Ft. Lauderdale/Miami - Things to do...

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    May 22, 2012 10:21 AM GMT
    I'll be traveling to the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area June 30-July 5 for my 18 yr old nephew to attend a National Keeper camp. The 8 yr old and I will be tourists...

    What are the must sees and/or must dos with an 8 yr old nephew??

    Looking for specifics...as much as possible. Instead of saying "be sure to do an everglades tour"...which one is best?

    Neither of us have ever been to the area.

    Thanks in advance...
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    May 22, 2012 12:58 PM GMT
    Miami Seaquarium
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    May 23, 2012 12:21 AM GMT
    Tribal_Phoenix saidI'll be traveling to the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area June 30-July 5 for my 18 yr old nephew to attend a National Keeper camp. The 8 yr old and I will be tourists...

    What are the must sees and/or must dos with an 8 yr old nephew??

    Looking for specifics...as much as possible. Instead of saying "be sure to do an everglades tour"...which one is best?

    Neither of us have ever been to the area.

    Thanks in advance...


    Marlins game at their new stadium! I heard its great!
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    May 23, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    I lived down there for more than 30 years and before that vacationed there a lot as a little kid. So for an 8 year old...

    Paul got Miami Seaquarium right. I'll add....

    Parrot Jungle (haven't been to the new one but I loved it when it was down in Pinecrest) I'm assuming the new one would be great if you don't know how great the old one was.

    Also Metro Zoo is excellent.

    If you want to do the Everglades I'd recommend taking an airboat ride (they are all kind of hokey but for a kid it's probably fun) You can catch these out in the middle of the state, about an hour west of Lauderdale off I-75 (pka Alligator Alley) or just west of Lauderdale I think off Griffin Rd there's a facility with boats.

    For a land-based view of the Everglades I'd recommend Shark Valley (though it's a bit of a drive--& do not speed thru the reservation) where you two can rent bikes and you are almost guaranteed to see at least 20 gators. The kid's gonna love it.

    Fort Lauderdale Discovery Museum is pretty good. A cousin and I, actually go every so often as adults. They were supposed to build another one in Miami near Parrot Jungle but I don't know the progress on that.

    If the kid enjoys boats you can spend a day or part of a day taking the water taxi in Lauderdale. Lots of places to hop on from many of the waterside restaurants.
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    May 23, 2012 2:32 AM GMT
    NJDewd said
    Tribal_Phoenix saidI'll be traveling to the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area June 30-July 5 for my 18 yr old nephew to attend a National Keeper camp. The 8 yr old and I will be tourists...

    What are the must sees and/or must dos with an 8 yr old nephew??

    Looking for specifics...as much as possible. Instead of saying "be sure to do an everglades tour"...which one is best?

    Neither of us have ever been to the area.

    Thanks in advance...


    Marlins game at their new stadium! I heard its great!


    OH! I WANNA GO!!

    And get some great Cuban food afterwards.

    Speaking of food, this place has been in Ft. Lauderdale since Moses roamed the earth, but it's still crankin' away. I have mentioned this place in a thread or two along the way...

    http://maikai.com/

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    A trip to Ft. Lauderdale isn't complete without a visit to the Mai-Kai. All ages should enjoy this.
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    May 23, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
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    turtleneckjock saidA trip to Ft. Lauderdale isn't complete without a visit to the Mai-Kai. All ages should enjoy this.

    Sure, everyone should go to an overpriced obvious tourist trap with mediocre food and a staff that laughs at its customers after they've gone.

    What fun!


    Now who is whining?

    Back in the day (and I think 1966 or 1967 was the first time I was there), Polynesian food was very exotic and unique. Now it's just "meh," but this place is legendary regardless.

    I take it you had a less than perfect experience? Can you recommend something different then?
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    May 23, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    I went to Everglades National Park. It was good. I saw a lot of tropical wildlife animals that I've never seen before.

    You can drive to Key West which is 4 hours away from Miami.
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    May 23, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    Tribal_Phoenix saidI'll be traveling to the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area June 30-July 5 for my 18 yr old nephew to attend a National Keeper camp. The 8 yr old and I will be tourists...

    What are the must sees and/or must dos with an 8 yr old nephew??

    Looking for specifics...as much as possible. Instead of saying "be sure to do an everglades tour"...which one is best?

