Miami is a city that has become synonymous with fun - particularly fun near the ocean - and it is a reputation well earned. Boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Miami attracts visitors from all over the world looking to have some fun in the sun. While it is absolutely essential to visit the many beaches when you’re in the 305, it is far from the only game in town. The city has grown to become a cultural mecca, with a thriving art scene, thanks in part to yearly events such as Art Basel, and a booming culinary scene highlighted by many award winning restaurants. Now that the city is reopening, let’s explore a few alternative things to do next time you visit Miami.
A South Florida staple since the mid 1980’s, Bayside Marketplace is an open air shopping center in downtown often recognized as the most visited attraction in Miami. More than just a typical shopping mall, Bayside is a popular tourist hub for entertainment, dining, shopping, and people-watching. Enjoy daily live entertainment featuring some of the city’s most prominent bands, or embark on a tour of Biscayne Bay departing from Bayside’s Miamarina.
Everglades National Park
With over a million acres of wetlands, Everglades National park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. Only a short drive from Miami, Everglades National Park is a must visit for nature lovers. Whether you choose to ride bike along Shark Valley, kayak through Florida Bay or take an airboat ride, there is plenty of wildlife to observe, including turtles, herons and alligators.
Miami Design District
Home to hundreds of art galleries, specialty shops, eateries and bars, the Miami Design District is a thriving creative neighborhood which has gained popularity among locals and tourists alike. Its array of high end shops such as Balenciaga, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and more, as well as a multitude of dining restaurants attract distinguished visitors from all over the country. The District, as it is referred to by locals, also owes its cultural appeal to its many museums and art galleries, including the famous Institute for Contemporary Art and Locust Projects.