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Aside from the golden sands and jewel-toned waterways, the Sunshine State is brimming with cultural attractions perfect for rainy days. From museums and art galleries to national landmarks and live music venues, feel inspired as you tour some of the best things to do throughout the state of Florida.
Whether it's a three-day music fest or a historic opera house, the Sunshine State is home to some rich music history. As the birthplace of famed music legends Tom Petty, Jim Morrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band, Florida is deep-rooted in the gift of song. Located in West Palm Beach, get the hottest tickets in town and head to the Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds. This 20,000-seat open-air music venue welcomes every major touring artist, from Dave Matthews Band, Dead & Company, Foo Fighters, and more. See your favorite band under the stars in South Florida.
Capture the essence of Miami at PAX (Performing Arts Exchange) in the heart of Little Havana. This independent and intimate venue hosts tons of live music acts, from genres including alternative, rock, and Latin. If you’re looking to soak up Miami’s unique culture, PAX is a place to go.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra continues to be one of the greatest professional orchestras in the country. Comprised of accomplished musicians from around the globe, the OPO puts on over 125 performances each season. From a celebration of Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No. 9 to a high-energy rock and roll tribute, check out a show while visiting Orlando.
Bringing the hottest Broadway shows, comedy acts, plays and family-friendly shows to South Florida, the Broward Center of the Performing Arts continues to bring magical displays overlooking the New River. Hosting over 700 performances each year, the Broward Center draws in crowds of theatergoers daily.
Fort Myer’s Broadway Palm Dinner Theater offers a fun and unique way to see live shows. Bringing in over 170,000 patrons annually to the southwest Gulf Coast, guests can see live theater, films, cabarets, children’s shows, and off-Broadway productions while enjoying drinks and a meal.
The Dixie Theatre in downtown Apalachicola hosts movies and live productions of all genres in the Florida Panhandle. Its iconic bright marquis with red columns has been catching eyes since 1912. Jacksonville's historic landmark, the Florida Theatre was built during the Mediterranean Revival building boom of the 1920s, bringing live entertainment, plays, musicals, and comedy shows to Florida’s northeast coast.
Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts houses five select theaters, on-site restaurants, rental facilities, and retail shops. Catch the best Broadway performances in the Carol Morsani and Ferguson Halls or check out repertory shows at the Jaeb Theater.
There are wonderful museums sprinkled throughout the state of Florida for the likes of all ages and any interest. Perfect for the whole family, visitors of the Museum of Science & Discovery will be amazed as they explore the universe through interactive exhibits, IMAX & tours. Located in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, this discovery and fun zone will entertain and mystify those curious about weather, wildlife, dinosaurs, and astronomy. For those seeking something unconventional, walk the streets of Miami’s Design District and tour the living art museum of the Wynwood Walls. Depicting street art at its best, stop and marvel at the works of over 50 artists representing 16 countries that have covered 80,000 square feet of walls, including Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, and Aiko.
Over on the west coast, circus lovers love the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. Harvesting 21 galleries of European paintings, Cypriot antiquities, Asian, American, and contemporary art, this quirky museum preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. The gallery also includes the Circus Museum, Ca' d'Zan, The Historic Asolo Theater, and Bayfront Gardens for an all-day exploration of the beloved artistry.
Located in downtown St. Petersburg, make your way over to The Dalí Museum to see the most extensive collection of the Spanish surrealist painter’s works outside of Europe. Take a self or docent-led tour of over 2,000 works of art, including oils, watercolors, sculptures, and sketches of the beloved artist.