With the holidays fast approaching, it’ll soon be time for family members and out-of-towners to descend upon South Florida. With this comes the age-old question from residents: Where do I take visitors in South Florida? Fret not, we’ve put together a list of places to visit and things to do in South Florida perfect for visitors of any age.
West Palm Beach has plenty to do for visitors to South Florida. For those looking to spend some time connecting with the great outdoors, there’s Manatee Lagoon and McCarthy’s Wildlife, as well as the Palm Beach Zoo. For those who are looking for more culturally enriching activities, there’s the Norton Museum of Art, as well as the Kravis Center in Downtown West Palm. There is also an abundance of shopping opportunities for those who’d like to fill their suitcases for the trip back home- we suggest the Palm Beach Outlets or the variety of shops in Downtown West Palm.
When most people think of South Florida, they instantly think of Miami. Florida’s Magic City has endless options to suit every appetite; offering art museums such as Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (which makes for a fantastic day trip) , the Frost Science Museum, and the Miami Seaquarium. Of course, there’s also the Wynwood Walls, Jungle Island, and South Beach, all with plenty of sights to take in. With so many sights to take in and even more restaurants to choose from, we made a helpful list of our top restaurants in Miami here. We recommend dinner on the water to truly make the most of the South Florida experience!
The Florida Keys are a wonderful option for a day trip for most of us here in South Florida. Depending on your proximity, in a few hours, you can go from the hustle and bustle of city life to the perfect picture of island living. Islamorada is truly the definition of a beach town- you’ll see many residents biking or walking barefoot around the island on their way to or from the beach. Home to amazing fresh seafood, we recommend the Islamorada Fish Company or Lorelai’s for a dining experience where if you were any closer to the ocean, you’d be sitting in it! And of course, you can’t visit the Florida Keys without a slice of key lime pie, the best being from Midway Cafe & Coffee Bar and Mrs. Mac's Kitchen.
Fort Lauderdale has no shortage of things to do, with multiple areas to stroll for shops and restaurants such as Las Olas and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. If you’re near Riverwalk, there’s the Museum of Discovery and Science, which will astound kids and adults alike; as well as the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for those looking to catch a touring performance. For the classic car aficionados, there’s also the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, with autos from as far back as 1900. If you’d like to spend more time on the water, there are a variety of Intercoastal cruises available for you to enjoy with your visitors.
For those looking for something a little more pulse-pounding, there’s the Homestead Miami Speedway, where you can attend the Nascar Racing Experience! Visitors can experience everything from a ride-along to 48 minutes driving a Nascar race car on the track at the Homestead Miami Speedway. For a more relaxing way to spend the day, we suggest visiting the Schnebly Redland’s Winery, where you can enjoy handcrafted wine and beers made from tropical fruits.
When your visitors inevitably love it here, we’re more than happy to help them find their perfect South Florida home! For locals and visitors alike, keep an eye on our blog and follow us on Instagram @thekoolikgroup to keep your finger on the pulse of the South Florida community.