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Possible itineraries for Miami, Key West, St. Augustine, Tallahassee

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Am considering a visit to one or more possible Florida destinations in the somewhat foreseeable future (no specifics as to exactly when, but will avoid hurricane season), perhaps as many as four cities total. Have drawn up possible itineraries for all four, and may see as many as all four or as few as none, depending. Would be interested in feedback that keeps in mind the following:

--I like several different kinds of attractions, especially museums and historic houses/structures of all kinds. Not a big fan of strictly child-based attractions, though.

--will not have a car. For Miami, will use only buses and light rail options, and have researched how to use them, as well as walking. Am pretty much planning to be on foot otherwise.

--I like, and have consistently been very successful with, very-full-plate days. Starting early, going without an extended food break (like lunch), and continuing until 5pm (or later, if possible) is ideal. Seeing several art museums or historic houses in a row is also fine with me.

--I have already done my best to consult maps (to clump attractions reasonably together) and take into account opening/closing times and days.

--suggesting any attractions I've overlooked.


Hoping to stay somewhere in South Beach.

One day
-Miami Cultural Center (Miami Art Museum, Historical Museum of Southern Florida)
-Lowe Art Museum

Another day (Sunday)
-Coral Gables Congregational Church
-Venetian Pool
-Merrick House and Gardens
-Biltmore Hotel Tour

Yet another day
-Barnacle Historic State Park
-Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
-Miami Science Museum

And another day (South Beach)
-Holocaust Memorial
-Bass Museum of Art
-Sanford Ziff Jewish Museum
-World Erotic Art Museum

Am hoping to see a Florida Marlins game on one of the first three evenings (and will have to figure out a way to get to the stadium and back again without a car -- which may be tough). On another of these first three evenings, plan to do a lengthy stroll along South Beach to see the Art Deco architecture in detail, hopefully with a walking plan in hand.

St. Augustine

Hoping to stay near the historic district or up in the Old Jail area.

One day
-Authentic Old Jail and Florida Heritage Museum
-Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park (yes, am aware this is considered a tourist trap, and no, will not drink the water there)
-Mission of Nombre de Dios
-Castillo de San Marcos
-Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse

Another day
-Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church
-Colonial Spanish Quarter
-Lightner Museum
-Government House Museum
-Spanish Military Hospital
-Dow Museum of Historic Houses (formerly Old St. Augustine)
-Oldest House

May have part of a third day here as well -- this is the strict two-day version. My impression is that several of these attractions would take an hour or less.

Key West

Hoping to stay somewhat south of the Duval Street/Old Town craziness.

One day
-Harry Truman Little White House
-Audubon House and Gardens
-Mel Fischer Maritime Heritage Museum
-Key West Aquarium
-Key West Shipwreck Museum
-Key West Museum of Art and History
-Pirate Soul

Another day
-City Cemetery
-Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
-Lighthouse Museum
-Ernest Hemingway House and Museum
-Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden
-Key West Heritage House Museum/Robert Frost House
-Oldest House/Wrecker's Museum

May have part of a third day here as well -- this is the strict two-day version. My impression is that several of these attractions would take an hour or less.


Hoping to stay downtown near the capitol complex.

One day (a weekday)
-New Capitol
-Union Bank Building
-Old Capitol
-FSU Fine Arts Museum
-Foster Tanner Arts Center (FAMU)
-Black Archives Research Center and Museum (FAMU)

Another day
-Museum of Florida History
-Mary Brogan Museum of Arts and Sciences
-Knott House
-Meginnis-Monroe House

Am hoping to walk through the Adams Street Commons, Park Avenue Historic District, and Calhoun Street Historic District as part of this itinerary (some of the historic houses are located in these districts). Again, am guessing most of these attractions won't take much longer than an hour to visit.

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