Miami

Things to do in Miami

Miami’s dining, culture and attractions are all heavily indebted to the influence of Cuban and Latin American culture. When you’re looking for things to do in Miami, be sure to take in the city’s unique history by visiting Little Havana, which offers a little taste of Cuba – not to mention great prices on Cuban cigars. Calle Ocho and the surrounding streets still bear the imprints of the 1960s, when many Cuban immigrants fled to Miami and set up small shops like the ones they’d left behind. Stroll through the neighborhood to take in the Mediterranean-style architecture, the Latin American music drifting out of doorways, and the smell of strong Cuban cigar smoke. You’ll likewise be immersed in history at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a must-visit for nature and architecture-lovers. This European-style palace contains an immense collection of antiques from the 16th to 19th centuries, as well as an opulent garden that seems straight out of a fairy tale.

Miami is also a shopper’s paradise: Aside from Miami’s beaches, fine dining, and Latin American culture, dropping serious cash on designer duds may be one of the things to do in Miami that’s most synonymous with the city. From Aventura Mall to the Shops of Bal Harbor, fashionistas visiting Miami will find sparkling malls and upscale boutiques selling clothing and accessories from the likes of Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Sonia Rykiel, and of course, Versace.

A place full of adventure, the Everglades National Park boasts 2,400 square miles of diverse natural habitats, constituting the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. The park is also home to thousands of wildlife species, most notably tropical wading birds such as the Great Blue Heron.

This new Miami facility with world-class golf courses uses Pritikin's strict regimen of weight loss through detox.

The Bottega Veneta designer is given to stocking an eclectic range of items, including high-end Santa Maria Novella shaving cream imported from Italy, Neil Young albums, art books on Slim Aarons and 1920's architecture, fine teas, men's and women's clothing, and arty Marni necklaces made from str

Located on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel, the Terrace Bar is a great place to enjoy sweeping views of downtown Miami and the sparkling waterways that surround the property.

Hand-knotted rugs straight out of Nepal distinguish this carpet retailer in the city's cutting-edge design district. Inspired by a childhood spent overseas, owner Beth Arrowood makes it her mission to bring sumptuous rug designs from other continents to the US interiors market.

An impeccably refined store featuring vintage furniture and fixtures, with splendid Murano chandeliers from the 1920’s to the 1970’s.

In 2003, 20 years after its founding, the Miami Children’s Museum was relocated to a $25 million residence on Watson Island near downtown.

Seabourn defines luxury for the old-money crowd, operating three tastefully decorated, 208-passenger yachts where guests are pampered with free-flowing champagne and other niceties while enjoying unique itineraries.

Club House Italia meets Fendi design in this custom furniture line favoring luxe fabrics and monochrome color schemes.

The citywide art-apalooza, which began in 2002 as an outgrowth of the renowned Swiss art fair, happens every year on the first weekend in December.

The Ernest Coe Visitors Center contains informative exhibits designed to educate the public on the history and the importance of the Everglades. The center shows introductory films that have encompassed everything from a park overview to the effect of hurricanes.

A shoulder massage comes with a shave and cut, plus a drink is included with everything from beard trimming to nail grooming.

Marcel Wanders's better-living-though-edgy-design emporium is for the cultivated set, espousing such high-minded dictums as "Moooi leads the understanding of culture, human needs, and technology." In his shop just south of the Wynwood Arts District, you'll find rarefied items like Maarten Baas's

The center of Miami Beach nightlife, Lenny Kravitz’s updated 1950s Cuban–style lounge has live music (played on a Lucite grand piano) and Latin-inspired drinks.