South Florida knows how to pamper its patrons, but when that patron is mom, it goes all out. Many venues offer Mother’s Day brunches with delicacies du jour while others offer a bit of fun for mom and the whole family. One thing is for sure, there is something for every type of mother from the sporty to sophisticated. And for her family, this is their chance to prove just how much she means to them. So check out the list below and start planning a Mother’s Day your mom will be bragging about for years to come.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156
(305) 256-8399

Date: May 12, 2013

On Mother’s Day Sunday, brunches are commonplace and choosing between the litter of options can be daunting. That’s why it’s important to choose a venue with a variety of options. Fairchild Botanical Gardens offers savory brunch complete with pastries, made-to-order omelets and more. If that doesn’t tickle your taste buds, then how about high tea? At 3 p.m., a half hour after brunch ends, guests have the option of continuing their Mother’s Day experience with the Mother’s Day Tea held on the Veranda at the Jean Ellen Dupont Sheehan Vistor’s Center. Patrons pay an additional fee to have mom and grandma sip tea and nibble on scones and desserts while overlooking the garden and listening to the live guitar stylings of Rob Friedman. It’s beyond an ideal setting so reserve your place early to secure your mom’s spot.

Mom’s Day 5K

Zoo Miami
12400 S.W. 52nd St.
Miami, FL 33177
(786) 522-3600

Date: May 12, 2013

For the sporty mom with a heart for conservation, Plan Ahead Events Greater Miami has organized a Mom’s Day 5K run amongst the beasts that inhabit Zoo Miami. The whole family from tots to adults can participate in this event and registration includes park admission, a Mom’s Day 5K T-shirt, a virtual goody bad with money-saving coupons, children’s bounce houses and post-race activities including snacks, awards presentation and DJ. The event includes a special tribute to mothers sure to melt mom’s heart. Regular registration ends on May 30. See website for more information.

Mother’s Day Brunch & B Appreciated On Mother’s Day

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale
999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 564-1000

Date: May 12, 2013

There are many presents you could give mom like a day at the beach or some time away, but B Ocean is one of the few places where you can do both. It offers a champagne Mother’s Day brunch overlooking the beautiful Fort Lauderdale coastline featuring an endless array of carved meats, a salad bar, made-to-order omelets, seafood, pasta, desserts and live entertainment sure to satisfy the entire family. However, the considerate family knows that mom needs time away too, so instead they can book her on the B Appreciated on Mother’s Day package which includes the aforementioned champagne brunch, an oceanfront room and a beach bag with money-saving coupons for the nearby Galleria Mall. See website for pricing and reservations.

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Mother’s Day Dinner

15th Street Fisheries & Dockside Cafe
1900 S.E. 15th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 763-2777

Date: May 12, 2013

Brunch smunch. Take mom out for a delicious seafood dinner from the Mother’s Day pre-fixe menu and while she’s eating on the deck, she can watch the tarpon being fed under the haze of glowing green light that illuminates the waters surrounding 15th Street Fisheries. Here’s a tip: have mom cruise the seas on the narrated Water Taxi and find out the origins of Fort Lauderdale’s millionaires and then get off at the 15th Street Fisheries stop. The taxi driver will give you a red coupon to present to your server and the family will receive a free dessert. While you’re there, have mom, her spouse or any other attending adults use the Yelp app to check in and they will both receive a free beer.

Mother’s Day Brunch & Dinner Cruise

Island Queen Cruises
401 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 379-5119

Date: May 12, 2013

There is nothing more sweet and romantic than a cruise on beautiful Biscayne Bay. Take mom out on the three-deck, fully air conditioned brunch or dinner cruise on one of the Island Queen’s fabulous yachts. Brunch features an open bar with bloody marys and mimosas and a buffet of fruit, salad, ready-to-order omelets, carved turkey, roast beef and assorted pastries and desserts. Dinner includes a open bar and buffet with delights like chicken marsala, roast beef carving station, various veggies and assorted desserts such as a chocolate fountain. When mom is done, she can dance to her heart’s content on one of the many dance floors and reminiscence about the time her family treated her to the time of her life.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at