The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens – The essence of Japan in Florida only 20 mins from Avalon.
Location: 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, FL 33446.
Ph: 561-495-0233 Website: www.morikami.org
Since its opening in 1977, this has been the center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida, with rotating exhibitions in its galleries, tea ceremonies performed monthly in its Seishin-an tea house, and Japanese traditional festivals celebrated for the public several times a year. Wheelchair accessible trails through the gardens. Café.
Museum of Discovery and Science – 20 mins from Avalon.
Location: 401 SW Second St. in the Arts & Science District, across from Riverwalk’s Esplanade Park and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Ph: 954-467-6637 Website: www.mods.org
Spend a day of discovery exploring over 200 fascinating interactive exhibits. See sharks and the largest living Atlantic coral reef in captivity. Hang out with bats. Be charmed by a 12-foot snake, plus pet alligators, turtles and iguanas. Explore a new 11,000 square foot nature trail. IMAX theater (954-463-IMAX for shows & times).
15 mins from Avalon.
3600 W Sample Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
in Tradewinds Park
Visit gorgeous botanical gardens and a Tropical Rain Forest Aviary where thousands of exotic butterflies and families of free flying birds soar all around you. Observe the miracle of metamorphosis in the Butterfly Farm and Lab Encounter. Witness the miracle as new butterflies emerge and take flight each day! This is the largest butterfly facility in the world today.
Ph: 954-977-4400 Website: www.butterflyworld.com
Lion Country Safari – 50 miles from Avalon.
Location: 2003 Lion Country Safari Road Loxahatchee, FL. 33470 – 15.5 miles west of I-95 on Southern Boulevard (SR 80/98/441).
Ph: 561-793-1084 Website: www.lioncountrysafari.com
America’s first drive-through wildlife preserve divides its birds, reptiles and mammals according to seven geographic sections: Las Pampas, Ruaha National Park, Kalahari Bushveldt, Gir Forest, the Gorongosa, Serengeti Plains and Hwange National Park. Over 900 wild animals. Allow 5 hours. Rides, water park, cafeteria. No pets allowed.
Flamingo Gardens 30 mins from Avalon
Location: 3750 S. Flamingo Rd. Fort Lauderdale/Davie
Phone: 954-473-2955 Website: www.flamingogardens.org
Walk through a 25,000 square foot “free-flight” facility housing one of the largest collections of wading birds in America. Five ecosystems are represented through the display of native plants. A showcase of South Florida’s rare birds in their naturalistic habitat. These birds are either at-risk or endangered and can not be released because of injuries sustained in the wild. Natural habitats are home to Florida wildlife such as River Otter, Bobcat, Alligator and Panther. Narrated tram ride through the tropical rainforest, native hammock, wetland area, and groves.
The American Orchid Society Headquarters only 20 mins from Avalon.
Location: 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach, Florida 33446
Ph: 561-404-2000 Website: www.aos.org
Orchids reach their zenith at the AOS Visitors Center and Botanical Garden in Delray Beach. Thousands of orchids complement a serene but exciting botanical paradise, beckoning visitors to explore paths meandering through 3.5 acres of themed gardens and a magnificent display greenhouse. Be dazzled by tropical flora and inspiring water features. Special displays, educational information, irresistible gift shop.