WELCOME TO Miami
Miami is a major city in the south-eastern United States and the second most populous city in Florida. The Miami metropolitan area is the largest in the state with an estimated population of over 6.1 million (2017), which makes it the 7th most populous metro area in the United States. Because it is sandwiched in by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Everglades to the west, the Miami metropolitan area is a lengthy 110 mi (180 km) north to south, but never more than 20 mi (32 km) east to west. Miami is 20 miles from Fort Lauderdale, 106 miles from Naples and 156 miles from Key West.
Downtown Miami is a district in Miami, steel-and-glass buildings have sprung up around downtown, the heart of the city. By day there's plenty of activity downtown, as suited lawyers and bankers share the sidewalks with Latino merchants wearing open-neck, intricately embroidered shirts called guayaberas. But it's still pretty quiet when all the merchants close up Miami shops for the night. Downtown Miami is divided into four distinct areas, Uptown, Park West, the Central Business District and Brickell, and then themselves into many subdistricts. The northernmost area is Uptown, which is divided into the subdistricts of the Omni, Wynwood/Edgewater, and Midtown. To the south of Uptown is Park West, the Central Business District and south of the Miami River, Brickell, divided into Upper Brickell and Lower Brickell. The CBD is separated from Brickell by the Miami River, NW 7th St marks the line between Park West and the CBD, the Dolphin Expressway separates Park West and Uptown, and Broadway splits Upper and Lower Brickell apart.
MiMo Boulevard is in Miami and it runs along Biscayne Boulevard from 50th Terrace up to 77th street. The term MiMo stands for Miami Modern Architecture since this district has become famous because of its post World War II modern architecture. The MiMo Boulevard Association coined the phrase MiMo on BiBo which stands for Miami Modern Architectural District on Biscayne Boulevard. Although MiMo Boulevard has been neglected for decades and has been plagued with prostitution and the drug trade, the area has experienced a renaissance since 2007 when popular restaurants and stores began coming to the area. The opening of Michy's by world renowned chef Michelle Bernstein was a major breakthrough for the neighborhood. Now MiMo is lined with interesting restaurants, lounges and bars, many of which have survived for several years indicating that the come back of MiMo Boulevard is real. MiMo Boulevard is probably most well known for the motels, which until recently were all run down and were havens for illegal activity. A few though have recognized the rebirth of MiMo Boulevard and have taken the initiatives to reinvent themselves. The New Yorker Boutique Hotel is built inside the shell of a 1953 motel designed by Norman Giller, a famous post World War II modern architect, and is the first upscale boutique hotel to open its doors on MiMo Boulevard. Recent articles written about MiMo Boulevard indicate that the area is quickly becoming the next hotspot in Miami.
The Miami Design District is a small neighborhood in Miami about two miles north of Downtown, with several blocks of filled with furniture showrooms, art galleries, fashion boutiques and hip eateries. Many creative services, such as architects and graphic designers, have also set up shop within the district. The district was founded in the 1920s to create and market furnishings for hotels during the South Beach art deco boom, but withered, along with much of Miami, when crime rates soared in the 1970s and 80s. In the 1990s a local developer began revitalizing the area and looking for hot, brand-name tenants, and the Design District is returning as an area for shopping and dining.
Brickell, which includes the Financial District, is home to the majority of the major corporations and large businesses in Miami. Along Brickell Avenue, you will find headquarters for major banks, real estate companies and law firms. In contrast to South Beach, Brickell tends to be more "buttoned-up" during the day. However, there are plenty of places to eat and relax by beautiful Biscayne Bay. Brickell Key, also known as Claughton Island, is a small community attached to Brickell by a pedestrian friendly bridge. It is home to the famed Mandarin Oriental hotel. Strollers along Brickell Key often spot one of the many giant iguanas that make the island their home.
