What to do in Miami

What to do in Miami

As it happens in big cities, specially one with as diverse a range of opportunities as Florida, there's a number of things to do. Each different from the next, so there should be something to find no matter what you're into. From at shopping, to the art Deco District or pedaling out to Key West for Hemingway's old home.

Venetian Pool | Coral Gables

Sure it's not like Florida is short on natural pools, but this particular one boasts Italian villa's facade built into it's quarry. Making for what is arguably the most beautiful natural pool in the country. Call it glamorized nature, but we thought you'd enjoy an invigorating splash and a more local experience. We're not joking about the invigorating thing, the water is glacial, crisp and clean. Good for groups, great for families, but beware of crowded weekends and aquatic aerobics.

Haulover Sandbar | Miami

I did say you'd need a boat to see it all, so charter one and post up at Haulover Sandbar for an all day party. Locals and tourists alike drop anchor up on inlet near Sandpur Island, also known as "beer can island" (try not to contribute to this name please?). Besides the blues of Biscayne Bay, you'll find a slew of partygoers, families and the shallows and some floating food trucks, should you crave a hotdog.

Wynwood Walls | Wynwood

An open-air park dedicated to cutting-edge contemporary urban murals and some astounding local art. Walk the park and explore the funky warehouse zone of Wynwood, now full of art galleries, gastro pubs, and lounge bars. All of which are accessible to anyone on the second Saturday of the month during Art Walk. If you get lucky, you'll find Galleries hosting live bands and an open bars.

Dining in Riverside | Riverside

A less crowded option than the more touristy scene at South Beach, this local spot has seen a fair share of award-winning restaurants and bars pop up here in the last 10 years. And given the close proximity to the Miami river while you dine, it makes for a cozy option in terms of waterfront dining. Check out our Where to Eat list for a few good options.

PAMM | Omni

Opened in 2013, Perez Art Museum is boasts of a fully sustainable structure and prides itself on a dedication to collecting international modern and contemporary art. A great representation of the Miami culture and arts, the PAMM is great way to spend an afternoon (not to mention pull some Instagram material). For an added pointer, the museum has free admission on the first Thursday and on the second Saturday of every month.

Calle Ocho | Little Havana

Explore the culturally explosive Calle Ocho and get your fill of Cuban traditions, art, music, eat, coffee it goes on. Be sure specify for "café con leche," steamed milk with a shot of Cuban coffee, or a cortadito, a tiny shot of super sweet Cuban coffee. You'll find the famed street lined with fruit stands, art galleries, Cuban restaurants and cigar shops. If you work up an appetite try some ice cream at Azucar Ice Cream.

Key Biscayne Beach | Key Biscayne

Skip the sometimes overcrowded South Beach, head to a less touristy Key Biscayne instead. This mostly-residential island of Biscayne Bay will offer an ethereally quiet beach retreat. So you can comatose on white sands till day is through. The beach is accessible by bridges from the southern end of the Brickell district. Also, for a $1.50 entrance toll fee, you could drive into the “Key,” as referred to by locals, and have a more family-friendly beach experience.

Lincoln Road Mall | Miami Beach

Lincoln Road Mall was at some point called the "“Fifth Avenue of the South,” and while that may be a stretch, Lincoln is an enviable shopping experience. Surrounded by dizzying number of cafes, lounges, restaurants and art galleries (Romero Britto’s is one), if you don't shop you'll find plenty to do anyhow. If you just can't leave empty handed, you'll have no trouble swiping away at upscale retail store like local luxury fashion boutique Alchemist.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens | Coconut Grove

An eye opening sight and a relic a seemingly different time, this Italian Renaissance-style villa houses a superb collection of European antiques and decorative works from the 16th to 19th centuries. They interiors themselves are tour-de-force of elegance and opulence, the structure is both astounding and well worth a visit.

Botanical Garden | Miami Beach

A 2.6 acre stretch of lush green, beautiful horticulture and extensive plant life. Visitors to the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens can relish the peaceful quality of the gardens, shop local produce, find yoga under palm trees or meditate throughout the varying landscape of blooming flora, waterfalls and lakes. An activity for all groups, friends or family, this is a welcome reprieve from the average activity.