Miami is a popular holiday destination for many people thanks to its warm winter climate, spectacular beaches, Art Deco architecture, and parks. It is one of the coolest cities in the USA and attracts a large number of visitors each and every year. Check out the list of things to do while staying in Miami.
- South Beach
One of the best vacation areas in Florida, South Beach or as some like to call it “American Riviera” has plenty to offer including shopping at high-end stores, taking a walk along Ocean Drive, visiting children’s favorite attractions like Jungle Island and Miami Children’s Museum, and attending art shows, open air concerts, and volleyball tournaments. On top of it all, you also have the beach itself with amazing white sand and crystal clear waters.
- Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road is a great destination for everyone who enjoys shopping. You have the mile-long Lincoln Road Mall which was originally built in 1950s and renovated in 1997. Visitors will find a number of popular brands and shops here including Armani, banana republic, Gap, and many others. In addition to department stores, there is a farmers market held every Sunday and there are a number of concerts outdoors. If you wish to do yoga, there are yoga classes at the mall every morning. There is parking possible in nearby public garages and guests can even rent biked to explore the area faster.
- Art Deco Historic District
Full of colorful buildings with amazing décor elements, Art Deco Historic District is definitely a must-visit place while on vacation in Miami. Many of these picturesque buildings overlook the ocean and the beach. There is a full-service Visitors Center in the neighborhood where guests can get brochures about the area and book guided tours to hear about the history of this lovely district. Visitor’s center features films, exhibits, lectures, a gift store, and even a museum.
- Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Designed in 1916, Vizcaya Museum used to be a winter home for James Deering who was an industrialist. This beautiful estate features a central courtyard with several French and Italian fountains and sculptures, as well as 34 spacious rooms fitted with decorative arts and European furniture. This amazing estate housed many historical events and famous people like Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Queen Elizabeth II were here. You can go for a guided tour of the estate and enjoy breathtaking views of the bay.
- Wynwood Walls
Conveniently located just a short walk from Downtown Miami and close to Miami Design District, Wynwood neighborhood is famous for its collection of walls where creative people including painters and graffiti artists show their skills. It is definitely a must-see area for all those travelers who are visiting the city. This lovely neighborhood is also easily reachable from Midtown.
- Zoo Miami
Housing over 2,000 wild animals without cages and resembling a natural habitat, Zoo Miami features open-air exhibits suitable for both children and adults. This is a rather small zoo, but people like it because they can interact with some of the animals. There is also a children’s zoo which includes several attractions. Besides animals, Zoo Miami is also home to a number of trees and tropical plants. Make sure to check out their collection of orchids.
- Dolphin Mall
If you are into shopping and want a break from all the sightseeing, head out to Dolphin Mall. It is a retail shopping center that has over 230 designer brand name shops, as well as many dining options including Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, Catch of the Day and Cheesecake Factory. There are also a couple of entertainments venues like Cheesecake like Strike Miami and Cine Bistro. The good news is that most of the shop offer affordable prices, but try to come in the mornings to beat the large crowds of shoppers.
- Marlins Park
Residents of Miami are crazy about baseball; therefore, it’s no wonder that the famous Marlins Park baseball park is one of the most visited attractions in the city. Located a short drive from Downtown Miami in Little Havana, Marlins Park was completed in 2012 and is one of the few stadiums in the area that has a retractable roof. It may be the smallest stadium in the Major League seating just over 37,000 visitors, but its architecture is what makes it unique. There are guided tours of the stadium, but everyone in Miami will tell you in order to have the real Marlins Park experience, you just need to watch a Miami Marlins baseball match.
- Bayside Marketplace
Bayside Marketplace is situated right next to Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami and has many restaurants like Lombardi’s Ristorante, Largo Seafood and Grill and others. Visitors can rent a charter or a boat, enjoy spectacular bay views, or just go for a short stroll. If you are planning to visit the Bayside Marketplace in the evening, you will be happy to hear that there are many concerts and other types of events.
- American Airlines Arena
Home to the NBA team Miami Heat, American Airlines Arena is also used as a venue for huge concerts and other types of events. This places opened back in 1999 and houses over 19,000 people. It is located in a modern neighborhood in downtown Miami and attracts thousands of locals and tourists. If you are in the city to catch a Miami Heat game, don’t forget to purchase tickets in advance.