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Ommy Pearson, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Looking to make the most of your Miami visit??  Check out these local attractions and restaurants to experience South Florida to the fullest.  You have just over 10 days to plan!

VISIT THE NEIGHBORHOODS

Check with the hotel concierge regarding transportation needs (public transportation, car rental, car service, etc.) and/or directions to these locations

Coconut Grove is Miami’s original art gallery district and also best known for its lush green landscape bordered by the shimmering blue waters of Biscayne Bay.  The pedestrian friendly village center in Coconut Grove is filled with sidewalk cafes, galleries, boutiques, chain restaurants and local cafes.  Pull up a chair outside, watch the assortment of shoppers, bar-hoppers, students and tourists stroll the streets and enjoy the laid-back ambience.  Address: 3015 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove, FL

South Beach / Art Deco District: The beachfront area known for its iconic Art Deco architecture, sizzling nightlife, world-class shopping, and over-the-top people-watching. South Beach is located between 1 Washington Avenue and runs until around 21st Street.  Take a walk in the area and see the Art Deco building of South Beach (the Art Deco Welcome Center is located at 10th Street and Ocean Drive).  After you get your fill of sun, head for a café or restaurant along famous Ocean Drive.

Little Havana landmarks include: Calle Ocho, the main drag of Little Havana, where fruit stands, art galleries, Cuban restaurants and cigar shops line the avenue and Walkway of the Stars which honors Latin American celebrities like Gloria Estefan and Celia Cruz.  Grab a show at Tower Theater, a restored Art Deco theater and cultural venue.  Visit the welcome center for brochures highlighting points of interests, maps, and tours. Open Monday-Saturday, noon-4 pm.  Address: 1442 SW 8th Street Miami, FL

Wynwood Arts District: Featuring one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world, this area features more than 70 art galleries, retail and antique stores, unique bars and walking tour. Although this up and coming art district is a wonderful place to visit, please see the concierge for safety tips when visiting the neighborhood.  Address: NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

Design District: This vibrant area features innovative dining, shopping and culinary experiences, providing visitors and locals with a blend of art, architecture and culture. Address: 3841 NE 2nd Ave #400, Miami, FL 33137

ARTS, CULTURE & NATURE

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: This National Historic Landmark is an extraordinary European-inspired estate that includes a Main House filled with art and furnishings, 10 acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay. Audio tours are available for purchase. You can also enjoy lunch at the Vizcaya Café and Shop.  Open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm except for Tuesdays.  Admission is $18 per adult. Address: 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

The Wolfsonian-FIU: Located in the Art Deco District, the museum showcases American and European decorative and fine arts produced between 1885 and 1945. From propaganda posters to World’s Fair memorabilia, the array of objects offers visitors a thought-provoking journey through the modern age.   Open Saturday, Sunday, Monday Tuesday and Thursday from noon – 6:00 pm.  Admission is $7.00 per person. Free admission Fridays 6-9pm. Address: 101 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: Walk garden paths surrounded by the wonders and beauty of nature, experience an exceptional sculpture garden, experience the butterfly and hummingbird exhibit, and Wings of the Tropics exhibit. Enjoy a free, narrated tram tour. Open Daily 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Tram Tour: Weekdays-hourly 10:00 am to 3:00 pm/ Weekends-hourly 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is $25 per adult. Address: 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables.

Art Deco Walking Tour (Walking and Cocktail Tours): Enrich your visit to South Beach with a fun, cultural walking tour of the famed Art Deco district. Popular tour guides will transport you to the 20’s, 30’s…80’s and beyond and regale you with fascinating stories. Uncover the action-packed history, learn about Art Deco architecture and admire stunning design and decor on the inside; hear fascinating accounts about pioneers, heroes and criminal elements that developed this magic city. Get exclusive access to buildings and rooftops not permitted to other groups. Tours range from $30-$60 per person.

Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The state of the art facility offers 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space including flexible galleries, an education complex, the PAMM Shop with unique gifts, art books and furnishings.  Enjoy the Verde waterfront restaurant and bar. Open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm closed on Wednesday.  Admission is $16.00 per adult. Address: 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132

HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history through exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications. Open daily Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm. Admission is $10 per adult. Address: 101 West Flagler St., Miami, FL

Crandon Park Beach is a 808-acre urban park in metropolitan Miami, occupying the northern part of Key Biscayne. It is connected to mainland Miami via the Rickenbacker Causeway. A recreation destination appealing to nature lovers, with its lagoon-style beach, coastal dunes, preserves, and ecosystems. Address: 6747 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL

JUST FOR FUN

Jungle Island, Miami’s premier entertainment destination, combines the beauty of Miami’s tropical landscape with a jungle full of extraordinary animals from around the globe. Building upon its rich 75-year history, today’s Jungle Island is a contemporary theme park, featuring extremely rare twin orangutans and over 300 vibrant birds, including the world’s only trained Cassowary. Open daily 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Daily admission is $34.95. Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers interactive exhibits, programs, and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. MCM encourages visitors of all ages to play, learn, imagine, and create together. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for FL residents. Address: 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL

