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Miami for Teens

Blasius Erlinger The author's sisters at Loews Miami Beach, a South Beach hotel where kids rule.

Photo: Blasius Erlinger

Welcome to round-the-clock thrills—suntanned, G-string-wearing rollerbladers, wild clubs, and celebrity-packed parties. Wait. For 16-year-olds there are no nightclubs, no celebrity bashes, and no G-strings, and instead Miami is all about great beaches and pools, adventure (ultralight flight, anyone?), and the American ideal—a true melting-pot city.

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Inspired by: Miami, Fla. — by Lily Erlinger, Published Sep. 2005

Hotels (7)

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    Fontainebleau Resort & Spa Miami Beach

    This crescent-shaped landmark hotel has a longstanding reputation for grandeur. Recently, more than $200 million was poured into an elaborate renov

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    Mandarin Oriental, Miami

    Besides the Mandarin's trademark luxury Asian touches, the reason to stay here is the view of the downtown Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay. Of cours

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    Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

    Hands down, the Ritz-Carlton is Miami's best full-service resort, with tropical gardens, a tennis center, a 20,000-square-foot spa, kids' programs,

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    Loews Miami Beach Hotel

    Opened in 1998, this sprawling beachfront hotel is located on South Beach’s famed Collins Avenue, lined with historic Art Deco hotels built in the

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    Four Seasons Hotel, Miami

    Upon arrival at this 70-story, glass-and-granite edifice in the center of Miami’s business district, guests enter a cavernous lobby featuring a hig

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    The Raleigh

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    Taverna Opa

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    Versailles

    Established in 1971, this casual café began as a gathering place for Cuban exiles living in Little Havana. Over the decades, it has continued to se

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    Frieze

    Originally founded in the Art Deco District, the Frieze is named after the famous architectural element used in many buildings there. The shop is o

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    Parrot Jungle Island

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

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    Venetian Pool

    Not your average community swimming pool, this 1923 Coral Gables landmark is a spring-water oasis in the heart of the City Beautiful neighborhood.

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    Miami Design Preservation League

    The exuberant architectures of South Beach are the focus of popular tri-weekly walking tours sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League (MDP

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    Sawgrass Mills

    Florida's most extensive designer outlet mall, with some 300 shops (David Yurman, Coach, Kate Spade, Theory), atop Wannado City, an interactive pla

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    Books & Books

    Housed inside the Sterling Building on the Lincoln Road Mall, Books & Books is a locally owned bookstore specializing in art, design, and architect

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    Wannado City

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    Miami Children's Museum

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

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    El Credito Cigars

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    Miami Seaplane Tours

    Founded by former commercial pilot Tony Anderson in 2004, Miami Seaplane Tours offers four sightseeing excursions, each featuring a different view

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