of Florida past, Everglades wildlife including bears, playful otters, panther, deer, birds of prey, wading birds, alligators, snakes and the endangered Everglades crocodile. Continuous 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Old U.S. 41, Bonita Springs, FL 33923 (813)992-2591

FAIRCHILD TROPICAL GARDEN  An 83-acre tropical paradise. Experience the rain forest, rare plant house, sunken garden, vine pergola and magnificent vistas. Wander secluded paths or enjoy a tram tour. Weekends often highlighted by special events. Tropical books and unique gifts. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156 (305)667-1651

FLAMINGO GARDENS AND ARBORETUM  It's a Natural! 1-1/2 mile guided tram tour. See citrus groves, tropical plants, Florida alligators, river otters and flamingos. Visit the Everglades "free-flight" aviary, birds of prey exhibit, gift and garden shops and fresh fruit patio. Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. 3750 Flamingo Road, Davie/Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33330 (305)473-0010

FURY CATAMARANS  Sail aboard Fury's luxury 60' and 65' catamarans. Snorkel trips depart twice daily to North America's only living coral reef. All gear and instructions included. Spectacular sunset cruises nightly. Sails include unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. Located at Truman Annex Dock, Key West, FL 33041 (305)294-8899

HENRY MORRISON FLAGLER MUSEUM  Historic 1901 mansion of Henry M. Flagler, pioneer developer of east coast of Florida. Priceless collections of paintings, porcelains, furniture, clothing. Guided tours describe opulence of bygone era. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tue. thru Sat; Noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Coconut Row, Palm Beach, FL 33480 (407)655-2833

HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN FLORIDA  Experience the drama of south Florida and Caribbean history at one of the country’s largest history museums. Enjoy hands-on activities for kids, permanent and special exhibitions. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thurs. till 9 p.m.; Sun. Noon - 5 p.m. Metro-Dade Cultural Center, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130 (305)375-1492

JUNGLE QUEEN  Famous Bar-B-Que & shrimp dinner cruise. Over 50 years. "All You Can Eat" dinner of ribs, chicken, shrimp, Vaudeville Show, sing-along. Daily cruises at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Millionaire's Row, Indian village, alligator wrestling, rare birds and monkeys. Cruise to Miami's Bayside Marketplace. 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (305)462-5596

KEY WEST AQUARIUM  Pet sharks! Discover the undersea world of the Florida Keys. Daily shark and turtle feedings and touch tank offer guests hands-on encounters with sea life. See sawfish, moray eels, tropical and game fish and birds! Guided tours daily. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. One Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040 (305)296-2051

LION COUNTRY SAFARI  500-acre, drive-through wildlife preserve and amusement park. Over 1000 wild animals roaming free within inches of your car. Narrated boat cruise, carousel, petting zoo and more! Single admission covers all! Open 9:30 a.m. West of Turnpike and I-95 on Southern Blvd. (S.R. 80), West Palm Beach, FL 33416 (407)793-1084

MAI-KAI POLYNESIAN DINNER ATTRACTION  Visit the many moods of the South Pacific. Enjoy dinner and watch the spectacular Islander Revue. See beautiful maidens and agile warriors perform native dances of the South Seas. Afterwards, take a stroll in our tropical gardens. 3599 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 (305)563-3272 or (800)262-4524

MIAMI METROZOO  A cageless zoological park on 290-acres, showcasing over 100 species of rare and exotic animals including koalas, white tigers, flamingos. Animal shows daily. Children's petting zoo. Kiddie rides. Free monorail. 12400 S.W. 152 St., Miami, FL 33177 (305)251-0400

MIAMI MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & SPACE TRANSIT PLANETARIUM  Explore the wonders of science and nature with fun, hands-on activities for all ages. National touring exhibits. Wildlife Center. Collection Gallery. Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33129 (across from Vizcaya). Museum: (305)854-4247; Planetarium: (305)854-4242

MIAMI SEAQUARIUM  Internationally famous marine life park where the oceans come alive. Spectacular shows feature Killer Whale Lolita, TV superstar Flipper, dolphins and sea lions. See endangered manatees, American crocodile, exotic birds and reptiles. Daily 9:30 a.m. Continuous shows. Free parking. Youth/senior discounts. 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami, FL 33149 (305)361-5705

MIAMI YOUTH MUSEUM  Share the excitement of the Miami Youth Museum, where children enter a world designed to inspire, delight and stimulate curiosity and creativity. The Museum's hands-on exhibits broaden the horizons of children by making learning lively, participatory and fun. Wheelchair accessibility. 5701 Sunset Dr., Miami, FL 33143 305/661-3046

MICCOSUKEE INDIAN VILLAGE  Discover a culture centuries old. Experience how the Miccosukee Indian Tribe existed and still exists in the heart of the Florida Everglades. Airboats, shopping, museum, guides and dining. Open daily 9 a.m. - dusk. 25 miles west of Miami on Hwy. 41, P.O. Box 440021, Miami, FL 33144 (305)223-8380

MONKEY JUNGLE  "Where Humans are Caged & Monkeys Run Wild”. Sound different? Well, it is. Venture deep into the monkeys’ forest and view the beauty of monkeys running free. Continuous shows. Open daily. 14805 S.W. 216th St., Miami, FL 33170. Via U.S. 1, FL Turnpike S. (Exit 11) or State Road 997. (305)235-1611

PARROT JUNGLE AND GARDENS  World famous bird sanctuary, wildlife habitat and botanical gardens with over 1200 birds and animals. Spectacular bird and wildlife shows, ape exhibit, exotic reptiles, petting zoo, children’s playground and more. Gift shop. Cafe opens 8:00 a.m. Park open daily 9:30 a.m. 11000 S.W. 57th Ave., Miami, FL 33156 (305)666-7834

SAWGRASS RECREATION PARK  Everglades tours & replica 18th century Seminole Indian village alligator and reptile exhibit Three tours,-one price, 30 minutes each tour with guide fishing guides, boat rentals camping, etc. bait, tackle licenses gift shop, food. Tours 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Store 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. Open seven days (800)457-0788

THEATER OF THE SEA  Pet a shark, kiss a sea lion! Ride unique Bottomless Boat where the dolphins play. Swim with the dolphins in their own environment, by reservation. DIFFERENT FROM THE REST AND FAR MORE THAN YOU EXPECTED! Continuous shows daily 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mile marker 84.5, U.S. 1, Islamorada, FL 33036 (305)664-2431

VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS  16th-century Italian Renaissance-style villa and 10 acres of formal gardens on Biscyane Bay. The house has 34 rooms of 15th - 19th century antique furnishings and decorative arts. Guided tours, cafe/gift shop, climate-controlled. Open 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. 3251 South Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33129 (305)250-9133

WEEKS AIR MUSEUM  Learn about aviation's history. Displays of antique aircraft, engines and propellers. Collection of 35 WWI and WWII aircraft, many restored to original flying condition. Complete gift shop. Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport in S.W. Miami, minutes from Miami Metrozoo. Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 14710 S.W. 128 St., Miami, FL 33196 (305)233-5197

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