By Amy Reyes
Perhaps mom is over perfume and homemade cards for Mother’s Day. Here are some things you can do with mom that will rock her world.
The Venetian Lady Cruise
The Venetian Lady yacht hosts two Mother’s Day cruises, one boarding at 10:30 a.m. and one at 3:30 p.m. The cruise will navigate the clear blue waters around the beautiful Biscayne Bay. The yacht features three grand decks, 2 full bars, 2 dance floors, and state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment. Both cruises include an unlimited buffet and all the Bloody Marys, mimosas, beer, wine, juices, coffee and tea you can handle. The early cruise offers a cash bar for liquor, the later cruise includes premium liquors with the cost of admission. The 11:30 a.m. boarding is $85 for adults; $42.95 for children. The 3:30 p.m. boarding is $95 for adults, $42.95 for children.
For more information click here for the brunch cruise or here for the dinner cruise, or call 305-379-5119 ext 201.
Brunch at Nikki Beach
Skip the flowers and breakfast in bed and head to Nikki Beach instead for their infamous Sunday Brunch for your favorite lady, from the award-winning buffet to the sultry scene on the sand. You can reserve a secluded table in the tree-lined garden area or treat her to the full Nikki Beach experience beach side and indulge with classics like French toast and made-to-order omelets, to sushi and cuts of prime rib. A complimentary Bellini is available to Nikki VIP cardholders with the purchase of brunch. Mom’s will also enjoy complimentary beach side massages courtesy of Shin Wellness.
Nikki Beach, One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; secure your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-538-1111. Price is $32.95 for adults and $22.95 for children 10 and under.
Billie Swamp Safari
Adventurous moms can enjoy a complimentary Day Package that includes an airboat ride and swamp buggy eco-tour through 2200 acres of untamed Everglades with abundant native and exotic wildlife, and choice of a show, which most likely involves a man putting his head in a gator’s mouth. All you have to do is bring one paying child, but if you have multiple little ones and grandma tags along, she can get the deal as well.
Billie Swamp Safari at Big Cypress Seminole Reservation in the Florida Everglades. Take I-75 (Alligator Alley) to Exit 49, go North 19 miles to park entrance. For more info call 800-GO-SAFARI or visit www.billieswampsafari.travel Swamp buggy eco-tours are $15 for children, $25 adults and the airboat rides are $15 per person, shows are $4 for kids and $8 for adults.
Museum of Art-Fort Lauderdale
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., all mothers are invited for a free day at the Museum of Art - Fort Lauderdale to enjoy the brand new exhibition 'With You I Want to Live'. In addition, the Museum’s Café and Wine Bar will offer 2-for-1 drinks (mimosas, fine wines and gourmet coffee drinks). At 2 p.m. there is a docent-led tour of the exhibit.
Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale; 954-262-0236. Cost of admission for non-mothers is $10 adults; $7 students (6 to 17), military and seniors.
Mother's Day at Miami Seaquarium will give Mom the chance to slip into a wet suit and meet the dolphins at Dolphin Harbor, then enjoy a champagne brunch with family. The Mother's Day Dolphin Encounter and Brunch is $159 plus tax per participant, for children 5 - 9 the cost is $119 plus tax. Adult family members wishing to observe the dolphin session can just have the brunch for $70 plus tax and kids can just brunch for $65 plus tax for ages 3 - 9. Availability is limited and advance reservations are required.
Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; 305-365-2501 or visit www.miamiseaquarium.com.
Spa at Icon Brickell
The Spa at Icon Brickell invites you to "Treat Your Mother and Let Us Treat You" from May 8 to May 10. Purchase a treatment for Mom and receive a complimentary service of equal or lesser value that same weekend. On May 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., browse trunk shows with jewelry by Daniela Swaebe and cashmere wraps by Hayley Denman. On May 10, guests will be treated to a performance by Frost School of Music string quartet while enjoying complimentary Mimosas in the stunning water lounge.
Spa at Icon Brickell, 475 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-503-0369.
Village of Merrick Park
Take mom shopping from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and enjoy live music and children's activities. During the day of the event, customers will receive a complimentary orchid for every $250 purchase.
Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables.
Treat mom to an ocean-side brunch at Canyon Ranch Grill followed by a complimentary Express Manicure at Canyon Ranch Salon all for $39. The brunch features a selection of sumptuous organic choices including chilled avocado soup with shrimp and grapefruit salsa, Mongolian marinated bison tenderloin with shitake mushrooms and dessert items. Included in this package is a Canyon Ranch Cook Booklet, 10 percent discount on salon services until June 30th, 10 percent off Living Essentials, $5 off Chef Scott's "Nourish" cookbook and Rose product samples. The offer is only valid on Mother’s Day.
Canyon Ranch, 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-7474.
The newly opened BLT Steak located inside The Betsy Hotel is offering a savory Mother's Day prix-fixe brunch for $24 including a choice of two complimentary cocktails - the refreshing Mother's Little Helper and A Flower for Mom. The special menu crafted by Chef Laurent Touroundel includes items such as Almond Brioche French Toast, BLT Popover Poached Eggs, Cuban Pressed Pork Shoulder and 8 oz. Strip Steak N' Eggs.
BLT Steak, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-0044.
1 Bleu Mother's Day Menu
1 Bleu offers a five-course fixed-price menu by chef Mark Militello. Reception begins with a glass of champagne along with sounds of a string trio. Food options include potato leek soup with pumpkin flowers, jumbo lump crab cake with smoked pepper butter, wild mushroom risotto with Parmesan and crispy pancetta, goat cheese stuffed lamb loin and Maine halibut with artichoke potato hash. Pastry table features a variety of decadent offerings. The menu is available from noon until 9 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, $25 for kids 3 to 12.
1 Bleu at the Regent Bal Harbour, 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-455-5460.
Por Fin Restaurant
Choose the a la carte Mother's Day menu featuring special additions and a complimentary mimosa or the "Mothers Are Special" menu for $40 per person and receive a complimentary bottle of wine for two. Reservations recommended.
Por Fin Restaurant, 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-441-0107.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Take mom to a three-course Mother's Day brunch for $29.95 per person. The menu is available from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-569-7995.