Best Places to Enjoy Father’s Day in Miami

Father's Day MiamiMiami is a great city to spend any holiday, and Father’s Day (which is coming up, by the way) is no exception. Instead of taking the father in your life to the fanciest restaurant you can afford, like you probably do on Mother’s Day, Father’s day requires some creative thinking. Fortunately, in Miami there is no shortage of places that dads of all kinds will enjoy. Here are just a few of the great places in Miami you can take your dad on Father’s Day.

Wynwood Walls

If you know a father who loves art, or just one who likes doing new things and having unique experiences, Wynwood Walls is a great place to visit on Father’s Day. Wynwood Walls is one of the top places for art lovers in Miami and a great place to spend the day walking around. Some of the murals on the walls will have anyone in awe, regardless of whether they’re a fan of art or not. It’s also a great place for the entire family to spend a day and provides the perfect backdrop for family photos. There are also plenty of places to grab a bite to eat nearby, so it’s easy to make it a day of hanging out in Wynwood on Father’s Day.

Miami Marlins Game

Few activities in the world are geared more towards fathers and sons than attending a baseball. Fortunately, Miami’s major league team has a home game on Father’s Day, making tickets to the game the ideal Father’s Day present. You can go to a nice brunch in the morning and then head out to the game and spend all afternoon at the ballpark. If your dad’s a baseball fan, he’ll think it’s the perfect way to spend Father’s Day.

Jungle Island

Of all the places in South Florida for animal lovers, Jungle Island may be the best option for Father’s Day. It’s affordable, conveniently located on Watson Island, and it has so many interactive exhibits and events that there’ll never be a dull moment. Since it’s a special occasion, it’s a great time to spring for one of their VIP Safari Tours, giving your dad up close and personal interactions with animals that he’ll never forget, ensuring that he has a memorable Father’s Day.

Edge Steak & Bar

If you’re not going to be creative on Father’s Day and just want to treat your dad to a nice lunch or dinner, the least you can do is go all-out and take him to the nicest spot you can find, which is the Edge Steak & Bar located in the Four Seasons Hotel. As you can guess from its name, steak is kind of their specialty, so there’s no doubt your dad will be able to get a delicious meal. The location is perfect too, right near the water on Brickell Avenue, so afterwards you can always wise up and finding something fun and creative nearby to do to treat your dad to the Father’s Day he deserves.

Top 5 Concerts in Miami in June 2016

Miami ConcertsThe summer heat is here, and that means it’s officially summer concert season. In terms of attracting high-profile musicians, the city of Miami is one of the best in the country. The city has plenty of great venues for live music and offers an enticing environment for top artists to perform. The month of June is loaded with great options for music lovers, and here are five concerts in Miami this month that you have to check out.

Ellie Goulding, June 3

What better way to kickoff a summer of great concerts than a Friday night performance from one of today’s hottest pop stars? Ellie Goulding is stopping off at American Airlines Arena in Miami for one night only as part of her Delirium World Tour. She’s fresh off her first Grammy nomination earlier this year and she has three albums worth of material to perform, including her latest hits: “On My Mind” and “Love Me Like You Do.” You can’t afford to miss out on an opportunity to see this British pop sensation at the height of her popularity.

Selena Gomez & DNCE, June 11

This show is another chance to spend a weekend night attending a great concert at American Airlines Arena, and it’s a double-bill no less. DNCE, the new band from Jonas Brother, Joe, is starting to make waves throughout the music industry, and now is the time to see them in concert. If that’s not enough, then surely you’ll come out to see headliner Selena Gomez. Her second album, Revival, already has three top-10 singles, as she begins her ascent to the top of the music industry. With all the acting that she does, who knows when Gomez is going to tour again, making her one of the marquee singers to see in concert this summer, an opportunity too good to pass up.

Weezer & Panic! At The Disco, June 14

An outdoor concert in Bayfront Park featuring two of the best rock bands of the past decade, it doesn’t get much better than that. Okay, technically, Weezer is one of the best bands of the past two decades, but they’re still going strong and the band’s last two albums have taken them back to their roots and been among the best they’ve produced to date. Weezer has so many hits that you can’t miss out on the chance to see them live, and adding Panic! At The Disco to the equation only sweetens the deal.

