MIAMI A great climate which makes it a great vacation spot all year round, exciting attractions, professional sports teams, art, history, museums, and all of the nature parks and education you could ask for. Miami has many local activities & attractions, including Coconut Grove, Miami Beach, and South Beach. Amusement parks, deep-sea fishing, boat rides, sightseeing, fine dining, professional football, dolphin watching, marine museums. A visitor can spend hours, days, or weeks entertaining themselves and family without having to travel more than a few minutes in any direction. Nighttime entertainment includes: music and dance clubs with music ranging from smooth sounding jazz to lively disco, comedy clubs, concerts, theater, opera, symphony and movies. Virtually no one comes to Miami without taking a stroll along the Beach.
Must See or Do
Sights—The breathtaking view of the city from the MacArthur Causeway at night; Everglades National Park; the palmy streets and posh estates of Coral Gables; Coconut Grove and CocoWalk; South Beach; a drive down historic Old Cutler Road from Coconut Grove to Southwest 168th Street.
Museums—The Italianate gardens of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens; art-nouveau and art-deco objects at the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum on South Beach; first-rank traveling exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in North Miami; extensive collections at Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables; the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach.
Memorable Meals—Eat stone crabs with the rich and famous at Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant; Euro-hip at The Forge; Cuban favorites in an upscale atmosphere at Versailles Restaurant & Bakery; fusion fare at Azul; dry-aged beef and truffled mac-and-cheese at Prime One Twelve.
Late Night—The street scene in South Beach; the sidewalk bars and bistros, shops and nightclubs along Lincoln Road and elsewhere in Miami Beach; Coconut Grove; Southwest Eighth Street.
Recreation—Golfing at one of Miami’s many courses; betting on a horse race; boating, scuba diving, snorkeling or fishing in the Atlantic or Biscayne Bay; hang gliding, kite boarding and windsurfing on Biscayne Bay along Rickenbacker Causeway; bicycling or in-line skating through Coconut Grove or South Beach.
Especially for Kids—Performing dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium; tigers at Zoo Miami; Monkey Jungle; boat and tram tours in Everglades National Park; hands-on activities at the Miami Science Museum and Miami Children’s Museum; bananas and exotic fruits growing at the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead.
Forty of Miami’s buildings are permanently decorated in lights. The Bank of America Tower changes color 80-100 times a year. The Metromover, which circles downtown, stays lit by a rainbow of neon that rises over the city skyline at night.
South Beach is a mecca for buff bodies. One estimate put the number of models living there at 1,500.
Burger King is a Miami institution. In 1954, the very first Burger King stand opened at 3090 N.W. 36th St. The city is still home to Burger King’s world headquarters.
Miami’s residents come from more than 120 countries and speak nearly 70 languages.
The video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is modeled after Miami.
The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables was built in 1926 and is one of the most stunning hotels in the nation. It is reputed to have the longest swimming pool in the world. During World War II it was a veterans’ hospital. The hotel offers guided tours of its facilities. Many former U.S. presidents, including Bill Clinton and George Bush, have stayed in its presidential suite.
The Cardozo Hotel, located in South Beach, is an art-deco hotel built in 1939 by Henry Hohauser, the most prominent architect in Miami at the time. It has beautifully rounded sides and racing stripes on the exterior beneath the windows and terrazzo floors. Owned by singer Gloria Estefan, the hotel reopened in 1982.
If you would like to mail a package from an art-deco post office, visit the Miami Beach Post Office at 1300 Washington Ave. in South Beach. Check out the mural on the wall of Ponce de Leon and Native Americans.
Jennifer Lopez, Lenny Kravitz, Oprah Winfrey, Enrique Iglesias, Janet Reno and O.J. Simpson all own homes in Miami.