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The 10 Coolest Things To See And Do In Miami

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Shyla Watson
Updated: 11 April 2017
Miami is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the USA. The beaches, culture, food, and history are just some of the few things that draw people to this bustling city. Don’t know where to explore first? Read our list to discover the coolest things to see and do while in Miami.

The Venetian Pool

Developed in the early 1920s, this open pool was created from an old coral rock quarry, and it sits on four acres of beautiful land in Coral Gables, Miami. Designed in a Mediterranean style, the space features tall palm trees, a bridge, historic lookout towers, and more. Dive under the waterfalls or into the cave grottos. The 820,000-gallon pool is cleaned daily and uses spring water from an underground aquifer. Bring the family to cool off on a hot summer day – you can even schedule pool parties or participate in various swimming programs.

Address and Telephone: 2701 de Soto Blvd. Coral Gables, FL, USA, +1 305 460 5306

Miami Marlins Park

Miami hit it out of the park with this fun attraction. The MLB facility is home to the Miami Marlins. Buy season tickets and see your favorite players score a home run! The park has over 10 different areas to eat, and hungry fans can grab pizza, burgers, gluten-free options, sandwiches, gelato, and even ceviche. When you’re not eating or hoping to catch a ball in the stands, check out the famous artwork. World-renowned artists, including Joan Miró and Roy Lichtenstein, have pieces displayed throughout the park. Finally, any true, die-hard fan will be a regular at the on-site sports bar, Clevelander. Located behind third base, the bar has a swimming pool, dancers, DJs, and prime seats to view the game.

Address and Telephone: 501 Marlins Way Miami, FL, USA, +1 866 800 1275

Coral Castle Museum

Begun in 1923, this unusual structure was built by a single man over the course of 28 years. Ed Leedskalnin, who was no more than 5 feet tall nor over 100 pounds, built the fantastic castle of stone, but no one knows why, nor how, he built it. In the 1940s, Ed would say that he had ‘discovered the secrets used to build the ancient pyramids’ and because no one ever saw him working on it, legend says that he had supernatural powers. The site has since been shrouded in mystery and wonder. Take a tour of the modern museum, which includes a 9-ton gate that is easily moved, a telescope, and rocking chairs. The entrance features a direct message from Ed stating, ‘you will be seeing unusual accomplishment.’ You’re not wrong, Ed!

Address and Telephone: 28655 S. Dixie Highway Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 248 6345

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Once owned by an international businessman, Vizcaya is a grandiose villa that is now a national historic landmark. The exquisite manor and gardens feature Italian renaissance and Mediterranean Revival architecture and formal gardens; and the house, which was built in the early 20th century, comes complete with an elaborate art collection, lavish furniture, and more. The space is used frequently for private and public events, including a wild Halloween party, fundraising events, youth programs, art programs, and more. Meander through the tranquil gardens or take a guided tour of the house to learn more about its nearly 100-year history.

Address and Telephone: 3251 South Miami Ave. Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 250 9133

Art Deco Museum

The Art Deco Museum features three main historic designs and styles of Miami architecture, including Art Deco, Miami Modern, and Mediterranean Revival. The museum has scale models, visual memoirs, rotating exhibits, and more, which preserve the architectural heritage and educate both visitors and locals to the development of Miami Beach. The museum also offers tours of the actual Miami area, to see the amazing architecture up close and personal. Choose from a variety of tours, including one for each kind of architecture, and participants can roam around bustling Miami Beach seeing these grand buildings first-hand while learning interesting facts from the knowledgeable tour guides.

Address and Telephone: 1001 Ocean Dr. Miami Beach, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 672 2014

The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

After spending years abroad in Europe living as an expatriate, famous American author Ernest Hemingway, moved back to the States, specifically, to this lovely Floridian home, and now literature fanatics can walk in his very footsteps. Take a guided tour of the preserved home, pool, and beautiful gardens while learning about the late writer’s life. The facility is so picturesque that it’s often a venue for weddings and other special occasions. Finally, the house is also a home to nearly 50 cats of different breeds, many of which are six-toed, making them direct descendants of Hemingway’s cherished six-toed feline friend, Snow White.

Address and Telephone: 907 Whitehead St. Key West, FL, USA, +1 305 294 1136

Calle Ocho

Little Havana is an oasis of Cuban culture in the heart of Miami, and Calle Ocho is a famous street that runs throughout all of Little Havana. The street has restaurants, shops, music stores, and more. Visitors can even take a walking tour of the area and see the walk of fame, featuring famous Latin artists such as Gloria Estefan. There’s also Domino Park, where residents play the game it’s named for, Bay of Pigs Museum and Library, churches, and more.

Address and Telephone: SW 8th St. Miami, FL, USA

South Beach

South Beach is the hottest spot in Miami, regardless whether it’s day or night. In the daytime, curl up on the white sand with a great book or hop into the water and give paddle boarding a try. South Beach is also a prime area to take a long bike ride, eat fresh food, people watch, and more. After soaking in the sun, enter the exciting and trendy world of Miami nightlife. Dance the night away at the most popular clubs or grab a drink with friends at a trendy sports bar. No matter where or when you are in South Beach, two things are for sure: the views are breathtaking and the neighborhood is perfect for mingling and people-watching.

Address and Telephone: South Beach Miami, FL, USA

Everglades Safari Park

The Everglades are a staple of the city of Miami, they really are a must see. Run by the Safari Park, take an airboat ride and glide down the glades and see all of the famous bordering homes. The tours are even offered in multiple languages, so that everyone can participate in the fun. Afterward, see an alligator wildlife nature show, discover the jungle trial, and more. The Safari Park offers many exhibits and tours, perfect for the whole family. Be sure to stop by the restaurant and gift shop to commemorate that time you were on the glade and up close and personal with a ‘gator!

Address and Telephone: 26700 SW 8th St. Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 226 6923

Carnaval on the Mile

Carnaval on the Mile is put on every year by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, and this fun festival celebrates every kind of art imaginable, including sculpture, painting, photography, crafts, and more. Walk around this outdoor museum to buy pieces, make your own, and discover new artists. The weekend carnaval also hosts over 25 concerts of various genres of music, including Latin, Funk, and Rock. Enjoy food and drinks catered from local Miami restaurants, and even wine and spirits from regional distributors. Perfect for the whole family, be sure to bring kids, pets, grandparents, and more. No one in Miami should miss out on this guaranteed good time.

Address and Telephone: 1400 SW 1st St. Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 644 8693