The Cure & The Twilight Sad, June 26-27

This show should bring together music fans old and young alike, and with two performances in Bayfront Park, there’s no reason to miss it. The Cure has been going strong for 40 years, an amazing accomplishment, and in concert they roll out hit after hit for your enjoyment. The Twilight Sad don’t quite have that much experience, but they bring plenty to the table, and in a way, they are the perfect musical complement to The Cure, making for a great concert.

Steely Dan & Steve Winwood, June 29

Even if you’re tired from enjoying all the other concerts in Miami this June, you should still make the short trip to West Palm Beach to cap off the month of June with Steely Dan and Steve Winwood. These are two acts that have been around forever and always put on a good show. Just sit back, relax in the open-air amphitheater, and enjoy two of the finest acts the music world has to offer; it’ll be the perfect way to finish off a month of amazing concerts.

Where to Find Miami’s Best Parks

South Point Park MiamiAny place that has green grass, open spaces, and sunshine has the makings of a great park. With sunshine almost year round and plenty of plush pieces of land, Miami is full of beautiful parks that are just begging you to visit for a picnic, barbeque, or any number of other fun activities. In case the beauty of the city’s skyline or the lure of its nightlife distracts you, here is where to find the city of Miami’s best parks.

Legion Memorial Park

This park goes unnoticed by so many, but it shouldn’t. Legion Park is right on the edge of Biscayne Bay and offers wonderful views of the calm waters. There’s plenty of room to go for a run or bring your dogs to let them stretch their legs. The park also features both tennis courts and basketball courts that are kept in great condition, making Legion Park a great place to spend an afternoon whether you want to do something active or relax and enjoy the scenery.

Bayfront Park

Parks don’t get much better than this: a 32-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Miami and right on the edge of Biscayne Bay. It’s a great place to bring kids, there are plenty of plush green lawns, and there’s a marketplace nearby in case you want to do some shopping or grab a bite to eat in between enjoying all the park has to offer. In addition to the great views, the amphitheatre at Bayfront Park makes it one of the top music venues in the city of Miami.

Greynolds Park

Up in North Miami is one of the city’s largest parks at 265 acres. There’s so much space in Greynolds Park that it’s the perfect place to go for a walk, jog, and bike ride. There’s also a golf course and plenty of room for a picnic or barbeque. The collection of hardwood mangroves at Greynolds Park is stunning and makes it one of the most scenic spots in the city. The park is also a great place to go if you’re interested in spotting local wildlife, as everything from foxes to iguanas may be seen at Greynolds Park on any given day.

Crandon Park Beach

Crandon Park is one of Miami’s secret beaches, but it offers far more than just a beach, even if the beach is the focal point. The park is located on the island of Key Biscayne off the coast of Miami and it offers acres and acres of space, far more space than what you would think for a relatively small island. The beach is undoubtedly spectacular, but there is also a golf course, tennis courts, picnic areas, and plenty of calm and tranquil waters in which to go swimming or kayaking. The entire park is one of the hidden gems that make South Florida great.

South Point Park

On the southern tip of South Beach is a park free from much of the wild and crazy that encompasses Miami’s tourist scene. South Point Park is the perfect combination of a green space, a beautiful beach, and spectacular views. It’s an ideal place to spend a lazy afternoon, simply sitting back and watching boats moving in and out of the Government Cut. If you simply want to get away from it all and enjoy the scenery that South Beach has to offer, South Point Park is the place to go.

4 Outstanding Sushi Bars in Miami

Miami SushiYears ago, eating sushi became a massive trend in the restaurant industry, and it appears that it’s here to stay. Naturally, being a great location for seafood, the city of Miami has been at the forefront of the sushi movement. Almost anywhere you go in the city, there’s sure to be a great sushi place nearby. There may actually be too many to choose from, but here are four of Miami’s most outstanding sushi bars.

