City Guides for Summer Interns

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[Preview/Summary: Do you have an internship in a city you’re not familiar with? If you’re in
Houston, Miami or San Diego then you’re in luck as this article outlines the must-do activities
during your downtime. ]

So you’ve grabbed the summer internship of your dreams, but it’s in a city that’s not exactly in
your backyard. You’re Monday through Friday 9 to 5 schedule is pretty full with work, but now
you’re wondering how you’re going to fill your nights and weekends to make this summer one of
the best in your life. After all, all work and no play makes a very dull intern. So what better time
than the present to enjoy all the perks of an internship in a new city?

And if you’re in Houston, Miami or San Diego then you’re in luck. Here are some of the top places
to hit this summer in those four cities:

Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens - Once you’ve settled into your new summer
internship in Houston, a great way to introduce yourself to the city is by taking a walking tour of
the Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Managed and operated by the local county
government, the arboretum is a nationally recognized public garden. It covers 250 acres along
the Cypress Creek, and features the Texas Gulf Coast’s largest display of native and cultivated
plants. Visitors can participate in a wide range of educational programs, tours and classes, as
well as recreational opportunities including garden walks, woodland trails, picnic areas and a
canoe launch.

Mercer is home to over 20 different types of gardens ranging from the Endangered Species
Garden to the Antique and Perennial Gardens. There is also a collection of woody trees and
shrubs that covers over 100 acres. Mercer aims to make their visitors feel at home by setting up
Garden Showcases by artists, encouraging feedback from visitors, and participation in events ad
programs in the park. The park has barbeque pavilions for its visitors, and can even arrange for
group tours.

Miami Everglades National Park - At 1,399,078.26 acres, the Miami Everglades National Park
is considered world recognized with an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site,
and a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. Protection of wading birds and other animals
from commercial exploitation and encroachments was the prime reason for setting the park aside.
With so many acres to explore, you can spend an incredible amount of time exploring all of the
nooks and crannies of the park. There is even a hotel on the park grounds, the Flamingo Hotel,
which also has a restaurant and a store. For those who want the true park experience,
campgrounds are also available.

One-third of the park is covered by water, and the Gulf of Mexico runs along its western side,
making paddling and boat tours an adventure. This trip will take you into the mangrove waterways
that wind through the park, as well as out to the pristine white sandy beaches that are scattered
throughout the Island Region. Walking and canoe trails, boat tours and tram tours are excellent
for viewing wildlife, including alligators, a multitude of tropical and temperate birds, and a great
floral variety that is one of the key resources of the park.

The Everglades Safari Park, Florida Everglades' premier and most complete airboat attraction
takes your experience to another level. Experienced tour guides describe the wonders of the
unique ecosystem and the native and exotic wildlife that inhabit it. All tours will include their world
famous airboat rides, alligator wildlife show, and a walking trail filled with crocodilian exhibits.
San Diego:
Old Town San Diego - San Diego offers an abundance of stunning natural beauty, rich history
and an array of cultural, iconic and entertaining attractions. Old Town San Diego is considered
the "birthplace" of California. San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in
California. In 1968, the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation established Old
Town State Historic Park to preserve the rich heritage that characterized San Diego during the
1821 to 1872 period. The park includes a main plaza, exhibits, museums and living history

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego offers a guided tour that ensures that you will not miss any
of the important attractions in the city. The tour combines points of interest in the city that
highlight historical facts, whimsical anecdotes, and popular attractions. Your trek back into time
will include exploring galleries, shops, and museums, and entertainment such as mariachis,
dancers, and period attire guides on tours. You can even enjoy fresh, homemade tortillas made
by one of San Diego’s Old Town Tortilla ladies. The Old Town market allows visitors to see first
hand how the Mexican settlers built their homes and lives in the area. The tour also includes a
visit to the island of Coronado to explore the historic Hotel del Coronado. The Old Town Trolley
Tours of San Diego was voted “Best Way To See The City” by SignOnSanDiego making it great
stop for all San Diego summer interns.

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Description: Do you have an internship in a city you’re not familiar with? If you’re in Houston, Miami or San Diego then you’re in luck as this article outlines the must-do activities during your downtime.