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.
It doesn't get more authentically Miami than an avant-garde contemporary art collection housed in a former DEA warehouse. Miami Beach hotel barons, the Rubell family, hosts its privately owned rotating collections at a cavernous two-story warehouse in the design district.
Opened in 1926 as the Olympia Theater, this venue—with Moorish architectural touches and a faux-constellation ceiling painting—now hosts the Miami International Film Festival every January, the local ballet troupe Maximum Dance Company, and occasional concerts.