Miami is one of South Florida’s leading vacation destinations, with beaches, great weather, history, culture, sports entertainment. Downtown Miami, which is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach, is a modern metropolis and a cultural treasure trove.
From the streets of Little Havana to the museums, you are always able to find plenty of things to do. Across the bay is Miami Beach. With its Art Deco District, fabulous stretch of beachfront as well as fun vibe, it is a must-see in the area. Close by, Everglades National Park is one of a number of popular day trip destinations from Miami.
Miami is glamour first and foremost however spend a little time here and dig a little deeper in order to see what is under the surface. Or just go with the flow and indulge in the glamour in true Miami style. Here is our list of the best things to do in Miami.
Art Deco Historic District
Even if you have really no interest in the beach, the Art Deco Historic District is well worth a trip out to Miami Beach. This architectural style, which was popular in the 1930s and 40s, is dominant in this trendy South Beach neighbourhood.
These exclusively designed buildings, in a range of pastel colours and displaying large neon signs, were built after a devastating hurricane which struck in 1926. Many of these buildings are hotels and restaurants, most of which have been restored beautifully. Along a couple of the main streets, awnings on the lower level of these buildings offer shade for outdoor dining areas.
Explore Jungle Island
Jungle Island is undoubtedly one of the most well-known attractions in the city of Miami. The island is located on Watson Island and was previously known as Parrot Jungle. It even had Winston Churchill visit in 1946. The Jungle is just minutes away from South Beach and Downtown Miami. Via interactive experiences, Jungle Island captivates park visitors with a sense of adventure as well as discovery. Why not catch one of the thrilling shows which are a daily occurrence?
Available to the public and also free of charge, the Wynwood Walls was founded in 2009 by the legendary visionary and placemaker Tony Goldman as an outdoor museum of international street art.
From the first year’s programme – featuring Kenny Scharf, Futura, Os Gemeos, Swoon, Shepard Fairey as well as other renowned innovators in street art – Wynwood Walls has become a phenomenon. It has spurred on the creation of murals throughout the Wynwood district. The walls are now one of the best venues in the world to see the work of prominent street artists.
In 2010, the neighbouring Wynwood Doors, with 176 feet of roll-up storefront gates, was added. In more recent times the Wynwood Walls Garden, an open green space that features five murals, was included in the space. Every year, a selection of international artists – which range from old school graffiti artists to newer innovators – have put together artwork for the Wynwood Walls.