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Miami

The best things to do in Miami include tourist attractions, hot spots locals love, family events and top restaurants

Things to do in Miami

Miami is one of Florida’s most vibrant cities, and is the cultural, economic and financial centre of the state. Renowned for its beautiful beaches, contemporary art scene and bustling nightlife, you’ll never be short of things to do. Here’s our pick of the top ten things to do in Miami.

  • Take a stroll down Lincoln Road

What is it? Designed by iconic architect Morris Lapidus in the 1950’s, Lincoln Road Mall is an endless sidewalk of shops, boutiques, coffee shops, lounges and beautiful buildings.

Where is it? Lincoln Road, Mid Beach, Miami, 33139

Why go? You can while away the hours on Lincoln Road. There’s plenty of opportunities for shopping and it’s a unique and beautiful place to explore.

  • Explore Miami’s Design District

What is it? A creative neighbourhood and unique shopping destination, the Design District is a hub for Miami’s architecture and culture.

Where is it? Design District, Buena Vista, Miami, 33127-37

Why go? There’s plenty of shops, galleries and museums to explore, and the district is lined with unique statues and buildings too.

  • Take a trip to Perez Art Museum

What is it? A modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to international art from the 20th and 21st century.

Where is it? 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Downtown, 33132

Why go? Alongside amazing artwork, the hotel is host to music and entertainment evenings, as well as family-friendly activities.

  • Dip into the Venetian Pool

What is it? One of the most beautiful swimming pools in the world, the Venetian Pool is an amazing freshwater pool with waterfalls, Italian architectural touches, bridges and cave-like grottos to explore.

Where is it? 2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables, 33134

Why go? It’s the only pool on the National Register of Historic Places and is a great place to relax for the day.

  • Broaden your mind at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

What is it? Spanning across 250,000 square feet, the Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science has four unique parts to it - an Aquarium, Planetarium and the North and West Wings filled with insightful, interactive exhibits and displays.

Where is it? 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 33132

Why go? It’s one of the only science museums in the world to house both an aquarium and planetarium under one roof, with stingrays, mahi-mahi and hammerhead sharks.

  • Explore Miami’s heritage at HistoryMiami

What is it? HistoryMiami is an intimate museum dedicated to collecting, showcasing and celebrating Miami’s cultural history.

Where is it? 101 W Flagler St, 33130

Why go? The museum sheds light on everything from Miami’s Cuban diaspora to famous former residents and the city’s street art too.

  • Discover the beauty of Wynwood

What is it? Wynwood is one of Miami’s most bustling districts, with a thriving art and nightlife scene.

Where is it? Wynwood Miami, 33127

Why go? Wynwood Walls is Miami’s only outdoor street art park. Make sure you pay a visit to Wynwood Brewing Company to sample Miami’s original craft beer too.

  • Eat & Drink at Little Havana

What is it? Little Havana is the Cuban heart of Miami, and is packed with bars, restaurants and eateries that celebrate the vibrancy of Cuban culture.

Where is it? Little Havana, Miami

Why go? Learn about Cuban culture on a Little Havana experiences tour, visit Azucar Ice Cream Company for delicious treats, salsa the night away at Ball & Chain or stop for a coffee at Versailles restaurant.

  • Spend the day at South Beach

What is it? One of the world’s most famous beaches, South Beach boasts crystal-clear waters, white-sands and luxury hotels.

Where is it? Oceanfront between 1st and 23rd Streets, South Beach, 33139

Why go? This legendary beach is not to be missed. Take a kayak at sunset, party the night away on the beachfront, take a stroll around Ocean Drive or simply sit and take in those famous Floridan Rays.

  • Explore Nature at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

What is it? The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden boasts 83 acres of lush grounds, rare plants and exotic butterflies.

Where is it? 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, 33139

Why go? You can’t miss the rare plant conservatory, filled with beautiful palms, orchids and ferns. It’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

If you’re looking for a review of Miami’s culture and nightlife, travel blogger Chloe Gunning AKA Wanderlust Chloe has the insider scoop:

I've visited Florida quite a few times now, but one of my favourite places is Miami. It has incredible food scenes, great beaches, lots of colourful street art and unique vibes.

