Miami, with its theme parks, nightlife, and fast-moving metropolitan environment is a wonderful city but from time to time, it can be nice to escape to a slightly calmer world. That's when it's time to hit the road and explore beyond the city limits.
Melbourne is an easy-to-reach day trip during which you will easily be able to incorporate some fascinating stops. Here we look at just a few of them.
From Miami, it is an easy forty-six minute drive to Boca Raton Museum of Art where a visit to the Boca Raton Museum of Art will leave you feeling like you have arrived on another, far calmer planet.
This is a contemporary art museum that was founded by a group of artists in the 1950s. It focuses on photography and sculpture, though that is by no means all that is on display. The museum also has two acres of grounds, where monumental sculptures by international and local artists can be appreciated close up.
The museum itself is divided up into a number of spacious galleries. The museum aims to encourage an interest in art. With this in mind, you will have access to clipboards, paper, and pencils and are encouraged to develop your sketching skills as you stroll through the displays.
Behind the museum, you will have easy access to the Plaza Real where you will be able to sit and enjoy a coffee or light snack.
It is 72 miles to St Lucie and you will probably be ready for lunch by the time you get there. The area is rich in restaurants but there is something a bit special that you really ought to try.
Jones Old School BBQ is an institution in the area. It is set in a simple car park but there is nothing to stop you grabbing a takeout and heading to River Park Marina which is four minutes away. There you will find picnic tables from which you can watch the boat life while enjoying your feast.
Dwight Jones started out cooking for his family but his food became so popular that he was soon being asked to cater for different events. Eventually, this passion for cooking led him to open his own business which turned into a huge success. You will have choices such as brisket, pork ribs, and pulled pork accompanied by sweet potato pie, fried okra, and green collards.
After your typical deep south BBQ, you might need a little light exercise to help with the digestion. The Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens are just a short ride away and the twenty acres of beautifully landscaped gardens are the ideal place to take a stroll.
There are native plants, a bamboo garden and an area planted especially to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Bromeliads, many native to the south, feature heavily and you will see dozens of varieties of these unusual plants.
The garden is surrounded by mangroves and wetlands and this is likely to offer you glimpses of great blue herons, eagle owls, geckos, and mocking birds.
Melbourne is a further one hour and forty minutes away. You may want to pop in at Vero Beach for an ice or frozen custard on the way. Sitting on the Indian River lagoon, Melbourne offers plenty to round off your day. There are period buildings, art galleries, and museums to explore so your adventure is not over yet.