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Top Choice Gardens in Coral Gables

Fairchild Tropical Garden

If you need to escape Miami’s madness, consider a green day in the country’s largest tropical botanical garden. A butterfly grove, tropical plant conservatory and gentle vistas of marsh and keys habitats, plus frequ…
Top Choice Historic Building in Coconut Grove

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

They call Miami the Magic City, and if it is, this Italian villa, the housing equivalent of a Fabergé egg, is its most fairy-tale residence. In 1916 industrialist James Deering started a Miami tradition by making a …
Top Choice Park in Downtown Miami

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 exc…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown Miami

Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Pérez can claim fine rotating exhibits that concentrate on post-WWII international art, but just as impressive are its location and exterior. This art institution inaugurated Museum Park, a patch of land that ov…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown Miami

HistoryMiami

South Florida – a land of escaped slaves, guerilla Native Americans, gangsters, land grabbers, pirates, tourists, drug dealers and alligators – has a special history, and it takes a special kind of museum to capture…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Downtown Miami

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

This magnificent venue manages to both humble and enthrall visitors. Today the Arsht is where the biggest cultural acts in Miami come to perform; a show here is a must-see on any Miami trip. There's an Adrienne Arsh…
Top Choice State 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 tha…
Top Choice Historic Building in Coral Gables

Biltmore Hotel

In the most opulent neighborhood of one of the showiest cities in the world, the Biltmore peers down her nose and says, ‘hrmph.’ It’s one of the greatest of the grand hotels of the American Jazz Age, and if this joi…
Top Choice Public Art in Wynwood & the Design District

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 bowls …
Top Choice Museum in South Beach

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 manifests in Miami Beach, but it’s another…