Toni’s Sushi Bar

This place is a South Beach institution, bringing New York style sushi to Miami for over a quarter century. Many have hailed Toni’s spicy tuna roll as the best in Miami, but the rest of the menu is just as good and quite large. On top of that, you never know what the restaurant is going to offer as one of its specials, so there’s always a chance to get surprised. What Toni’s Sushi Bar lacks in fancy lighting and decoration it makes up for with good service, great presentation, and outstanding sushi.

Zuma

Zuma is a wonderful combination of great sushi and a great setting. It has outdoor seating right on the banks of the Miami River not far from Biscayne Bay, and even in Miami it’ll be hard to find a sushi place with a better view. The food at Zuma is equally impressive. On the surface, the food may look a little expensive, but it won’t once you take your first bite. Anything listed on the menu under “Zuma Special Sushi” is absolutely to die for. There’s a California roll with real Alaskan king crab, two types of sea urchin, and an amazing scallop option. No one leaves Zuma disappointed.

Makoto

Located in the Miami shopping hub of Bal Harbour, Makoto is one of the pre-eminent sushi destinations on South Beach. Many in Miami consider this the place to go for high-end sushi, whether it’s the spicy crab roll, the addictive spicy tuna, or the magnificent rainbow roll. No matter what you order from Makoto, it’s hard to go wrong, which is why this place is at the top of the wish list of every sushi lover in Miami.

Matsuri

Located just outside of Coral Gables, Matsuri is one of the best-kept secrets in South Florida, at least as far as sushi is concerned. The location may not be ideal, but once you step inside you’ll enjoy the look and feel of a modern sushi restaurant. Odd as it may be to hear, Matsuri’s specialty is rice, as they go to great lengths to ensure that it’s the perfect complement to all of its sushi selections. The prices are fair and many have praised Matsuri as one of the most authentic sushi bars in Miami, despite its rather odd location in a strip mall.

5 Places in Miami To Go for Craft Beer

Miami craft beerThere’s been a beverage revolution brewing in this country for quite a few years. Craft beers are starting to become just as popular as many of the traditional beer companies, and there’s an ever-growing desire for tasty microbrews. The city of Miami has been no exception to this and is following along with the trend full throttle. The city of Miami has plenty of great bars, but here are five places you want to go for craft beer.

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill

Not only does this bar in Miami’s Wynewood neighborhood offer 24 different beers on tap, but it also sells it in high volumes. The Butcher Shop features a beer tower that can hold up to three liters of your favorite brew. The beer list includes selections from many of South Florida’s craft breweries, and there’s plenty of great pub fair to eat while you drink. There’s also outdoor seating on the covered patio, so day or night and rain or shine, the Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill is a great place to visit.

Lou’s Beer Garden

Located on the north end of South Beach is Lou’s Beer Garden, which is filled with more than two-dozen microbrews from all over the country. Lou’s has a rather cozy outdoor seating area and a laid-back vibe, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a couple cold ones. It’s a small place and a little hidden, but if you can find it, you’ll be more than happy to sit down and stay awhile.

Abbey Brewing Company

This is another place that’s small in size but big on beer. Abbey has beers that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in Miami, including several European imports and a few house-made beers as well. If you have a beer bucket list, this is a great place to go to check off a few items. It’s also a nice place to relax and meet a few locals who have a shared interest when it comes to great-tasting craft beers.

The Local Craft Food & Drink

If you find yourself in Coral Gables, you have to check out The Local. Between bottles and tap, this place offers over three-dozen beers, and The Local is always putting in new taps and special releases, including beers that can be incredibly difficult to find. If you’re still not sold on this place, The Local also has special events in which they host local breweries. Oh, and everyone says the food is great, including the desserts.

The Mighty

If you want good beer selection, you want to visit The Mighty. This place has over 50 bottles for you to peruse, as well as 12 taps that are constantly changing. The owners have a great love for craft beer, and it shows, often finding taps of rare beers, as well as plenty from the South Florida area. It’s a fairly new place, but The Mighty is quickly gaining a good reputation for its beer selection, atmosphere, and menu, which is full of tasty options that complement its outstanding beer.

