Things to Do in Miami

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Owner Frank Martinez’s ancestors have been producing Cuban cigars since the 1920’s in Pinar Del Rio, an area renowned for its robustly flavored tobacco.... Read More

More than a parking lot, 11 11 Lincoln Road is an open-air raw-concrete structure with, depending on which floor you happen to be on, seven- to 34-foot... Read More

Florida’s largest performing arts venue presents hot-ticket events including everything from opera and ballet to live comedy and theatre, even... Read More

Second only to the Lincoln Center in its super-sized proportions is Miami's world-class performing arts complex with a half-billion-dollar price tag.... Read More

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... Read More

Where you’re going, you don’t need roads—or at least not paved roads. Amelia Earhart Park spans eight miles of unpaved roads for all levels of riders.... Read More

Home to many species of wildlife, this 0.8-mile trail through the Everglades begins at the Royal Palm Visitor Center. The path runs over the sawgrass... Read More

Every two weeks, the Antique Collectibles Market opens on Lincoln Road Mall near Alton Road. Shaded by dozens of palm trees, a forest of white tents... Read More

Art Basel’s draw isn’t just its surrounding landscape (although who doesn’t love South Beach), but the masterpieces that grace the blank industrial... Read More

An outgrowth of the renowned Swiss art fair, Art Basel Miami Beach has been turning Miami into a citywide art extravaganza during the first week of... Read More

Miami’s longest running art fair, Art Miami is undoubtedly the most important show during Art Week. Occupying the famous Midtown Miami complex in the... Read More

Well-dressed gents of all net worths frequent this iconic South Florida men's clothier in business since 1945. Family run continuously for more than 50... Read More

Located at teh top of downtown's Four Seasons, Bahia is the hotel's premier rooftop lounge. Guests come to enjoy a lazy day of sunbathing and sipping... Read More

Located in the Wynwood Arts District, this offbeat warehouse complex is home to 70 resident artists, who occupy the 60+ working studios of the well-worn... Read More

Serving as the watering hole for one of SoBe's true Art Deco masterpieces, the evocative Setai Hotel, the Bar & Courtyard offers Asian-inspired... Read More

The Design District venue is every hipsters dream: Bearing no sign, it’s not a place you simply stumble upon. No, everyone is here for a reason, and... Read More

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... Read More

Part of the Collins Park Cultural Center, the Bass Museum of Art houses more than 3,000 works from around the world. The museum is located inside a... Read More

Bar food gets a classy update at this gastropub outfitted with overhead TVs to ensure you don’t miss a second of the action. The bar specializes in beer... Read More

Drinks infused with liquid nitrogen are the main event at this avant-garde West Avenue cocktail lounge. Cryogenic fluid is colder than... Read More

Located on the southern tip of Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is probably best known for its picturesque beach. But it's also loaded... Read More

Course legend Donald Ross designed the iconic greens in the heart of Coral Gables circa 1925. A grass lift in 2007 by architect Brian Silva paved the... Read More

Ninety-five percent of this colorful park on Miami’s doorstep is underwater. Save for 30 islets and a mangrove forest fringe on the mainland,... Read More

You’ll find four different ecosystems in one at this National Park—and might even spot an endangered species or two as you snorkel through one of the... Read More

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

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ fuels any and every Miami sporting event. Fans flock for Southern comfort food (Carolina pulled pork shoulder with cornbread and... Read More

As if the televisions surrounding the bar weren’t enough, Burger & Beer Joint serves 99-cent beers to keep you quenched throughout the game. Chow... Read More

Looking for custom-made vintage clothes and accessories? C. Madeleine’s is a staggeringly huge warehouse hidden away on upper Biscayne... Read More

If you’re looking for a history lesson in the bygone eras of fashion, get schooled at C. Madeleine’s. The vintage emporium  in North Miami Beach... Read More

Turns out feeling like a million bucks only costs $295. The starting rate for spa packages at Canyon Ranch is a bargain for Florida’s largest wellness... Read More

Miami’s most rocking venue has been around since 1979. Where else can you do your laundry (Churchill’s has a laundry room open to clients), grab a bite,... Read More

The celebration and nurturing of Latin American art is the guiding passion behind this non-profit foundation established in 2002. The "matriarch" of... Read More

Headquartered in Key Biscayne, Club Nautico provides powerboat and yacht rentals for those looking to explore the waters off the coast of Miami. The... Read More

