South Beach

Things to do in South Beach

Whether its meandering between the pastel-toned Art Deco buildings or roller blading with local South Beach diet fans on the 17th Street beach walk, there are plenty of things to do in South Beach.

Fans of the arts can avail of 90 minute walking tours at the Art Deco Welcome center. Want to go it alone? Meander through the Collins Park Art District or stop by the Bass Museum of Art for somewhere with air-conditioning.

Check the line up at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Performing Arts venue to catch a New World Symphony or book tickets at the Miami City ballet.

Want to stay in shape while on vacation? Lummus Park offers free volleyball facilities, and South Pointe Park is a great green space to work out while watching the sunset. You can also jog through the South Beach Botanical Garden to marvel the tropical greenery – it’s free.

Still wondering what to do in South Beach and money is no object? Make like an A-lister and rent a boat from the Club Nautico. Maybe you'll anchor down next to P. Diddy. If you're looking for an outfit before you hit the clubs, Base and Fly Boutique offer styles for every look. Once you're all dolled up, stop by the Martini Bar at the Art Deco designed Raleigh Hotel to turn back the clock over a cool drink. Finish your evening dancing at Mansion, AL Capone's old movie theater and now a nightclub hotspot.

Offering a typical South Beach party scene, Love Hate Lounge was founded by Miami Ink's Ami James and Chris Nunez.

Sandoval—a trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie protégé, and first-rate jazz legend—runs a first-rate club, perfect for a downbeat evening. It's a welcome addition to the nightlife scene, which is full of one too many dance clubs.

This diminutive operation is the ultimate destination for luxe kids' gear. Just off Lincoln Road, the store carries Bugaboo baby strollers, Marc Jacobs children's clothes, artist-designed toys, mini Eames chairs, and other scaled-down renditions of mid-century-modern furniture.

Base is one of the hippest—and most ecumenical—stores in Miami, where each selection is more refined than the next. The young staff models the merch and embodies Miami cool, while the wide-ranging assortment on the shelves includes L.A.M.B.

Located just a few steps from the clubs and lively atmosphere of Collins Avenue, this two-story boutique hotel provides an unexpected respite from the hustle and bustle of South Beach.

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.

The hotel is perfect for people watching. The lobby is the place to see and be seen, then go up to the Art Lounge for the real party.

Serving as the watering hole for one of SoBe's true Art Deco masterpieces, the evocative Setai Hotel, the Bar & Courtyard offers Asian-inspired cocktails that cool guests on the warmest Miami nights.

Looking for a new shopping experience in a cozy yet distinctive place as off the beaten path as you can get in Miami Beach? Try Fly Boutique, a fun consignment store that offers new and vintage apparel and accessories.

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.

This small hotel bar in South Beach’s art deco landmark, the Raleigh Hotel, offers a taste of a glamorous bygone era with its circa-1940’s mahogany bar, paneled walls, terrazzo floors, and midcentury furniture.

Housed in the Mondrian hotel, Agua Spa is the newer of two Morgans Hotel group spas in South Beach. Marcel Wanders designed this 4,000-square-foot space with an all-white lobby, and the monochromatic theme continues through the six treatment rooms.

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