There’s no denying that summers in Miami can get quite hot. Fortunately, there are plenty of great ways to cool off amidst the summer heat. But sometimes the best thing to do is use the ocean water that surrounds Miami and just jump right in, as this can be a good way to cool off and enjoy yourself at the same time. When you do that, your options are almost endless, but here are five awesome water activities that you have to give a try when visiting South Beach.
With so many canals and groves amidst the intercostal waters in the Miami area, it’s the perfect area for exploring via kayak. It doesn’t take much expertise to maneuver a kayak, and there are plenty of places in Miami where a novice can rent a kayak and receive basic instructions on how to get around. Most importantly, there are several great places for kayakers where you can either explore plush green scenery or get a close-up look at the spectacular Miami skyline.
If you don’t want to ride in a kayak, another option is to explore the waters surrounding Miami Beach via paddle board. Paddle boarding is preferable to kayaking if you want to get out onto the ocean rather than working your way through canals and rivers. There’s a wide variety of options when it comes to the types of paddle board you want to buy or rent and the way you want to use it, so the possibilities with paddle boarding in the Miami area are almost endless, and no matter what one you choose you’re bound to have tons of fun.
Fly boarding is a relatively new activity, but it’s really caught on in South Florida. Fly boarding is essentially wearing a jetpack that can propel you through the air, allowing you to do dazzling tricks and dance moves. The pack also enables you to swim through the water at a high rate of speed before you plunge through the surface into the air. In short, it’s the perfect activity for the shores of Miami Beach.
Not every water activity has to be a lot of work; sometimes you just want to sit back and go fishing, and there are plenty of opportunities to do that in Miami. In additions to beaches and piers where you can spend the day relaxing and waiting for the fish to bite, the Miami area also offers plenty of fishing charters that can take you to spots where you can go fishing for large and exotic fish that you’ll only find off the coast of South Florida. No matter what type of fishing you prefer, Miami has something that fits what you like.
You can’t travel to a place like Miami and not go snorkeling. There’s no shortage of places to rent equipment and find experts willing to guide you on a journey to the ocean floor, so there’s no excuse for missing out on this great opportunity. In the waters around Miami, you’ll find the world’s third largest barrier reef, not to mention a world of brightly colored, tropical fish that look amazing up close. If you’re lucky, you may also see manatees, dolphins, or other larger ocean-dwelling animals that will make your day. Snorkeling in Miami is perfectly safe and makes for a great family activity.
August in Miami can be an overwhelmingly hot and humid time of year, so much so that it just makes you want to sit by the pool all day. But at the same time, August is part of an exciting summer that’s jam-packed with cool concerts and events that will inspire everyone to get up and do something fun. Here is a look at some of the awesome events happening in Miami over the next month.
Miami Spice, August 1 – September 30
Miami Spice is a two-month, city-wide event in which restaurants all over Miami put their best foot forward and showcase some of their signature dishes. Chefs also do their best to put together three-course meals for either lunch or dinner at affordable prices, giving everyone the chance to experience some of the city’s best restaurants. There are hundreds of restaurants in South Florida participating, so take advantage of this amazing opportunity over the next two months and eat as much as possible.
Afro-Cuban Dance Festival, August 11-13
If you’re a fan of dance, or just enjoy learning about other cultures, you have to find time to check out the three-day Afro-Cuban Dance Festival, which is being put on by the IFE-ILE Dance Company, with help from the Miami Salsa Congress. The festival will include workshops where you can learn a variety of dances, including the Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo, Rumba, and more. You can even learn the art of Bata drumming. If you just want to be entertained, there are plenty of performances to take in, as well as parties where you can relax and enjoy yourself. The festival is August 11 to 13 at the Koubek Center, just south of Little Havana.
Monster Jam, August 13-14
This may not be for everyone, but there’s definitely plenty of people who will enjoy Monster Jam. It’s a particularly cool event if you have kids, as they will no doubt be in awe of the massive size of the vehicles and the show they put on. Between August 13 and 14, there are three performances at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, and ticket prices are as low as $20.
Ricky Martin Concert, August 27
Ricky Martin may not be the pop star he used to be, but he’s still a big deal in the Latino community of Miami, and anytime he performs in South Florida, it’s bound to be a memorable show. This concert is one night only at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and it’s not a concert you’ll want to miss.
Drake Summer Sixteen Tour, August 30-31
There may be no better way to say goodbye to August than with a concert from one of today’s biggest stars. Drake is coming to Miami’s American Airlines Arena for back-to-back nights at the end of August, and with two shows there will be no excuse for missing him. Your best bet is to buy tickets as soon as you can, giving you something to look forward to all month.
Most people may come to Miami because they want to party on the beach, but the pool party scene on South Beach can be just as popular. Hotels go to great lengths to build the most attractive pools and create an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment. When it comes to partying by the pool, there are tons of great locations on South Beach, but here are seven locales that stand out above the rest.