Little Havana is located just west of Downtown Miami. Also known as the Latin Quarter, it received its name by being a Cuban neighborhood from the 1970s until the 1990s, but now consists of many Central and South Americans. Its main drag is along 8th St or Calle Ocho, where authentic Latin shops and restaurants abound and the majority of the population speak entirely in Spanish. Each year, the neighborhood hosts the annual Calle Ocho parade, the largest street festival in the world. Although the area is far less dangerous today than in its past, don't wander into the neighborhoods late at night, particularly East Little Havana (east of 17th Ave) where high crime rates and gang activity is still a concern.
Miami is home to many entertainment venues, theaters, museums, parks and performing arts centers as well as annual festivals like Calle Ocho Festival and Carnaval Miami, The newest addition to the Miami arts scene is the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the second-largest performing arts center in the United States after the Lincoln Center in New York City, and is the home of the Florida Grand Opera. Within it are the Ziff Ballet Opera House, the center's largest venue, the Knight Concert Hall, the Carnival Studio Theater and the Peacock Rehearsal Studio. The center attracts many large-scale operas, ballets, concerts, and musicals from around the world and is Florida's grandest performing arts center. Other performing arts venues in Miami include the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Colony Theatre, Lincoln Theatre, New World Center, Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, Jackie Gleason Theatre, Manuel Artime Theater, Ring Theatre, Playground Theatre, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, the Fair Expo Center and the Bayfront Park Amphitheater for outdoor music events. The city is home to numerous museums as well, many of which are in Downtown. These include the Frost Art Museum, HistoryMiami, Miami Art Museum, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Science Museum, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and the Miami-Dade Cultural Center, home of the Miami Main Library. Miami is also the home of the world's largest art exhibition, dubbed the "Olympics of Art", Art Basel Miami. The event is held annually in December, and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. Miami is also considered a "hot spot" for dance music. Miami is also home to a vibrant techno and dance scene and hosts the Winter Music Conference, the largest dance event in the world, Ultra Music Festival and many electronica music-themed celebrations and festivals. The cuisine of Miami is a reflection of its diverse population, with a heavy influence especially from Caribbean cuisine and from Latin American cuisine. By combining the two with American cuisine, it has spawned a unique South Florida style of cooking known as Floribbean cuisine.
Sites located in Miami Beach should be added to the appropriate district article there, not here.
Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St, ☎ +1 305 251-0400. Open daily 9:30AM–5:30PM. Miami. Largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida. It houses over 1,200 wild animals and is a free range zoo. Its climate allows it to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa like no other zoo in the country. edit
Jungle Island, 1111 Jungle Island Trail, ☎ +1 305 258-6453. Lush tropical garden that features animal shows and exhibits. edit
Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, ☎ +1 305 361-5705. This 38-acre tropical island paradise features marine shows and marine life exhibits. Expect to stay around two to three hours touring the large aquarium. 10 minutes from downtown Miami and directly adjacent to Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. edit
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida 33156, ☎ +1 305 667-1651, fax: +1 305-661-8953. Garden hours are 7:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Sunday. The Garden opens at 9:30AM on festival days and is closed on Christmas Day, December 25. Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden is home to the only outdoor rainforest in North America, several famous outdoor art installations (including world famous Chihuly glasswork), the January Chocolate Festival, and world-famous Mango Festival (every June or July featuring information on and samples of hundreds of different mango varieties). Adults = $25,Seniors (65 and over) = $18,Children 6-17 = $12, Children 5 and under = Free, Fairchild members = Free. edit
Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St (FIU-Maidique Campus), ☎ +1 305 348-2890. Open Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. At Florida International University, the Frost Art Museum has a large variety of 1960s and 1970s American photography, pre-Columbian artifacts dating back from 200 to 500 AD, ancient African and Asian bronzes, and a growing number of Caribbean and Latin American paintings and artwork. edit
Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr, ☎ +1 305 284-3535. With many antique art, ceramics, pottery and sculptures ranging from Greco-Roman times, Renaissance, Baroque, Art of Asia, Art of Latin America, and ancient potteries, the Lowe Art Museum offers a great range of art through the centuries. edit
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 South Miami Ave, ☎ +1 305 250-9133, fax: +1 305 285-2004. European-inspired estate. Includes a main house filled with art and furnishings and ten acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay. $12 adults, $9 Miami-Dade residents with ID, patrons using wheelchairs, seniors 62 years of age or older with ID and students with ID, $5 children 6-12. Admission is free for children 5 years of age or younger. edit
Scenic and historic sites
Oleta River State Recreation Park, 3400 N.E. 163rd St, ☎ +1 305 919-1846. Daily 8AM-sunset. The largest urban park in Florida has trails for biking, a beach for swimming, picnic areas and a playground for kids. Get a canoe or kayak to row to a mangrove island within the park. Several animals such as eagles and fiddler crabs also make their home here. Fourteen cabins with air conditioning are also on the premises, but bathrooms, showers and grills are located outside the cabins and guests should bring their own linens. $5 for a vehicle carrying up to eight passengers, $1 bicyclists, pedestrians and extra passengers ($50.85 a night in a cabin). edit
Venetian Pool, 2701 DeSoto Blvd (in Coral Gables), ☎ +1 305 460-5306, e-mail: info@VenetianPool.com. (additional phone number +1 305 460-5357). Open 11AM-5PM every day, but call to verify hours. In the 1920s Denman Dink transformed this limestone quarry into a pool with a waterfall, an area for kids and an area for adults. The water in this pool comes from a spring and is drained daily. In addition to the swimming facilities there is a snack bar (you cannot bring outside food into the Venetian Pool) and lockers. Swimming lessons are also offered here. The Venetian Pool is best known for having Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller (the silver screen’s first Tarzan) swim here. $6 people 13 years and older, $3 children under 13 $ (between November and March); $9 people 13 years and older, $5 under 13 (between April and October). edit
Matheson Hammock Marina. Grassy park with a man-made atoll pool, which is flushed naturally with the tidal action of nearby Biscayne Bay. The park has a full-service marina, snack bar and restaurant built into an historic coral rock building, picnic pavilions and nature trails. edit
Ancient Spanish Monastery, 16711 West Dixie Highway (near Sunny Isles), ☎ +1 305 945-1461. M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM (unless there is a wedding scheduled; call ahead or check the website for wedding dates). It was built in Segovia, Spain in 1141. This monastery was to be a part of William Randolph Hearst’s property in California. Partly because he ran out of money and partly because the United States would not allow the monastery to be built in California, the monastery remained in New York Harbor until 1954, when a couple of businessmen bought the property and assembled it in Miami. Parts of the monastery have not been assembled because the government removed the pieces from numbered boxes and then placed the wrong pieces in the wrong boxes. Today the monastery is a church as well as a popular marriage location. As seen on the History Channel show Weird U.S. Adult admission $5, senior and student admission (with valid ID) $2.50, child admission $2. edit
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This is a huge city article, so detailed listings go in the district articles. This section should only be a brief overview.
Sites located in Miami Beach should be added to the appropriate district article there, not here.
Of course, if you're in Miami, you'll want to spend some time on the beach. The only beach inside Miami city limits is Virginia Beach. However, there are many other beaches nearby in South Florida, from Tequesta all the way to Key West. As Miami has pretty temperate weather, the beaches will be active all year round, but the water will usually be too cold for locals to swim in during winter. The city of Miami Beach is closest to Miami, on a barrier island across Biscayne Bay, and is most famous for its South Beach party scene. Topless sunbathing is allowed in Miami Beach, and if you want to take it all off, go to Haulover Beach in North Beach.