I think Miami has the best nightlife. The bars along South Beach are a lot of fun after dark! However, smaller towns across Florida have their own unique scenes too. I visited Miami with one of my best friends and we explored lots of different areas. Highlights of our trip include checking out the incredible colourful murals in Wynwood and enjoying the Cuban vibes in Little Havana!

And if you’re looking for the best places to stay in Miami, read our guide here.

 

 

Best Places to Stay in Miami

Planning a trip to Miami but not sure where to stay? Our guide below covers the best neighbourhoods and places to stay whilst you’re there.

  • The Shore Club, South Beach

Located at the heart of bustling South Beach, The Shore Club is a luxurious and modern hotel destination. With the exclusive SkyBar offering unparalleled views of the city and ocean, two infinity edge pools and a spa on site, it’s a great place to relax, recharge and enjoy the vibrancy of Miami’s South Beach. 

­­­­­­Star Rating: 4/5

Price range per night: From £170 per night

Address: 1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 33139

  • The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami Beach

A luxurious 5-star hotel in the exclusive Bal Harbour neighbourhood in Miami Beach, the St Regis Bal Harbour is perfect for couples and families. With 27 stories, the St Regus Bal Harbour features spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites, some with unparalleled views of the beachfront. It’s the ultimate destination for luxury and comfort.

Star Rating: 5/5

Price range per night: From £350 per night

Address: 9703 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154

  • Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables

Built in 1926, the Biltmore Hotel is a National Historic Landmark in the exclusive Coral Gables area. The 271-room resort has spectacular Mediterranean architecture, 133 suites, an 18-hole golf course, tennis court, spa and the largest hotel pool on the East Coast. It’s a perfect destination for couples.

Star Rating: 4/5

Price range per night: From £220 per night

Address: 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, 33134

  • Waterstone Resort & Marina, Boca Raton

A luxurious hotel in Miami’s Boca Raton district, the Waterstone Resort is contemporary in design and luxurious in nature. The hotel boasts 139 guest rooms and suites with private balconies, beach access, a stunning waterfront pool, in-room spa treatments and two waterfront restaurants. It’s a great place for families, friends and couples to enjoy.

Price range per night: From £170 per night

Address: 999 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, 33432

  • InterContinental Hotel Miami

Located in the heart of Downtown Miami, the InterContinental Miami is a luxury hotel overlooking the beautiful Biscayne Bay. This upmarket high-rise hotel has 653 guestrooms, a rooftop pool, spa and fitness centre, and is a brilliant base to explore all Miami has to offer.

Price range per night: From £140 per night

Address:  100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 33131

 

 

 

The Best Places to Eat in Miami

Miami has some of the best restaurants on the East Coast, with a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Indian and traditional American. So, whether you’re planning a trip to hip Wynwood or looking to explore the Keys, this list of the five best places to eat in Miami has you covered.

  • KYU

Chef Michael Lewis has taken Asian comfort food to the next level with KYU. The Modern-Asian eatery has already won a James Beard nomination and is regarded as one of the best places to dine in Miami. Expect Asian classics like pork buns, sashimi and Korean fried chicken - but with a seriously modern twist.

Address: 251 NW 25th St, Wynwood, 33127

  • Ghee

Hailed as the best modern Indian restaurant in the whole of America, Ghee is the brainchild of Niven Patel. The restaurant serves made-to-order delicious meals using fresh, local ingredients for an explosion of flavour. Don’t miss the smoked lamb neck, charred ribs with mango or special cheddar naan.

Address: Downton Dadeland - 8965 South West 72nd Place, 33156

                Design District – 3620 2nd Avenue, 33137

  • Mignonette

A casual, diner-themed seafood restaurant, visitors flock to Mignonette for their selection of oysters and Connecticut-style lobster rolls. There are oysters of the day, and a huge selection of other options to choose from – just ask the staff for their recommendations.

Address: 210 NE 18th St, Midtown, 33132

  • Alter

Modern and minimal in décor, this award-winning eatery is casual in appearance but exceptional in taste. Chef Brad Kilgore is constantly updating his 5 or 7 course menus so you can experience something different each time you visit. Signature dishes include soft egg with sea scallop espuma, truffle and Gruyere, and sake-cured duck breast grilled over pinecones.

Address: 223 NW 23rd St, Wynwood, 33127


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