Miami’s 5 Can’t-Miss May Events

Miami businessMay has arrived, and spring is in full swing, although in Miami it’s starting to feel a lot more like summer. With the warm weather here, there’s a lot going on in Miami all month long, with so many shows, events, and concerts that there’s bound to be something for everyone. Here are five things happening in Miami in May that you can’t afford to miss.

Brew at the Zoo, May 7

Zoo lovers and beer lovers, unite! This event is perfect for anyone who has an interest in animals or for anyone who enjoys test tasting beer. A general admission ticket to Brew at the Zoo gives you unlimited beer samples, with more than 100 craft beers available. You’ll also have access to some of Miami’s top food vendors, who will also be present. There will also be live music, including a performance from hip-hop band Arrested Development. Finally, for those animal lovers, ticket holders will get a free admission to Zoo Miami any day the following week or the option to take $30 off a zoo membership. General admission tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door, a price that’s well worth it.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, May 10 – 22

This wonderful musical tells the story of singer-songwriter Carole King, whom you have to thank for writing 118 Billboard Top 100 songs between 1955 and 1999. The show is upbeat, flashy, and includes many of the songs King wrote herself, as well as several other contemporary songs you may recognize. Between May 10 and 22 there will be 16 shows at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. That’s plenty of opportunities to see it, so there’s no excuse for missing it.

Redland International Orchid Show, May 13 – 15

This is the largest orchid show in the country, so if you’re an orchid enthusiast or simply love seeing beautiful flowers, you have to check it out. For everyone else, it’s just a gorgeous setting to spend a day, taking place at Fruit & Spice Park down the road in Homestead. The park itself is a sight to see any day of the week, but on this particular weekend it will be filled with exotic flowers, expert speakers, and a raffle. If that’s not enough to get you out there, the Redland International Orchid Show will also have an international food court filled delicacies from all over the world. Oh, and tickets are only $10.

Miami Symphony Orchestra: Grand Season Finale, May 15

This will be the final show of the season for the Miami Symphony Orchestra, a musical ensemble you have to check out at least once. The show, led by conductor Eduardo Marturet, will feature a performance by famous pianist Lola Astanova, and is sure to include plenty of other memorable moments. The show is one night only; so don’t miss it! It’s at The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, May 20 – 25

Surely everyone is familiar with Hair, and if you’ve ever had the desire to experience or re-live the days of the 1960s, this is the perfect way to do it. The songs will be both infectious and familiar and are guaranteed to take you back to another time, even if it’s just for a couple hours. There will be several performances to attend between May 20 and 25 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, just a short drive from Miami. Tickets are $45, and the show will be well worth the trip.

3 Amazing Places in Miami for Animal Lovers

Zoo MiamiDeep down, everyone has a deep fascination of wild animals; there’s just something about them that piques our interest and curiosity. It just so happens that the city of Miami is a great place for animal lovers. If you want to get a close look at wild animals, Miami has you covered. Here are places in Miami that every animal lover must visit.

Zoological Wildlife Foundation

Located on the outskirts of Miami, this is an amazing place that will blow most modern zoos out of the water. You won’t see as many animals as you would at a zoo, but the experience is essentially like getting a behind-the-scenes tour of a zoo. You have to make reservations more than a day ahead of time, but by doing so the Zoological Wildlife Foundation allows you incredible access to its animals and an up-close and personal experience you’ll never forget.

The General Wildlife Encounter tour takes you through the entire five-acre facility, where you will see reptiles, birds, primates and small mammals, as well as several other animals like lions or tigers depending on the day and the mood of the animals. During the tour, some animals may be taken out of their enclosures, or you may be put into their enclosures, something that would never happen at a zoo. The Zoological Wildlife Foundation also offers you the chance to get even closer to some of its animals, including cougars, lynx, tigers, hyenas, sloths, and more. A trip here can be a bit pricy depending on what package you want, but they offer an experience that can’t be duplicated or imitated anywhere else.

