Spend a day getting acquainted with the area’s exotic animals. First, fuel up on Benedict-style eggs with ham and tomato ($10.75) at News Café, the combination sidewalk café, newsstand, and bookstore on Ocean Drive. Then drive a few minutes west to Watson Island, where you can spend the morning exploring Jungle Island ($30.95), an animal park where the star attraction is a 900-pound liger named Vulcan. From there, head 30 minutes south to Monkey Jungle ($30), a wildlife preserve where 400 primates run free while the humans watch from cages. Then it’s a short drive to the Miami Zoo ($16) for lunch and a peek at the captivating sixteen-foot Orinoco crocodiles. If they have any energy left, kids over the age of 5 can swim with dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium ($199 per person) on Virginia Key. Back in South Beach, finish the day with a taste of the local cuisine at the no-frills, family-friendly Cuban joint David’s Café.
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