Miami is the richest city in Florida for sightseeing and Miami is one of the states and the world’s most popular vacation spots. Miami, the port city in the southeast of the state of Florida, is the center of attention for travelers from all over the world. Miami owes its reputation to natural beauty, long beaches and entertainment.You can find all the places that allow you to get to know the nature, cultural structure, history and nightlife of this city in the list of places to visit in Miami.
1.Miami Beach & South Beach
Built on natural and man-made islets, Miami Beach offers its guests a slightly calmer atmosphere compared to South Beach. Therefore, resort hotels in the region are preferred by families. Attractions such as the Miami Beach Botanical Garden are among the factors that influence this choice.
South Beach stands out with its entertainment and shopping opportunities. South Beach, also called ın SoBe ın by local people; Boutique hotels overlooking Ocean Drive are famous for their long sandy beaches and bars. Art Deco architecture, which has become synonymous with the city, shows its influence here too.
2.Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park, which is the third largest protected area in the United States after Death Valley and Yellowstone, is located 48 kilometers from South Beach. The Everglades National Park is a place where you can enjoy many activities. When you come to the park, you can visit the visitor center first and get detailed information about the area. You can follow the Anhinga Road and reach the observation tower. Here you can watch the scenery and take lots of pictures and then observe the wildlife at Lake Paurotis. When you’re hungry, you can feed yourself with the delicacies offered at the Gator Grill. Also, if you visit the national park, I strongly recommend you to go on a crocodile tour.
If you haven’t had a chance to go to Cuba so far, don’t worry. Because during your trip to Miami, you can visit Little Havana and experience a small replica of the exotic country atmosphere. You can have an enjoyable time by chasing exotic delicacies and colorful carnivals in the settlement where almost all of its population is composed of immigrants from Central and South America. The center of Little Havana is the 8th Street or Calle Ocho. Spanish films are screened at the Tower Theater on this road. During the “Cultural Friday” event, special exhibitions are held in art galleries within Little Havana.
The 2.1-kilometer-long Ocean Drive is one of the first places that comes to mind when you say Miami. The street, which inspired many series, films and computer games with its colorful atmosphere, extends from South Pointe Park to the barrier island which is considered the center of Miami Beach. Art Deco-style hotels and stylish bars and restaurants are located on this road. On the other side of the street, where travelers have shown great interest throughout the year, a beach that looks as if it is immense is waiting for you. If you’re after the bustling atmosphere, you can head to the beach between the 5th and 15th streets. You can use the walking path between the street and the beach for taking photographs and observing.
5.Art Deco District
The Art Deco District in Miami Beach is one of the most densely populated areas in the city with its bold architecture and tropical motifs. You can see the most striking buildings in the Art Deco District on the 11th and 14th streets leading to Ocean Drive. In this area, especially the Congress Hotel, which is close to 11th Street, and the Tides one block away, and the Cavaliers, right next to 13th Street, reveal all the glory of the Art Deco style.
6.Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, which brought the Mediterranean architecture to Miami with its original architecture, was built in 1916 by industrialist James Deering as a residence. Villa Vizcaya’s rooms are decorated with antique furniture from 15th century, carpets, paintings and ornaments. Due to its architectural features and splendid gardens, the lower floor of the Vizcaya Museum is now used to display various contemporary art collections. The gardens, inspired by the 17th and 18th century Italian gardens, also feature many statues and fountains with eye-catching details.
Lincoln Road is home to a variety of entertainment, dining and shopping opportunities and is among the most important attractions in South Florida. The street, which was built as a result of the destruction of the mangrove forest in this region, is open to pedestrians only. In this way, shopping and gastronomy enthusiasts can easily access the options they are looking for in a safe environment a few blocks from Ocean Drive. I recommend you to visit the covered parking lot on the west side while you go to Lincoln Street. Designed by a Swiss architectural office, the building attracts travelers with its extraordinary architecture as well as shopping opportunities. Inside the building, there are many shops and residences outside the parking areas.
Step inside the world’s greatest outdoor street art museum and experience Tony Goldman’s vision of the Wynwood Walls like never before. Learn about the ever-changing murals by some of history’s most legendary graffiti writers and iconic street artists. Private walking tours are available daily for groups of all ages, large and small. Moreover, this unique collection, which makes the city more colorful with its murals, is the third leg of the Art Basel show in Basel and Hong Kong. For this reason, the works exhibited on the walls are completely changed during certain periods of the year. During the event called Wynwood Art Walk, host art galleries hold special exhibitions. During the event, concerts are organized and thematic markets are established.