    Neither of us have ever been to the area.

    Thanks in advance...

    Visit Viscaya, just south of Miami. For more information about other attractions e-mail me directly, I live here.

    http://www.vizcayamuseum.org/

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    May 23, 2012 3:05 AM GMT
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    turtleneckjock saidA trip to Ft. Lauderdale isn't complete without a visit to the Mai-Kai. All ages should enjoy this.

    Sure, everyone should go to an overpriced obvious tourist trap with mediocre food and a staff that laughs at its customers after they've gone.

    What fun!


    Now who is whining?

    Back in the day (and I think 1966 or 1967 was the first time I was there), Polynesian food was very exotic and unique. Now it's just "meh," but this place is legendary regardless.

    I take it you had a less than perfect experience? Can you recommend something different then?

    1. Heart Rock Cafe in the Gateway Plaza, really good sushi. Next to the Gateway movie theater which always has the quirky independent movies.

    2. Primanti Bros. on Oakland Park. A Pittsburgh outfit with truly great pizza.

    3. Athena - Greek cafe with outdoor seating at A1A and Commercial. Not expensive. Entertainment on weekends.

    4. This one's very expensive, but exquisite: Blue Moon Cafe on Commercial and the Intercoastal. Amazing food. Open seating right on the Intercoastal. Watch the boats.

    That's all just off the top of my head.


    Primanti's pizza is gross though edible if yer drunk. The only good pizza down there is Four Brothers on Florida Mango off 10th in LW but it's a hell of a drive just for a slice. The best pizza was on Linton, forgot name of shop, doesn't matter since they've closed. It was rumored they flew in the water from NY to make the dough (urban legend?). Anthony's Coal Fired down on Federal would be edible if it wasn't so damned salty.

    Blue Moon Fish was one of my regulars. Truly excellent. There was also a very good restaurant in the Dan Duckham redesigned Kenner Building, shit, I forget the name, Coffee something? Chocolate something? On the second floor. I used to eat there a lot. But then I also used to drink there a lot before I was of legal age, upstairs in the Chateau Madrid, later known as the Rooftop.

    I am in complete agreement with your take on the Mai Kai. I can't even believe anyone has ever been in there. They really need to relocate to International Dr in Orlando.

    To the OP: I just thought of another place for the kid. Don't know how I forgot. Closer than Metro Zoo is an excellent small zoo called Dyer Park. I think it might be called Palm Beach Zoo now. It is real easy to get to from Lauderdale and is very easy to walk through. Most all their animals are endangered or threatened species and they recently rehabbed, doing a real nice job of it.

    Also if the kid likes horses there are probably a number of places where you can lease some for the day. My brother's family are horse people so I know there are lots of facilities I'm just not familiar with any particular one that rents but I"m sure you an find one.

    And there's a Wannado City at the Sawgrass in Sunrise, about a half hour west of Lauderdale.
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    May 23, 2012 3:07 AM GMT
    Something else to do: Helicopter tour (tourhelicopter.com).
    Tell Tom (the owner) I said hi and he "might" give you a discount. He's a good friend of mine. icon_wink.gif
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    May 23, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidSomething else to do: Helicopter tour (tourhelicopter.com).
    Tell Tom (the owner) I said hi and he "might" give you a discount. He's a good friend of mine. icon_wink.gif


    And aren't there also gliders up in Lantana. My nephew in civil air patrol mentioned them recently.
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    May 23, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
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    JPtheBITCH said
    turtleneckjock said
    JPtheBITCH said
    turtleneckjock saidA trip to Ft. Lauderdale isn't complete without a visit to the Mai-Kai. All ages should enjoy this.

    Sure, everyone should go to an overpriced obvious tourist trap with mediocre food and a staff that laughs at its customers after they've gone.

    What fun!


    Now who is whining?

    Back in the day (and I think 1966 or 1967 was the first time I was there), Polynesian food was very exotic and unique. Now it's just "meh," but this place is legendary regardless.

    I take it you had a less than perfect experience? Can you recommend something different then?

    1. Heart Rock Cafe in the Gateway Plaza, really good sushi. Next to the Gateway movie theater which always has the quirky independent movies.