Damn astronauts get to have all the fun. Well, at Club Space you too can feel like you landed on the moon. DJs like Roger Sanchez, Fedde Le Grand and... Read More

The Mystery: Made from 1,100 tons of megalithic-style limestone boulders—some heavier than the Pyramids' and bigger than those at Stonehenge&mdash... Read More

In addition to offering players a picturesque view of Miami’s skyline and the world’s largest tee, Crandon Golf has been named one of the most... Read More

If you’re all the way on South Beach and don’t feel like making the trip to Calle Ocho, Google Map the nearest Deco Drive Cigars. With three locations... Read More

Art Basel’s next-door neighbor, Design Miami is a mecca for furniture, lighting, and objets d’art. Expect lamps that don’t look like lamps, chairs that... Read More

This international design show held annually in December has been a critical and popular hit since its 2005 inception. Inspiring a sister show in Basil,... Read More

Headquartered in Milan, the Italian company Driade made the avant-garde design district home to its first ever US showroom in 2007. The quirky mod... Read More

A playbook of drinks calls for a smart strategy. The winning play here? 2-4-1. All day, every day. The South Florida chain’s flagship location on North... Read More

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before Miami added a 24/7 nightlife experience to its social resume.  Who can party that long? People in Miami... Read More

Located in Little Havana, this small cigar shop features enormous front windows through which visitors can admire professional cigar rollers, many of... Read More

The tyrant of stogies, El Titan De Bronze is actually an artisan and boutique shop. Cigars are hand-crafted in small batches by “Level 9” rollers from... Read More

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... Read More

Special booking: A surprise two-day excursion as part of a Brazilian honeymoon, involving a private helicopter tour of Angra dos Reis followed by a... Read More

The Ernest Coe Visitors Center contains informative exhibits designed to educate the public on the history and the importance of the Everglades. The... Read More

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.... Read More

Less than 30 miles from South Beach lies America's largest subtropical wilderness (with about 1.5 million acres), where freshwater, seawater, and... Read More

Club House Italia meets Fendi design in this custom furniture line favoring luxe fabrics and monochrome color schemes. Sixty countries worldwide now... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Owner and mentor Fredric Snitzer sits on the Art Basel selection committee and has been promoting art here since the 70’s, long before the rest of the... Read More

The only park of its kind in the United States, the Fruit and Spice Park is a 37-acre public park filled with more than 500 types of fruits, vegetables,... Read More

A diet rich in art is good for the soul. Indeed, that’s what gallery keeper and local activist Nina Johnson-Milewski believes, and her contemporary art... Read More

Items for both children and home can be found under one roof in this Design District shop. Organic fabrics and sustainable, Earth-friendly materials are... Read More

Giving their profits away to the homeless, this thrift store not only promises bargain prices on cool items but also allows shoppers to make a... Read More

Opened in 1926 as the Olympia Theater, this venue—with Moorish architectural touches and a faux-constellation ceiling painting—now hosts... Read More

If you prefer a beach with free spirit, the country’s top nudist beach may be for you. You don’t have to strip, though there’s nothing better than... Read More

If your game-time goal is to immerse yourself in the spectacle, then Haven is where you ought to be. Besides serving up organic fare (go for the Duck... Read More

The Hell's Bay Canoe Trail runs through a complex mangrove ecosystem in the Everglades. So named because it was once considered “hell to get into,... Read More

Miami's history is complex, so it's a good thing there's an institution like HistoryMiami to help sort through the city's past. In addition to a vast... Read More

Think of this as your house — anything goes. Dress code is strictly enforced—sexy pjs and “creative couture” are OK, sneakers and tanks tops are not..... Read More

Latin hipsters with deep pockets make their way to this Little Havana dance club that offers live music and salsa dancing at South Beach prices. Popular... Read More

Founded in 2006, Ink Art Fair is sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association, whose members specialize in offering original,... Read More

This South beach boutique is always on the edge of the latest celebrity trends. You’ll find an eclectic mix of known and emerging designers, as well as... Read More

This undersea park requires a 45-minute trek down to Key Largo, but its well worth it to experience the first park of its kind in the U.S. The park... Read More

The Miami-based fashion designer, whose fans include Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio, and Paris Hilton, has opened his own store, an opulent space with an... Read More

Not much has changed since King’s opened for business back in the mid 1990’s, and though that isn’t necessarily a positive for the... Read More

Workplace furnishings of modernist design have been this high-end retailer's sole focus for more than 70 years. From its downtown location in an... Read More

