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Top Recommended Layover Activities:

Things To Do:

3 hours between flights
• Bars on Concourse E, D, G and H.
• Chills Too Restaurant on Concourse G.
• Cuban Restaurant on Concourse D.
• Juice Bar on Concourse B, D, G, E.
• Food Courts on Concourse E.
• Duty Free Shops on all Concourses.
• Ice Cream shop on Concourses E, H.
• Italian Restaurant on Concourse F.
• Sushi Bar on Concourse E. (Hotel lobby)

5 hours between flights
• The “Top of the Port Restaurant" offers elegant dining on the 7th floor of Concourse E.
• Visit the Museum of Science/Planetarium, Coconut Grove. (305-854-2222)
• Take a City Tour, contact the Bell Captain at cc. E at the Hotel Lobby.
• Swim at the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. (305-460-5357)
• Shop at the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. (Bus 37)
• Visit Bayside Marketplace Downtown Miami; music, watertaxi, sailing, etc. (Bus 7)
• Explore the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coconut Grove. (305-250-9133)

Movie Theaters
Regal Miami Lakes
6711 Main Street

Cocowalk AMC 8
3015 Grand Avenue

Sunset Place AMC 24
5701 Sunset Drive

Imax Theatre (3-D Movie)
5701 Sunset Drive

Regal South Beach
1100 Lincoln Road

Miami Attractions
Fairchild Tropical Gardens 305-667-1651
Metro Zoo 305-251-0400
Miami Art Museum 305-375-1700
Miami Seaquarium 305-361-5705
Monkey Jungle 305-235-1611
Parrot Jungle 305-666-7834
Miccosukee Resort 305-925-2555
Vizcaya Museum / Gardens 305-250-9133

Shopping Centers
Aventura Mall 9501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
Bal Harbor Shops 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbor
Cocowalk 3015 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove
Dadeland Mall 7535 Kendall Drive, Kendall
Dolphin Mall, Dolphin Mall Blvd. & NW 12th Street, Miami
Lincoln Road Mall 16 Street, Miami Beach
Mall of The Americas 7795 West Flagler Street, Miami
Mayfair Mall 2911 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove
Miami International Mall 1455 NW 107 Avenue, Miami
Shops At Sunset Place S. Dixie Highway And SW 72 Avenue
The Falls S. Dixie Highway and SW 136 Street
Westland Mall 1675 West 49 Street, Hialeah

Outlet Malls
Sawgrass Mills 12801 West Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise
Prime Outlet Of Florida City 250 East Palm Drive, Florida City

Other Information
A Baggage storage room is available on Concourse E, Level 2.
The Airport Bus Terminal is located on Concourse E at the ground level. Bus fares require $1.25 in exact change, transfere are an additional $0.25.

Top Weekend Getaways And Day Trip Excursions:

1. Bayfront Park
301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 · 305-358-7550
In addition to 30 acres of green space, Bayfront Park has an amphitheater which has hosted a variety of concerts, from Elton John to Rob Zombie. The park features several memorials, including one to the crew of the Challenger space shuttle. It's also a great place for a stroll or a picnic, so don't forget to bring your camera for the outstanding views of Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami.

2. South Pointe Park
1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-673-7224
This park has something for everyone. You can enjoy the beach, take a stroll along the boardwalk or relax on the fishing pier. There's even a playground for for the kids!

3. Carnival Miami
NW 37th Ave & NW 139th St, Opa Locka Airport, Miami, FL 33168 · 305-653-1877
In October, Miami locals and fun-seeking visitors can ring in the fall with the boisterous Miami Carnival. From exotic parades to numerous concerts (including a band contest) to eye-popping fireworks, this huge street party has it all. Of course, there is plenty of food and numerous festive beverages to choose from.

4. FedEx Orange Bowl
2269 Dan Marino Blvd, Pro Player Stadium, Miami, FL 33056 · 305-341-4700
What began in 1935 as a New Year's Day football game between Buckenell and the University of Miami has become today's FedEx Orange Bowl - and is touted as the single largest tourist attraction in South Florida. The Miami area is alive with a mix of activities all centered on the big game. Everything from cheerleading contests to tailgate parties - there is something for everyone.

5. Art Deco Historic District Tour
1001 Ocean Dr, Art Deco Welcome Center, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-672-2014
These buildings date from 1920 to 1930, when the wealthy made Miami the place to vacation. The area, like most aging areas in cities, went through a period of neglect, and the tenants switched from vacationers to retirees. The area is now a mix of the old and the new and is once again a popular place to be. The center is a great starting place to find out about the area and to pick up a map of the district. The district is also home to Art Deco weekend, celebrating the color that the buildings add to the city. Tours of the district can be arranged through the Miami Design Preservation League.

