Miami Beach : is located on an island, connected to the mainland by a series of bridges. The area is known for its popular beaches and the Art Deco District, with pastel buildings from the 1930s sporting classic neon signs. An expensive tourist district, this area features numerous beachfront restaurants, shops, hotels, and plenty of sunbathing opportunities.
Art Deco Districtcontains more than 800 buildings dating from the 1920s to the ’40. These historic structures are strikingly geometric andpainted white with subtle pastel trim or candy pastel colors.
South Beachis the most famous and popular section of Miami Beach offering golden sands, sidewalk cafés, designer boutiques, lounge bars and dusk-till-dawn clubs. Lummus Park, the area of the beach located along Ocean Drive, is the all-encompassing South Beach experience.
Bayside Marketplaceis a large outdoor style mall with more than 150 specialty and tourist shops, numerous cafes and restaurants, and daily live entertainment. Visitors will find some well known chain stores as well as many unique, one of a kind places. The marketplace draws locals as well as tourists.Tour boats leave from here, visiting locations around Biscayne Bay.
Bayfront Parkand theelectronically controlled Pepper Fountain are on the east side of Biscayne Bd. Other highlights include an amphitheatre used for musical performances of all kinds, a tower for laser illuminations, and three important monuments: the Torch of Friendship, symbolising Miami's relationships with the countries of Central and South America; the World War II Memorial; and the Challenger Memorial, commemorating the crew of the Challenger spacecraft which exploded in 1986.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardenswas the former winter home of early 20th century industrialist, James Deering. Built in 1916, the mansion features 34 rooms arranged around a central courtyard. This 28-acre estate and Italian Renaissance-style villa is filled with European furniture and decorative arts from the 15th to 19th century. The gardens contain a number of Italian and French fountains, pools and sculptures. A breakwater at the base of the steps leading into Biscayne Bay is carved into the form of female figures.
Little Havana and Calle Ochois the Cuban district of Miami known for its distinctive cultural flavor.There are restaurants of Cuban cuisine, specialty food shops, and Latin music drifting through the air. Calle Ocho is is the heart of Little Havana, a place to indulge in authentic food, hand-rolled cigars and strong, fragrant coffee.
Coconut Grove is a tree-lined, waterfront neighborhood with outdoor cafés and boutiques,a major strolling zone, especially on weekends and Thursday nights, when it fills up with college students.
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science has a slew of hands-on exhibits for kids, an outdoor Wildlife Center, and a pretty rad planetarium. The museum also has special changing exhibits featuring such topics as dinosaurs and the early days of the Smithsonian explorers.
Zoo Miamihouses more than 2,000 wild animals in a cageless environment that gives the animals' similar settings to their natural habitats, and visitors get the feeling of embarking on an safari. The zoo also contains many tropical plants and trees, and a large collection of orchids.
Jungle Islandis a bird sanctuary, wildlife habitat, and botanical garden.
Miami Seaquarium has daily shows featuring dolphins, killer whales, seals and other ocean inhabitants. Observation tanks contain alligators, sharks and tropical fish.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardenshowcases a wide range of tropical plants. Within its 83 acres, palms and cycads flourish, and a 16,000-square-foot conservatory shelters rare specimens. The Fairchild also offers a butterfly garden, an arboretum and a rainforest.
Everglades National Park,offers a sure fire way to see alligators up close. The swamp lands, covering about 1.5 million acres, are home to alligators, crocodiles, snakes, and all kinds of birds. This whole area is essentially a shallow river flowing out to the ocean.
Key Biscayne and Crandon Parkis a small community with lovely beaches and beautiful parks. Hobie Beach , is the city's premier spot for windsurfing, sailboarding, and jet-skiing.