Miami lies on the southeast side of the Florida Peninsula, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Biscayne Bay lagoon and Miami Beach. The city's pleasant winter climate makes it a very popular holiday destination, particularly for those in the northern regions of the country. Miami's blend of neighborhoods - some more than 100 years old - reflect Caribbean, West African and old Southern roots, with a distinctly Latin flavor. Historic sites, colorful murals, monuments to heroes past and present, unique art galleries, theatres, parks and architecture all make up Miami's multicultural attractions.
Miami Beach is young by most city standards but its Art Deco District—containing more than 800 buildings dating from the 1920s to the ’40s—has made it onto the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the highest concentration of these streamlined, strikingly geometric structures in the U.S., with a walk along Ocean Drive north of 5th Street, and stop by the Art Deco District Welcome Centerfor self-guided audio tours. The iconic South Beach, featured on TV and in magazines and postcards, starts at 1 Washington Avenue and runs until around 21st Street. South Beach attracts a lively crowd of people who enjoy the energy of the place, picturesque views of the ocean, and a trendy offering of cafes and restaurants.
Lincoln Road Mall
Designed by iconic architectural guru Morris Lapidus in the 1950s, Lincoln Road Mall was once dubbed the “Fifth Avenue of the South.” A pedestrian mall between Lenox and Washington Avenues, Lincoln Road is a shopping, dining and cultural mecca featuring unique shops, galleries and restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating—perfect for people watching.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
This 2.6-acre urban greenspace showcases Florida native plants and trees, with garden subsets including a Japanese garden, edible garden and water garden. Cascading oolite fountains frame the Great Lawn, perfect for a casual picnic. A free self-guided phone tour offers additional information on the history of the Garden and plantings. Environmental educational programming is offered throughout the year in the form of workshops, seminars, and free family-oriented events. Admission is free.
Sunshine and a dose of Latin flavor combine to make Bayside a feast for all the senses and the number one most visited tourist attraction in Miami. Located on Biscayne Bay in the heart of downtown Miami, visitors of Bayside Marketplace can experience impeccable international cuisine, fine shopping, and lively performancesfrom Miami's best local musicians in a beautiful, waterfront setting.Visitors can also hop on a refreshing Bay cruise with tours of celebrity homes on Star Island, or take an Xpress Water taxi from Bayside to Miami Beach Marina, Key Biscayne, and Coconut Grove.
Viscaya Museum & Gardens
A National Historic Landmark, Viscaya Museum & Gardens preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering. The estate is a total of 50 acres (200,000 m2), of which 10 acres (40,000 m2) contain the Italian Renaissanceformal gardens, and 40 acres (160,000 m2) are circulation and the native 'hammock' (jungle forest). The villa's museum contains more than seventy rooms of distinctive architectural interiors decorated with numerous antiques, with an emphasis on 15th through early 19th century European decorative art and furnishings.
Miami Design District
The Miami Design District is a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences.In addition to the Institute of Contemporary Art, a growing number of galleries include the De la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space and not-for-profit artist space Locust Projects. Public art & design on display throughout the neighborhood include Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome andFun by John Baldessari. The neighborhood is also home to restaurants by Miami's favorite culinary names like Michael Schwartz and Michelle Bernstein.
Wynwood Arts District
Just south of the Miami Design District, the Wynwood Arts District, currently one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world, is home to over 70 galleries, museums and collections. Converted warehouses and decaying urban structures have become canvases for Miami street artists, whose masterpieces can be seen all over the neighborhood. It’s more than graffiti, with murals spanning multiple blocks and taking months to complete. Some of the neighborhood’s most lauded pieces are on view at the Wynwood Walls, an outdoor gallery created by the late real estate developer Tony Goldman. Some 50 artists from around the world have had murals inside the Walls, including Shepard Fairey, who’s responsible for the famous Obama “Hope” poster.
Running all the way to the northern fringes of Downtown, it's an area roughly bounded by NE 2nd Avenue to the east, I-95 to the west, I-395 to the south and NE 36th to the north.
Nicknamed the “Island Paradise,” Key Biscayne is the northernmost island in the Florida Keys and offers pristine beaches, two waterfront parks, a cycling path and gorgeous views of Miami. Toward the east end of the Key, Crandon Park has barbecue and picnic areas, making it great for family trips, while the tip of the island offers excellent (and safe) swimming in the 400-acre Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.
Crandon Park,6747 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, 1200 South Crandon BoulevardKey Biscayne, FL 33149
Perez Art Museum
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), located in Downtown Miami's Museum Park alongside Biscayne Bay, is Miami-Dade County's flagship museum presenting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Designed by prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, the state-of-the-art facility offers 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space including flexible galleries, an education complex, the PAMM Shop with unique gifts, art books and furnishings, and Verde waterfront restaurant and bar.
Virginia Key Beach
Escape to a tranquil lagoon minutes from Downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Experience a true eco-getaway on one of the last remaining hardwood hammocks in an urban area, surrounded by water and miles of trails. Enjoy paddling, kayaking, leisure and mountain biking, kayak and paddle fishing, yoga, SUP (stand up paddle), swimming or reclining in a hammock under the palms. Visit for a couple of hours or a full day. Virginia Key Outdoor Center is an in-town getaway to the outdoors.
Jungle Island is an intimate zoological park located between Downtown Miami and South Beach. Building upon a rich tradition, it is home to some of the world's rarest and most exotic animals. Guests enjoy engaging animal shows and exhibits while strolling by streams and waterfalls under a lush canopy of tropical trees. Guests can choose to participate in hands-on interactions with fascinating animals or go on a guided behind-the-scenes VIP tour. Jungle Island enriches the lives of visitors through immersive, real-life jungle experiences centered on adventure, animals, discovery and play.
Little Havana, the Cuban district of Miami, isn't known for its wealth of tourist attractions but more for its distinctive cultural flavor. There are restaurants, specialty food shops, and Latin music drifting through the air. CalleOcho (SW 8th Street) is the main thoroughfare running through the district and home to much of the activity, but the district spreads well beyond into the surrounding streets and avenues. Most of Little Havana's major “sights” are in the historical district between SW 12th and SW 17th Avenues, on and off CalleOcho. Where Memorial Boulevard meets SW 13th Avenue is the Brigade 2506 Memorial, an eternal flame that burns in memory of those killed in the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion. And of course, this is the place in Miami to come for Cuban cuisine, including the neighborhood's most famous culinary landmark, Versailles (3555 SW 8th Street). This huge, mirror-lined restaurant is packed with loud families on weekends, and during the day older Cuban men hang around the coffee counter outside and talk (Cuban) politics.
Little Havana Welcome Center, 1442 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135