    2. Primanti Bros. on Oakland Park. A Pittsburgh outfit with truly great pizza.

    3. Athena - Greek cafe with outdoor seating at A1A and Commercial. Not expensive. Entertainment on weekends.

    4. This one's very expensive, but exquisite: Blue Moon Cafe on Commercial and the Intercoastal. Amazing food. Open seating right on the Intercoastal. Watch the boats.

    That's all just off the top of my head.


    Primanti's pizza is gross though edible if yer drunk. The only good pizza down there is Four Brothers on Florida Mango off 10th in LW but it's a hell of a drive just for a slice. The best pizza was on Linton, forgot name of shop, doesn't matter since they've closed. It was rumored they flew in the water from NY to make the dough (urban legend?). Anthony's Coal Fired down on Federal would be edible if it wasn't so damned salty.

    Blue Moon Fish was one of my regulars. Truly excellent. There was also a very good restaurant in the Dan Duckham redesigned Kenner Building, shit, I forget the name, Coffee something? Chocolate something? On the second floor. I used to eat there a lot. But then I also used to drink there a lot before I was of legal age, upstairs in the Chateau Madrid, later known as the Rooftop.

    I am in complete agreement with your take on the Mai Kai. I can't even believe anyone has ever been in there. They really need to relocate to International Dr in Orlando.

    To the OP: I just thought of another place for the kid. Don't know how I forgot. Closer than Metro Zoo is an excellent small zoo called Dyer Park. I think it might be called Palm Beach Zoo now. It is real easy to get to from Lauderdale and is very easy to walk through. Most all their animals are endangered or threatened species and they recently rehabbed, doing a real nice job of it.

    Also if the kid likes horses there are probably a number of places where you can lease some for the day. My brother's family are horse people so I know there are lots of facilities I'm just not familiar with any particular one that rents but I"m sure you an find one.

    And there's a Wannado City at the Sawgrass in Sunrise, about a half hour west of Lauderdale.


    Relocate the Mai-Kai to I-Drive?? OH HELL NO! We have enough bleepin shit on I-Drive as it is!

    So the Mai-Kai was an epic fail? Live and learn, I say! icon_biggrin.gif
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    paulflexes saidSomething else to do: Helicopter tour (tourhelicopter.com).
    Tell Tom (the owner) I said hi and he "might" give you a discount. He's a good friend of mine. icon_wink.gif


    And aren't there also gliders up in Lantana. My nephew in civil air patrol mentioned them recently.
    Good question. I'm been in AZ since January so I'm kinda out of the loop on what's new there now.
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    May 23, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidRelocate the Mai-Kai to I-Drive?? OH HELL NO! We have enough bleepin shit on I-Drive as it is!

    So the Mai-Kai was an epic fail? Live and learn, I say! icon_biggrin.gif


    Ya, I was just there two weeks ago meeting my brother at the Portofino and we had dinner one night a decent enough Chinese place down by the Peabody so I had the pleasure of witnessing International Drive at night. Mai Kai would fit in there perfectly.
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    May 23, 2012 3:32 AM GMT
    If it's still around, even if it's off the beaten path I'd do Monkey Jungle - more fun for an eight year old boy than parrots. (I grew up near Parrot Jungle, went to both.)

    Also the Museum of Science and Planetarium near Vizcaya if he's inclined.
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    May 23, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    For an 18-year-old (or did you say 8 above?) I also suggest Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale. Include it with a beach visit.

    Others have also mentioned the Everglades. Then there's Miami Seaquariium, and the Miami Zoo.

    http://www.bonnethouse.org/

    http://www.miamiseaquarium.com/

    http://www.miamimetrozoo.com/
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    May 23, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    theantijock said
    turtleneckjock saidRelocate the Mai-Kai to I-Drive?? OH HELL NO! We have enough bleepin shit on I-Drive as it is!

    So the Mai-Kai was an epic fail? Live and learn, I say! icon_biggrin.gif


    Ya, I was just there two weeks ago meeting my brother at the Portofino and we had dinner one night a decent enough Chinese place down by the Peabody so I had the pleasure of witnessing International Drive at night. Mai Kai would fit in there perfectly.


    Sounds like you went to Ming Court. One of Orlando's better Asian restaurants.

    http://www.ming-court.com/
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    May 23, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    Thanks guys! I'll look into all of your suggestions. Greatly appreciated!

    Any other ideas..,.feel free to post as they come to you.