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.

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.

Best Places in Miami to Listen to Live Music

music eventsThe nightlife on South Beach is so extensive that there’s an almost endless list of places to go and things to do. If listening to live music happens to be among your favorite nightlife activities, the city of Miami has you covered. The music selection in Miami is almost as diverse as the city itself, and that means you’ll have plenty of good options at your disposal, no matter what type of music you prefer. If you’re having trouble finding the right place for you, here are a few of the top places in Miami to listen to live music.

Bayfront Park Amphitheater

The Klipsch Amphitheater in Bayfront Park may be the best place in Miami to kick back, relax, and listen to music on a sunny day or a warm evening. There are seats close to the stage, as well as a hilly lawn where guests can set up a blanket to lay down and enjoy something to eat and drink during the show. Some of Miami’s best food trucks usually set up shop nearby so there are plenty of great food options available. The Amphitheater plays host to music festivals of all kinds of genres, from rock to rap and reggae to jazz, so it’s just a matter of time until the Bayfront Amphitheater will host a show that interests you.

Churchill’s Pub

If you don’t mind a dive bar, you’ll like going to Churchill’s. You’ll hear mostly local bands, but sometimes you’ll be privy to an up-and-coming artist before they hit it big, giving you the chance to say you saw them way back when. It’s not the prettiest place on the inside, but Churchill’s has cheap drinks, good pub fare, and plenty to do outside of its music, such as playing pool, the Space Invaders video game, or watching sports, although music is typically Churchill’s main attraction.

Bardot

This place does not have a sign outside its entrance, so you have to know where to find it in Miami’s Design District. Of course, this just means that everyone who finds their way to Bardot on any given night of the week is there to enjoy one of Miami’s best music venues. The sound system is out of this world and unlike anything you’ve heard in any club or music venue you’ve visited before. The types of musicians who perform at Bardot changes from one night to the next, but it often includes local musicians, indie pop, hip-hop, and well-known DJs who make the walls inside vibrate.

The Regent Cocktail Club

If you want a more laid back and classy musical environment, check out the Regent Cocktail Club inside the Gale Hotel on South Beach. Aside from having a beautiful 1920s ambiance and some of the most skilled bartenders on South Beach, the Regent Cocktail Club also offers live music via its elegant piano almost every night of the week. If you want to relax with a world-class cocktail and listen to beautifully played jazz music in an old-time speakeasy, this is the place for you.

Best Places in Miami To Go Kayaking

Kayaking in MiamiSome 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

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.

Top Places in Miami to Party on St. Patrick’s Day

Miami St. Patrick's DayAdmittedly, Miami isn’t the most Irish city in the country. It’s incredibly multicultural, but much of that culture comes from the Caribbean and Latin America, not from our Irish friends across the pond. Nevertheless, Miami is known for its nightlife, making it a great place to party 365 days out of the year. Of course, this includes one of the year’s ultimate party days: St. Patrick’s Day. So while Miami may not be all that Irish, here are some great places in Miami to party on St. Patrick’s Day.

37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival

A great way to get your St. Patrick’s Day celebration underway is attending the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Coral Gables. Taking place at the plush Ponce Circle Park on Saturday, March 12th from 12 PM to 6 PM, the festival is free to attend is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. There will be Irish music galore, Irish dancers, Irish arts & crafts, and plenty of Irish delicacies for you to enjoy, including corned beef & cabbage, shepherd’s pie, soda bread, and authentic Irish coffee. For the kids, there will be a merry-go-round, bounce house, rock climbing, and a giant slide. Finally, for those who want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the old-fashioned way, there will also be a full service bar.

John Martin’s

John Martin’s is one of South Florida’s most popular Irish pubs and restaurants, and this year it will be hosting its 27th annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. Starting at noon on St. Patrick’s Day, St. Martin’s will have a host of Irish musical performances, including everything from bagpipes to the Irish fiddle. Then at 9 PM, the musical keys get handed over to a DJ, who will take partiers well into the night. Of course, being a much-celebrated Irish bar, John Martin’s will have plenty of Guinness flowing to go along with fantastic appetizers that will ensure your taste buds are more than satisfied all St. Patrick’s Day long.

Fado Irish Pub Miami in Mary Brickell Village

Located right in downtown Miami, Fado Irish Pub has become one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day destinations in South Florida over the past few years. At this Irish bar in Mary Brickell Village, the party starts on Saturday March 12th and lasts all week. On Saturday the 12th, Fado is hosting the largest outdoor St. Patrick’s Day party in Miami, featuring a duel between DJs, as DJ BL Stylz battles DJ LS from Miami’s Battle 96 radio station. Fado will keep the party going all week long, including pub trivia on Tuesday the 15th that includes a grand prize of $1,000 and a happy hour from 6 to 9 PM on Wednesday the 16th that includes a raffle benefiting the non-profit organization Alfalit International. Then on St. Patrick’s Day, Fado will be opening early for brunch from 10 AM to 12 PM, followed by a party on the patio, with the outdoor festival at Mary Brickell Village kicking off at 5 PM and St. Patty’s Day celebrations lasting well into the night.