Robert is Here Fruit Stand and Farm, 19200 SW 344th St, Homestead, FL 33034, ☎ +1 305 246-1592, fax: +1 305-242-4122, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 8AM – 7PM Daily including Holidays. Closed September and October.. This fruit stand and farm is popular with both tourists and local residents. It offers many of the most sought after varieties of locally-grown tropical fruits and vegetables as well as widely-acclaimed smoothies, ice creams, and other prepared foods. It also features a petting zoo and is located only minutes from one of the main entrances to Everglades National Park as well as an alligator farm. edit
Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 S.W. 187th Avenue, Homestead, Florida 33031, ☎ +1 305 247-5727. Open 7 days a week, from 9AM to 5PM. Except Christmas.. This park features a vast assortment of fruits, spices, and other foods of interest that can be grown in Florida's subtropical climate. The park is also famous for getting a few items to grow that normally can't be grown even in Florida (e.g. mangosteen, cacao, jaboticaba, etc.). After an orientation, visitors are allowed to pick and eat whatever is available at the time of their visit. This park is relatively close to "Robert is Here" Fruit Stand and Farm. $8.00 per adult, $2.00 per child 6-11, and children under 6 are free. edit
Hard Rock Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd (in Miami Gardens) (Northwest 199th St), ☎ +1 305 623-6100 (TTY +1 305 623-6266), fax: +1 305 625-6403, e-mail: DS@dolphinstadium.com. This football stadium hosts the Miami Dolphins (NFL), Miami Hurricanes (college), and Orange Bowl (college). The stadium has been renamed 8 times since its opening in 1987 (most recently in August 2016 from New Miami Stadium to Hard Rock Stadium). For stadium tours, contact email@example.com or call +1 305 623-6286. Tour prices are $3 for children under 14, $5 for those 14 and older and $4 for senior citizens. Check website for individual phone numbers for tickets to Miami Dolphins games and the Orange Bowl. edit
American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd (near Bicentennial Park), ☎ +1 786 777-1000, +1 786 777-1250 (box office). In addition to Miami Heat (an NBA team) games being played here, this arena has hosted several awards shows in its past such as the MTV Video Music Awards (twice). Several concerts are also held here. Call box office for ticket information. edit
Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way (Little Havana), toll-free: +1-877-MARLINS (6275467), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the newer stadiums in Major League Baseball, Marlins Park opened in April 2012 at the former site of the Orange Bowl as the new home of the renamed Miami Marlins. The futuristic, retractable-roof park broke new ground in ballpark architecture; at the insistence of the team's then-owner Jeffrey Loria, it is designed to reflect the culture of 21st-century Miami. Check website or call the toll-free number for tickets to Marlins games. edit
Other things to do
Space Miami, 34 NE 11th St. For Info +1 305 375-0001 For VIP +1 786 357-6456. Space Miami was voted best U.S. club at the IDMA 2011 Awards. Located in downtown Miami, Space Miami is known for their Saturday nights. There are multiple rooms with different genres of music in each room so you can choose from a wide variety. They hold events almost every weekend with themed parties and well known/famous DJs. edit
Port of Miami. Take a relaxing cruise to a variety of locations. edit
Miami City & Boat Tour, ☎ +1 305-894-6409. Experience the sights, sounds and tropical flavors of Miami and Miami Beach. As you become acquainted with the Magic City you will learn about the culturally diverse and rich history the city embraces. edit
Everglades Airboat Tour, ☎ +1 305-894-6409. Take a once in a lifetime journey across, The Everglades National Parks river of grass. Tour passengers will find themselves surrounded by wild animals, in their natural habitat. as they travel into the swamp by airboat. edit
South Beach Food Tour. Explore the cultural diversity of the neighborhood, learn about the Art Deco architecture while you stop at restaurants and eateries to savor the local flavor. edit
Miami Yacht Charters & Rentals, 1250 S Miami Ave, ☎ +1 305 358-0745. Suite 1408 Miami. Yacht charters and boat rentals in Miami. Large selection of yachts to choose from between 35 and 150 feet. Half-day, full-day and multi-day charters. Great way to experience Miami. Call for yacht availability and charter quotes. edit
Miami Balloon Rides, ☎ +1 305 860-5830. Year round sunrise flights with views of the Miami skyline, Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and Redlands of Miami, including a post-flight toast and picnic. Reservations are required. edit
There are very few city-wide events planned during Jul and Aug because of the high temperatures during the summer in Miami.
