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Photo essay: Fly south
South Florida offers spectacular scenery and unique wildlife
By Tim Murphy

It's December. The birds have left already. Seems like the perfect time to start planning your own escape from winter.

From beaches and wildlife to world-class dining to some of the finest golf courses, South Florida is a great place to set your sights on. Here are few sites to get you inspired.

 

  • Butterfly World: This butterfly house opened in 1988 in Coconut Creek, Fla., which is about 15 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. Besides more than 10,000 butterflies from all over the world on display each day, Butterfly World touts the country's largest free-flight hummingbird aviary. There is also a rose garden, a bug zoo and a lot more exotic birds and plants. This place is big.
  • South Beach: This neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, next to Miami, of course, is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. It is known for its Art Deco architecture, nightclubs, beautiful beaches and chic boutiques. You will want to go to   www.visitsouthbeachonline.com before you go.
  • Flamingo Gardens: Flamingo Gardens Botanical Collections and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary gives visitors a close look at the state's unique wildlife and plants. Its more than 60 acres feature a tropical plant house, a 25,000-square-foot aviary, a flamingo pond and more. Flamingo Gardens is in Davie, Fla., which is about 25 miles north of Miami or 10 miles south of Fort Lauderdale.

 

Here are a few more websites to help you plan a trip to South Florida for the winter:

 

 

 

Story published Friday, December 3, 2010 ( Volume 5, Number 7 )

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