In Miami, you just don’t know which kind of crazy you’re going to get. One thing is certain; the fun in the sun is one unforgettable and unique experience. Miami has it all except the mountains. If you have ever watched the Real House Wives of Miami, you will understand what I mean. One minute you may be having a business lunch with the movers and shakers of Miami and the next, casually walking the beach or digging your feet in the sand. Whether it’s Lincoln Road people watching or getting stuck in a traffic jam, if you are coming to Miami, you are destined to have the time of your life!
Miami is not just about fun in the sun. There are some really beautiful hidden treasures or best kept secrets if you will. For example, you don’t have to go to Hawaii to enjoy one of the National Botanical Gardens located right here in the heart of the Grove. Kampong is an exotic International Botanical Gem and recognized on the National Register of historic places. This is one scrumptious Horticultural experience you must indulge in. If you are the outdoorsy type, take a ride to David T. Kennedy Park, one of my favorite parks also located in the Grove where you will find plenty to do like free yoga in the park on Saturdays at 9:30 AM. Another of my favorite parks with lots to do is Tropical Park, a 275 acre urban green blanket with a full-service equestrian facility open during the week. Park features include, bike trails, Dog Park, golf course, gun ranges, marinas, pools, tennis, racket ball, sport fields and more.
I love exploring new places in the city with my family and friends. There are plenty of new spots to venture as well as many hidden treasures within each community however; here is a list of a few favorite overall spots I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss. The gravity mystery behind the making of Coral Castle is fascinating. Zoo Miami is a free range zoo that may be enjoyed solo or as a great family outing. Oleta River State Park offers a wide range of activities including kayaking. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum will take you back in time as will Cauley Square. X-Treme Rock climbing is quite the challenge in a fun and exhilarating kind of way. Bayside Marketplace and Bayfront Park are a sure hit. A must try at Everglades National Park is the gator tail and a frog leg or two but don’t forget to stop by the Indian Village for a cultural fix. There are plenty of museums if that is your preference. Design District’s Art Walk on the second Saturday of the month from 7-10 PM is a popular venue. Visit the beautiful Viscaya and enjoy Spanish cuisine in their restaurante. Miami Children’s Museum is fun even for grownups. If you are a hungry “wanna be detective” then the Murder Mystery train is for you. Gusman Center for the performing Arts and the Adrienne Arsht Center have fabulous year round entertainment events you are sure to enjoy. Marlins Park and the American Airlines arena for the sports fan is a must. Art Deco Ocean Drive and Key Biscayne National Park are a hit every time I have out of Towner’s for the weekend. Finally be sure to include Little Havana, Domino Park and Calle Ocho. If you happen to be in town the last Friday of the month, the next Cultural Friday is happening September 28, 2012 from 7-11 PM on SW 8th Street between 14th and 17th Avenue where you can salsa or tango, listen to live music under the stars, get a real taste of the Spanish culture and bring home a hand roll cigar or a guayabera!