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It’s a confident statement to call yourself ‘The Land of Your Heart’s Desire’. But with so much to tempt families, that’s no exaggeration for this destination on Florida’s west coast, says Cathy Winston

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1/10 South Florida Museum

Home to the world’s oldest known manatee, the museum is part aquarium, part planetarium and part museum of Florida history, from prehistoric sharks and a giant mastodon through to life in the early 20th century. The highlight is meeting the manatees, part of the museum’s conservation project, especially the venerable Snooty, who turns 69 in July.

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