6. Florida Marlins
2267 NW 199th St, Pro Player Stadium, Miami, FL 33056 · 305-626-7400
The Major League Baseball season is April through October. The Marlins play in Miami's Pro Player Stadium. Tickets to Pro Player Stadium events can be purchased by visiting the Pro Player Stadium Box Office, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm during the football and baseball season.

7. Florida Panthers
2555 Panther Pkwy, Office Depot Center, Miami, FL 33323 · 954-835-8499
The National Hockey League season is September through April. The Panthers play at the Office Depot Center.

8. Miami Dolphins
2269 NW 199th St, Pro Player Stadium, Miami, FL 33056 · 305-620-2578
The National Football League season is September through December. The ever-popular Dolphins play in Miami's Pro Player Stadium.

9. Miami Heat
601 Biscayne Blvd, American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL 33132-1801 · 305-577-4328
The National Basketball Association season is September through December. The Heat play at Miami's American Airlines Arena.

10. Biltmore Hotel & Golf Resort
1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134 · 305-445-1926
During its early years, the Biltmore made a name for itself hosting such notables as Ginger Rogers, Big Crosby, Al Capone, and the Roosevelts. During WWII, it served as a military hospital, and continued in that capacity until 1968. Not until 1987 did a thorough renovation restore it to luxury hotel status. Today, this National Historic Landmark hotel offers only the best in accommodations and services, and it still attracts an array of celebrities and dignitaries from around the world. On-site facilities include a golf course, fitness center, full spa, tennis courts, and the largest hotel swimming pool in the Continental United States. 275 rooms. Event space for 1500.

11. Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328th St, Homestead, FL 33033-5634 · 305-230-1100
Biscayne National Park, the largest marine park in the National Park System, offers a reprieve from the crowds that you find at most other area attractions. The majority (95%) of its over 170,000 acres is underwater. On the land that remains above water you have the option of camping, picnicking, and walking along nature trails. Or head to the underwater portion for some great snorkeling or scuba diving tours. Sunset cruises, glass-bottom boat tours, and canoe tours are just some of the boat trips available. Reservations are recommended for all tours.

12. Crandon Park
4000 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149-1102 · 305-361-5421
This two-mile stretch of beach is a great destination, its clear water protected by the offshore sandbar and several lifeguards always on duty. In addition to the beach, the park maintains walking trails, picnic and cookout areas, and concessions. The Visitors' and Nature Center has a gift shop and hosts numerous nature walks and programs. The Family Amusement Center sports a refurbished carousel, outdoor skating rink, beachfront playground, and splash fountain. Crandon Park Gardens boasts over 200 acres of lush tropical habitat and carefully designed botanical gardens. Crandon Park Golf Course and Tennis Center are adjacent to the park; Crandon Park Marina, across the street, offers boat rentals, fishing charters, and other amenities.

13. Everglades National Park
40001 State Rd 9336, Homestead, FL 33034 · 305-242-7700
The second largest park in the continental US, Everglades covers more than 1.5 million diverse acres. This is a fantastic place to view many different forms of wildlife in their natural habitats. You will find picnic areas, walking trails, boat rentals and rides, and plenty of fishing opportunities. Campsites are available, and the marked trails offer some of the best hiking in the country. A must for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

14. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-673-7256
These beautiful, peaceful gardens offer a tranquil break from glitzy South Beach. Few people know about this undiscovered gem, which features 4.5 acres of gardens cloistered from the rest of the city - even though the convention center is just across the street. The flora and fauna are some of the nicest you'll find in Miami Beach. The members of the New World Symphony, who come here to perform or to practice, often treat guests to musical interludes.

15. Miami Metro Zoo
12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177 · 305-251-0400
Renovated in 1992, this is the only zoo in the United States that is located in a subtropical climate. One of the main attractions is the Asian River Life exhibit. The expansive display of Asian animals includes inhabitants such as clouded leopards and the Himalayan white bear. The Komodo dragons are unique recent additions that are always a big hit with the kids. Dr Wilde's World is an indoor air-conditioned space that features an assortment of seasonal exhibits of plants, animals and artifacts, as well as hands-on activities for everyone. The zoo also includes favorites such as a children's petting zoo, seals, giraffes, lions, meerkats, koalas, gorillas and a colorful group of exotic birds. Informative wildlife shows are featured daily.

16. Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami, FL 33149 · 305-361-5705
This attraction is known for many things, but most people recognize it as the site used in the filming of the television show "Flipper." The dolphin that was used in the show also calls the park home. Catch a great show by the performing dolphins (Flipper is retired) and the always-popular killer whale performances. There are exhibits of sharks, birds, sea lions, reptiles and several species of endangered animals as well. The manatees at the Seaquarium are part of an effort to increase the number of specimens in Florida. You may even swim with the dolphins - a dream come true experience for kids and adults alike. Concessions offered throughout the park.