The belief system at Kush is as follows: “good beer ain’t cheap, cheap beer ain’t good.” Your wallet will gladly open for beer geek David Rodriguez, who... Read More

When Lanvin first opened its doors inside Miami's Bal Harbour Shops in 2009, it was the French fashion house’s first freestanding boutique in the... Read More

Lapis isn’t a just spa. Thanks to the 75-foot mineral pool, jet baths, eucalyptus steam room, and “silence is golden” nap suite, it’s a temple. Plus,... Read More

The center hosts exhibitions by up-and-coming Haitian artists such as Jean Brierre and discussions by literary stars, including Edwidge Danticat. Read More

Situated in Miami’s most Cuban neighborhood, Little Havana Cigar Factory understands that cigar smoking is a lifestyle, which is why they’ve made the... Read More

This Irish treasure features raffle giveaways during game time, 30 TVs, three pool tables, and a stage as a centerpiece. When the game is over, locals... Read More

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or hate music you’ve surely heard of LIV. ... Read More

The toughest door in town, this megaclub inside the ritzy Fontainebleau is one of the top-grossing clubs in the country. LIV works harder than most of... Read More

Lou’s is selective about its craft, and appoints a local tasting panel to cherry-pick their selection, which include Lil’ B Imperial Porter and Lindeman... Read More

Offering a typical South Beach party scene, Love Hate Lounge was founded by Miami Ink's Ami James and Chris Nunez. As befits a bar opened by reality TV... Read More

Martinis and bay vistas are all around at M-Bar. Downtown's posh Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the place to go for a selection of 250 cocktails... Read More

At the Mandarin Oriental, you’ll enter a private spa treatment room, equipped with an even more private shower. And if you’re VIP, the room comes with a... Read More

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.... Read More

A million-dollar renovation spurred a resurgence of this iconic Washington Avenue mainstay that first opened its doors in 2004. Superstar DJs come to... Read More

Don't let its nondescript location fool you. Modestly housed in a converted warehouse, this privately owned collection occupies a massive warehouse in a... Read More

Premium black caviar direct from Russia headlines this international food emporium in the North Bayfront, in business since 1983. Part gourmet foods... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

What to Expect: The palm-studded beach encompasses more than nine miles of the east coast of the barrier island that holds this narrow city; as the... Read More

Located directly across the street from the Miami Beach Convention Center and just a couple of blocks from Lincoln Road, the Miami Beach Botanical... Read More

Made famous by feature films, including Scarface, the vibrant cruise ship-speckled sunsets of South Beach are postcard perfect. Bikini-clad beachgoers... Read More

Though it's best known for its sun, sand, and bronzed bodies, Miami is also home to one of the nation's premier literary festivals—though in true Miami... Read More

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... Read More

The 55th floor of the Wachovia building plays host to this swanky private club coveted for its views. South Florida movers and shakers congregate at the... Read More

The exuberant architectures of South Beach are the focus of popular tri-weekly walking tours sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL).... Read More

The Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium leaves its young patrons (and their parents) wide-eyed with its vast array of hands-on exhibits. Start your... Read More

Miami Project is the new artsy kid on midtown’s tent-cluster block. The fresh fair has received critical praise for showcasing plentiful female and... Read More

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

During Miami Spice, a city-wide celebration of the area's most popular restaurants, you can easily dine out every night without visiting the same... Read More

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... Read More

Whether you’re looking to take a stroll above the waters through Miami’s elite islands or have a go at the wake zone, Miami Watersports Paradise is your... Read More

South Beach was founded on the saving of Art Deco, and now it's Miami Modern's (MiMo) turn. Prime examples of this architectural style line the choice... Read More

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.... Read More

Downtown North Miami plays host to this small, but mighty, Charles Gwathmey-designed museum completed in 1996. An earthy, angular structure lined... Read More

Hosted by the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), this contemporary art festival takes place every December at the Deauville Beach Resort on Collins Avenue... Read More

This Frank Gehry-designed performing arts venue, which opened in 2011, is a testament to the city's ability to reinvent itself after years of shaky real... Read More

Owned by self-proclaimed design junkie Nisi Barryman, this shop has been helping locals design and furnish their spaces since 2004. Appropriately... Read More

Hand-knotted rugs straight out of Nepal distinguish this carpet retailer in the city's cutting-edge design district. Inspired by a childhood spent... Read More

