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10 Things To Do In South Florida During The 2015 NHL Draft

by Nathalie Sczublewski / Florida Panthers

Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden

South Florida is a hub for tourist attractions. From slots to sloths, we got you covered. Check out a few of these places while you’re down for the 2015 NHL Draft.

1. Everglades National Park (64.8 miles via Florida 821 Toll S; 1 hr 9 mins)

Spanning over 1.5 million acres, Everglades National Park offers plenty of sights and adventures for you and your family. Spot wildlife like turtles, alligators and herons on the Anhinga Trail or climb Shark Valley’s 65-foot observation tower for a bird’s eye view of the Everglades. Everglades National Park offers hiking, canoeing, biking, tram and boat tours and ranger led programs.

2. Wynwood Arts District (33.1 miles via Florida’s Turnpike; 35 mins)

Home to over 70 art galleries and the Art Basel fair, the Wynwood Arts District is a must see for the art lover. Developers transformed old warehouses and factories into art complexes, performance spaces and galleries. Wynwood Arts District is also home to cafes, restaurants and retailers.

3. Fort Lauderdale Beach (21.3 miles via I-595 E; 26 mins)

Spanning 23 miles of waterfront beauty, Fort Lauderdale is home to beaches that are a quick walk from hotels and restaurants. Beaches include Hollywood, Dania Beach, Deerfield, Pompano, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Fort Lauderdale. Swimming, surfing, fishing, stand up paddle boarding and parasailing are just a few of the many activities Fort Lauderdale offers.

4. Zoo Miami (40.9 miles via I-75 S and Florida 821 Toll S; 45 mins)

Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida. Zoo Miami houses hundreds of animals on 750 acres. The zoo has daily feeding sessions with giraffes, birds and rhinos. The zoo also has a monorail system, safari tram tours and camel rides. There are water-play areas and playgrounds for children.

5. Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden (30.7 miles via FL-869 N; 39 mins)

Since opening in 1977, the Morikami is a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida. The Morikami features monthly tea ceremonies in the Seishin-an Tea House, educational outreach programs with local schools and organizations, rotating exhibitions, traditional Japanese festivals and vibrant botanical gardens.

6. Zoological Wildlife Foundation – Miami (46.5 miles via I-75 S; 54 mins)

The Zoological Wildlife Foundation in Miami is a USDA and State licensed facility that spans five acres of land which is open to the public by appointments only for educational and photographic guided zoo tours. The ZWF’s mission is to educate the public about the dangers the animals face in the wild and what can be done to help protect them. The tours make several stops while a guide educates you on conservation status of a particular animal. There are also interaction opportunities with many of the animals such as petting a sloth or feeding a lemur.

7. Las Olas Boulevard (19.5 miles via I-595 E; 24 mins)

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale offers plenty of shops, eateries and art. With over 10 major international art galleries, museums, a historic hotel, music venues, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and more. Las Olas is the spot for shopping, food and nightlife.

8. Miami Beach (38.4 miles via Florida's Turnpike; 47 mins)

From sun, sand, art and nightlife, Miami Beach has plenty to offer. Soak up some sun on South Beach, stroll along Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue for shopping and food and visit Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco District.

9. Seminole Hard Rock and Casino (15.2 miles via I-595 E; 20 mins)

The Seminole Hard Rock and Casino in Hollywood has everything from slots to bars. The hotel has spa service, indoor casino facilities, outdoor pool and grotto, restaurants and of course, the iconic Hard Rock Café with music memorabilia strewn throughout the premises. There are shops and restaurants like Ben and Jerry’s, Pandora and Brookstone. If you enjoy dancing and live music, the Hard Rock has Hard Rock Live with musicians and stand-up acts making pit stops at the venue. Murphy’s Law offers live music with a cover band that plays all of the rock hits of the 60s to current.

10. Flamingo Gardens (8.3 miles via S Flamingo Rd; 10 mins)

Flamingo Gardens is an Everglades wildlife sanctuary and botanical gardens showcase with over 3,000 species of rare, tropical, subtropical and native plants. The Arboretum contains some of the largest trees in the state. The Everglades sanctuary is residence to injured and non-releasable birds and animals and home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife including alligators, otters, panthers and of course, flamingos!

For even more to do in South Florida, visit our "What's Around" page.

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