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Your Guide to Exploring Miami Without Breaking
1. Go To The Beach
Need we say more? With over 15+ miles of sandy shores, Miami area beaches are consistently ranked as some of the USA’s best beaches, making them one of Miami’s most popular attractions. Each beach area has something unique to offer, so grab your beach towel and a good book and spend the day living like a true beach bum. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
2. Self Guided Walking Tour through South Beach
Also known as SoBE, this area is a huge tourist destination booming with lively nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. South Beach is also an area rich with art & culture; it is home to the Miami City Ballet and the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts. The art deco district is the epicenter of historic Miami culture, comprising of hundreds of buildings constructed between the 1920 to the early 1940s. It is also home to the famous Art Deco Weekend, an annual festival that takes place every January. Grab your camera and explore all this area has to offer.
3. Little Havana
Hispanic culture is thriving in Miami’s Little Havana, and there’s plenty to see as you stroll down Memorial Boulevard. Take a walk down Calle Ocho Walk of Fame, (think the Hispanic equivalent to Hollywood’s star walk) , lose yourself in the colorful murals , or pay a visit to the Bay of Pigs Monument or the Cuban Memorial Plaza.
4. Versace Mansion
Located at 1114 Ocean Drive at 11th Street, don’t miss visiting this Miami Beach mansion, once owned by Gianni Versace before he was shot to death on his own doorstep in 1997. It is currently up for sale for $125 million and is an impressive 19,000 sq feet. The property includes a 54 foot pool, 24 karat gold mosaics, 10 bedrooms, and 11 bathrooms. It’s easy to get lost in the beauty and grandeur of one of Miami’s most photographed properties.
The Natural Side of Things
1. Biscayne National Park
Escape from the hustle and bustle of Miami and get in touch with nature. Biscayne National Park is a natural wonderland with plenty to explore, and can be enjoyed without spending a cent. Try packing a picnic, and taking some time to simply enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
2. Barnacle Historic State park
The Barnacle house was built in 1891, giving visitors a glimpse into old Florida’s past. This spot of solitude is a perfect place to spend a quieter afternoon, catch a glimpse of the local birds and animals, or challenge friends to a game of chess.
3. Yoga in the Park
This free outdoor yoga class is an experience not to miss. Learn more about Yoga in the Park here.
1. Holocaust Memorial
The impressive monument is open every day from 9 am to 9 pm. The memorial features a meditation garden encircled by a circular wall and photographic mural. Perhaps most striking is the “Sculpture of Love and Anguish,” featured below. Tattooed with a number from Auschwitz, a giant arm rises up out of the ground complete with tormented bronze figures crawling up the arm. The memorial invites every visitor to determine their own interpretation and emotions they experience when viewing the monument.
1.Miami Art Museum
Free admission the second Saturday of every month from 1-4pm offers visitors traveling on even the tightest budget the opportunity to view the museum’s impressive collection of contemporary art.
2. Coral Gables Art Walk
The first Friday of every month is Coral Gables Gallery Night, where art enthusiasts can explore the galleries exhibits well past normal hours. Doors open from 7-10pm, and there is lots of wine and cheese to enjoy as well as transportation between galleries.
3. Viernes Culturales
Little Havana hosts a popular monthly arts & culture festival. Join the festivities and come dance under the stars, view the local art galleries and artist studios, or join in on the domino competition in Domino Park. Salsa dancing and traditional Uruguayan dance is something not to be missed. The energy and culture alive here is electrifying– and will leave you wanting to come back again and again. The next free festival is August 31st.
1. Miami Children’s Museum
Let your little ones explore hundreds of exhibits , immersing them in a world of art, culture, and communication. It’s free on the third Friday of every month from 3 to 9pm.
2. Family Fun Fest
The second Sunday of the month from January to May, bring the kids to this free program that allows them to interact with nature and join in on hands-on activities at Biscayne National Park.
-Eloquence On the Bay