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.
A Saturday night in Miami can be a thing of beauty. There are trendy nightclubs, outstanding music venues, plenty of amazing restaurants, and so much more to do and experience. Of course, the best way to follow up an eventful Saturday night is with a delicious Sunday brunch. Fortunately, South Beach has you covered. Here are 10 great places to go in Miami Beach for Sunday brunch.
Brunch is relatively new at Pubbelly, but this restaurant is made for it. It’s a casual place, which is perfect if you want to go to brunch but only if you can wear your flip-flops and sunglasses. Most dishes at Pubbelly include some kind of delicious pork, but if everyone in your party isn’t in the mood for pork, Pubbelly offers plenty of healthy options like granola and berries, creating a good balance of food options.
Lincoln Road is a great place to hang out day or night, but when it’s time for Sunday brunch, Juvia is the place to go. Like any great French restaurant, there’s plenty of champagne available, even during brunch. In terms of food, there are great seafood options and a slew of delicious appetizers that can be passed around the table and shared, leading to a wonderful, family-style brunch.
For an Italian-style brunch, this is the place to go, especially if you can catch the Italian dim sum brunch, which Macchialina holds just once a month. There’s plenty of alcohol available, if that’s what you’re looking for, but aside from that the entrees are rich and filling, and the a la carte menu is something more restaurants should aspire to. Best of all, the prices at Macchialina are among the best you’ll find at any brunch place on South Beach.
This is a great American bistro with a great American brunch. The sausage, egg, and cheese popovers are guaranteed to hit the spot on a Sunday morning. If that’s not what you’re in the mood to eat, you have waffles, omelets, and eggs Benedict to choose from as well. The menu isn’t flashy; it’s just a good old-fashioned dependable Sunday brunch.
This Mediterranean restaurant has one of the best brunches on South Beach. The buffet has an almost endless number of gourmet options that will keep you there for hours on end. You also have the option of bottomless mimosas, bloody Mary’s, and sangria while you eat. It’s not the cheapest place out there, but if you’re looking to indulge yourself and have an extravagant Brunch, Vintro is the place to go.
Located at the Fontainbleau Hotel, Hakkasan is the ideal place for an affordable family brunch with an Asian twist. Hakkasan offers a dim sum basket that contains all you’ll need to get your Sunday brunch started the right way. After that, there’s plenty of shrimp, beef, vegetables, and noodles available to keep you satisfied.
In addition to being a romantic place to bring a date on a Saturday night, Cecconi’s is also a fine option for the next morning. There’s a buffet that includes just about anything you could ever want, including pasta, pizza, steak, fish, pancakes, and even oysters. That’s quite a selection, even for brunch. On top of all that, there’s also an omelet station in case you’re in the mood for a more traditional brunch.
Brunch is a new endeavor for the Continental, but they already have a good handle on how to do it right. They offer all the classic brunch options and they take their time to make sure make them right to keep the customer satisfied. There’s no shortage of great options, and waiting for you at the end of the meal is some delectable monkey bread.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
For a southern brunch, this is the ideal destination. It all starts with fried chicken and waffles, which is the ideal way to start your Sunday in the south. If you’re looking to indulge in your sweet tooth a little more, try the maple-glazed bacon doughnut, which is mouth-watering. Yardbird also has homemade pies and cornbread, completing the ideal southern brunch.
27 Restaurant & Bar
If mimosas are your biggest priority when it comes to brunch, 27 Restaurant & Bar may be the place for you. This place serves up great cocktails at night, and they definitely know how to make mimosas the next morning. Of course, the food is great too, with traditional brunch options and plenty of buttermilk biscuits that are among the best in Miami and the perfect side dish for your Sunday brunch.
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.
Deep 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.
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.
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.
As 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.
Some people come to Miami to sit at the beach, while others come for the wild nightlife. But there’s also a large contingent of people who pass on all that and come to Miami to partake in water sports, among the most popular of which is kayaking. With all the waterways the Miami area has to offer, it’s easy to just slip your kayak in the water and paddle your way through spectacular scenery for hours on end. Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or someone who wants to give it a try, here are some of the best spots in Miami to go kayaking.
Key Biscayne is a barrier island south of the city of Miami and an incredible place to go kayaking. The whole island is full of beachfront parks that you can see and explore while paddling your kayak right off the coast. The water is relatively calm so you don’t have to be an expert kayaker to handle it and you don’t have to worry about drifting out to sea. If you like kayaking with freedom and without being confined to trails, the coast of Key Biscayne is the place to go. At the same time, the island does have plenty of beautiful harbors and picturesque estuaries to explore if you want to play it safe but still enjoy yourself.
Oleta River State Park
On the north side of Miami is Oleta River State Park, a haven for those who love kayaking and beautiful scenery. The park is on the shores of Biscayne Bay and is full of estuaries that are perfect for exploring via kayak, canoe, or any other type of self-propelled water vehicle. While you kayak your way around, you’ll be privy to the delightful sights of mangrove roots, small fish, and a wide variety of birds. If you’re a novice, it’s easy to rent kayaks inside the park, and once you’ve taken in all the scenery and tired yourself out from kayaking all day, you can relax at the Blue Marlin Fish House, a watering hole with fine food and drink located inside Oleta River State Park and the perfect place to finish off a day of kayaking.
Everglades National park
Finally, if you’re a kayaking enthusiast who’s up for a little road trip, you have to visit Everglades National Park. The Everglades has no shortage of trails for kayaks and canoes, and while not all of them are easy, they are a great way to see all the amazing scenery and wildlife that can be found in the Everglades. If you’re not a seasoned and serious kayaker, this may not be for you, but kayaking your way through the Everglades is a truly unique experience, and if you’re a kayaker in the city of Miami, it’s definitely worth the trip.