Best Places to visit in Miami (Florida)

Best Places to visit in Miami (Florida)

Miami is a major tourism hub for international visitors, ranking second in the country after New York City. The city’s frequent portrayal in music, film, and popular culture has made the city and its landmarks recognizable worldwide. Downtown Miami, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach, is a modern metropolis and cultural treasure trove. From the museums to the streets of Little Havana, you can always find plenty of things to do. The Art Deco District in Miami Beach is reputed as one of the most glamorous in the world for its nightclubs, beaches, historical buildings, and shopping. Annual events such as the Miami Open, Art Basel, the Winter Music Conference, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami attract millions to the metropolis every year. Outside the city, but nearby, is Everglades National Park, known for its unique ecosystem and wildlife.

Miami Beach

Miami Beach
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Miami Beach is a south Florida island city, connected by a series bridges to mainland Miami. Wide soft-sand beaches stretch from North Shore Open Space Park, past palm-lined Lummus Park to South Pointe Park. For visitors, South Beach and the Art Deco Historic District, with pastel buildings from the 1930s and early 1940s sporting classic neon signs, is one of the main highlights. Miami Beach is the best area in Miami for soaking up some rays on a sandy beach and it is something of a legend in the city.

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park
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Everglades National Park is a wetlands preserve on the southern tip of Florida. Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species. It is home to alligators, crocodiles, snakes, and all kinds of birds. This whole area is essentially a shallow river flowing out to the ocean. The busiest season for visitors is from December to March, when temperatures are lowest and mosquitoes are least active.

Art Deco Historic District

Art Deco Historic District
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The Miami Beach Architectural District is a historic district located in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach. This architectural style, popular in the 1930s and 40s, dominates the trendy South Beach neighborhood. With its neon signs and canopy covered dining areas, the Art Deco District truly comes in its own after dark. There are many hotels and restaurants which have been beautifully restored following a devastating hurricane that struck in 1926. Along some of the main streets, awnings on the lower level of these buildings provide shade for outdoor dining areas. Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue are the two main streets through the area.

South Beach

South Beach
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South Beach, Located at the southern end of Miami Beach, is known for its beaches and the glamorous scene around its happening nightspots and celebrity-chef eateries. Often packed in summer, this is the most popular beach in Miami. The beach is packed is summer with locals and international tourists but in the winter months the area becomes more of a chilled out area and is a great place to take a stroll whilst admiring the art deco buildings.

Bayside Marketplace

Bayside Marketplace
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Bayside Marketplace is a large outdoor-style mal hosting over 150 specialty and tourist shops, cafes and restaurants. As well as well known chain stores visitors will find an array of charming boutiques in this outdoor style mall. The mall is located along Miami’s waterfront, looking out over docks and boats. It attracts locals as well as tourists.

Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami
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The Zoo Miami is the largest zoo in Florida and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. It houses more than 3,000 wild animals, including 40 endangered species. With open-air exhibits and a cage free environment, zoo visitors have a chance to enjoy endangered wildlife up close. More than 1,000 species of trees and plants can also be found on the grounds, including a large collection of orchids.

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