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Side Trip

By JANET K. KEELER
Published November 12, 2006


Get the scoop at Metrozoo

Now on display at the Miami Metrozoo is a 5,000-square-foot exhibit on excrement titled "The Scoop on Poop," which invites visitors to explore the science of scat. The exhibit is filled with photos of animals in some of their most indelicate moments. Oh, did we mention the plaster casting of droppings in all shapes and sizes?

Beyond the "ick" factor, however, zoo officials and the exhibit's creators say a lot of information is being imparted. Such as: A ball of elephant dung can weigh 2 to 5 pounds. An elephant drops more than 100 such balls every day.

The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 10, is based on a 2001 book of the same name by Wayne Lynch.

Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, and the poop show is included in the admission price: $11.50 for adults and $6.75 for children. For information, call (305) 251-0400 or go to www.metrozoo.com.

Put it on your calendar

Miami's Calle Ocho is one of the world's largest street festivals, stretching over 23 blocks in Little Havana and filling the streets with music, dancing and food, food, food. More than a million people join the party

Go this year and see if you can help beat the 1998 world record for the longest conga line: 119,000 people.

Calle Ocho is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 11. For information, go to www.carnavalmiami.com.

 

Make it date night

If you're heading to Miami's new Carnival Center for the Performing Arts for comedian George Carlin's show Dec. 10, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has dreamed up the before and after entertainment.

Preshow dining: Tobacco Road is Miami's oldest bar (626 S Miami Ave.; 305-374-1198), having opened its doors 94 years ago. An unpretentious bar menu includes spicy Buffalo wings, nachos and a very good 16-ounce New York strip steak for $17.

After-show drinks: Can't go wrong at the character-filled Club Deuce (222 14th St.; 305-531-6200), where you can sit at the horseshoe-shaped bar and throw back a four-buck Bud.

 

Miami Duck Tours

Okay, you've been on the duck tours in St. Petersburg and Tampa. Now check out the quacker in Miami. The 90-minute narrated adventure on the cruiser built for land and sea begins at Ocean Drive and 10th Street, as the "duck mobile" makes its way to famous sites like the historic Art Deco District. Then the amphibious vehicle hits the waters of Biscayne Bay and passes the celebrity homes on Millionaires Row. Tours are $32 for adults and $18 for kids under 12. For information, call toll-free 1-877-382-5849 or go to www.ducktoursmiami.com.

 

Pocket guidebook

The cool 10 Best: Miami travel guide is slim enough to fit in your tiny trendy purse or in the back pocket of tight-fitting jeans. The guide from Synergy Books lists the top 10 places to eat, play, see and explore in Florida's sultriest city. The No. 1 fancy-schmancy restaurant? Chef Allen's (19088 NE 29th Ave., Aventura; (305) 935-2900). The coolest place to sip a martini on Miami Beach? The Rose Bar at the Delano Hotel (1685 Collins Ave.; 305-672-2000).

Compiled by Janet K. Keeler from staff reports, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Associated Press.