While some places honor laborers’ in May with a lily of the valley bouquet, Miami celebrates Labor Day the first Monday in September with a three day weekend of pool parties, beach events and a plethora of fun. Here’s some of the best things to do over the weekend.
Hit the Beach
Get some sunshine and sand in your toes. Miami’s coast extends for miles with a variety of beaches to explore. Visit South Beach and take a stroll down South Pointe Park, or drive further north to Haulover Beach for a less crowded spot. Crandon Park in Key Biscayne offers city views, shallow waters and plenty of space to get your volleyball game on. If not, Delray Beach and Palm Beach also promise miles of pristine white sand and crystal blue water with umbrellas and beach chairs to rent.
Party at a Hotel Pool
You can’t check Miami off your bucket list without going to a pool party. The city is synonymous with extravagant beach hotel bashes and all you have to do is stroll down Collins Avenue to find one. Visit the Surfcomber Hotel for their raging pool party or head to the 1 Hotel South Beach rooftop pool to catch one of Miami’s cotton candy sunsets while you doze off in a white cabana. The bathtub-shaped pools at the swanky SLS Hotel are worth waddling in (complete with a giant silver rubber ducky), while the Delano Hotel offers a glitzy vibe with a lavish pool lined by canopied daybeds.
Courtesy of The Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel
Rooftop Happy Hour
If you work hard, play hard during happy hour at the rooftop bar of Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita. Smack dab in the center of Mary Brickell Village, this restaurant and bar offers 50% off drinks from 4-8pm daily so you can unwind listening to the latest tunes. A cozy Mediterranean décor under the stars is the perfect setting to find a potential love interest.
Foodies rejoice. Miami Spice is still ongoing during Labor Day weekend so prepare your taste buds to experience the city’s food scene. During August and September, enjoy three-course meals for less at participating restaurants (lunch for $23 & dinner for $39). The challenge will be picking from a vast list of exciting menus.
Visit a Museum
Immerse yourself in the outer-space experience at the newly opened Frost Museum of Science. With a 250-seat planetarium, a 3D projector and a tilted dome, you’re taken on a visual journey through outer space. A three-level aquarium offers a look into South Florida’s aquatic ecosystems from Gulf Stream sharks to Mangrove forests. Located in the Museum Park with a waterfront view of Biscayne Bay, this is the perfect place to visit with kids and picnic out on the surrounding green lawns.
Courtesy of Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Escape from the boisterous Miami scene and find your center at a free yoga class. Friends of The Underline kicked off #UnderFitYoga earlier this summer, sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida, at the Brickell City Center. Classes are led by instructor Anny Noratto and yogis of all levels and ages are welcome, all you have to do is bring a mat.
Farmer’s Market in Pinecrest
Head to the charming South Florida suburbs for a quiet morning of fruit and veggie shopping. The Farmer’s Market at Pinecrest Gardens is lined with vendors in white tents offering an array of organic food and snacks – think freshly squeezed orange smoothies and açai bowls – all under the shade of beautiful oak trees. Plus, there are free samples.
Oleta River State Park, North Miami Beach | Courtesy of Oleta River State Park
Grab your bike or rent one at Oleta River State Park. The largest urban park in Miami located on Biscayne Bay offers extensive cycling trails that are both for amateurs and experienced cyclists. Take your family and picnic in one of their pavilions, rent a kayak or canoe to paddle through the rich mangrove forests and wildlife. The park also boasts a sandy beach and salty waters for fishing. A popular destination for Labor Day weekend, early arrival is recommended.
Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables, Coral Gables | Courtesy of The Biltmore
Get to know some of Miami’s historical landmarks with a free hour-long walking tour of the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. A Dade Heritage Trust guide will walk you through the stunning architecture and history of the hotel built in 1926. Takes place on Sunday with no registration required.
Nothing else proves you’re living the “Miami life” quite like sipping cocktails in a designer bikini aboard a yacht. If you want a taste of Miami’s luxury culture, take to the seas with one of the city’s yacht parties. Miami Nice throws their annual Labor Day Weekend All White Yacht Party with general admission starting at $75. A four-level, 125-feet luxury yacht offers cabana style seating, a DJ, and of course, plenty of opportunities for that “I’m in Miami B-!” selfie.