Zoo Miami
(also known as The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens) is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. The unique climate in South Florida allows us to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa, representing a broad mix of species that is unlike any other zoo in the country. As one of the first free-range zoos in the United States, Zoo Miami’s exhibits are entirely cageless. Zoo Miami is open every day of the year, Weekdays10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  (Entrance gates & ticket booths close at 3:30 p.m.), Weekends and Holidays 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Entrance gates & ticket booths close at 4 p.m.). Adult admission is $19.95  Address: 1 Zoo Boulevard 12400 SW 152 St., Miami, FL

Miami Seaquarium: On a 38-acre tropical paradise with spectacular skyline views, lies a South Florida attraction like no other. Welcome to Miami Seaquarium®, where conservation and education go hand in hand, sea lions delight children of all age, and endangered sea turtles and manatees find a safe haven. Miami Seaquarium® is opened 365 days a year from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Daily admission of $44.95 includes a fun filled day of marine-life shows and exhibits overlooking the Miami skyline.  Address: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL

Visit Key Biscayne: When people think of Key Biscayne they often think of tranquil white sand beaches, lush tropical gardens and an eclectic array of fine dining. While that is all true, Key Biscayne comes to life when the sun goes down.  Visit the beach, shop, and dine.  Key Biscayne is six miles from downtown Miami. Miami-Dade Transit Authority provides bus, light rail, people mover, and paratransit services.

SHOPPING

Bayside Marketplace: It’s just a short walk to shopping, dining, and entertainment all with a view of the beautiful Bayside.  Shop national chains or unique boutiques…Try some Bubba Gump Shrimp… Don’t forget to sample one of the frosty libations from Fat Tuesdays! Address: 401 Biscayne Blvd, R106, Miami, FL

The Shops at Mary Brickell Village: Located in the heart of Downtown’s Brickell neighborhood, Mary Brickell Village is a shopping and entertainment alcove nestled amongst skyscrapers and luxury residential buildings. From funky scarves to exotic jewelry, elegant floral arrangements to stylish clothes you’ll find it in the up-and-coming Mary Brickell Village. Address: 901 South Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Española Way: A historic Spanish village featuring one-of-a-kind products and collectibles, art galleries and restaurants. Dine at a Spanish, French or Italian restaurant amid Mediterranean architecture. Nearby Washington Avenue is a hot destination for the latest club wear, designer jeans, vintage clothing and collectibles. Shops stay open late, so there’s plenty of time for great finds without missing out on the beach, club hopping and people-watching.

Lincoln Road-South Beach: If you are headed for South Beach, don’t forget to check out Lincoln Road.  Lincoln Road is a pedestrian mall between Lenox and Washington Avenues. It is a shopping, dining and cultural mecca featuring unique shops, galleries and restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating—perfect for people watching

Collins Avenue-Ocean Drive Shopping District: The Collins Avenue Shopping District is an upscale, cosmopolitan shopping experience located one block from the beach.  What’s hot and what’s not gets decided daily on the sexy, sun-soaked streets of South Beach.

EATS

Mike’s At Venetia (American, Burgers, Sports Bar) 555 NE 15th St, Miami, FL

Primo’s Italian Kitchen & Bar (Italian) 1717 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL

Catch Grill & Bar (American) 1633 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL

NoVe Sushi & Bar (Japanese) 1750 N Bayshore Dr, Ground Floor, Miami, FL

La Bottega On the Bay (Italian) 1800 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL

Mignonette (American, Seafood) 210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL

Bin No. 18 (Italian, Wine Bar) 1800 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

Girrrlz Sandwich (Breakfast & Brunch, Café) 555 NE 15th St, Miami, FL

Verde (American, Café) 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

Natural Chicken Grill (Latin American, Caribbean) 275 NE 18th St, Miami, FL
*Provides delivery

Bunbury (Argentine, Wine Bar, Latin American) 2200 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL

Kush (American, Gastropub) 2003 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL

Fooq’s (French, American, Comfort Food) 1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL
*Accepts pickup orders

Elia Gourmet (Mediterranean, Greek) 900 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

Plant Food + Wine Miami (Vegan, Vegetarian, Live/Raw Food) 105 NE 24th St., Miami, FL

Rincon Escondido Tapas (Spanish, Tapas/Small Plates) 2697 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

180 Degrees At The DRB (American, Gastropub, Beer Garden) 501 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL

NOA Cafe (Mediterranean, Asian Fusion) 2711 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL

DRINKS

1306 Bar (Bar) 1306 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL

The Corner (Cocktail Bar) 1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL

Beaker & Gray (Cocktail Bar, Tapas/Small Plates) 2637 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL

Wine Vault (Wine Bar, Beer & Spirits, Tapas/Small Plates) 3404 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL

The Wynwood Yard (open air venue, bars, food trucks) 56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL

Lagniappe (Music Venue, Wine Bar) 3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL

Brick House (Bar, Beer Garden) 187 NW 28th St, Miami, FL

Wakefield Brewing (Brewery, Pub) 120 NW 24th St, Miami, FL

Steam Nightclub (Dance club, Lounge) 30 NE 14th St, Miami, FL

Concrete Beach Brewery (Brewery) 325 NW 24 St, Miami, FL

Winwood Brewing Company (Brewery) 565 NW 24th St, Miami, FL

Pawn Broker (Cocktail Bar) 121 SE 1st St., Miami, FL (Rooftop of the Langford Hotel)

Prohibition Restaurant and Speakeasy (Cocktail Bar, Lounge, Tapas/Small Plates) 3404 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL