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Although he earned his fortunes as a businessman, Charles Deering's true passion was for art and culture. He filled his home with sculptures, drawings, paintings, and other works?some of which he created himself. After he passed away in 1927, The Deering Estate at Cutler has kept his spirit alive; his former home and its surrounding natural landscapes now operate as a cultural meeting place for the community?one that hosts art festivals, artist lectures, and The Living Artist Concert Series.

  • Size: a 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • The Buildings: the Richmond Cottage (originally built in 1896) and the Stone House (built in 1922)
  • Eye Catcher: a 20th-century, Spanish Gothic Revival chandelier that has hung in the Stone House's library since its construction
  • Permanent Mainstay: the photographs, pencil sketches, and portraits (some by Mr. Deering himself) that hang inside the Stone House
  • Don't Miss: a tour of the fossil grounds, where specimens have been found that date as far back as 50,000 years
  • Hidden Gem: Charles Deering's prohibition wine cellar, hidden behind a three-ton bank vault door that remained sealed for 40 years
  • Outdoor Activities: butterfly walks, guided nature hikes, and canoe trips to Chicken Key, a 7-acre mangrove island
  • Leave Your Mark: head to the Poetry Kiosk in Richmond Cottage, where you can add your own thoughts about the natural surroundings to a "Living Poem" published on the center's website
16701 SW 72nd Ave.
Palmetto Bay,
FL
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Hirooka Surf and Sport's water sports instructors love the unpredictability of the ocean?it's part of the thrill of surfing and standup paddleboarding, after all. But they also know the potential danger this unpredictability brings. That's why employees temper their enthusiasm for the sea with a reverence for its power, and safety always comes first when they splash into the water with students. Students can work on balance, strength, and stamina while gliding across Miami Beach's calm waters on a standup paddle board. Lessons, rentals, and tours are available for groups, or individuals can opt for private lessons.

The type of student depends on the season. In the fall and spring, winds flow across the Miami waters at a pace steadier than weight gain during the holidays, making the waves perfect for kite-surfing. And when it dies down a bit during summer months, standup paddleboarding rises to prominence. Of course, if the elements aren't conducive to either, pupils can always partake in a wakeboarding lesson or session or have a staring contest with their reflection in a puddle.

1050 MacArthur Causeway
Miami,
FL
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With its fleet of boats and other watercraft, WB Boat Rentals turns the sea?and the Miami Islands?into prime party territory. Kayak, pontoon, and jet ski rentals allow riders to chart their own path through the waves, whereas speedboats come with a professional captain who does the driving. If you want more of a floating-palace vibe, however, the yacht selection ranges from 38-foot boats to an 82-foot Sun Seeker yacht, all equipped with sleek furnishings and spacious interiors.

The company also takes passengers on tours past Miami's most scenic and lavish sites. The Miami River tour weaves through the city at night against a backdrop of glowing buildings, and the sightseeing tour of Star Island cruises by the exclusive island that Miami's rich and famous call home. There, grandiose mansions sit on perfectly manicured estates, and you may just catch a glimpse of a celebrity sports car sipping on a diesel-oil daiquiri.

1635 North Bayshore Drive
Miami,
FL
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Wanting to share their love of water activities with as many people as possible, the staff at Miami Kiteboarding teach classes in English, Italian, Spanish, French, and Russian. This dedication is also revealed by the depth and diversity of programs offered, which include International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) certification courses, boat-assisted lessons, and kids' clinics. Through years of practice and very scientific study, the staff have developed an effective method for getting beginners up on the water in about six hours of instruction. Located in scenic Crandon Park on Key Biscayne island, Miami Kiteboarding offers paddleboard rentals, which helps patrons hone balance, coordination, strength, and stamina. Customers looking for family-friendly activities can also opt to rent kayaks, paddling leisurely through the shallow lagoon located nearby. The shop, equipped with everything one needs to fly a kite while gliding on water, can outfit novices with wetsuits, water shoes, and harnesses.

6767 Crandon Blvd.
Key Biscayne,
FL
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[[m:####Miami Water Life Tours

Across Miami's coastline, the setting sun casts a warm glow that reflects off skyscrapers and twinkles atop the ocean's waters. Miami Waterlife Tours' fleet of watercraft explores this fusion of urban and natural landscapes. Jet skis, paddleboards, and kayaks float on self-guided rentals and tours that pass into view of celebrity properties and their CGI homes. At nearby sandbars, IKO-certified instructors lead kiteboarding lessons while parasails soar into the sky.

Bringing luxury to the water, Miami Water Life Tours also charters boats. Its vessels range from a 25-foot Bayliner to a 94-foot Ferretti motor yacht complete with private chef and dolphin interpreter.:m]]

3301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami,
FL
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Exploring the waterways and picturesque locales of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park is made easy by the folks from Virginia Key Watersports, who lead outings and camping trips on the island. Rent out hobie cats, kayaks, or stand-up paddle boards to explore, or book a two-day camping trip, which include all the necessary equipment, refreshments, and lackluster ghost stories that make an unforgettable wilderness experience.

4020 Virginia Beach Dr.
Key Biscayne,
FL
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