Botanical gardens and bird rescue centers entice you to see a different side of Florida‘s beachside city, away from the clubs and pool parties.
Plenty of the top attractions in Miami are free to enjoy, from the white sands of South Beach to the Art Deco Historic District. And as Miami is one of the more walkable cities in the United States, you can keep your carbon footprint down and work on your tan by exploring on foot. Ready to soak up some of that sweet Florida sunshine? Plan a more sustainable vacation with these ecofriendly hotels and things to do in Miami.
No detail has been overlooked at this LEED Silver-certified eco-conscious hotel. Room keys are made from sustainable wood, clothes hangers from recycled paper and filtered drinking water is on tap to reduce single-use plastics. You can also rest easy on an environmentally friendly mattress with organic cotton bedding while using an app to adjust the energy-efficient air conditioning. Grab a green juice from the Plnthouse cafe and admire the views from the beachfront deck or glorious rooftop pool.
Deering Estate in coastal South Dade is home to some of the most precious natural resources in the country, including one of the largest virgin coastal tropical hardwood forests in the United States. The 150-acre (60.7ha) grounds provide a sanctuary for endangered plant species and over 170 resident and migratory bird species, including yellow-throated warblers and eastern screech owls. Join a guided butterfly walk, hike along the shore, or rent a kayak to explore the mangroves of Biscayne Bay.
For a leisurely low-impact afternoon well spent, head to Wynwood, where you’ll find the coolest collection of street art in the city. These vibrant murals embrace topics such as Black Lives Matter, feminism, social justice and climate change, while others are simply fun and frivolous. Check out the gift shop for the most stylish reusable water bottles and recycled notebooks you ever did see.
Situated within a serene wellness events space, Plant Miami is all about “the art of conscious cuisine”. The plant-based menu features nutrient-dense organic dishes, with almost everything – from salads and root veg to microgreens and edible flowers – coming directly from the restaurant’s own regenerative farm. Try the kale-and-avocado salad and immune-boosting juices, or treat yourself to the banana pancakes.
Forgot your toothbrush? In need of snacks? Sidestep the 7-Eleven and shop at Verde Market instead. Everything here is designed to minimize waste, from the fill-your-own-container snack stations to the reusable, recyclable food utensils and ecofriendly bathroom essentials. Grind your own nut butter for an instant protein hit, or blend the perfect trail mix to see you through a day of sightseeing.
Established in 1980 to save injured brown pelicans, the nonprofit seabird rehabilitation center in Miami has expanded to accommodate any native bird, mammal or reptile in need. Hundreds of bird species are treated here each year, including mangrove cuckoos, white-crowned pigeons and blue-winged warblers, as well as the occasional tortoise or squirrel. Join a sunset birding cruise or guided station tour to support the station’s important work and learn more about wildlife in Miami.
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