The Palm Beaches: Offering 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Coast beaches nestled along southeast Florida, The Palm Beaches have plenty of miles to space out, and provide the perfect playground for outdoor adventures. Filled with historic splendor, a vibrant blend of cultures, and a lengthy list of one-of-a-kind experiences, the destination boasts genuine hospitality that welcomes everyone. Among the activities, visitors can immerse themselves in the colorful gardens of Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach and soak up the unspoiled beauty of Peanut Island, home to the John F. Kennedy Bunker. And in between, dozens more adventures await—from snorkeling in the warm Gulf Stream waters, to walking and bike riding on natural Florida trails, to teeing up at Palm Beach Gardens’ golf haven.
Everglades National Park: Just west of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, this vast park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. It’s a World Heritage Site; an International Biosphere Reserve (jointly with the Dry Tortugas); a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance; and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty. Plus, it’s home to rare and endangered species, including manatees, American crocodiles and Florida panthers. There are many ways to explore, but one of the most fun is via an airboat ride at Sawgrass Recreation Park. Glide over the sawgrass and cattails, and then hold an alligator in the animal exhibit areas. The park is home to more than 100 adopted and rescued mammals and reptiles.
Florida Keys: Leave the mainland, head south via the scenic Overseas Highway (U.S. 1) and go island-hopping in the Florida Keys. Although you could get all the way to Key West in about four hours, instead take your time and plan for plenty of stops along the way. On Key Largo, go snorkeling in the country’s first undersea park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Visit the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key to see these endangered creatures that stand no more than about 39 inches tall. And on Key West, socialize in Mallory Square, explore the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and stop in at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. For an even more remote adventure, take the ferry from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park, composed of a group of islands some 70 miles away in the Gulf of Mexico.