Under the Sun or the Moonlight, Miami's Attractions Are Always Hot

The perfect weather year round, the miles of beaches that stretch on endlessly - the list of reasons why Miami is an attractive destination are endless; however, most are centered around the pristine beaches. Sure, you can come here and sit in the sun sipping mojitos for the duration of your stay (and we recommend you do so at least once on the infamous Lummus Park Beach), but there is so much more to Miami, which makes it worth your while to get out and explore.

Nature takes the forefront, with several places in the Everglades offering the opportunity to come within feet of a Florida alligator, or stay several hundred feet back and watch a Miccosukee Indian wrestle one. At Shark Valley, you'll have the chance to walk or bike down one of the longest stretches of mostly untouched Everglades without having to put on snake boots and wade in the sawgrass. But if that's a bit too up close for you, Everglades Safari Park offers airboat rides, which is surely the funnest way to get around in the Everglades.

Then there are spots like Zoo Miami and Jungle Island, who bring the best of wildlife from all over the world and are constantly evolving and incorporating new exhibits, shows, and exciting animal encounters. You'll have the chance to feed giraffes, take photos with macaws, watch tigers getting fed, listen to the songs of the howler monkeys, and even come face to face with lemurs at these two unique destinations.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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Lush and meticulously maintained, this garden showcases 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,...  Read More

Holocaust Memorial
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Intensely moving, this memorial created by artist-architect Kenneth Treister honors victims and offers solace to survivors of the horrors of the Holocaust of the Jewish people in Europe. Included in its design are an arbor that depicts the...  Read More

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Constructed in 1916 for industrialist James Deering, this Italianate palace is often referred to as the Hearst Castle of the East. Intended to appear centuries-old at completion, it is absolutely rife with architectural detail and elaborate...  Read More

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is a place everyone from Miami has been to at least once, even if only during an elementary school field trip. It has a slew of hands-on exhibits for kids in the science center that your little...  Read More

This small neighborhood packs a big cultural wallop. Settled in the years following Castro's revolution, it's now home to a third of Miami's 2 million residents. Its main drag, Calle Ocho (or Southwest Eighth Street), is the heart of Little...  Read More

This is the most all-encompassing alligator experience you can have in Miami, and it will surely be the experience you go back home and tell all your friends about. Whip around through the tall saw grass of the Everglades in an airboat or swamp...  Read More

Watson Island
Jungle Island
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Tropical birds have the run of this unusual island park off MacArthur Causeway. Approximately 1,100 macaws, parrots and other winged residents join giant reptiles and exotic primates to impart special character to the attraction. Although the 18...  Read More

Shark Valley Visitor Center
Photo courtesy of Everglades National Park

Part of the Everglades National Park, the Shark Valley Visitor Center is located in the center of an expansive river of grass, punctuated only by a 15-mile asphalt trail. Visitors can opt to take the tram tour, bike or walk. There are no fences...  Read More

South Dade

The only US zoo set in a subtropical climate, ZooMiami mesmerizes visitors with remarkable, open air exhibits and exotic creatures from around the world. Favorite animals among zoo-goers include clouded leopards, Komodo dragons, ring-tailed...  Read More

Because South Beach is such a broad description, and because the varying beaches here go on for miles, we thought we'd narrow it down. Lummus Park, the area of the beach located along Ocean Drive from 5th to 15th Street, is the all-encompassing...  Read More


Meet Priscilla Blossom

Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

She spent the bulk...  More About Priscilla

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