Ultra Music Festival. Streets of downtown Miami. People from around the world flock to Miami every March for its notorious Ultra Music Festival. It’s a three day and night festival that includes the most famous DJs in the music industry. Tickets usually range from $300–$600 from the three day festival and increase in price as it gets closer to the show in March. The show sells out almost every single year so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible if you plan on attending. edit
Calle Ocho (Southwest 8th St. between 11th and 27th ave). Calle Ocho is the largest Hispanic street festival in Miami. It’s a one-day festival that features contests, concerts and food. There is also a carnival that takes place in a lot to the left of Florida International University’s main entrance. The carnival is on the same day as Calle Ocho. The festival is usually held in March and is located on. Calle Ocho is free except for parking if you bring your car. edit
Carnaval Miami. A festival that consists of ten events along the course of ten days during the weeks of late February and early March. The Kiwanis club of little Havana (little Cuba,) hosts this festival full of music, international foods, concerts, sports, culinary competitions, galas and upscale Latin jazz festival. edit
Miami Fashion Week. Miami Beach Convention Center, South Beach, Miami, FL. March 21–24, 2012. This upcoming year (2012) will mark the 14th annual Miami Beach International Fashion Week. The week consists of exhibitions, fashion shows and sponsor lounges as the world’s fashion elite flock to Miami. edit
FedEx Orange Bowl Football Game, ☎ +1 305 341-4700. Hard Rock Stadium. Held in early Jan around New Year’s Day. A major bowl game, which hosts a semifinal of the College Football Playoff every three years. In other years, the game features top teams from around the country, with one being from the Atlantic Coast Conference (depending on the year, Notre Dame, which isn't in a football conference but is in the ACC for other sports, may fill the ACC slot).. edit
South Beach Wine & Food Festival, e-mail: email@example.com. Various locations throughout South Beach. Held in late February, this festival is sponsored by Food & Wine magazine and the Food Network. The event raises money for Florida International University’s hospitality program by having celebrity cooks and chefs (many of them who work for or have appeared on Food Network at one time) descend upon South Beach to do cooking demonstrations and throw parties. Florida International University’s hospitality program students volunteer at some of the festival’s events. Wine and food tastings featuring local chefs and cuisine are also held during the annual event. Tickets range from $15–$300 depending on the event. edit
Winter Party, ☎ +1 305 571-1924 (ask for Michael Bath). Various locations throughout South Beach. Held between mid-February and mid-March, this circuit party benefits several gay organizations throughout Dade County as well as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Beach parties, pool parties, parties held at local clubs and a dinner are the main features of the Winter Party. edit
Winter Music Conference, fax: +1 954 563-1599. Various locations throughout South Beach, +1 954 563-4444. Held in mid-March, the Winter Music Party attracts queer people for a good cause, the Winter Music Conference attracts electronic musicians (and the labels they belong to) and DJs as well as fans of various electronic music genres for the love of music. In addition to several parties held in clubs, parks and on Lummus Beach (and occasionally in retail stores and hotels), there are seminars for people to learn more about the music business and DJ showcases. Don’t confuse the Winter Music Conference with the Winter Party! edit
Independence Day. City-wide. Held on July 4. The Miami skyline is illuminated by fireworks on the “birth date” of the United States. While Key Biscayne has great views of the fireworks show, Bayfront Park has live music as well as a laser show. edit
White Party, ☎ +1 305 667-9296. Various locations throughout South Beach. The White Party held in mid-November. Miami’s oldest gay circuit party raises money for Care Resource, the largest and oldest HIV/AIDS association in South Florida. The party spans over 10 days. It’s not nearly as popular as the Winter Party held earlier in the year, but the White Party still manages to sell out its tickets nearly a year in advance. edit
King Mango Strut. Main Avenue and Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove, +1 305 401-1171. Held after Christmas, this parade began as a parody of current events as well as the Orange Bowl Parade. The Orange Bowl Parade, unlike its famous Rose Bowl counterpart, is no longer held anymore, but the King Mango Strut is still having a good time making fun of the previous year’s follies. edit