Wildlife? There's tons of the bikini-clad kind - what you might call a veritable smorgasbord (with my sincerest apologies to female Nikonians reading this). An ideal spot for a father & son stroll.
Seriously, walk straight south on South Ocean Blvd. Ocean on the left (beaches, sand, people of all kinds), inland waterway on the right (massive homes, docked yachts). As you continue your walk south you'll go through Bar Harbor, Bal Harbor, Golden Beach and so on. Beautiful shops and galleries and classic Spanish-influenced and art-deco Florida architecture from the late 1800s all the way through the 1960s. It's as long or as short a walk as you want to make it. I owned at condo at Parker Plaza in Hallandale for many years and I walked the area many, many times all the way down to North Miami.
For more wildlife-like wildlife, try Everglades Safari Park - about 45 minutes (by car) southwest of Hallandale Beach.
I agree,the Miami South Beach is a very colorful photo shoot. If you go across the bridge => Key Biscayne (I think the toll is ~$2.00 for a car)you will see lots of bikers and runners/walkers on the long bridge. After reaching the other side, hang a right-turn and go as far as you can where you will come to a park where you can have lunch and walk towards the end of the island. On your way you will see a great photo op in the form of a light house. Have a good time!
The evergaldes are not just the "everglades"...it a large place.
There are some nature trails in Everglades National Park down in Flamingo...from Hallandale, you are looking at 2 hour plus each way....it's a full day's adventure...while down there, great place called Robert-is-Here fruit stand and milkshake place...to die for.
There are close spots to "shoot the glades" like Holiday Park or Sawgrass where you could get a small boat with a 9 hp and go for a ride up and down the canals...surely to get a nice gator shot or some nice wildlife...it's about 30 min from Hallandale...just google it.
Check on the Flickr pages for a local meet up .....there could be on there during your trip..worth the effort.
South beach is a great spot for day's walk about...walk the strip and check out the Delano on Saturday for some great sites....lots of good people watching...in the same area, a walk is the Lincoln Road Mall...another people watching, shooting place.
The place mentoned, Key Biscayane is very nice for nature shots, and sunsets...you can see the entire bay with the hisotrical house on the water...there is a great seafood restaurant inside the park as well...
Other shots at the end of the of South Beach by Government Cut are very classic with the ships coming down the channel....Also, check out Coconut Grove for a walk about...nice Marina area for pics and Monty's Conch has some nice seafood.
Lastly, in the same area, is Viscaya, Matheson Hammock park for nature shots...both are on the bay....
Bring lots of sunscreen dress light and drink water...
You may want to also consider Shark Valley on Rt 41 just west of Miami has a fifteen mile loop in the park you take a shuttle you can, walk it, rent bikes on site gators all over the place depending on the time of year birds will be roosting also has old oil rig encased in cement with a winding ramp you walk up a view for miles lots of fun. Down the road a little bit is a air boat ride. The location is about 20-25 minutes from Miami
Yep, totally forgot about the Shark Valley.....good suggestion...
Of course, if the OP is adventerous, you could always head over to Everglades City for the day (about 1.5 hours from Hallandale) via Alligator Alley for some shooting of "old Florida" and some time at the crabber's docks for stone crabs and friedn shrimp on the river.
Thanks for all of the suggestions. Time is a big factor.
We went to Key Largo, approx. 2 hr drive each way from Hallandale. Took a 2-hr boat tour through the mangroves. Mangroves are quite scenic but not too many great photo ops, unfortunately. We did see a few good birds - white heron, blue crane and a stilt (?), although not too close for a good shot. A young manatee swam right to our boat and followed us for a while, probably expecting some feed but that's about it.
We had some nice fish and seafood at Big Chill and finished it off with the world famous Key Lime Pie at Mrs Mac's Kitchen.
One thing you might find fun is to shoot RAW but switch your camera to Monochrome. That will allow you to shoot B&W and experience a "retro" style typical of old Miami Beach.
Shark Valley is a good spot, but I prefer it as a morning location. The canal on the main road is to the west of the road - which mean afternoon images are all shot into the sun.
If you visit Shark Valley, you might want to include a visit to Clyde Butcher's photo gallery in Big Cypress Swamp. It's located a short drive west of Shark Valley. Butcher is the modern day Ansel Adams. He makes his photographic home in the swamps of south Florida rather than Yosemite, but the work is just as impressive. It's worth a trip. http://www.clydebutchersbigcypressgallery.com/directions