Miami is a popular city in South Florida. It’s a cultural, economic and financial center and a major tourism hub for international visitors who troop in to enjoy the wonders it has to offer. Home to the famous Miami Beach shown in many films, and many other entertainment venues, theaters, museums, parks, gardens and performing arts centers, Miami seems to constantly dazzle its visitors with never-ending adventure.
Popular cultural destinations in or near Miami include Zoo Miami, Jungle Island, the Miami Seaquarium and Monkey Jungle. Despite its large population - it is the sixth most densely populated major city in the United States - Miami is known for its properly structured transport system which makes navigation with RVs and travel equipment quite easy. Thankfully, its tropical weather allows for year-round outdoor activities and with all its numerous and popular attractions, it would seem a tough place to choose to leave. This guide, however, is designed to help you enjoy not only the one city that offers popular sites, but also lesser-known attractions while ensuring your excitement - and parking space for your RV.
Try not to speed out of Speedway as you head out to St Augustine 74 miles away. Your recreational stop is the Pirate and Treasure Museum, one of the best quirky places in the world to visit, if you're into quirky. Its incredible display of artifacts, a vast array of exhibits and archaeological relics collected from around the world, are sure to thrill a pirate lover with many unique finds like guns, pieces of gold, flags and treasure chests. It offers a fascinating look at Florida’s, the wider Caribbean’s, and America’s history of piracy over 48 individual exhibit areas. No wonder it's proclaimed as the largest and most authentic collection of pirate artifacts ever displayed under one roof.
In addition to the relics, there are real cannons from the 1700s that guests can fire electronically. It is open 10 a.m. To 7 p.m. daily and offers tours on the weekends throughout the day.
The New Smyrna Speedway is barely one hour from the last attraction, a little less than 60 miles. Although not as famous as other northern speedways, it hosts many nationally recognized races and is famous for its steep bank and high average speeds. The Speedway is an asphalt track, half a mile in length, that races the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series every Saturday night and a smaller track, known as "Little New Smyrna Speedway" that races Quarter midgets on Friday nights.
Known by many as the "World Center of Racing," New Smyrna Speedway has been home to some of the finest stock car racing in the entire country now for more than 45 years. Several races are held throughout the year and thankfully, it’s not always difficult to get tickets. A number of private and public camping areas are close to the Speedway that will accommodate recreational vehicles and trailers while their owners enjoy the attractions of the city.
After driving for half an hour from Port St. Lucie, Port Canaveral looms ahead of you with even more iconic attractions. Although known as one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, it offers more than its cliché recreations - The Kennedy Space Center, a must-see for those interested in science, technology, and space exploration.
It's a good place to learn all about tech and geeky exhibits. It is also a good place to bring children as during the spring and summer, educational camps for schoolchildren with a focus on space, aviation and robotics are open to the public. With public displays of moon rocks, space suits, equipment, photographs, and first-hand accounts of those who’ve worked in the program over the years, tours are headed by knowledgeable guides and transportation is made available. There is also a Visitor Complex open to the public on site: Camp KSC, which would offer parking for all kinds of motorhomes.
Less than an hour's drive from West Palm Beach, Port St Lucie gives you your next exciting adventure 49 miles away. Superplay USA is a great place to come to in Port St. Lucie if you are looking for some family fun and a little exercise. There are 48 bowling lanes where you can enjoy a game or a tournament and a miniature golf course. Batting cages are available for those who want to practice their swing as well as an arcade that has a wide range of games and prizes for winners.
After the fun time swinging and working up a sweat, the Premium Sports Grill is right beside it and you and your team can head there to refuel the stomach while enjoying the scenery. You have the option of eating in or taking it out. The sports center has enough parking spaces for your RV while you head in to try your hands out at gaming.
The first stop on the trip is the Mounts Botanical Garden, a 74-mile journey from Miami that'll last about two hours. Located in West Palm Beach, a city with many delicious culinary options, this old and large botanical garden is built to satisfy the curiosity of plant lovers with more than 2,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants that originate from six continents. The botanical garden is set up in a series of distinct areas according to the species of the plants and it even has its own exciting shows which encourage you to interact with the environment.
Open all days of the week, except on holidays, the garden plant sales occur twice a year, so you stand a chance of going home with one of the beautiful flowers. Surrounded by campsites, it's usually quite easy to find accommodation as you explore the neighborhood.
Jacksonville is a city with a welcoming atmosphere, vibrant community spirit, and small-town values, featuring family-friendly parks and nearby wildlife and nature preserves, abundant mountain biking and hiking trails and several bird-watching areas. Rest assured you’ll find great places to eat like Cooter Brown’s Rib Shack, where BBQ, burgers and tasty meals are offered at reasonable prices. Jacksonville Opera Theatre is yet another attraction if you're in for a night of music and storytelling. Its abundant parks and public places are perfect for your RV while you explore to your heart's satisfaction.