WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN MIAMI?
Miami, a name that makes you dream! It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, where many tourists come to enjoy the fine sandy beaches, sunny beaches and almost permanent blue skies, but also to admire the Art Deco architecture and discover the Latin atmosphere. But Miami is not limited to that, and there is a lush natural environment at the city’s gates.
When to Visit Miami? The best time to visit Miami is from November to the end of April.
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Here are 10 must-see things to do and see on a trip to Miami:
1. The Art Deco District
The 800 pastel-coloured buildings and old cars freeze this district in the 1930s (the period in which the district was rebuilt). Visit it during the day or at night (a magical moment thanks to the neon lights that colour the facades). An electric bus offers you a one-hour visit for 25 cents. You will discover the whole district as well as these anecdotes like the one of Casa Casuarina where the fashion designer Versace lived; or the hotel that housed a serial killer.
2. South Pointe Park
You will enjoy the 7 hectares of this park with the whole family thanks to the playgrounds for children and the dog park. The walk along the beach is ideal for contemplating the landscapes; whether you are walking, rollerblading or cycling. But to take a quick walk and enjoy the restaurants or yogurt bar at South Pointe Park, opt for the gyropod rental! It’s accessible to everyone, affordable (less than 30 euros per hour) and really fun.
3. Key West by the Overseas Highway
It takes only 4 hours to connect Miami to Key West by this mythical route. Once arrived, 2 to 3 days will be necessary. The port is full of aquatic activities: swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, going out to sea… If you want to stay on the island, the festive atmosphere of Mallory Square or Hemingway’s house, as well as the aquarium, are worth a visit. Side shivers: the East Martello Tower keeps the evil doll “Robert the Doll” and the Original Ghosts Tour will take you to the haunted places of the island.
4. The Wynwood Art District
It’s a must when you’re in Miami. It’s not necessary to be an expert in Street Art to contemplate these masterpieces, so it’s accessible to the whole family. You can visit this area in a group, by bike or golf buggy but all these alternatives will have a cost. Moreover, the best way to admire them is still to be on foot. Another possibility is the Wynwood Walls (it’s a closed enclosure and therefore not free of charge) which brings together several works by artists.
5. Take the aerial metro
The best way to discover Miami is by air metro. It will allow you to travel around the city easily and free of charge thanks to these 21 stations spread over 3 lines. A quick tour of downtown Miami is possible with the Downtown Loop line. The Omni Loop line focuses on the district of the same name, which is essentially oriented towards the media and entertainment found in buildings with contemporary architecture. The Brickell Loop line opens up the business district and will take you south of the city.
6. Villa Vizcaya, in Coconut Grove
A perfect compromise between nature and culture! A tropical forest, French and Italian gardens; and then this villa that gives the feeling of having always been there. It was created to house a gigantic collection of art objects from all over Europe belonging to a wealthy heir who was passionate about art of all kinds. This is why the villa is teeming with different styles throughout the rooms of the house. The rococo style is thus combined with a Renaissance interior. The gardens end on a magnificent bay with a definitive Venetian style.
7. Everglades National Park (by kayak or hydrofoil)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this park is a must. It has hundreds of species (mammals, reptiles, fish and birds). It’s at Riverbend Park in the Everglades that you can practice kayaking for 8 km. You will discover the fish and birds that inhabit these marshes. Concerning the hydrofoil, outings ranging from 30 minutes to 5 hours are available. It will cost about thirty euros for these two means of transport. Be careful with the park tax (which amounts to 3 dollars) is not included in the price.
8. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Very popular with the bride and groom for its white sandy beaches, this park is also much appreciated by families. If you wish to take a height, a visit to the lighthouse and the keeper’s quarters is possible. You can also walk or cycle through the park (if you stay on land); or kayak for those who would jump into the water. Several areas have been designed for picnics, a gourmet break or, why not, a few sausages.
9. Go shopping
The choice of shopping centre will depend on your buying habits and desires. Bayside Marketplace is perfect for finding the souvenir while dancing to the sound of salsa concerts on the marina. Lincoln Road Mall is South Beach’s shopping centre. Large clothing chains on one side; souvenir shops on the other; not to mention restaurants and bars with their own specialities. But for those who are addicted to shopping, it’s Sawgrass Mills that will find favour with its factory stores. It’s the largest shopping mall in Florida. From clothes to home, everything is represented. Being one hour from Miami, shuttles are available.
10. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Located south of Miami, this park extends over 34 hectares. Plan a half-day to explore every nook and cranny of this gigantic collection of rare tropical plants. You can venture out on your own or take the free tram tour around the park. Horticultural experts are also available to answer any questions you may have about plants or wildlife. Several exhibitions are also continuously on the park. And for the youngest, a naturalist treasure hunt is proposed. Admission varies between $12 and $25 depending on your age.