A historical site and museum guide for miami

This article lists ten great historical sites and museums to visit while vacationing in Miami, Florida. Included are a children's museum, the Everglades, and an old Spanish Monastery.

The city of Miami is an extremely popular tourist destination in the United States. The city is situated on the Miami River in Southeast Florida. Miami was officially incorporated a little over a hundred years ago in 1896, though the Tequesta Indians have called the area home over 10,000 years ago. This diverse and colorful city is known for its beautiful beaches and exciting nightlife. The temperatures in Miami average around 82 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months, and hover around 67 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. Miami is known as "the Magic City" and embraces its diverse population and cultural heritage. If you plan to visit Miami for a vacation, here is a list of some great historic sites and museums that you may wish to visit.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida: The exhibits in this museum span the history of the Miami area, including the Caribbean, the Everglades, and Southern Florida. The Tropical Dreams exhibit covers 10,000 years of South Florida's history. The museum offers special events for children and has a wide variety of temporary exhibits that pass through its doors. They also offer live performances and cultural events throughout the year.

Jewish Museum of Florida: The building that houses this museum was at one time a synagogue. This museum honors the rich history of the Jewish population in Southern Florida from the year 1763 to present time. "Mosaic" is the museums main exhibit. It features memorabilia related to Jewish life, history, traditions, and celebrations. They host a wide variety of events and traveling exhibits.

Miccosukee Indian Village and Everglade Airboat Tours: Here you can take a guided tour through a Miccosukee Indian Village and see how they have lived throughout their history. See examples of their artworks and their way of life. The have live alligator shows, airboat tours of the Everglades, restaurants, and gift shops.

Miami Children's Museum: The Children's Museum offers two floors of interactive fun and learning for children. Children can explore a two-story sandcastle, a six-foot piggybank, or play in a supermarket. Exhibits offered help children understand health, nutrition, safety, and pet care. They also offer an interactive television studio and a sound recording studio. They can also learn about the Everglades, the sea, and a variety of different cultures.

Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium: This museum has on display natural history artifacts from the history of Southern Florida. They have a wide variety of interactive learning experiences for people of all ages. The Planetarium is home to Jack Horkheimer's Star Gazer Show. They offer laser shows and various star and planet shows. This museum also has the Wildlife Center. This feature teaches visitors about local wildlife including, birds of prey, reptiles, and dangerous animals and plants. Focus is on the role of wildlife in our environment and how to protect their natural habitat.

Art Deco Historic District: This district contains over 800 buildings built in the "art deco" style of the 1930's. Each of these buildings near Miami Beach have been restored to their original beauty. Organized tours of this area can be arranged by contacting the Miami Design Preservation League.

Espanola Way: Started in early 1900's, this Spanish area was designated to house musicians, artists, and other entertainers. If you visit this area on a Sunday, you will find all kinds of artwork and hand-created items for sale.

Florida Everglades National Park: This park is the only sub-tropical preserve in the United States. This park is known for its wildlife including many types of birds and amphibians. Many endangered species are protected here. This is the only known place in the world where crocodiles and alligators co-exist. This park is over a million acres in size and is open year round. Here you can go on a guided tour, fish, camp, or backpack.

Ancient Spanish Monastery: This building was built in Spain in 1141. It was disassembled and moved to America by William Randolph Hearst. The parts were held in Miami and then stored in New York until 1951 when the building was reassembled in Miami. This is the oldest building in the western hemisphere. The monastery and gardens are open to the public for viewing.

The Barnacle State Historic Site: This is the site of the oldest house built in Dade County and is on the shore of Biscayne Bay. The Florida Park Service purchased this beautiful home and the surrounding gardens in 1973. The area is well known for its reef, which caused many ships to wreck. Many people in the area made a living salvaging the remains of these ships. State Park employees are available to discuss the history of the area and the site host's nighttime concerts once a month.

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