Things to do in Miami
Miami to Key West
The four-hour drive from Miami to Key West features a host of attractions to visit and activities to enjoy. The route takes you across the Overseas Highway to the southernmost tip of the United States. The drive alone is spectacular, but once you reach the end of the US, there are even more delights to enjoy like snorkelling and spectacular sunsets.
Sunrise in Key West
Art Deco Historic District
Explore the famous coloured buildings and stunning architecture of Miami with a tour of the Art Deco historic district. Comprising four areas, the region is renowned the world over for its distinctive building designs and bright decor that harks back to a heyday in the 1920s. The Art Deco historic district is located on Miami Beach between 5th and 23rd Street.
The fluorescent lights of Ocean Drive
The 600,000ha protected habitat that is the Miami Everglades is a place like no other. Attracting environmentalists and researchers the world over, it's home to wild mangroves, giant alligators, and towering sea grass. The Everglades also features the Miccosukee Indian Reservation, and the area can be explored in a host of ways including cycling, camping, and airboat tours.
Airboat in the Miami Everglades
Little Havana Miami
Renowned as the social, cultural and political epicentre of the city, Little Havana Miami is situated near Downtown. It features a vibrant street life, enticing restaurants, a host of notable landmarks, and a character all of its own. Named after the capital of Cuba, the area is home to Cuban exiles along with many Central and South American immigrants.
Dominos game in Little Havana
Wynwood and the Design District
Once a neglected area, Wynwood and the Design District has re-emerged to become the modern arts and creative hub of Miami. The area features museums, large installations of street art, and over 60 art galleries. A major drawcard of the area is the famous Wynwood Walls where over 40 murals by acclaimed artists are painted on the exterior of buildings.
Some of the street art in the Wynwood District
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Just south of Miami's modern skyline is a nod to Italian culture and history in the form of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The former winter home of businessman James Deering, this stunning mansion with equally spectacular gardens is designed to replicate an Italian villa. The gardens are renowned throughout America as some of the most ornate, featuring Italian and French influence.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Perez Art Museum
The Perez Art Museum is home to a vast collection of modern and contemporary works celebrating the culture and diversity of Miami. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, the striking gallery focuses on 20th and 21st century works and also boasts elaborate hanging and sculpture gardens. The Perez Art Museum is open daily and is located in Museum Park near the Museum of Science.
Exterior of the Perez Art Museum. © 2015 DiscoverAmerica.com
Swim with dolphins and dive deep into a world of underwater wonder at Miami Seaquarium. This 15ha oceanarium is one of the oldest in the United States and features endangered species along with traditional favourites like penguins and sea lions. Located in Downtown Miami and boasting spectacular skyline views, the Seaquarium is open 365 days a year.
Committed to documenting, protecting and conserving Miami culture, HistoryMiami Museum features a selection of permanent displays and changing exhibitions. The museum aims to help people understand how the region's past affects its future and includes an aviation hall, photography displays, and the popular Tropical Dreams exhibition recounting a 10,000-year history of South Florida.
Art Deco Museum
Famous the world over, the Art Deco architecture of Miami is explained and documented in detail at the Art Deco Museum. The facility allows you to better understand the architectural heritage and community culture of Miami Beach, providing an insight into the three main historic building styles of Miami. Opened in 2014, the museum also features scaled building models, roving displays, and personal memoirs of residents.
The Bass Museum
Housed in a former public library, the Bass Museum showcases international contemporary art. The museum features permanent and temporary exhibitions with the aim of expanding the definition of contemporary art. Exhibitions include the use of multimedia, fashion, design and architecture, and they span eight galleries, social spaces, a dedicated learning centre, and a cafe.