Things to Do in Miami
Miami is famous as one of the hottest (not literally) cities in the world for a good reason – it is sexy, exclusive, posh and exotic. Miami is obsessed with fashion and style and it is said that there are more beautiful people here than any other place in the world. Yes, the South Beach area still attracts the cream of the society and it is the place to be for anyone looking for a mind boggling social scene, but Miami is actually about much more than its sexy people and wild SoBe parties. Here is a list of some of the most exciting things to do in Miami.
The fairy tale adventure offered by the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, an Italian Renaissance styled mansion is unlike any other experience in Miami. This European theme palace has popularly been termed as wonderland because of the fascinating displays that it has to offer. It was built for Industrialist James Deering in the 20th century and is full of opulent interiors and extravagant architectural designs. The antiques and decorations span from the 16th – 19th centuries and the house still boasts of its original fittings.
Explore the beaches of Miami
Since the South Beach area has become more of a party spot, you might want to check out places like the idyllic Virginia Key Beach South, Boca Raton or the Palm Beach if you’re looking for the ultimate beach experience while in Miami.
Zoo Miami is a sanctuary for a number of rare, threatened and endangered species, including the world famous Komodo Dragon, crocodiles and tigers. The zoo is an ideal place for children and adults alike and it is fast becoming one of the top zoos in the world. The unique Miami climate allows animals from Africa, Asia and Australia to flourish and the cageless exhibits ensure that they are offered with replicas of their natural surroundings.
The sun soaked sinful pleasures offered by South Beach have become all too famous. Any trip to the city is incomplete without checking out the South Beach, its shimmering beauty and sexy people. The South Beach has become the quintessential party hot spot in the country and it is believed to be one of the trendiest locales of the United States of America. Some of the most popular South Beach attractions include the Opium Garden, Joe’s Stone Crab, Nikki Beach Club, Ocean Drive and the World Erotic Art Museum.
A side trip to the Everglades National Park is a must while in Miami. Often called the “sea of grass”, the Everglades are synonymous with breathtaking natural beauty and exotic wildlife. The National Park is characterized by a shallow flooded river that stretches for almost 40 miles wide and 100 miles long. The park attracts almost 1.5 million tourists each year and attractions like the Ernest Coe Visitor Center, Aningha trail and Gumbo Limbo trail are extremely famous. You can choose from all sorts of outdoor activities at the Everglades such as paddling trips, leisurely hikes, multiday excursions, etc. The wetlands in the area are full of wildlife and the beautiful expanses of vegetation are home to millions of birds and insects. The waters are full of alligators, reptiles and fishes while the coastal fringes are dominated by crocodiles. You can also find wild pigs, panthers and deers in many of the drier islands in the area. The best time to explore the Everglades is from December to April as the wildlife can be seen in abundance and the weather ranges from mild to pleasant.
Oleta River State Park
The Oleta River State Park is dominated by beautiful trails that are built on flat land and offer all sorts of challenges to hikers. There are a number of bike rentals in the area as well. One of the best itineraries is to rent a kayak, explore the beautiful mangroves, head out to the ocean and spend the day on a little island in the middle of nowhere. Mountain biking, paddle boards, fishing, swimming, beach volleyball and boating facilities are also available.
The Jungle Island, formerly known as the Parrot Jungle, is one of the most evergreen tourist hotspots in Miami. It allows visitors to check out all sorts of tropical birds in replicas of their natural habitats and the venue also offers regular educational programs and field trips.
The Lincoln Road Mall was designed by architect Morris Lapidus in the 1950s. Once known as the Fifth Avenue of the South, this place has now been termed as “the Road” by the locals. The area features countless clubs, cultural venues and sidewalk cafes along with some of the most exciting shops and boutiques in Miami. Some of the main brands located here include Burberry, Gucci, Sonia Rykiel, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Diane von Furstenberg.
The Miami Seaquarium is located between Key Biscayne and downtown Miami, one of the most popular tourist areas in the city. This outdoor aquarium is a fantastic place to stop and experience the beauty of marine life at its best. You can easily spend at least half a day at the Seaquarium.
The Coral Castle is one of the most unique attractions in Miami. It was constructed by Ed Leedskalnin, a Miami resident, as a tribute to his lover. He spent almost 28 years designing this 100 ton coral creation and the results are fantabulous. The Coral Castle might require some traveling, but the experience is definitely worth it.
The Monkey Jungle is popularly known as the place where the monkeys run wild while the humans are made to roam around in cages. The uniqueness of the place might just seem as if humans are the attractions and the resident monkeys are the visitors, but don’t get fooled by what you read. The Monkey Jungle has been beautifully constructed with carefully designed wire pathways that allow visitors to interact and watch monkeys in their natural surroundings and offer them with an experience which is impossible when these monkeys are held in captivity.