Bayfront Park, which covers an area of 32 acres in the city center, overlooking Biscayne Bay, was built between 1924-1925. The purpose of the park is to have a fun time for the public. If you are looking for a place to relax and participate in cultural events during your Miami trip, you can visit Bayfront. Trapeze and yoga trainings are provided around the JFK Friendship Torch, which decorates the northern part of the Bayfront Park. If you walk to the southwest of the green field, you can see the Challenger Monument in memory of the astronauts who died in the 1986 explosion.
Bayside Marketplace is very ambitious about giving different experiences to travelers who are bored of the uniformity of shopping centers. The two-storey facility, which adds a distinctive atmosphere to the coastal area of Biscayne Bay, has more than 150 shops and 12 restaurants. The fun atmosphere stands out as the most important feature that distinguishes Bayside Market Area from its peers. You can listen to live performances by local musicians while eating or shopping at the property, or if you have time, join boat rides. You can even join the parties if you want to dance.
Miami Seaquarium was founded in 1955. At the time it was opened to visit, the marine aquarium, which consists of only 3 parts, has 400 fish species, 6 mammals from 6 different families and more than 50 species of invertebrates. If you are on holiday with your family or are interested in underwater life, you can visit this unique place.
12.Miami Children’s Museum
The Miami Children’s Museum, which aims to improve children’s talents and sense of responsibility, began operating in 1983 in a shopping mall in West Kendall. At the Miami Children’s Museum, children have the opportunity to mimic the daily activities of adults. Children can take on a variety of roles, from withdrawing money from the bank, to grocery shopping, to pet care, to being a local police or firefighter.
Freedom Tower, which is an important part of the Miami skyline, was built in 1925 on the campus of Miami-Dade University. The Freedom Tower was used to gather nearly half a million Cuban refugees during the admissions process in the 1960s. For this reason, the tower, which is also known as the Ellis Island of the South, continues its activities today at the Museum of Art and Design at the University of Miami-Dade. When you visit the tower, which is 78 meters high, you can examine the works of valuable artists including Picasso, Matisse and Chagall.
Miami Zoo, the oldest and largest zoological park in Florida, was opened to visitors in 1948. The zoo is home to more than three thousand species of 500 different species within a 750-acre area. In addition, over a thousand trees, shrubs and plant species can be observed. During your visit to the Miami Zoo, you can enjoy a variety of shows and tours. You can take the safari train departing every 20 minutes. This will allow you to see Bengal tigers, Asian and African elephants and Komodo dragons.
15.American Airlines Arena
Located in the American Airlines Arena city center, where the NBA league team Miami Heat plays home games, it has a seating capacity of 19,600. There is also a multi-purpose section called Waterfront Theater. This section, which is the largest theater hall in Florida, hosts many concerts, family events and other stage events throughout the year. During the days of American Airlines Arena basketball games and concerts, visitors are offered many options, from standard services to premium packages.
Key West is connected to the mainland by a 200-kilometer chain of bridges that resemble a paradise. When you get here, you can also take photos at the point that points to the southernmost tip of the United States. When you want to have fun and shop in Key West, you can catch up on Duval Street. For more fun, you can visit the island from November 21st to December 31st and attend the Key West Holiday Fest as an audience.
If you love nature, you can go to Jungle Island for fun during your trip to Miami. The 18-acre ecological adventure park, formerly known as Parrot Jungle, was founded in 1936. Therefore, the resort is considered one of Miami’s oldest attractions. There are more than 3,000 animals and thousands of parrot species and activities where adrenaline does not fall for a moment. You can increase your knowledge of nature by watching shows with animals and participating in guided tours.
Coral Gables was inspired by the Beautiful City Movement in the early 20th century because of its dynamic everyday life, extraordinary architecture and peaceful atmosphere. Located in the southwest of the city center, the residential area has gained popularity with shopping, entertainment and accommodation options for holiday lovers. Once you get to Coral Gables, you can visit Merrick House, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables Museum and City Hall. Take advantage of the shopping opportunities at Miracle Mile and Merrick Park and end the day with a delightful dinner in one of the stylish restaurants in the area.
19.Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
If you want to spend a quiet and peaceful day during your vacation in Miami, you can turn your route to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. In the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Wings of the Tropics, where 40 kinds of butterflies live freely, takes on the task of making young people love nature. If you want to see how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, visit the Vollmer Metamorphosis Lab. Of course, in the meantime, I recommend you to see the conservation area where various plants are located and the greenhouse where rare species are exhibited.