The great weather isn’t the only reason to head outside this season: most of Miami’s best attractions have reopened after being closed for most of 2020. Below you’ll find museums to visit with the family, bars to check out with friends, restaurants to go and dine like a local and more of the best things to do in Miami whether you’re visiting or looking to explore a different side of home.
Take it from the Locals
The Locals and tourists can agree that the best things to do in Miami go way beyond relaxing on the sand—though lets be honest, spending some time on the best Miami beaches is fundamental to life in the 305. In the wintertime especially, Miami is better known for its cultural scene such as events like Art Basel and neighborhoods such as Wynwood, which every year turns over a splash of fresh murals that showcase the best of the best during Miami Art Week. And lets not forget one of the most important aspects of life in the the bustling city—eating!—Miami boasts a world renound culinary scene and host some award-winning Miami restaurants. In between sunbathing, swimming and sipping cocktails, check off these essential Miami "must do's"!
Redland Market Village
“A little something for everyone” is a common phrase when people talk about attractions and destinations for travelers. However, it’s probably never been as true as it is when applied to Redland Market Village.
The Village sits on 27 acres of land with so much merchandise to explore, and that’s before you even get around to the restaurants, food trucks, kids’ entertainment area, live music, and indoor farmer’s market. When you really want to find something unique, this is the first place to look.
It’s not exactly the flashiest place in Miami, but it’s exactly why the locals like it. It’s a simple (but massive), low-key, marketplace with, well, a little something for everyone.
Wat Buddharangsi Buddhist Temple
Theravada Buddhism temple built in 1982 and they are at the service of the community. Come and visit with the monks, attend the special events or just spent a quite moment infront of their Buddha Statue you are going to experience an internal moment of peace and joy. There are several monks reside at Wat Buddharangsri. The number of monks are depend on the events or activities of Buddhism and Thai culture ceremony. Occasionally, monks are invited to do the blessing outside their temple some time at residential home or business.
Rouge in Miami Beach
Rouge was established a number of years ago by a chef who was determined to combine food and jazz music to create a completely unique experience. As soon as you arrive you’ll feel a definite sense of something classical about the venue, but mixed with the modern accoutrements that make your visit all the more enjoyable.
While it’s basically a French restaurant, the chef has combined plenty of flavors from Spain and Morocco to deliver something that has its own identity.
Where you really get a feel for the uniqueness of this place, though, is out in the courtyard. The aged bricks, the fireplace, and colorful plants blend together to create a warm and inviting location.
Fridays are great time to go and enjoy the live Brazilian Jazz band!
This is where the South Beach locals like to hang out. It’s a small neighborhood that overlooks Biscayne Bay and is filled with an exciting range of stores, bars, restaurants, and more. Once you park in the central parking lot, you can easily walk to all the best places in the neighborhood.
Feeling a little hungry? Then you may want to check out Pubbelly Sushi for something a little creative, or Icebox to treat yourself to some amazing cake by the slice. If you’re in the mood for a drink, then the Purdy Lounge is a great choice with an elegant atmosphere, while Mac’s Club Deuce is the right choice if you prefer the complete different atmosphere.
And this is just the start. There are plenty of shops, gyms, yoga studios and much more scattered around the neighborhood.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, commonly called The Arsht Center, is Florida’s largest performing arts center and is located on Biscayne Boulevard in the Omni neighborhood of Downtown Miami, Florida. The performing arts include dance, music, opera, theater and circus arts.The center was built in 1929 copying the style of the Art Deco hotels located along Ocean Drive and in 1997 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
**Something new! "Solve an art heist"
Live theater has gotten creative in the wake of the pandemic, and with the Arsht and Broward Centers’ indoor spaces closed they’ve taken the show into the great outdoors. This spring, the Art Heist Experience hits both our major PACs, where you and a group of aspiring detectives will move through five interactive stations and try to solve a half-billion dollar art heist. Along the way you’ll meet con men, criminals, and generally disreputable individuals, which might not sound all that different from a regular night out in South Florida. But these ones are actually actors. The show is based on a real art heist, and will require masks and comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking around the venue.
TICKETS: Visit the official website: https://www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Buy-Tickets-Now/
Downtown Miami is Miami’s bustling epicenter, packed with gleaming skyscrapers, sweeping bay views, and hidden places to explore. It’s a neighborhood of layers—decades of history overlapping and colliding; tourism destinations like Port of Miami alongside local favorites like American Airlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat; century-old buildings among new pockets of young residents who call the neighborhood home.
Where its southern neighbor Brickell is modern, towering, and dense, Downtown Miami is a mix of the old and the new. It was the site of one of Miami’s earliest international attractions, Henry Flagler’s Royal Palm Hotel, which opened in 1897 along the bank of the Miami River. Downtown Miami was home to Miami’s first development boom in the 1910s and 1920s, with Flagler Street at its core. Freedom Tower, listed here in our itinerary, was the entry point for Cuban refugees arriving in Miami in 1959. Today, Downtown Miami’s population has doubled in fewer than 10 years, and those new residents have brought new restaurants, bars, shops, parks, and world-class museums.
Wynwood Art District
Miami has one of the most impressive collections of ever-changing street art in the world, with blocks upon blocks of colorful, provocative murals that are never the same twice. Beyond the official Wynwood Walls park, which just started charging admission this year, the al fresco murals act as a free outdoor museum and you'll find plenty of fodder for your Instagram around every corner. Plus, with no tour buses, you might actually be able to park! The Wynwood Arts District, named one of America's best hipster neighborhoods by Forbes Magazine, is like no other area in Miami -- or anywhere for that matter.Developers transformed once lifeless warehouse buildings into a vibrant outdoor museum, featuring giant walls of graffiti-style murals. The formerly abandoned streets are now bustling with activity, drawing artists, visitors and hipsters alike.
There is no shortage of things to do in Miami. Whether hitting the party scene, shopping at the luxurious Brickell City Center or basking in the sun on one of the famous South Beach beaches, there is no question why Miami is one of the world most popular vacation destinations!
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