Miami is one of the most highly sought travel destinations in the world, and for a good reason. Make that, good reason(s), because the sun-splashed beaches coupled with the syncopated rhythms of Miami bass music along with the Cuban influenced cuisine and culture make this a can’t miss vacation spot.
But there is so much more to see and do, which is why we decided to put together a Fab 5 of Miami attractions in no particular order that should make every traveler’s bucket list. Let’s call our travel agent and get ready to see smiles for miles as we visit one of the coolest hot-spots in the world.
Attractions in Miami
If you want a real taste of Cuba without leaving the country then Little Havana in Miami is the place for you. Calle Ocho, or 8th Street, is the main drag that allows tourists to experience the cuisine and culture of Cuba with charming, quaint cafes lining the street while you meander over to Tower Theater to watch a film.
When you get out, make sure to visit Azucar Ice Cream Company for a guava sorbet to soothe your pallet. Play dominoes at Máximo Gómez Park, then watch the masters roll cigars at El Titan de Bronze. It’s all there for the taking!
If you want to get a glimpse of the beautiful people, then Ocean Drive is the place to be. It’s the Rodeo Drive of the South, replete with palm trees lining the pristine thoroughfare that cuts a swath from A1A to Collins Avenue as you embark on your journey to Miami Beach.
The miracle mile of Miami is not to be missed, and amid the Art Deco architecture, you will be able to explore boutique beach shops, chi-chi hotels and restaurants, and all the people-watching you can handle!
American Airlines Arena
This is a sports and entertainment multi-purpose arena but most notably, home to the Miami Heat. There is nothing like watching the greatest athletes in the world compete live and in-person.
If you prefer to “invest” in your experience, see the NBA lines and make a wager! It’s a terrific venue to watch a game or take in a concert to see the likes of Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, U2, Shakira, Lady Gaga, and many more who have graced the stage at the American Airlines Arena.
Even the WWF has held events at the AAA so make sure to find out what’s playing when you are in town.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
This modern-day attraction was the original home of renowned industrialist James Deering.
It featured 34 rooms that took over a thousand workers to construct.
Many of whom were European craftsmen hired exclusively to render an authentic Italian Renaissance-style villa filled with ornate furniture and remnants from the 1400s to the 1800s.
The gardens are set on 28 acres of immaculately manicured grounds with Italian and French fountains flowing over to a breakwater leading into Biscayne Bay.
There are hidden passages and doors throughout the museum, but the general public can view none. The attraction combines a stunning display of museum artifacts mixed with a horticulturists’ dream.
This is truly one of the must-see destinations to visit when you travel to Miami.
Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy watching wild animals up close and personal? Well, when you are down south, make sure to check out Zoo Miami.
Over 3,000 wild animals, including 40 endangered species, along with more than 1,000 species of plants and trees, can be viewed at one of the nation’s most interactive zoos.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Zoo Miami is the habitat they create, bringing together different species of animals that would not coexist with each other in the wild. But at Zoo Miami, they have integrated the animals and have an attraction that allows customers to feed the giraffes.
There is a water-themed park area as well for children to take a break and cool off. Zoo Miami is friendly to kids of all ages, and bikes can be rented to scoot around and check out the sights even quicker.