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Miami Sightseeing: The "City of Magic"

Posted by Raul Arenas on 22nd Jul 2016

There are many exciting and Free things to see in Miami and the Beaches "The Magic City"

Fairchild Botanical Gardens

Fairchild Botanical Gardens are a favorite destination for regular visitors and visitors to Miami Beach. It is also one of the most different and inspiring botanical gardens in the world. The enclosures include an area of over 2.6 square miles of plants and wildlife. Originally approved in 1962, the gardens offer visitors a unique opportunity to see and learn about many of the shrubs and wildflowers that are familiar to Florida and other tropic regions around the globe. The enclosures are a well-planned blend of art and deftness. The colorful views, sparse sounds, and luscious aromas, are a delightful treat for the spirits, the environment will surely instantly transcend your conscience into a blissful state of serenity. The gardens are broad as they are diverse, and merely one visit will leave you craving and devising your next retreat. The lush gardens include Florida shoots and trees such as, bromeliads, palms, orchids, and many more. In 1962, the gardens got a well-deserved renewal by the notable architect, Ramond Jungles. This restoration included a new plant nursery, a Japanese garden, newly stocked millponds, and indeed an events plaza. There's no hustle to leave, you can stay as long as you like, providing you prepare your visit within normal operating hours. Although you might be moved to pitch a tent, I'm afraid that just won't be likely, but it's an interesting idea nonetheless. Your experience is hugely enhanced by the presence of nighttime time accent lights around the gardens, giving the undivided area mystical aura. The gardens are open for private events, but is mostly popular for celebrating weddings. Originally, Fairchild Botanical Gardens operated as a city park, but was later transformed to its present condition. The gardens also host a plethora of social events such as tea time gatherings, and the likes of. It's the kind of place you just don't want to leave right away, so a reading book is recommended to pass the tranquil time along.

Miami Freedom Tower

The Miami Freedom tower was constructed in 1925 and the design was spurred by the Giralda Tower, a portion of a 13th-century Muslim mosque in Seville, Spain. In 1567, a Jesuit brother took Tequesta Indians from the Miami River to Seville's cathedral, where they were baptized. They were consequently returned back from Spain as the first Tequesta Indian Catholics. The Freedom Tower in Miami was built around 200 years after this historical anniversary. The Freedom tower in Miami was originally utilized as the headquarters for the Miami Herald newspaper. Nonetheless, the government afterward leased the building and used it to house the flood of Cuban exiles that arrived between 1962 and 1974. Because the builder served in the assistance of more than 200,000 Cuban exiles, it finally became known as the building of liberation

for Cuban immigrants and was formally designated as the "Freedom Tower." As these exiles came to Miami, they were manifested in the first floor of the tower, and later accompanied throughout the tower. They were then giving a curative check up, cheese, and money, as many of the new immigrants to Miami were practically penniless. These refugees had no means of transportation other than their two own legs, and logically took up homes nearby in what is now known as Little Havana. These new citizens would return to the Freedom tower

for continued assistance as often weekly. By 1955, Miami claimed a population of over one million people. Soon the demographics of Miami would forever be altered as more, and more Cubans entered daily. In fact, it was precisely this wave of immigration had an tremendous positive impact on the cities prosperity. Furthermore, the inflow of Cubans into Miami would define the culture and story in such a way that is unprecedented in Miami's history. Even to this day, more of Miami's people speak Spanish than they do English.

The influx of new blood into Miami reconstructed what was already a geographically important landmark, into a thriving and vibrant international city. Regrettably, the tower was shut in 1974 as the need for the building as a sanctuary for newly arriving immigrants dipped. The consequences of the closing would be devastating to the building, as it became home to squatters and the loafers alike. It was not until 1997, that the very selfsame people the tower had so graciously assisted over years, the American-Cuban community, would come to the salvation of this historically important monument to our nation. In 1997, after years of neglect and decay, a thriving Cuban-American by the name of Jorge Mas Canosa bought the construction for $4.1 million dollars and commenced the tedious process of restoring the Freedom Tower to its original slender and glory.

Today, the Freedom Tower serves as proof to the trials, perseverance, and commitment of the Cuban people in our great land. The first floor now serves a public hall exhibiting such things as boat lifts, and life in pre-and post- Castro Cuba as well the advances made by Cuban-Americans in this nation. Additionally, there is a library which boasts one of the largest and richest, sources of literature on the tribulations and the challenges endured by a people which came to our country with so little, and were able to create and give back so much more. The old

offices of the newspaper have been converted and service as the headquarters for the Cuban American National Foundation.

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