Strike Miami
BEST BOWLING ALLEY Strike Miami 11401 NW Twelfth Street

West Miami-Dade

305-594-0200

www.strikemiami.com Let's face it, with the countless ways this city has to tempt the masses into unbridled debauchery, bowling ranks pretty low on the list. Maybe that's the reason many local bowling alleys tend to be in a state of dilapidation. There is, however, a silver lining at the end of that gutter ball. Strike Miami offers 34 lanes of new-and-improved black-light bowling madness. There's even a waterfall to soothe the approach toward the pins. That's just the beginning, though. The retro design mixes seamlessly into the futuristic environment. Above each lane is a giant high-definition big-screen TV that perpetually plays music videos or sporting events. So you won't miss Shaq breaking the backboard just because the kids want to knock down a few pins. The 37,000-square-foot building also serves as a sports bar and Latin restaurant. Bands amp up and jam out each Saturday. Remember to bring ID: After 9:00 p.m. the fun is a tad more adult-oriented. Oh yeah, even though crappy beer seems to be a constant of bowling alleys everywhere, the brew here tastes cold and fresh.

BEST BOWLING ALLEY Strike Miami 11401 NW Twelfth Street

West Miami-Dade

305-594-0200

www.strikemiami.com Let's face it, with the countless ways this city has to tempt the masses into unbridled debauchery, bowling ranks pretty low on the list. Maybe that's the reason many local bowling alleys tend to be in a state of dilapidation. There is, however, a silver lining at the end of that gutter ball. Strike Miami offers 34 lanes of new-and-improved black-light bowling madness. There's even a waterfall to soothe the approach toward the pins. That's just the beginning, though. The retro design mixes seamlessly into the futuristic environment. Above each lane is a giant high-definition big-screen TV that perpetually plays music videos or sporting events. So you won't miss Shaq breaking the backboard just because the kids want to knock down a few pins. The 37,000-square-foot building also serves as a sports bar and Latin restaurant. Bands amp up and jam out each Saturday. Remember to bring ID: After 9:00 p.m. the fun is a tad more adult-oriented. Oh yeah, even though crappy beer seems to be a constant of bowling alleys everywhere, the brew here tastes cold and fresh.

BEST PLACE TO GO FLY A KITE Skyward Kites Haulover Park

10800 Collins Avenue

North Miami-Dade

305-893-0906 You know the place. Just north of Haulover Cut on the west side of Collins. What you may not know is that by arrangement with the county parks department, Skyward Kites, a commercial outfit devoted to (duh...), is there every day of the year -- barring bad weather. From 10:00 a.m. until sunset (or 7:00 p.m. during daylight-saving time) the good people at Skyward welcome you to simply sit back and enjoy their daily show of spectacular kites or to join in. Their on-site mobile store sells kites from five dollars on up; experts there can help you put them together and learn to fly them. And just a reminder: If it's been a while since you last flew a kite, you may have forgotten how much fun it can be -- soothing in the manner of pond fishing, or as exciting as having a fighting marlin on the end of your line.

BEST PLACE TO GO FLY A KITE Skyward Kites Haulover Park

10800 Collins Avenue

North Miami-Dade

305-893-0906 You know the place. Just north of Haulover Cut on the west side of Collins. What you may not know is that by arrangement with the county parks department, Skyward Kites, a commercial outfit devoted to (duh...), is there every day of the year -- barring bad weather. From 10:00 a.m. until sunset (or 7:00 p.m. during daylight-saving time) the good people at Skyward welcome you to simply sit back and enjoy their daily show of spectacular kites or to join in. Their on-site mobile store sells kites from five dollars on up; experts there can help you put them together and learn to fly them. And just a reminder: If it's been a while since you last flew a kite, you may have forgotten how much fun it can be -- soothing in the manner of pond fishing, or as exciting as having a fighting marlin on the end of your line.

