Make the Most of Your Miami Visit
A hotspot for vacationing families and jaunting partygoers alike, Miami sizzles year round. Here are a few of our favorite ways to experience the Magic City.
Hit the beach.
Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned pro, South Beach is a must-visit. By day, the smooth sands, sunshine, and waves make the beach itself popular with tourists and locals alike, and when the sun goes down, the adjacent nightlife starts to heat up.
Just off the shore, it's a strip of sidewalk cafés, designer boutiques, lounge bars and dusk-till-dawn clubs, many of which are adorned in the pastel-colored art deco architecture iconic to Miami.
Cruise Ocean Drive.
Of course, there's much more for architecture nerds to appreciate in the way of Art Deco – the Art Deco District, home to more than 800 buildings dating from the 1920s to the 1940s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a visit will surely reveal why.
Stop by the Art Deco District Welcome Center for information on the best things to see and do in the area.
Inspire your inner designer.
The strip formerly known as Decorator's Row has expanded into what is know called the Design District, a hub for avant garde architecture, fashion and art. It's a collection of high-end interior showrooms, which are known to host a variety of special events throughout the year. Check local calendar's during your visit to see what's going on.
Miami’s Little Havana bursts with authentic Cuban charm around the clock, with everything from Mediterranean-style houses with rocking chairs on the porch to fragrant tobacco scents wafting from cigar stores, the click of dominos in Máximo Gómez Park, and the hum of Latin music from record shops.
Catch a game.
No matter the time of year, visitors have the ability to witness the best athletes in the world battle one another. There are the Miami Dolphins, who bring the hard-hitting excitement of the NFL to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens; the Miami Marlins, who swing for the fences, hosting MLB games at Marlins Park; and the Miami Heat, who light the hardwood ablaze with NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.
Sink your toes into the sand in and around Miami.
Shop it out.
What better way to relax than with a little retail therapy? Of course, Miami's got plenty of places to shop 'til you drop, but Lincoln Road Mall will make you want to stay on your feet – that way you can keep shopping. It's a virtually endless sidewalk of sidewalk coffee shops, lounges, and cultural venues along with a variety of local and national-brand retailers offering just about anything you could ask for.
Have a wild encounter.
Animal lovers young and old will get a kick out of Zoo Miami, the focal point of the 740-acre Miami-Dade Zoological Park & Gardens. Established in 1948 and featuring over 100 exhibits, Zoo Miami is both Florida’s oldest and largest zoo.
Exhibits include Dr. Wilde's World, the Asian River Life Experience, the Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station, and more.