Top ChoiceGardens in Coral Gables

Fairchild Tropical Garden

Fairchild Tropical Garden

If you need to escape Miami’s madness, consider a green day in one of the country’s largest tropical botanical gardens. A butterfly grove, tropical plant conservatory and gentle vistas of marsh and keys habitats,...

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

If you want to see something that is 'very Miami', this is it – lush, big, over the top, a patchwork of all that a rich US businessman might want to show off to his friends. Which is essentially what...

Top ChoicePark in Downtown Miami

Bayfront Park

Bayfront Park

Few American parks can claim to front such a lovely stretch of turquoise (Biscayne Bay), but Miamians are lucky like that. Notable park features are two performance venues: the Klipsch Amphitheater, which boasts...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Downtown Miami

HistoryMiami

HistoryMiami

South Florida – a land of escaped slaves, guerrilla Native Americans, gangsters, land grabbers, pirates, tourists, drug dealers and alligators – has a special history, and it takes a special kind of museum to...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Downtown Miami

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Pérez Art Museum Miami

One of Miami's most impressive spaces, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron, integrates tropical foliage, glass, concrete and wood – a melding of tropical vitality and fresh modernism that fits...

Top ChoiceState Park in Key Biscayne

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

If you don’t make it to the Florida Keys, come to this park for a taste of their unique island ecosystems. The 494-acre space is a tangled clot of tropical fauna and dark mangroves – look for the ‘snorkel’ roots...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Coral Gables

Biltmore Hotel

Biltmore Hotel

In the most opulent neighborhood of one of the showiest cities in the world, the Biltmore is the greatest of the grand hotels of the American Jazz Age. If this joint were a fictional character from a novel, it’d...

Top ChoiceMuseum in South Beach

Wolfsonian-FIU

Wolfsonian-FIU

Visit this excellent design museum early in your stay to put the aesthetics of Miami Beach into context. It’s one thing to see how wealth, leisure and the pursuit of beauty manifest, but it’s another to...

Top ChoiceGallery in Wynwood & the Design District

Margulies Collection at the Warehouse

Encompassing 45,000 sq ft, this vast not-for-profit exhibition space houses one of the best art collections in Wynwood – Martin Margulies' awe-inspiring 4000-piece collection includes sculptures by Isamu Noguchi,...

Top ChoicePark in Little Havana

Máximo Gómez Park

Máximo Gómez Park

Little Havana’s most evocative reminder of Cuba is Máximo Gómez Park (‘Domino Park’), where the sound of elderly men trash-talking over games of dominoes is harmonized with the quick clack-clack of slapping tiles...

Area in South Beach

Art Deco Historic District

The world-famous art-deco district of Miami Beach is pure exuberance: an architecture of bold lines, whimsical tropical motifs and a color palette that evokes all the beauty of the Miami landscape. Among the 800...

Memorial in South Beach

Holocaust Memorial

Even for a Holocaust piece, this memorial is particularly powerful. With over 100 sculptures, its centerpiece is the Sculpture of Love and Anguish, an enormous, oxidized bronze arm that bears an Auschwitz tattoo...

Museum in South Beach

Art Deco Museum

This small museum is one of the best places in town for an enlightening overview of the art deco district. Through videos, photography, models and other displays, you'll learn about the pioneering work of Barbara...

State Park in Key Biscayne

Virginia Key Beach North Point Park

This lovely green space has several small but pleasing beaches, and some short nature trails. Pretty waterfront views aside, there are two big reasons to come here. The first is to get out on the water by hiring...

Notable Building in South Beach

New World Center

Designed by Frank Gehry, this performance hall rises majestically out of a manicured lawn just above Lincoln Rd. Not unlike the ethereal power of the music within, the glass-and-steel facade encases...

Beach in South Beach

South Beach

South Beach

When most people think of Miami Beach, they're envisioning South Beach (SoBe). This area is rife with clubs, bars, restaurants, models and a distinctive veneer of Art Deco architecture. The beach itself...

Park in South Beach

SoundScape Park

Outside of the New World Center, this park is one of the best places for open-air screenings in Miami Beach. During some New World Symphony performances, the outside wall of the Frank Gehry–designed concert hall...

Gardens in Coconut Grove

Kampong

David Fairchild, the Indiana Jones of the botanical world and founder of Fairchild Tropical Garden, would rest at the Kampong (Malay/Indonesian for 'village') in between journeys in search of beautiful and...

Public Art in Wynwood & the Design District

Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls

In the midst of rusted warehouses and concrete blah, there's a pastel-and-graffiti explosion of urban art. Wynwood Walls is a collection of murals and paintings laid out over an open courtyard that invariably...

Gallery in Wynwood & the Design District

De La Cruz Collection

Housing one of Miami's finest private collections, this 30,000-sq-ft gallery has a treasure trove of contemporary works scattered across three floors, which you can roam freely. Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, who...