Can’t wait to get out of the Covid-classroom-cancel shuffle….neither can we! The Newland Smith Team is ready to hit the road again for day trips and extended stays. We’ve come up with a list of fun activities for you to keep the fam somewhat entertained and off their devices for an hour or two 😉
1. Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter and the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach are home to spring training baseball games. You can catch the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.
2. Palm Beach International Boat Show- If you like big boats and you cannot lie, this is your spot. The boat show will be March 25-28 along Flagler Drive.
3. Fly through the air without having to jump out of an airplane. iFly Fort Lauderdale is South Florida’s only indoor skydiving facility and is open to everyone ages 6 to 70 (up to 260 pounds.)
4. See Mickey, Minnie, Moana, Cinderella and more as Disney stars take the ice. Disney on Ice will be at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, One Panther Parkway, from March 25-28. Tickets start at $20.
5. Flamingo Gardens is 60 acres of tropical paradise. Its botanical gardens showcase more than 3,000 species of rare and exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants. Flamingo gardens is also home to permanently injured and non-releasable birds and animals, including alligators, bear, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacocks and flamingos.
6. Zoo Miami-Through April 4, 2021, Zoo Miami will be hosting a virtual, in-park scavenger hunt. Guests will use an app and clues to go on an “Egg-Venture” to find eggs hidden throughout the park. Once finished, guests can redeem a prize.
7. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is located at 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Current exhibits at the museum include: Aquarium, Planetarium, Power of Science, Nature’s Superheroes, Feathers to the Stars and MeLab.
8. Miami Seaquarium-Meet a dolphin, swim with a seal or get up close and personal with a penguin. Miami Seaquarium offers a variety of programs (prices vary) for kids and adults to add on to an already fun-filled day.
9. The drive-through safari portion of Lion Country Safari is open to guests. The preserve is divided into seven sections and visitors can get an up-close look at rhinos, zebras, giraffes, lions and more.
10. Morikami Museum- Stroll a mile-long path and experience Japanese gardens; each unique to the 9th through the 20th centuries. The museum hosts exhibitions of Japanese art and artifacts.
11. Sanibel and Captiva Islands- Shell-strewn beaches, a laid-back vibe, terrific restaurants, chic shops, flower-lined lanes, and an incredibly diverse array of wildlife—these are just a few reasons families love Sanibel and the Captiva Islands.
12. Daytona Beach-Once the poster child for drunk college kids on spring break, Daytona Beach has done a 180-degree turn and now focuses on attracting families….hopefully 😉
13. Ana Maria Island-If you like your beaches laid-back and natural, the Gulf of Mexico barrier island of Anna Maria Island may be just the ticket, with its seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches and low-key ambiance.
14. Amelia Island-With 13 miles of uncrowded beaches and a gorgeous, natural setting that’s a far cry from overdeveloped tourist towns, Amelia Island offers a historic downtown area, bike paths that crisscross the island, and lots for families to love.
15. Isla Morada-About 90 minutes south of Miami, but worlds away from everything, Islamorada will have you sipping pina coladas and dancing in the sand. Try not to embarrass the kids!