You’re in Miami, Bubba

The Magic City doesn’t have Aspen’s majestic snow-capped mountains or New York’s elaborate labyrinth of concrete, but Miami has plenty of comparable qualities. And it’s sick of you just pointing out your favorite Pollo Tropical location when giving out-of-towners the grand tour. The Ecoadventures staff is nice enough to share some knowledge with you via their Miami 101 tour, so not knowing is no longer an excuse. Let longtime Miami resident and certified interpretive naturalist Ernie Lynk show you around town, beginning with a spin through the Art Deco district of South Beach and ending at Palacio de los Jugos: the home of cheap Cuban food, fresh juice, and plenty of 305 flava. On this van tour, you’ll ride through downtown and Brickell, stop at a Little Havana tobacco factory, hear how George Edgar Merrick built Coral Gables — the first planned community in the States — and see the results.

When you forget how to count, you flip on a few episodes of Sesame Street and you’re good to go. When you forget how awesome Miami is, you follow the Ecoadventures folks for a few hours on a Friday and — voila! — your love is reborn. The tour costs $60 and begins at the A. D. Barnes Park Nature Center at 10 a.m.
Fri., Dec. 18, 10 a.m., 2009


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