Miami is full of guises. You can experience the hyperreal Miami (Miami Vice or CSI Miami style) with the beautiful people everywhere you look, or there are intriguing art galleries and celebrity studded hangouts You will also find all kinds of strip malls and shopping centers, along with about a million things for you and your family to enjoy. Most important, there are dozens of great RV parks amidst the turquoise waters and the white-sand beaches. If you don't own an RV, no sweat … Cruise America has affordable Miami RV rentals available that will fit the needs of you and your traveling party as you explore the Sunshine State.
There are a lot of things you can do in the beautiful city of Miami. You can party all night at South Beach, the quintessential hotspot, or you may decide to venture out to the Everglades for a gator-infested nature ride on an airboat. Perhaps you'd like to take an architectural tour of the Art Deco buildings of the area, or maybe just veg out on the beach and unwind.
For an unforgettable venture, try a visit to the Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida, where you will find over a million and a half acres of swamps, subtropical jungles and saw grass marshes. The park is located on the southern tip of Florida, and serves as home to 14 endangered species. Some of these critters are the American Crocodile, the West Indian Manatee and the Florida Panther. Here in the Everglades you can walk, camp and canoe. This amazing park is a sure bet for fun and adventure. There is ample RV parking available in the Frontcountry and the Backcountry sections of the park. To get to the park from Miami, take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it merges with U.S. 1 at Florida City. Turn right on Palm Drive and follow the signs to the park. The entire drive only takes slightly over an hour.
Just east of the Everglades lies Biscayne National Park. Here you will find the third largest coral reef in the world. You will also find a great number of mangrove forests and a few of the northernmost Florida Keys. The park measures 300 square miles and can be easily explored in a canoe, or you may opt for the glass bottom boat tour. Aside from Hawaii, this (and Key largo) may be the best snorkeling area in the U.S. to get here from the Everglades National Park, just take State Hwy 9336 to Florida City, then follow SW 328th St to the park. It should take no longer than an hour to arrive.
A trip to Florida is not complete without a trip to the Space Coast. Kennedy Space Center is one of the largest and most visited attractions in the state of Florida, encompassing more than 140,000 acres, with over a million and a half visitors annually. Not only can you and your family take an amazing tour of the actual space center and learn more about our space program in action, you can also see some of Florida's richest federally protected undeveloped areas, which are set aside as a wildlife preserve. Here you can spot alligators catching some sun, bald eagles soaring overhead and wild pigs rooting for food. To arrive at Kennedy Space Center from Miami, simply travel south on the Florida Turnpike (I-95 N) to North Courtenay Parkway in Merritt Island. Take Courtenay Parkway and Kennedy Parkway and follow the signs. The whole trip should take you about 3 hours, but well worth it.
Florida is a virtual playground for adventure, and the beauty and excitement is enhanced when it's explored in the comfort of a Cruise America rental RV.