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.

Frank Gehry's 2011 New World Center performing arts venue is an ambitious stab at the civic transcendence of blockbuster architecture, the building is a testament to the city's ability to reinvent itself after years of shaky real estate developments.

If there were a poster child for the current melding of design and art in Miami, it would have to be Terence Riley, the new director of the Miami Art Museum (MAM) and former Philip Johnson chief curator of architecture and design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where he oversaw the epic $858

Owned by self-proclaimed design junkie Nisi Barryman, this shop has been helping locals design and furnish their spaces since 2004. Appropriately located in the Design District, the store sells home furnishings and décor to fill any room.

Housed inside a historic 1939 Art Deco building designed by famed architect Henry Hohauser, The Webster is a Miami institution located in vibrant South Beach.

Located inside The Standard hotel in Belle Isle Park, this 12,500 square-foot holistic and hydrotherapy spa provides a broad range of relaxation treatments. The Standard emphasizes communal experiences, but also offers one-on-one services including in-room.

Overlooking the Atlantic on Sunny Isles Beach, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is the U.S. home to premier British-based spa company, ESPA.

Owned by Miami’s famed Opium Group, this 40,000-square-foot nightclub is a magnet for A-list celebrities and the city’s fashionable set.

Offering a respite in the lively South Beach neighborhood, the exclusive Setai Spa offers private suites, where customized treatments are enhanced by serene views of the ocean and pool.

Centered around a beautiful oil painting of a jet taking off, this is a classic Miami cocktail lounge with aviation-themed décor and an aren't-the-fifties-great ambience.

A member of the Opium Group, which has produced some of the most prosperous nightclubs in South Beach, Mokai caters to the famous and those with money. If you don’t receive an invite, be prepared to spend major bucks on bottle service to get into this upscale, exclusive club.

A graffiti garden with a restaurant and bar created by Tony Goldman, an early South Beach pioneer who jumped from the bankable buzz of Art Deco to street art. It's part free outdoor gallery, part Disney World for grown-ups at this open-air art park next to Wynwood Kitchen & Bar.

More than 1000 exotic birds and other colorful varmints populate this iconic South Florida discovery park that dates back to 1936.

Since 1985, Miami Twice has offered an amazing selection of vintage and contemporary items from the 1920’s to 1980’s. When it comes to furniture, you’ll find everything, whether it’s a funky, 70’s leopard-print couch or an elegant oak coffee table.