The world-famous Nikki Beach, at First and Ocean, is as beachside as you’ll get while still partying—in cabanas, deck chairs and the bookable day beds.... Read More

Special booking: For a high-profile client’s safari, Pieters worked with a worldwide security company and orchestrated a soup-to-nuts custom trip,... Read More

Novices and pros can both enjoy tee time at this Miami Beach golf course that’s been around since 1939. Its proximity to the water makes your game a bit... Read More

Oceania’s three identical midsize ships—the 684-passenger Insignia, Nautica, and Regatta—are geared toward a crowd that wants to explore interesting... Read More

Ten miles of intermediate bike trails will challenge the most adventurous of riders. Treacherous labyrinths entertain and burn calories for hours on end... Read More

The largest urban state park in Florida, Oleta State Park is the area that the Tequesta Indians called home 3,000 years ago.  While the park offers... Read More

This bar takes its craft beer and food pairings seriously: think Korean chicken and waffles alongside a pint of Dogfish Head’s elusive 120 IPA. Sip from... Read More

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

Originally founded as the Miami Art Museum, the Pérez Art Museum Miami was rechristened in 2013, when it relocated to a state-of-the-art, Herzog &... Read More

Located in Homestead, just east of Everglades National Park, this commercial nursery specializes in orchids, particularly the Phalaenopsis and... Read More

Water is the very essence of Miami, and it is the ease and sensuality of it that defines the city. To properly explore its offshore wonderlands, rent a... Read More

Miami has outdone itself once again: a 26,000-square-foot rooftop nightclub — one of the largest in the Americas — heats up the roof of the... Read More

Primary Projects has never been one for going with the flow or fitting in. This unorthodox, artist-operated gallery first swung open its doors in the... Read More

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

Growing faster than any other supermarket chain in the United States, Publix still maintains the same commitment to individualized customer service that... Read More

To tune into the heartbeat of the contemporary art world, head over to PULSE.  Peek through the looking glass and into the world of video and new... Read More

New York, Los Angeles, and Miami play host to this annual arts celebration billing itself as “the leading US art fair dedicated solely to... Read More

Go wild over the exotic orchids in nurseries. Read More

This subterranean disco lounge, furnished like a 70’s basement, is a blast from the past. Old-school hip-hop tunes and vinyl records played through 40... Read More

Bring a bike with you to Virginia Key:  there are no rentals available at the first stop on the eight-mile long Rickenbacker Trail. Off-the-beaten... Read More

Do not leave Homestead without stocking up on tropical fruits like papayas, star fruit, lychees, atemoyas, or monstera deliciosa (which tastes like... Read More

Housed inside the Delano Hotel, this ultra-chic bar attracts the glitterati with its Venetian chandeliers, rose-hued walls, and pricey cocktails. An... Read More

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... Read More

Set in the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Rumbar isn’t a cigar lounge per se, but rather a cocktail lounge that just so happens to have an extensive cigar... Read More

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... Read More

Located in Coconut Grove, Sandbar is a holy union of beach vibes and sports fanaticism. Here, walls are fashioned with Hurricane memorabilia, 26 TVs,... Read More

Founded by gallerists Alexis Hubshman and Peter Surace, the Scope Art Fair was first held in the Gershwin Hotel in New York back in 1991. In Miami,... Read More

Guy Fieri may have gone to Scully’s for bar food, but what he got was Belgian escargot swimming in melted garlic butter. This starter is a go-to for... Read More

Luxury on the two 112-passenger SeaDream ships means freedom to do what you want—like being on your own private yacht. You don’t have to... Read More

Once a less-than-favorable part of town, Wynwood now hosts one of the area's most popular events, the Second Saturday Art Walk. Attracting art... Read More

You can cruise through the Everglades on a 15-mile paved road that sometimes features alligators as pedestrians. For a bird’s-eye view of the ecological... Read More

A colorful surprise awaits travelers passing through Concourse D in Miami International Airport’s North Terminal. Shop Britto is the first airport... Read More

Covering the grounds behind the Shore Club Hotel, the SkyBar is a magnet for celebrities and locals with enough cache to get in the door. The expansive... Read More

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

I know, I know. Why would I include a member’s only club spa as part of the list? I found a loophole. Hotel guests are entitled to all the same luxuries... Read More

From October through May, the 7,000-square-foot projection wall that holds up one corner of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center plays host to a... Read More

Based out of Miami Beach, this company leads half-day bike tours of the city’s famed Art Deco District. In addition to the bike rental, the cost... Read More