BEST PLACE TO PLAY SHUFFLEBOARD North Shore Park and Youth Center 501 72nd Street

Miami Beach

305-861-3616 Hey, we thought shuffleboard was going the way of lawn darts and horseshoes, but new courts are still being built in the area. This outdoor activity was popular in fifteenth-century England, made its way across the pond on the decks of glorious transatlantic cruise ships, and was introduced to Daytona Beach in 1913. The modern rules of the game were defined in St. Petersburg, where the National Shuffleboard Association was founded in 1931. So now you know why shuffleboard is associated with Florida retirees and cruises. But if you're not planning a trip on a big ship or ready to chill with the senior set, you have other options. North Shore Park opened this past summer with three well-lighted shuffleboard courts that are free for you to use during park hours. Simply check in at the front desk, swap your ID for discs and cues, and you're good to go. The courts are open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

BEST PLACE TO PLAY SHUFFLEBOARD North Shore Park and Youth Center 501 72nd Street

Miami Beach

305-861-3616 Hey, we thought shuffleboard was going the way of lawn darts and horseshoes, but new courts are still being built in the area. This outdoor activity was popular in fifteenth-century England, made its way across the pond on the decks of glorious transatlantic cruise ships, and was introduced to Daytona Beach in 1913. The modern rules of the game were defined in St. Petersburg, where the National Shuffleboard Association was founded in 1931. So now you know why shuffleboard is associated with Florida retirees and cruises. But if you're not planning a trip on a big ship or ready to chill with the senior set, you have other options. North Shore Park opened this past summer with three well-lighted shuffleboard courts that are free for you to use during park hours. Simply check in at the front desk, swap your ID for discs and cues, and you're good to go. The courts are open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

BEST PICNIC SPOT Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 10901 Old Cutler Road

Coral Gables

305-667-1651

www.fairchildgarden.org If the kindly volunteers who take your admission tickets see your picnic gear and suggest that you enjoy your repast on the tables near the Garden Café, smile and nod pleasantly. Then head straight for one of many secluded lakeside spots, far from the café, where you can spread a blanket and partake of a peaceful and leisurely picnic in a secluded, gorgeous setting. It's a mystery why Fairchild administrators don't actively promote this appealing aspect of a visit to the gardens. On the other hand, it's probably just as well they don't. This way it'll remain our little secret.

Readers´ Choice: Matheson Hammock

BEST PICNIC SPOT Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 10901 Old Cutler Road

Coral Gables

305-667-1651

www.fairchildgarden.org If the kindly volunteers who take your admission tickets see your picnic gear and suggest that you enjoy your repast on the tables near the Garden Café, smile and nod pleasantly. Then head straight for one of many secluded lakeside spots, far from the café, where you can spread a blanket and partake of a peaceful and leisurely picnic in a secluded, gorgeous setting. It's a mystery why Fairchild administrators don't actively promote this appealing aspect of a visit to the gardens. On the other hand, it's probably just as well they don't. This way it'll remain our little secret.

Readers´ Choice: Matheson Hammock

Miccosukee Golf and Country Club
BEST DRIVING RANGE Miccosukee Golf and Country Club 6401 Kendale Lakes Drive

Kendale Lakes

305-382-3930 Planted deep in the suburban sprawl known as Kendale Lakes, somewhere between stucco housing development A and stucco housing development B, is the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club. Formerly the Miami National Golf Club, the land, just west of another holey spread at Calusa Country Club (shame on Miamians who say there's not enough green space) was purchased by the tribe in 2001. Don't have time between picking up the kids from soccer and CSI: Whatever to squeeze in a round on one of the three nine-holers? Not to worry. The MGCC driving range (open from sunup to sundown) boasts enough space for 50 Tiger or Annika wannabes, lights in the evening, large buckets of high-quality balls for five bucks, chipping and putting greens, a sports bar, and a restaurant -- all close enough to reach with a putter. If your putt is a bit off, resident pro Carlos Puerto might have a tip or two. And there's a pro shop staffed by friendly and helpful staffers. The only thing missing is a slot machine beside each mat.

BEST DRIVING RANGE Miccosukee Golf and Country Club 6401 Kendale Lakes Drive

Kendale Lakes

305-382-3930 Planted deep in the suburban sprawl known as Kendale Lakes, somewhere between stucco housing development A and stucco housing development B, is the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club. Formerly the Miami National Golf Club, the land, just west of another holey spread at Calusa Country Club (shame on Miamians who say there's not enough green space) was purchased by the tribe in 2001. Don't have time between picking up the kids from soccer and CSI: Whatever to squeeze in a round on one of the three nine-holers? Not to worry. The MGCC driving range (open from sunup to sundown) boasts enough space for 50 Tiger or Annika wannabes, lights in the evening, large buckets of high-quality balls for five bucks, chipping and putting greens, a sports bar, and a restaurant -- all close enough to reach with a putter. If your putt is a bit off, resident pro Carlos Puerto might have a tip or two. And there's a pro shop staffed by friendly and helpful staffers. The only thing missing is a slot machine beside each mat.

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