Miami Beach is synonymous with the second word in its name, and consists of a long strip of white sand beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean. Sunbathing, surfing, and jet skiing are popular activities here, and winter or summer, there is no shortage of bikini-clad beauties, but Miami Beach also offers some lesser-known attractions that are just as intriguing in their own way.
One example is Zoo Miami. That may not sound very exciting; most major cities have zoos, after all. Zoo Miami, however, is not an average zoo. Hailed as one of the best up-and-coming zoos in the United States, this zoo was one of the first in the nation to implement a free-range philosophy. This means that animals are not kept in cages but in exhibits designed to mimic their natural habitats and convince them, to the extent possible, that they are not in a zoo at all. To this end, animals are housed together in groups that represent their native biome, although predators and prey are naturally kept apart. Zoo Miami is also a comprehensive zoo since the subtropical climate in Florida allows it to house animals that are native to Asia, Australia, and Africa. This wide variety of animals sets Zoo Miami apart.
For an up-close look at marine animals, the Miami Seaquarium is located on the causeway that forms the middle of the tourist zone of the city. Here, visitors can see dolphins, killer whales, sea turtles, seals, sea lions, and even a manatee before returning for the evening to their vacation homes in Miami Beach.