Monkey Jungle

If your animal interests lay primarily with primates, it’s a no-brainer for you to visit Monkey Jungle. The park contains a 30-acre preserve where many of the 300 primates roam free as they would in the wild. Visitors have a number of ways to view and engage with the monkeys that call the park home. For instance, the rainforest jungle allows guests to view several different species of monkeys up close and personal in their natural habitat. Guests can also take the Rainforest Adventure Tour, during which they encounter smaller monkeys right in front of them and are even able to feed them. The experts at Monkey Jungle also put on interactive training shows with some of the bigger primates present like Orangutans and Gorillas, giving guests no shortage of fascinating things to see at Monkey Jungle.

Zoo Miami

Last, but certainly not least, there is Zoo Miami, a 300-acre zoo south of downtown Miami that has no shortage of things to see for any animal lover. The zoo features dozens upon dozens of different animal species from all corners of the globe. There are too many to name, but all the key players (lions, tigers, elephants, etc.) can be found. Zoo Miami also offers some amazing attractions, including camel rides, giraffe feedings, as well as playgrounds and water play areas for kids. There’s so much to do at Zoo Miami that you’ll be lucky if you can fit everything into one day.

Where to Find the Most Amazing Burgers in Miami

Miami cheeseburgerThe food choices in Miami are as amazing and diverse as the city itself. But as exotic and intriguing as some of the restaurants in Miami are, sometimes you just want to keep things simple and grab a burger. Of course, in Miami, just wanting to grab a burger opens up a Pandora’s box of options for you. Here are four restaurants in Miami where you can find some of the most incredible burgers you’ve ever tasted.

Frankey’s Sports Bar

Located in Hallandale a little north of Miami, Frankey’s one of South Florida’s newest sports bars, but it’s quickly becoming one of its best. One reason for this is the Adena Burger, which uses beef raised on a family farm in the central Florida city of Ocala. The Adena is a thick and juicy burger with melted cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion. It sounds a bit simple, but with the quality of beef, the Adena Burger hits the spot.

Bulldog BBQ

On the outside, Bulldog BBQ looks like another innocuous restaurant in North Miami, but inside they are grilling up The Hot Mess, a work of art by barbecue great Howie Kleinberg. This burger is cooked with Certified Angus Beef, so you know you’re getting a quality piece of meat. Then it’s topped with bacon candy, roasted mushrooms, blue cheese, caramelized & crisp onions, and horseradish mayonnaise, just in case it needs a little extra kick. This is a burger that’s going to require two hands and your full attention to eat.

The Local

Located in Coral Gables, this restaurant has a secret burger, literally. The Local has an off-menu burger called The Secret Burger. It is massive and only meant for those South Florida natives who know where to find it; not that they’ll say no if a tourist comes in and asks for it. Just be warned, this is only for serious burger eaters. It starts with the bun, which is actually two Mc’Discos, which are made in house by pressing pimento cheese spread between a potato roll. The meat is a bacon and brisket blend, and it’s topped with fried onions, a house-made barbecue sauce, and a fried egg. Now you know why they try to keep it a secret.

db Bistro

In the heart of downtown Miami you’ll find a French bistro called db Bistro whose burger will shock you. It doesn’t have a fancy name (The Original db Burger), but many in Miami consider it the best burger in town. This burger doesn’t rely on fancy or elaborate toppings; instead, it’s a burger made of sirloin that’s stuffed with braised short rib, truffle, and foie gras. If you consider yourself a burger lover with a sharp pallet, you may have found the Holy Grail at db Bistro.

Best Places to Visit at Miami’s Lincoln Road Mall

miami hotelIf you’re looking for a place in Miami where you can shop, eat, or just hang out for the day, look no further than Lincoln Road Mall. Located in the heart of South Beach, Lincoln Road Mall is an outdoor wall with blocks and blocks of shops, restaurants, bars, and other enjoyable ways to spend your time. You can walk up and down Lincoln Road all day and never run out of fun places to go, but here are places you must check out while at the Lincoln Road Mall.

