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South Florida — By klynch on October 7, 2009 at 10:43 am

Be a Kid Again during Miami Attractions Month

dolphinIf you are planning a trip to Miami during the month of October (or live here and just want to explore the city), you are in luck as October is Miami Attractions Month. Watch a dolphin show at Miami Seaquarium, discover your wild side at Jungle Island or spend the day with alligators at Everglades Alligator Farm – all at a discount.  Coupon is required, but you can find them all here.

Here are the discounts:

Photo Credit: Steelmore @ flickr


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South Florida — By klynch on May 28, 2009 at 9:15 am

Swimming with the Dolphins at Miami Seaquarium

While it is fun to be a local, it’s often more exciting to act like a tourist. When I attended Pow Wow last week, I was able to do just that and see Miami through the eyes of a tourist mingling with journalists and tourism departments from all over the world. The first stop on our journey was at the Miami Seaquarium for the Dolphin Encounter. And to think, I have been in South Florida for 5 years and I have yet visit this Miami staple.

Miami Seaquarium is located on a 38-acre tropical escape in Key Biscayne where you will find a combination of your favorite sea animals, see live entertainment and marine animal shows,  learn about the habitats of the manatee, dolphins or sea otters or you can even jump in the water with my favorite — the dolphins.  For me, I wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity to swim with the dolphins – a must-do for animal lovers and non-animal lovers alike – as this experience is in 1 word – AMAZING.

The adventure begins when you are handed your wet suit. I didn’t grow up in the water, and I can’t see I’ve ever had a wet suit on before so this was a challenge in itself. To put it on with the zipper in the front or in the back, now that was the question. OK, so I wasn’t the only one. FYI: There are pictures all over the locker room.

After a short video explaining our day and learning the anatomy of the dolphin, we made our way into the shallow water. Hugging, shaking the fin, dancing, feeding and feeling the dolphins were all part of the routine. The feel of the dolphin resembled an almost foam rubber texture and our new friends were ready for every photo opportunity imaginable. Yes, it was all about the photos, but capturing that memory is a good thing, even if we were in wet suits. And, each one had a unique personality. Some young, some old, some playful and silly, we instantly connected to our friends.

The highlight of the experience is the actual swimming with the dophins. Hands out, the dolphin swims up to you, grasp on to their dorsal fin and you are off. It’s more like a ride, as if you attempt to kick or assist in any way, you are defeating the purpose. You will glide through the water and feel the movements of the dolphin underneath. Quite the sensation!

The Miami Seaquarium is more about just swimming with the dolphins (though I highly recommend that you experience the encounter just once). Take some time to spend in the park and bring some kids if you have them.

The Miami Seaquarium is located at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. (305) 361-5705 The park is open from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm daily.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • $35.95 for general admission
  • $26.95 for children 3-9
  • $8.00 for parking
  • Tax is additional
  • Buy online and you will save $2.

If you’d like to do the Dolphin Encounter, it will cost you a bit more. It’s $139 for the shallow water experience (Dolphin Encounter) and $199 for the deep water (Dolphin Odyssey).

Be sure to check out their website and they offer many discounts ie. Florida residents, schools, senior citizens, groups, etc. If you are pregnant, this experience would not be for you.

Photo courtesy of Miami Seaquarium

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South Florida — By klynch on February 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Contest: Show Us Your Florida

If you like to travel (you know that’s you) and you tend to shoot photos wherever you go, why not gather your hard work, sift through your photos and enter Fodor’s Show us Your Florida Photo Contest? Whether you are swimming with the dolphins, touring the everglades or enjoying a launch at Cape Canaveral, now’s the time to submit your photo from a trip you’ve taken to Florida, along with a story highlighting the experience and enter it into this contest.

What’s in it for you?

Grand prize is a 4-day/3-night trip for four to Miami. AirTran will be providing complimentary airfare for four from the closest major airport, The Shelbourne is providing complimentary accomodations and Miami Seaquarium is providing an activity package.

Ten runners-up will have their photo featured on Fodors.com and will win a guide of their choice. In addition, a selection of photos entered will be featured in Fodor’s Florida 2010 guidebook.

Contest ends February 16, 2009.

Photo Credit: mathewingram @ flickr


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South Florida — By klynch on February 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Valentine’s Day in South Florida: 10 great ideas

One of my favorite parts of Valentine’s Day is playing with conversation hearts. Whether you are making a gift, sending someone a secret message or starting that morning sugar rush, my eyes light up when this once a year candy makes its way onto the shelves. Ok, its not the best part, but it does brighten my day.

While the weather in many other parts of the country doesn’t cooperate, we are lucky here in South Florida as the weather doesn’t stop us from planning a romantic date. Whether its a walk on the beach or a picnic in the park, we can’t be stopped from throwing in some extra love.

Are you in charge of planning for Valentine’s Day this year? Are you still thinking a dinner and a movie will be the way to go? You might want to take a look at the following list to spice things up this year:

  • Dine with the dolphins at Miami Seaquarium: How does a candlelight dinner under the starts sound overlooking the dolphins in the harbor sound? On Saturday the 14th, you will be able to do just that from 8-10pm. In addition, 2 dophin odyssey experience certificates and 2 annual passes to the Seaquarium will be included. Cost: $398 per couple.
  • We can’t all afford a bottle of Cristal for Valentine’s Day, but how does a glass sound? This holiday Four Seasons Miami will be offering 12 by the glass sparkling wine selections at Acqua. Prices range from $15 per glass for Segura Viuda to $85 per glass for Cristal. Thank goodness Valentine’s Day comes once a year!
  • Do you want to live on the edge this Valentine’s Day? How does dinner at Table 8 sound just steps away from the beach? The fun only begins there. Hotel de Soleil has brought in a retained minister who will be ready to marry couples on the spot. Where will the night take you?
  • Go lingerie shopping, and Victoria’s Secret will only get you so far. Check out some of the hot lingerie stores that have been sprouting up around town including: Agent Provocateur at Bal Harbour, La Perla in Coral Gables or EA Lingerie at Mary Brickell Village.
  • Buy a copy of Chocolate for Breakfast and serve up some Chocolate Pasta with Sauteed Strawberries or a Chocolate Omelet with Blueberries in a Pinot Noir Sauce.

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