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Old 05-06-2012, 01:20 PM
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We are looking to take 2 tours during our vacation:

1) A day trip to Miami - we have a rental car but would rather not drive there so would prefer to take a train/bus/or boat, any suggestions leaving from the Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Bay area
2) Also would like to do an everglades tour, and suggestions for that as well, I see a ton on the net and its hard to pick one!

Thank you.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:35 AM
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You'd be best off driving to Miami as bad as that is. You have to take 2 trains- The Tri Rail and the Metro Rail, to get between Fort Lauderdale/Pompano and downtown Miami, and none of them go to Miami Beach. From downtown, you'd have to take a cab ride to the beaches which isn't far, but still costs around $10-20 each direction. Also, the people riding those trains and the train stations in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano have tons of bums and sketchy people.

The best area of Miami to see bar none is Miami Beach- mainly South Beach. You will want to get there early, park your car in a garage, get out on foot, and walk around South Beach. It is sort of like a mini-Manhattan, except that the architecture is completely different and the buildings are not nearly as tall. It is right on the beach too and lots of interesting people-watching. You'll see some of the most interesting/strangest people you've ever seen in your life. Parking is not as expensive during the day and there is a parking garage on the corner of Collins Avenue and 7th Street that charges only $1 per hour during daytime hours. I would highly recommend going straight to that garage and getting your car parked first, then get out on foot. If you like going to the beach, South Beach is an awesome beach. Just make sure you cover your kids' eyes because there are bound to be a few topless women scattered around the beach. But the beach itself is one if the best in FL. That parking garage is only 1 block from the ocean, so you can carry your belongings back and forth to your car, spend a couple of hours on the beach, then change and go walking around or vice-versa.

Other interesting sights in Miami are:
1. Take a long drive up Miami Beach on Collins Avenue from South Beach to Hollywood. You will see hundreds of interesting high-rises and architecture. Driving up Miami Beach, from bottom to top, is one of the most interesting drives in America. You will be fascinated at the architecture. There is nothing else like it in America.
2. Downtown Miami/Brickell- Lots of tall buildings with Miami-style architecture. You won't want to spend long here, just drive through on US1, then turn around and head back. Don't veer too far off US1 on the North side of downtown though because the neighborhoods get rough in some areas. The Bayfront area is beautiful for pictures. You look out at the bay and see out to Miami Beach. You can see for miles and lots of great photo opportunities. You may want to drive south from the American Airlines Arena down into Brickell. Brickell is a neighborhood just south of downtown with dozens of tall skyscrapers that are new highrises, luxury hotels, and international financial institutions. Brickell is Miami's financial district and is home to more international banks than anywhere else in the U.S., even Manhattan.
3. Coconut Grove- If you continue South on US1 from Downtown/Brickell you will eventually reach Coconut Grove. It is a nice area to get out, walk around, take photos, go to some shops.
4. Coral Gables- If you have time, take a drive from Brickell west on Coral Way. It is a tree-canopy road that has tons of stores, restaurants, churches, temples, highrises, etc. It is one of the most interesting roads in Miami. You will eventually reach downtown Coral Gables, known as Miracle Mile, where there is an awesome downtown area full of old-looking architecture, shops, etc. You can park, get out, and walk around.

The Everglades tour- you have to drive there. If all you want is an airboat ride, the best area to go is the Tamiami Trail located off US-41/SW 8th Street west of Miami. You can find dozens of airboat rides and just pull off the highway to go to one. You only have to go about 10-15 miles on 41 to find them. The online tours will likely be more expensive and probably will show you more stuff, but I'm not sure. Don't bother with the Alligator Alley. There's nothing there but an interstate highway.

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Old 05-09-2012, 09:10 AM
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Thank you so much!
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