Miami General Attractions

Miami General Attractions

Bayfront Park
DESCRIPTION: Within the park is Bayside Marketplace and the park hosts many festivals at the 6,500 seat amphitheater throughout the year, so parking can be a challenge, but some Bayside Marketplace establishments validate parking; this is an excellent place to people-watch and interact with residents; stroll north along the portside to see the spectacular American Airlines Arena where the Miami Heat play basketball
ADDRESS: 301 North Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-358-7550

Bayside Marketplace
DESCRIPTION: Located in Bayfront Park, it’s a collection of restaurants, shops, bars, cinemas similar to Baltimore’s Harborplace; one of Miami’s most popular destinations, it includes a Bubba Gumps, Azteca de Oro, Cache, Hard Rock Café, Kehoe’s Kiddie Train KidZone, and Mambo Café; day cruise ships dock at its waterfront
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-10p, Sat 10a-11p, Sun 11a-9p
ADDRESS: 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL MAP
PARKING: garage on premises
PHONE: 305-577-3344

Fairchild Tropical Garden
DESCRIPTION: This 83-acre oasis can justly claim to be one of the world’s best botanical gardens, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants; features a 16,000-square foot conservatory, a museum of plant exploration, vine pergola, sunken garden, winding paths, lakes, lily ponds, and a tropical rainforest; narrated tram tours and self-guided tours available; a garden gift shop and café rounds things out
ADMISSION: adults $8, ages 3-12 $4,age 3 and under enter free
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9:30a-4:30p
ADDRESS: 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-667-1651

DESCRIPTION: Mediterranean-style shopping, dining and entertainment complex with many upscale restaurants that include Fat Tuesday, Bice Bistro, Cheesecake Factory, Los Ranchos Steakhouse, and Café Med; the abundance of nightlife, shops, restaurants and a cineplex in close proximity to yachts in Biscayne Bay often attracts the wealthy; although it succeeds as a visitor destination, it does not integrate elements of historic Coconut Grove, that would make it really special
DAYS & HOURS: Sun-Thu 10a-10p, Fri-Sat 10-11p, restaurants and bars stay open later
ADDRESS: 3015 Grand Avenue, Coral Gables, FL MAP
PARKING: on premises and streets
PHONE: 305-854-4247

Ocean Drive
DESCRIPTION: A world famous entertainment district that faces a beachfront park and features 22 hotels; from 5th Street to 15th Street, check out the stunning collection of nightclubs and restaurants; its a great place to practice your Salsa skills; at daytime skaters and bike-scooters zoom by; celebrities and models can often be spotted at breakfast to enjoy the startling azure skies, ocean views and waving palm trees
ADDRESS: Biscayne Street to 15th Street, Miami Beach, FL MAP

Washington Avenue in South Beach
DESCRIPTION: a well deserved reputation for its dazzling range of night clubs that stay open late; even former US Attorney General, Janet Reno had a bash here in 2002; stroll from 15th Street to 4th Street to see the widest range of restaurants and nightclubs; if you party and can’t find a club here or Ocean Drive that interests you, the problem might be you
ADDRESS: Lincoln Road to 5th Avenue, Miami Beach, FL MAP

Lincoln Road
DESCRIPTION: A pedestrian-only street mall that stretches eight blocks; features more than 150 shops, 50 restaurants, several art galleries; its is also home to the Lincoln Theatre and Colony Theatre; rollerbladers and artists spice up the atmosphere; another great place for people watching during the daytime
ADDRESS: Lincoln Road Mall from Collins Avenue to Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL MAP

Spanish Monastery
DESCRIPTION: An incredible contrast to what you’d expect to see in Art Deco and post-modern Miami Beach; built in Segovia, Spain in 1141 AD, William Randolph Hearst brought this structure; it was rebuilt on its present site in 1952; a favorite venue for weddings and receptions, so make an appointment two weeks in advance
ADMISSION: $6 adults, $4 students and seniors w/ID
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-4p, Sun noon-4p
ADDRESS: 16711 West Dixie Highway, Miami Beach, FL MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 305-945-1462

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