8 Places Where You Can’t Lose

When you are ready for a break from gaming, you will find unique attractions, cultural activities, and relaxing venues only minutes away from Florida’s exciting casinos. Whether you want a quiet day to yourself or a family-friendly adventure, Florida has it all.

1. The Roji-en Japanese Gardens at the Morikami Museum, Delray Beach
If you are looking for a peaceful refuge from the fast-paced world of gaming, spend a few hours at the beautiful Roji-en Japanese Gardens at the Morikami Museum.

Ranked eighth among 300 Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the diverse gardens include bamboo groves, waterfalls, and Zen-inspired dry cascades and provide a perfect place to relax. Founded in 1977, the museum and gardens offer rotating exhibitions, tea ceremonies, and traditional festivals in addition to being one of the most picturesque places in Palm Beach county.

The Morikami is only 12 minutes away from the Isle of Capri Casino in Boca Raton and 25 minutes from the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek. Call for prices and hours of operation.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, Fl 33446
Phone: 561-495-0233
www.morikami.org

2. International Game Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a fish? You’ll find out when you visit the International Game Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum at Dania Beach, near Hollywood. The museum’s 60,000 square foot entrance will immerse you in an underwater world filled with fish, and the intriguing Fish Gallery takes you even deeper into the sea. Fun for all ages, the museum contains the world’s most comprehensive collection of sport fishing information along with interactive exhibits. The museum is located only 15 minutes from Hollywood’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

International Game Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
300 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL
954-927-2628
www.igfa.org

3. Gatorama, Palmdale
Built more than 50 years ago on the west side of Lake Okeechobee, Gatorama is a pioneer in the alligator farming industry. The 15-acre attraction is a family-owned business where you can hold a baby alligator upon your arrival and then hike along a 1,000-foot walkway to view native Florida wildlife. Amateur photographers will enjoy the natural Florida setting, and culinary enthusiasts can learn about some unusual alligator meat recipes. Don’t miss the daily feeding shows. Located an hour and a half from Fort Lauderdale, Gatorama is also within a short drive to the Seminole Casino in Brighton.

Gatorama
6180 U.S. Highway 27
Palmdale, FL 33944   
Phone:  863-675-0623
www.gatorama.com

4. Big “O” Airboat Tours, Clewiston
Take an 10-mile airboat ride around the world-famous Lake Okeechobee to get an up-close view of alligators, pelicans, manatees, birds, native plants, and other indigenous species. Experience a part of Florida that most visitors never see with a one-hour tour by Big O Airboat Tours of Clewiston. Big O Airboat Tours leave from Martin’s Marina off Highway 27 in Clewiston, which is half-way between West Palm Beach and Fort Myers. The marina is also convenient to the Seminole Casino in Brighton. Reservations ― and cameras ― are recommended.

Big “O” Airboat Tours
Capt. Terry Garrels
920 E. Del Monte, Clewiston, FL 33440
1-800-473-6766 or 863-983-3151
www.bigofishing.com/airboat

5. Museum of Discovery & Science, Fort Lauderdale
If you don’t have time to visit the Florida Everglades in person, you can still learn about Florida’s most amazing natural resource at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. The Living in the Everglades exhibit includes an 11,000 square foot nature trail where you’ll see many of Florida’s natural inhabitants. If outer space is your thing, then take a simulated trip to the Moon or to Mars in the newest MODS exhibit, Runways to Rockets. The museum also houses the largest living Atlantic coral reef in captivity as well as South Florida’s biggest IMAX theater. You will discover more than 200 interactive exhibits at the museum, including the Discovery Center for children under seven. Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the museum is only minutes away from several casinos, including the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.

Museum of Discovery & Science
401 SW Second Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
954-467-6637
www.mods.org

6. The Florida Aquarium, Tampa
Rated among the top 10 aquariums in North America, the 250,000-square foot Florida Aquarium tells Florida’s unique water story as it follows a drop of water from its underground source to the open sea. Four unique galleries house more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and around the world. Ocean Commotion, the newest gallery, is an innovative and interactive exhibit where you can even use your cell phone to listen to the sounds of the sea. Other highlights include The Penguin Promenade, where guests can interact with African Black-footed penguins in an up-close and personal setting. Hang on to your bracelets and shoelaces, though, because the penguins may think those items are their newest toys. The Florida Aquarium is located only 10 minutes from Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
813-273-4000
www.flaquarium.org/

7. Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee
As you drive through Lion Country Safari, be prepared to brake gently when zebras cross the road and remember that rhinos have the right-of-way. More than 800 animals roam free in a natural open environment, giving visitors a chance to experience the adventure of an African safari. After the four-mile drive, you’ll change your pace a bit when you walk through the Safari World entertainment and animal display areas, including the “Feed the Giraffe” exhibit where you will come nose-to-nose with the tall creatures. More than an attraction, Lion Country Safari is a licensed rehabilitation facility for injured wildlife and is involved in the captive breeding for several threatened and endangered species. USA Travel Guide ranked Lion Country Safari third on a list of the top 10 zoos in America in 2009. Located 20 miles west of West Palm Beach, the preserve is 45 minutes from the Port of Palm Beach, where you can board the Palm Beach Princess Casino Cruise line.

2003 Lion Country Safari Rd
Loxahatchee, FL 33470
561-793-1084
www.lioncountrysafari.com

8. West Palm Beach Antique Row Art & Design District
Don’t let the new name fool you. The West Palm Beach Antique Row Art & Design District is still the same place praised by Architectural Digest, The New York Times, and Art & Antiques as one of the east coast’s premier antique districts. With more than 40 antique shops, the charming district between Southern Boulevard and Belvedere Road on South Dixie Highway has attracted new businesses and galleries since changing its name last year. Shoppers will find an impressive selection of 17th to 20th century antiques, decorative arts, period deco, and more. The high-quality shops are all within walking distance and are surrounded by award-winning restaurants and interesting galleries and boutiques. After shopping, head to the nearby Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek or Isle of Capri in Boca Raton.

For maps and more information, visit www.westpalmbeachantiques.com.

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