By KARA FRANKER
With idyllic coastal beaches and sprawling nature preserves, plus loads of entertainment and shopping opportunities, Southeast Florida is packed with tons of fun things to do for every style of traveler.
A Day in...
Key West

Begin your day with breakfast in the outdoor courtyard of Blue Heaven. Then wander the Old Town district enjoying colorful Victorian architecture. Snap a “mandatory selfie” at the Southernmost Point in the continental USA. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum and the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Grab lunch in the Historic Seaport before embarking on a reef snorkeling excursion. Catch a beautiful sunset and the action at Mallory Square. Dine at an Old Town restaurant and sample the nightlife on Duval Street.

Fort Lauderdale

Start your morning with a tour of the beautiful historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens or snorkel or dive to explore 69 miles of natural coral reef just offshore. Board a water taxi and cruise through some 300 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway while viewing some of the most incredible mansions and homes. Revel in a unique dock-and-dine experience at one of many waterfront restaurants before taking in a show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. End with a stroll along picturesque Las Olas Boulevard.

Miami

Relax poolside at one of many chic hotels and hit the waters of South Beach. Stroll down Lincoln Road for shopping al fresco and enjoy a world-class meal while people-watching at an outdoor restaurant. Visit the art collection at the Pérez Art Museum Miami next to beautiful Biscayne Bay, and take an afternoon walk through Museum Park. Head over to Wynwood to take in the vibrant street art. Spend the evening at one of the Miami Design District’s unique restaurants.

The Palm Beaches

Start your day at the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and cruise south down to Loggerhead Marinelife Center to check on the sea turtles. Lunch in West Palm Beach. Ride the trolley through CityPlace and down Clematis Street; with so many local hot spots to choose from, the decision is guaranteed to be difficult, but delicious! Head to Boca Raton for the afternoon, renting bikes to experience the Ocean Boulevard Path, or stroll around Mizner Park. End the day dancing and dining along Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

ANNUAL EVENTS
JANUARY
  • Art Deco Weekend, Miami Beach
  • Key Largo Sailfish Challenge
  • Las Olas Art Fair Part I, Fort Lauderdale South Florida Fair, West Palm Beach
  • Uncorked, the Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival
FEBRUARY
  • ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival, Jupiter
  • Coconut Grove Arts Festival
  • Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival
  • Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Lake Worth Street Painting Festival
  • Miami International Boat Show
  • Miami International Jazz Fest
  • South Florida Garlic Fest, Lake Worth Beach
MARCH
  • Boca Bacchanal, Boca Raton
  • Calle Ocho Music Festival, Miami
  • Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival, Miami Gardens
  • Las Olas Art Fair Part II, Fort Lauderdale
  • Major League Baseball Spring Training, Jupiter Miami
  • International Film Festival
  • Original Marathon Seafood Festival
  • ULTRA Music Festival and the Winter Music Conference, Miami
MARCH–APRIL
  • Miami Beach Pride
  • Miami Open Tennis presented by Itaú
  • Palm Beach International Film Festival
APRIL
  • Delray Affair
  • Miami Beach Polo World Cup
  • OUTshine Film Festival
  • Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, Fort Lauderdale
MAY
  • Sunfest, West Palm Beach
JULY
  • Hemingway Days, Key West
  • Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival
JULY–AUGUST
  • International Ballet Festival of Miami
  • Miami Spa Month
AUGUST
  • Dine Out Downtown Delray
AUGUST–SEPTEMBER
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Months
  • Miami Spice Month
SEPTEMBER
  • Brazilian Film Festival of Miami
OCTOBER
  • Fantasy Fest, Key West
  • Key West Goombay Festival
  • South Beach Seafood Festival
NOVEMBER
  • Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Key West Film Festival
  • Key West World Championship - Super Boat International Races
  • Miami Book Fair International
  • Miami International Auto Show
  • Miami Short Film Festival
  • NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend, Miami Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest
DECEMBER
  • Art Basel Miami Beach
  • Capital One Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens Design Miami
  • Holiday Boat Parades
  • King Mango Strut Parade, Coconut Grove