Florida Tourist Attractions

The historic Art Deco district, South Beach, Miami

The heart of South Beach with a & # 39 it is a historic district in the Art Deco style, from the 18th St. and south along Ocean Dr and Collins Avenue – one of the largest areas of the US in the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, the rejuvenation and revitalization of the area as a major tourist destination directly related to its protection as a historic site in 1979.

The name of the National Registry does not allow developers to break all my heart much of what in the 1980s was a criminal collection ruined eyes, populated mainly Var & # 39; crazy drug, Cuban refugees and elderly residents. This is not the way it is now, when neighbors live together, including gays, only winter and sprinkling of the old timers. Today facades of hotels and apartments clearly colorful with pastel architectural details.

Your first stop should there be a Welcome Center in the Art Deco style (305-531-3484; 1001 Ocean Dr., 10 am-7: 30 am Thursday to 6 hours the sun). which will give you a good sense of this much loved, but often obscure the area. In the gallery you will find a permanent educational exhibit, buy hiking tours, which you can subscribe (including the excellent audio guide), as well as a very well stocked souvenir souvenir souvenir of the old-fashioned postcards to deko- jewelry style.

Venetian Pool, Miami

As soon as the tons of earth and rock were taken for Merrick construction boom, soon formed a very large car & # 39; er limestone. Then the creative thought of the thinker; why not turn it into a bracelet, giving it filled with water to become extraordinarily beautiful swimming hole? Currently, the National Register of Historic Places, this pool with the spring of 1924 (305-460-5306; 2701 DeSoto Boulevard; adult / child November-March $ 6.25 / 3.25, April-October $ 9.50 / 5 25, it varies depending on the season, but it is usually 11:00, 5 pm) with a capacity of 820,000 gallons, boasts coral stone caves, cascading waterfalls, an island with a palm-fringed, vine-covered loggias and Venetian style. It was designed Merryka uncle, the ubiquitous muralist Denmanam Fink, and it is big enough to accommodate a large waterfall, a children's area and a zone of adult flying lap. In fact, in its heyday of the 1920s he spent synchronous plyvchytsu Esther Williams and Johnny "Tarzan" Veysmallera, both seen on historical photos in the pool. Whether you want to swim in it or not, this pool is worth a look.

Malory Square, Key West

Malory Square – the belly of the beast. While daily as just another waterfront park, shops are exhibited, until early evening, this area turns into a stupid sunset – a docking compare display, fire, singers, cyclists, mimes and other characters competing. for the tourist dollar. Because people mlynayuts and collect the most incredible performers, the event quickly turns into a scene of mobs. But love or hate, is neodymium & # 39; emnaya part of the culture of Key West, so be sure to check it at least once. You can always reassure yourself actually watching the glorious west.

Author: Kenneth Ng, Lonely Planet