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As a city, Miami has an alluring and exotic aura that really sets it apart. Many images enter the mind when thinking of this distinctive metropolis. Whether it’s a seafront stroll through the slow-burning neon evening heat or sipping frothy cocktails on a rooftop garden bar to the sounds of Gloria Estefan, it remains a place of almost overbearing vitality and glamour. Whilst you’re in the area there is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a wealth of things to do aside from bask in the stylish radiance. We’d be here all day trying to list them all but here’s a lucky seven things to do when you find yourself in the balmy humidity of Miami.
1. South Beach
Put simply, you haven’t truly been to Miami without at least once stepping out onto the pristine white sands flanking the turquoise sea. The city and its beach are inseparable and to walk along the Atlantic coast here is where fantasy becomes a reality. Rent an umbrella and spend the day people-watching, you’re almost guaranteed to see celebrities out and about and lavish model shoots taking place before your eyes.
2. Watch the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park
Baseball, the quintessential American sport. Attending the big game is an institution that is woven into the very fabric of American culture; really, you’d be foolish not to seize the opportunity to grab a burger and witness the true wonder of bat and ball in a vast auditorium. Their Miami Marlins home at Marlins park is a stadium like no other; eschewing the game’s antiquated retro facade, this state-of-the-art ballpark takes the sport well and truly into the future. True to Miami’s sense of contemporary style, it has a retractable roof to shield you from the sun and is kitted out with all mod cons.
3. Dancing on Ocean Drive
The identity of Miami is intertwined with music, dance and night life. Its fusion of authentic Latin-American culture and modern discotheque makes it a uniquely glamorous place to go out and enjoy fine music and dancing. There’s an array of lavish night-spots down on Ocean Drive, a glimmering jugular lined with throbbing neon signs. Don’t let The Lighthouse Family’s sterile account of the place put you off, if its dancing that you crave you won’t have to look for long. A heady-mix of salsa rhythms and contemporary beats pours from seafront hotels, filtering the balmy night air. For those seduced by the glamour, Clevelander is certainly a must and Mangos really ramps up the tropical sense of carnival.
4. Art-Deco Sightseeing
One thing you must do here is simply walk around and take in the pastel coloured splendour of the city’s Art-Deco buildings. On the surface, Miami may seem like a place of almost clinical modernity, perhaps lacking in the history stakes. You’d be mistaken though for Miami’s unique selling point is it’s collection of iconic buildings that stand as perfect relics of 1920s, 30s and 50s vintage design. Expect to see cool walls of ice-cream coloured concrete and pink cadillacs parked up beneath the shade of swaying palms. Unmissable and completely free of charge.
5. Zoo Museum
Elephants, Hyenas, Komodo dragons and a Warthog. They’re all in residence here at Miami’s expansive and diverse Zoological park. You can take the shuttle bus out to the site from a range of locations and hotels and from 2014, their Mission Everglades exhibit will showcase the wonder of the nearby mangroves and grasslands enabling you to experience this unique environment should you not have the time or inclination to venture further South to the Keys.
6. The Science Museum
One thing Miami knows all about is hurricanes and if you endeavour to visit the Science Museum you’ll have the opportunity to explore the interior of a P-3 hurricane plane, construct a house and test it against the strength of a storm and leave with a complete overview of hurricane history. It’s a formidable force of nature but nonetheless a constant reality for this part of the world and a part of everyday life. Well worth a visit.
7. Miami Seaquarium
One thing Miami certainly isn’t adverse to is a liberal splash of water and you’ll be wholly thankful for it on a sunny day. Once the largest Marine-life attraction in the world, Florida certainly knows how to do sun-drenched dolphin displays. All of the friends from Florida’s rich and diverse marine-life are here; Sharks, Crocodiles, the unmistakable Sting-Rays and of course Florida’s own Manatees.