Mondrian South Beach Hotel
On the west side of South Beach is the Mondrian, which is not only home to one of the best sunset views in Miami, but also has the perfect pool to host a party on the weekends. Saturday afternoons, you’ll enjoy the pool with fantastic house music in the background, while on Sunday you’ll get a combination of reggae and classic hip-hop, so take your pick on which day suits you better. If you’re not a guest, you’ll have to spend at least $50 on food and drink, but that’s a small price to pay for a day at such an exceptional pool with a great party atmosphere.
This upscale hostel gained notoriety on South Beach in large part because of its fun and unique pool parties. The décor and atmosphere is definitely different from what you’ll find at most 5-star Miami hotels, but the cocktails are among the best you’ll find in Miami Beach and the parties are fueled by the best DJs South Florida has to offer.
1 Hotel South Beach
It’s hard to go wrong with a rooftop pool, especially at 1 Hotel, where the pool is complemented by a great view, an outstanding bar, and music provided by some of Miami’s best DJs. The pool party at 1 Hotel may be a little more laid back than some of the others on South Beach, as the location of the hotel allows it to avoid some of the traffic and large crowds that sometimes plague Miami Beach, but that just makes this pool party more exclusive.
Even if you don’t step foot in the water at the Raleigh Hotel, the two-tiered pool is one of the most iconic on South Beach just to look at. The pool itself is shaped like a 1940’s era crest and sits adjacent to a vintage, old school diving board. The pool area is spacious with an array of luscious palm trees around the perimeter, providing shade and places to sit and relax. If you want to go to a pool party in a location that’s breathtakingly beautiful, the Raleigh Hotel is the place to go.
Located at the Dream Hotel on South Beach, Highbar is one of the best hotel pools in Miami. It’s located on the roof of the hotel, meaning there are spectacular views of the ocean and the rest of South Beach. Highbar has also gained a reputation for being a place for some memorable parties over the years, so you never know when you’re going to be part of one. The pool itself is great, and the decorations around it are second to none. The best part is there is no cover charge for the general public, so everyone is free to come check it out.
The Surfcomber Hotel pool may be ground zero for the South Beach pool party scene. There are certain times of year where the parties by the pool just get out of control, but really any day of the week there’s a good chance there’ll be something special happening. Between the cabanas and the ocean-adjacent pool area, the Surfcomber Hotel pool has everything necessary for a memorable pool party.
Located at the SLS Hotel, Hyde Beach offers one of the most unique and innovative pools on South Beach. For starters, there is a 10-foot tall and 700-pound silver duck statue, which is the perfect complement to two pools that are designed to resemble a bathtub. It’s an amazing design, and for some reason it helps create an incredible party atmosphere at Hyde Beach, because there are plenty of people who keep coming back, knowing it’s one of the best party hot spots on South Beach.
There’s no denying that the weather in Miami can get quite hot, especially in the summer, but that’s no reason to avoid visiting one of the most enjoyable cities in the world. Sure, there are times when the summer heat becomes too intense, but there are ways to get around it. Here are seven things you can do in Miami when you want to beat the heat.
Miami Marlins Baseball
Baseball is the quintessential summer activity, and fortunately, Marlins Park has a retractable roof that the team closes when it gets too hot, keeping you protected from the heat. In addition to watching the team play, the ballpark offers plenty of spectacular sites to check out, including an actual marlin tank, keeping you entertained and cool at the same time.
Located in Coral Gables, the Venetian Pool offers cool, fresh, and chemical free spring water that is guaranteed to cool you down on a hot day. The pool is big enough to handle large crowds, giving guests plenty of room to swim, play games, and just enjoy the cool water that comes from artesian wells. With waterfalls, a grotto, and resplendent plant life, Venetian Pool is one of South Florida’s most visually spectacular sites, as well as a place to beat the heat this summer.
Laserland & Adventure
With the hot sun beaming down on you, the best place to escape is a cold, dark space, which is exactly what you’ll find at Laserland & Adventure in the form of a giant laser-tag arena. No matter how old you are, playing laser-tag for a few hours is a blast, and if a few hours in the arena aren’t enough, there’s also an ice-skating rink that is guaranteed to keep you cool.
Brew Bus Tours
The summer heat can definitely put you in the mood for a cold beer, so why not make an afternoon of it? Brew Bus can take you on a tour to some of the best craft breweries in South Florida. It’s a great way to tour a few breweries in one day without having to worry about driving to each one yourself, and it’s a great way to take your mind off the summer heat.
The zoo may not be the first place you think of to beat the heat, but there is plenty of shade available, so you can always find a place to sit and rest if you get hot and tired. More importantly, Zoo Miami has splash parks and playgrounds where kids can hang around all day to help keep them cool, so at least you won’t have to listen to them complain about how hot it is; that in itself will make the heat feel a whole lot more manageable.
Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream
Ice cream is always a good option on a hot day, and the city of Miami has plenty of great places, but the top place to go is Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream. The place uses liquid nitrogen to turn your ingredients into a delicious frozen treat, complete with a cloud of smoke to create some theatrics, giving you both entertainment and a tasty treat to help you cool down at the same time.