Juvia

Located on top of a parking garage, Juvia is a great place to relax after a day of walking up and down Lincoln Road. You’ll come for the view, but you’ll stay for the fine food and drink, as well as the ambiance. The open-air setting makes the vibe there fun and relaxing, just as one would expect on South Beach. The food combines influences from French, Japanese, and Peruvian cuisine, so the dishes and appetizers are much different from what you’ll find at any other place, and with a full bar, you’ll also be treated to some delicious cocktails.

HaVen

HaVen is undoubtedly one of Miami’s top social hot spots. It’s part restaurant and part lounge, and features some of the best mixologists on South Beach, making it a perfect place to spend happy hour. However, it’s also part nightclub, with neon lights, a video wall, and great music, making it a place where you can hang out long into the night. Whether you want to sip a high-end cocktail, get your groove on dancing, or taste one of their many incredible appetizers, HaVen is a great place to check out, day or night.

Colony Theater

The Colony Theater is one of Miami’s amazing Art Deco buildings, and not only is it an historic location that you have to see for yourself, but it’s also a great place to catch a show. The Colony Theater offers musical performances, operas, dance performances, and films, all taking place in a small, intimate venue that brings you up close and personal with some amazing performers and shows. You’ll have to do some planning, as the Colony doesn’t offer shows every day, but if there’s an intriguing show coming up, planning a day at the Lincoln Road Mall around a show at the Colony Theater sounds like a great idea.

Huahua’s Taqueria

If you want to grab a bite on Lincoln Road at a place that’s both casual and unbelievably delicious, you’ll want to stop at Huahua’s Taqueria. It’s located right on the edge of Lincoln Road, so there aren’t large crowds to fight, and you have the choice of eating either inside or outside. The service is usually quick, and whether you get a taco, burrito, or nachos, the food is incredible and will leave you wanting more. If you want lunch, dinner, or some late-night eating while on Lincoln Road, Huahua’s Taqueria is one of the best options available.

Miami’s Can’t-Miss Events in April

Biscayne National ParkAs we head into the month of April, the weather in Miami is starting to heat up, and with that, residents and visitors can really start to experience all that the city has to offer. Warm weather in the spring and summer creates endless possibilities for fun and interesting events in the city of Miami. April is just the beginning of what should be an exciting summer in South Florida. Here are five events that you need to check out if you’re in Miami during the month of April.

Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival, April 8 – 10

Since 2009, the first year of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival, the event has grown leaps and bounds and is now one of the biggest annual events celebrating the LGBTQ community in the world. There are events held throughout the week leading up to the festival, including parties, musical performances, and appearances by celebrities. The main event is the parade, which starts Sunday, April 10th at noon, taking place on Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th street. Anyone who loves a parade, or simply wants to have fun, is encouraged to attend the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival. More information on the event can be found at the festival’s official website.

Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park, April 10

For the ultimate family fun day that’s free of cost, come out to Biscayne National Park the afternoon of April 10. The event takes place the second Sunday of every month from December to April, so this is your last chance to attend until next winter. This month, the park is highlighting the variety of ways in which families can have fun in national parks, from rock climbing to bird watching, and everything in between. If you bring your family to Biscayne National Park for Family Fun Fest, there’s bound to be something everyone in your family will enjoy.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, April 12 – 24

Anyone who loved the classic 1987 film Dirty Dancing has to check out the stage version. Many of the unforgettable songs from the movie that starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are performed during the stage show, as well as a few extra scenes audiences are sure to enjoy. Between April 12 and 24, there will be 16 performances at the Au Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, so there will be plenty of opportunities to see it and no excuse for missing it if you’re in Miami during that time.

The Acrobats of Cirque-Tacular, April 24

You won’t believe your eyes when you get a look at the Acrobats of Cirque-tacular. It’s a family-friendly show that will having you watching in utter amazement, as the performers fly through the air and contort their bodies in ways you didn’t know were possible. The Acrobats are sure to impress you, and there’s no way you’ll go home disappointed. It’s also a one-night only show, taking place April 24 at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center just north of Miami; don’t miss out.