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Visit Gold Coast Railroad Museum from South Florida vacation
Featuring more than 40 pieces of railroad rolling stock and equipment including diesel and steam
locomotives, the museum is dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and operating historic rail equipment.
The Museum was formed in 1957 by activists trying to save pieces of Florida history that were taken for
granted and rapidly disappearing. Its collection includes the Ferdinand Magellan (the private railroad car
built for President Franklin Roosevelt), the Florida East Coast Railway locomotive 153, (the engine that
pulled the rescue train out of Marathon after the 1935 hurricane); and the 113, (an FEC locomotive built
in 1913 and used in regular revenue service over the entire Florida East Coast railroad). The "Train Crew
Member For-A-Day" program enables the public to act as a part of the Train Crew on Museum trains. The
program provides for 30 minutes or more of run time (actual throttle time) in one of the Museum's active
locomotives. Participants in this program are under strict supervision at all times
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Visit IMAX Theatre from South Florida vacation rental apartments:
The IMAX Theatre at Sunset Place provides viewers with larger than life escape in the heart of the action.
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Visit Island Queen Cruises from South Florida vacation rental apartments:
One of South Florida's oldest sightseeing tour boat attractions, Island Queen Cruises has more than 35
years experience providing daily narrated sightseeing cruises and nightly dance cruises with entertainment
by professional DJs on Miami's scenic Biscayne Bay. Large tour groups and convention groups are welcome.
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Visit Lowe Art Museum from South Florida vacation rental apartments:
The Lowe is South Florida's only area museum owning a distinguished collection of Egyptian, Greek, and
Roman antiquities. From origins in three classrooms in 1948, history of the Lowe Art Museum reflects
commitment to serving the University of Miami along with residents and visitors. A gift from
philanthropists Joe and Emily Lowe allowed the 1952 opening of a free-standing museum facility to the
public as South Florida's first art museum. Its 10,000-object collection is one of the most important
in the southeast, with strengths in Renaissance and Baroque, American, Native American, pre-Columbian,
and Asian art. A 1956 donation by Alfred I. Barton bought one of the country's finest collections of Native
American art. In 1987, the Lowe was designated a "Major Cultural Institution" by the State of Florida. On
the U.M. campus in Coral Gables, Metrorail arrivals should take the "University" stop. From there, a free
U.M. shuttle bus heads for the museum, which has a gift shop.
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Visit Miami MetroZoo from South Florida vacation rental apartments:
Surviving hurricanes Betsy and Andrew, today's Miami Metrozoo can be traced back to Key Biscayne's Crandon
Park Zoo, created in 1948 when three monkeys, two black bears and a goat were picked up for $270 from a
road show stranded near Miami. The collection grew to 1,200 animals, resulting in the Crandon Park Zoo,
which in 1967 succeeded in the rare captive birth and rearing of an aardvark. Then 1965's Hurricane Betsy
caused deaths of 250 animals leading to Metrozoo, a county-operated zoo opening in 1981, with 38 exhibits
covering 200 acres. In 1982, another 25 acres and a monorail were added, with following years bringing the
Wings of Asia exhibit, a 1.6 acre free-flight aviary and more. In 1989, Metrozoo debuted both the first
koala born on the east coast and PAWS, the children's petting zoo. In 1990, the Asian River Life Experience
opened with small-clawed Asian otters, a blood python, Malayan water monitor, clouded leopards, land
tortoises, muntjac deer, demoiselle cranes, and fly-river turtles. On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew blew
away some 5,000 trees and Wings of Asia, built to withstand winds of up to 120 m.p.h. The 300 exotic birds,
representing the finest collection of Asian birds anywhere, were lost. Reopening four months later, by
July, 1993, animals were back home at Metrozoo and 7,000 trees had been planted. Exhibits now include the
Andean Condor (1999), Meerkats (2000), Cuban Crocodiles (2001), Squirrel Monkeys (2001) and "Dr. Wilde's
World," housing traveling zoological exhibits. American Bankers Family Aviary, Wings of Asia opened in May,
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