It’s not a real Miami experience without renting a Deco Bike and pedaling along the South Pointe Park’s paved walkway, which has 360-degree views of the... Read More

This family-owned and operated dive and surf center is the passageway to Miami’s underwater world. They’ve pinpointed 75 sub-aquatic sites all within... Read More

Founded as a one-day event at the Florida International University in 1997, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival has since morphed into a five-day... Read More

A formerly hardscrabble spot has been transformed with light towers and artfully arranged dune grass. Sunset at the newly revitalized zone at the tip of... Read More

Anthony Spinello is an artistic force to be reckoned with:  He took over his first gallery before he was legally allowed to drink.  Today, as... Read More

For good food, good drinks, good friends, and damn good sports watching, visit the Sports Grill. This neighborhood joint has built in TV screens and has... Read More

Located inside The Standard hotel in Belle Isle Park, this 12,500 square-foot holistic and hydrotherapy spa provides a broad range of relaxation... Read More

The same guys behind LIV felt the need to give real music fans a little more room to dance, so they took over this 27,0000-square-foot space and spruced... Read More

No other nightclub opening was so highly anticipated as STORY. It’s 2012 debut—the day after Christmas, with a weeklong DJ marathon leading up to New... Read More

This private label, housed in the Wynwood Arts District, comes from a 23-year-old local fashion blogger who’s as dashing and colorful as the wardrobe... Read More

Hope you packed you’re snorkeling gear, because it will be put to good use at Sunny Isles Beach. The Newport Fishing Pier has been around since the... Read More

Low-key and relaxed, Surfside’s Residential Beach is family-friendly and ideal for tourists seeking respite from raucous South Beach. Parking is never a... Read More

The oldest yoga studio in Miami Beach, Synergy Center for Yoga and the Healing Arts offers more than 50 yoga classes each week. Instruction is available... Read More

You might as well be hanging in your living room when visiting the only microbrewery on South Beach. Still Miami’s oldest brewpub, The Abbey has been... Read More

The intimate Jackie Gleason Theater at the Fillmore Miami Beach can house thousands of music fans, yet you still feel as if the center stage act is... Read More

The piano at The Regent isn’t just there for embellishment — it gets played nightly. Everyone in this speakeasy plays their part, such as the elegant... Read More

At first glance, this dimly lit space looks like Dexter’s laboratory.  The intimate bar comes into focus one craft brew at a time, and you’ll see... Read More

Offering a respite in the lively South Beach neighborhood, the exclusive Setai Spa offers private suites, where customized treatments are enhanced by... Read More

Reggae, jazz, hip-hop—you name it, The Stage will stage it. This Design District spot evokes the same chilled-out feeling you get when walking into a... Read More

The massage therapists at The Standard are holistic wizards. Besides offering the only three-leveled co-ed Haman in the city, The Standard spa is also... Read More

The Bottega Veneta designer is given to stocking an eclectic range of items, including high-end Santa Maria Novella shaving cream imported from Italy,... Read More

Leave it to Donald Trump to take on the challenge of curating the country’s best golf course. Many of the five 18-hole courses are still undergoing... Read More

If golf is your primary activity during your visit to South Florida, you’ll want to stay at Turnberry Isle Resort & Spa, where the $40 million... Read More

Built from a coral rock quarry in 1923, this Coral Gables landmark (it's actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places) is far from your... Read More

For striking views of Brickell Avenue and the Downtown Miami skyline, flow over to Virginia Key Beach Park. Like a hidden treasure stumbled upon, it’s a... Read More

Built in 1916 as a winter home by industrialist James Deering, this Italian Renaissance-style villa and its 10 acres of formal gardens, chock full of... Read More

Part museum, library, and research facility, the Wolfsonian Museum at Florida International University houses a collection of 120,000 pieces dating 1885... Read More

It wasn't too long ago that Miami's Wynwood neighborhood was a warehouse-filled ghost town. That was until the late Tony Goldman, the man who reinvented... Read More

Five years ago, this part of Wynwood was a ghost town. That was until the late Tony Goldman, the man behind the revival of Manhattan’s SoHo District,... Read More

Offering modern designer sportswear in an edgy, urban space, this first-in-the-nation Y3 boutique feels right at home in the trendy digs of the Design... Read More

Pre-game during happy hour at the new South Beach outpost of this beer mecca. Goblets of your favorite craft beer go for $6.75 and half yards for $7.50.... Read More

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