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Top 7 Inspirational Things to Do in Miami

Updated: May 22, 2020

There is more to life than what meets the eye. If you are an explorer, traveler or a culturally-curious person, Miami's art & culture scene is ideal to experience. It is blooming, laid-back and easy to access. As Epicurean teaching rightly said, “Eat, sleep and be merry, for tomorrow we die,” let’s not wait to explore Miami's vibrant inspirational scene.

1 - Miami Beaches: Nature and its Holistic Swing

Miami's natural and diverse landscapes are true to their hype. Choose from a range of beaches, parks, nature reserves and tropical gardens to explore.

South Pointe Park Pier is a popular choice to visit. The 17-acre park features walking paths with sweeping views of the Atlantic ocean. It is popular park for its playground featuring water features, light sculptures, extensive seating, dog park and a recently renovated 450-foot-long pier.

South Pointe Park Pier

Just a 10 minute walk, head out to Lummus Park Beach, the ideal park to watch people, enjoy outdoors fitness training, volleyball matches, biking and more. If you are in the mood for something more relaxing, head out to Haulover Beach which is excellent for sun bathing, occasional surfing and to disconnect from Miami's vibrant scene. The northern part of Haulover is a clothing-optional beach.

Haulover Beach

2 - Wilderness of Tropical Beauty

Exploring Miami's tropical beauty is exhilarating. There are palm trees, tropical forest and exotic plants. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a must visit place if you are a nature lover of wilderness. The 83-acre botanic garden features an extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees, vines including artist exhibitions. If you are in South Beach, don't forget to enjoy Miami Beach Botanical Garden magical landscape. It is truly an urban oasis in the middle of the glitz of South Beach. Stop by and enjoy the numerous cultural and artistic programs offered year round.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

3 - Art Week Miami

Astounding is the fact that world's renowned artists, galleries and artistic influencers all come to Miami Beach to showcase their work every year. Art Week which features an array of art fairs including Art Basel Miami, SCOPE, Red Dot Miami & Spectrum Miami, Pulse Art Fair and many more. Art week happens during the first week of December and draws an international audience to Miami Beach every year.

Art Basel Miami Beach, Hunt Kastner

4 - Wet Natural Wonders

About an hour and 37 minutes from Miami, there are wet natural wonders to explore including the one and only one Everglades National Park. The park is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve made of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods. It is the home of hundreds of animal species including the endangered leatherback turtle, exotic birds, Florida panther and West Indian manatee and of course alligators.

Everglades National Park

5 - Raw Culture, the Design District and Coconut Grove

The Design District features art galleries, showrooms, bars and eating places. You are missing out on quite a lot if you are an artist who likes to see the culture and has not yet visited the fancy galleries and inventive boutiques. There are decoration stores as well as luxurious fashion stores including Hermes, Prada, LV and much more. It is a chic and architectural inspiring district to visit. The place itself started off as an interior design showroom that later lengthened and turned into fine-art galleries and such stylish eateries as Michael's Genuine Food and Drink. Don’t forget to taste the pastries from Chef Hedy Goldsmith!

6 - Coral Gables: History and Cultural Perks

Coral Gables is a relaxed sophisticated boulevard showcasing historical landmarks with a rich cultural history. It is a place crafted for all those seeking a relaxed environment with top-notch boutiques, local culinary spots, coffee shops, and more. It has a classic Mediterranean vibe which is quite refreshing to experience.

Also located in Coral Gables is the must-dive Venetian Pool. The historical Mediterranean style swimming pool features waterfalls, lush vegetation, a high diving platform and more. The unique water site was built in 1923 and occupies a shallow quarry displacing some 820,000 gallons of water. In 1981 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, making it the only pool listed on the register.

Then head over to the Biltmore Hotel, which is a National Historic Landmark where Al Capone, Esther Williams and President Clinton once stayed.

7 - Urban Nights

Head out to Miami's downtown for a night full of vibrant entertainment choices like hanging out at a rooftop lounge, listening to live music, enjoying a Miami City Lights Air Tour, or head out to Brickell City Centre. The luxury landmark features premium an extensive retail center, two residential towers, REACH and RISE, the 352-room EAST Miami hotel and two mid-rise office towers.

Words By Sumbal Kuraishi, a Writing Maestro, Roll of Honor awarded, Founder of modernfashionblog Co-Founder of Designbolts and CEO of fabnailartdesigns.