Buehler Planetarium & Observatory: See the Stars in South Florida

The universe is waiting for you at the Buehler Planetarium & Observatory. Located on the central campus of Broward College, the Buehler is a place where you can marvel at the wonders of the solar system. Come to the Observatory on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights and see up-close the beauty of our Moon and planets many miles away. Or go to the planetarium, look up and learn about not only the sun and stars but how they can determine how things occur on earth. What a great place of learning! Check out the calendar for special shows like “Solar System Odyssey” or “Stories for a Starry Night.” On public viewing nights kids get in free!

Buehler Planetarium & Observatory
3501 SW Davie Road
Davie, FL 33314
(954) 201-6681
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Miami Children’s Museum

Want to make the little tykes happy? Take them to the Miami Children’s Museum, where fun and education are part of the agenda with great interactive exhibits. They can visit the World Music Studio to learn about the music and instruments of different cultures, operate a crane while they explore the Port of Miami exhibit, shop and work at a miniature grocery store, and learn all about their four-legged friends at Pet Central, among other fun and instructive exhibits. A variety of kid’s camps and classes are also offered at the Children's Museum. Admission is $16 for adults and kids, $12 for Florida residents, and free for kids under age one. The Miami Children's Museum is open Mondays through Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

980 MacArthur Causeway
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 373-5437
 

Wings Over Miami Air Museum: The World of Flight

Fascinated by the world of flight? Located in a hangar at Tamiami Executive Airport, Wings Over Miami Air Museum is your ticket to exploring a wide variety of aircraft in Miami, Florida. The Museum's collection includes a 1942 Ryan PT-22, a 1961 Yellowbird Schweizer, a 1-26 Sailplane, and a 1945 North American SNJ-6. The latest addition to the museum is a restored 1943 Navy SNJ/4. You can also view cutaway exhibits of plane engines, a 1953 Willys Army Jeep and a mock-up of a WWII communications tent. The Wings Over Miami Museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Kendall Tamiami Executive Airport
14710 SW 128 Street
Miami, FL 33196
(305) 233-5197
 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: A Beautiful Estate in Miami

Formerly the opulent winter villa of wealthy industrialist James Deering of International Harvester, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens offers visitors an opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful estates in Miami. A great spot for a day trip from Windsor at Miramar, the lavish 1916 Italianate mansion in the Coconut Grove area looks out on the glittering expanse of Biscayne Bay and was crafted by over 1,000 workers, many of whom were imported from Europe and the Caribbean. Much of the artwork, furniture, and tapestries from Deering’s collection are still in the house. The landscaped gardens feature elaborate landscaping with lush tropical plants, fountains, and walkways. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children, with discounts for seniors, students, and disabled persons. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is open Wednesdays through Mondays from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

3251 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 250-9133
 

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

Take a ride into the automotive past with a visit to the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. Founded by car enthusiast Arthur O. Stone, the museum is a destination for educational visits and memorabilia tours of America's transportation history. It features 22 Packard automobiles from between 1900 and the 1940s as well as a Franklin D. Roosevelt  gallery and special exhibitions with memorabilia, historical items, and educational plaques.

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
1527 Packard Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
(954) 779-7300
www.antiquecarmuseum.org

Bonnet House Home & Gardens: A Haven of Florida’s History

By the time the Bonnet House was purchased by an early settler in 1895, it had already experienced 4,000 years of Florida history. An artifact left behind by the Tequesta people suggests that human activity on the site dates back to 2,000 BC.! Now the famous home & gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums, was declared a historic landmark by the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2002, and was listed as one of America’s 11 most endangered sites in 2008 by the National Trust and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. While the house gives you an opportunity to walk through Florida’s storied history, the garden gives you the chance to walk through a tranquil, tropical habitat that includes one of the largest orchid collections in the southeast United States. Five distinct ecosystems can be found on the property including the Atlantic Ocean, a fresh water slough, wetlands, a maritime forest, and an expansive desert garden.

Bonnet House Home & Gardens
900 North Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
(954) 563-5393
www.bonnethouse.org