Grapeland Water Park
Water parks are the perfect place for families to go on a hot day, and Miami has a great one in Grapeland Water Park. There are pools, water slides, playgrounds, and even a lazy river, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy regardless of age. Most importantly, it’ll cool you down in a hurry whenever the summer heat becomes too much to handle.
Summer is in full swing on South Beach, and if you had fun on the 4th of July, you haven’t seen anything yet. The city of Miami has plenty of fun lined up for the month of July, making South Florida a great place to be. In addition to some of the great activities you can do in Miami on a daily basis, here are five awesome events you have to check out in July.
Miami Spa Month, All July and August
Miami is a great place to go to pamper yourself, so much so that the city’s spa month actually lasts for two full months. Anywhere you go on South Beach, there will be places where you can get all kinds of body scrubs, massages, facials, and more, so during the months of July and August, take advantage of it. There will be special deals and packages available at spas throughout Miami over the next two months, and you’d be foolish not to treat yourself to a day of getting pampered at one of Miami’s world-class spas.
Cirque Eloize Cirkopolis, July 7 – 31
If you enjoy truly unique forms of entertainment, you have to check out Cirque Eloize Cirkopolis, which will be at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Biscayne Boulevard for most of July. The show combines elements of dance, theater, and the circus to create a spectacular acrobatic display that will have your jaw on the floor. The reviews of the show have been fantastic, and this is definitely something you won’t want to miss.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Makes A Splash on Stage, July 8 – August 7
If you liked the movie The Little Mermaid (and let’s be honest, we all did), you’ll want to see the stage show. You’ll get to hear all of your favorite songs that will guarantee that you start feeling nostalgic about the movie. Tickets are quite affordable, making it the perfect way to spend an evening with your family, hopefully exposing your kids to the wonder that is The Little Mermaid.
International Mango Festival, July 9 – 10
On the surface, this may not seem like one of the most exciting festivals there is, but if you’ve ever tasted a mango, you know that they’re one of the best tasting fruits in the world, and that’s a good enough reason to check out the International Mango Festival. There are plenty of activities and tastings happening at the festival, involving both mangos and other fruits. There will be plenty of entertainment for kids, so it’s an event the whole family can enjoy. The festival is being held at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, which is one of the largest and most picturesque parks in South Florida, meaning there’s very little downside to checking out the International Mango Festival.
Miami Spice Iron Fork Kick Off Event, July 28
If you consider yourself or foodie, or even if you just find yourself watching the Food Channel on a regular basis, this event is for you. It gives you the chance to watch some of South Florida’s best chefs engage in a cook-off against one another. If that’s not enough, you’ll also be able to sample food from over 70 Miami area restaurants, giving you a good idea of where to eat the next time you go out. It’s a three-hour event and general admission tickets are just $45, and if you get there on time you can fit a lot of food and fun into those three hours.
The 4th of July is always a good excuse to party, and if you’re lucky enough to be spending Independence Day in a party city like Miami, you’re in for a treat. There is no shortage of locations in and around South Beach for you to you to eat, drink, party, and enjoy the fireworks. Here are a few of the great places you can go in Miami to watch the sky light up on the 4th of July.
America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park
Bayfront Park is hosting one of Miami’s biggest Independence Day celebrations. The park opens at 10 a.m. if you want to get an early start, and the music at the amphitheater gets started at 2 p.m. In addition to the music, there’ll be plenty of food and drink available, as well as a Kids Zone for ages 2 to 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The fireworks come your way at 9 p.m., and since the park is located right on the edge of the water, it’s bound to be one of the most spectacular fireworks shows you’ve ever seen.
Picnic and Fireworks at Peacock Park
If you want a more low-key 4th of July, especially if you have kids, Peacock Park may be your best option. There will be face painting, balloon animals, and free ice cream, all things that kids of all ages will enjoy (and perhaps some adults too). Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to hold a picnic. Activities don’t start until 6 p.m., and fireworks at the water-adjacent park are scheduled for 9 p.m.
Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival
This is an all-day celebration for the people who get really excited about the 4th of July. It’s free and takes place at North Beach Bandshell on Collins Ave. starting at 9 a.m. It begins, as all days in Miami should start, with yoga on the beach. If that’s not your jam, don’t worry, because the food trucks start showing up at 11 a.m., providing plenty of great culinary options for the special occasion. From noon until 5 p.m. there’ll be a DJ handling the entertainment, turning things over later in the evening to performances by Family Stone and Grand Funk Railroad. Finally, it all comes to a brilliant end with the fireworks show at 9 p.m., which can be seen while overlooking the ocean on North Miami Beach.
Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
If you like parades, the place you want to be on Independence Day is Key Biscayne. The parade on Crandon Boulevard will feature marching bands, patriotic floats, jets flying overhead, and much more. Afterwards, you’re encouraged to spend the rest of the day exploring all that the island of Key Biscayne has to offer, including Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Crandon Park, two of the most picturesque parks in the city of Miami. Not only are those great places to have a picnic or barbeque on the 4th of July, but also if you stick around until 9 p.m., you’ll have great seats for the fireworks show that takes place right over the Atlantic Ocean.
Miami 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Any 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.
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.
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.
Years 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 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.
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.
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.