March 2012

Fabulous Vistas in Florida

Florida offers amazing scenery from pristine sandy beaches to the lush and intriguing Everglades National Park. Whether you’re looking for an experience in the heart of a bustling city or an adventure in the wilderness, there are plenty of amazing views to enjoy.
 
For one of the best views of Miami’s skyline paired with sustainable seafood cuisine, check out Area 31 Restaurant, located on the 16th floor of the EPIC Hotel. Named for Fishing Area 31, which stretches from the Carolinas to South America and provides much of the restaurant’s fish and shellfish, Area 31 offers seating both inside where you can gaze through 12-foot windows, and outside, on the terrace or poolside. No matter where you’re seated, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the city skyline, as well as Biscayne Bay and Brickell Avenue. Be sure to save room for the sweet, yet refreshing Key Lime Parfait for dessert. Visit www.area31restaurant.com for detailed menu information and a gallery of photos.
 
In Tallahassee, you’ll find a great view overlooking the entire city and beyond from the 22-story Florida State Capitol building. The observation deck and art gallery located on the top floor of the tower offer a panoramic view; you can see Florida State University to the west, and on a clear day, you can see the Gulf of Mexico. Guided and self-guided tours of the Capitol are available from the Welcome Center. Learn more at www.myfloridacapitol.com/index.html. While you’re in the area, take some time to check out the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, restored to its 1902 appearance. Browse photographs, recordings and other exhibits that reflect how various events and people in history shaped Florida today. Plan your visit to the museum at www.flhistoriccapitol.gov. See what other exciting things there are to do in Tallahassee at www.visittallahassee.com.
 
Visiting the Everglades is a necessary adventure when you’re in Florida. Everglades National Park is known as the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. While you’re there, you can see all kinds of rare and endangered species. Covering 1.5 million acres, the Everglades are composed of numerous different habitats where unique plant and animal life thrive. Enjoy an expedition in the Everglades with an Everglades Safari Park airboat tour. Opt for one of the private tours and you can explore this unique paradise from the comfort of your own personal airboat. Try the Private Jungle of Wilderness Tour and you could come face-to-face with wild hogs, deer, turtles and even alligators. Plan your adventure at www.evergladessafaripark.com, and learn more about the Everglades National Park at www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm.
 
Explore all the amazing sights in Florida this season. With warmer weather on its way, there’s plenty of beauty to enjoy everywhere you look.