Living in South Florida can be taxing indeed. Generally speaking, it's one continuous city from West Palm Beach to South Miami. One notable exception is Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The Morikami is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the concrete world we have created here. I've visited on several occasions and the moment I enter the gardens, I feel transported. They are completely unlike anything else in the area. They have the appearance of a Japanese traditional garden laid across a Florida landscape and blended perfectly together. I have gone in the past with the only purpose - to sit, relax, and just be for a while. They also have on the property a museum with changing exhibits and permanent displays as well as a restaurant with the best Bento Box in South Florida. If you check the link above, you will see the Morikami has several festivals during the year. My personal favorite is the Bon Festival. At sunset, they set free paper lanterns on the lake making for an incredible display. This year the festival is on August 13th and I highly recommend it. I went a year or two ago and ran into a little rain situation. The friends I went with voted to leave early so I missed the launching of the lanterns. I plan on going this year and taking my own car if need be. Fushu Daiko will be giving a Taiko Drum performance throughout the day as well. I have seen them at several venues including the Florida Renaissance Festival and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. If you plan to go, you may want to buy your tickets online ahead of time. Besides the discount, you will avoid the long lines at entrance.