Where To Go In Miami?
Sunny Miami is not only a year-round seaside resort, beloved by celebrities since the first half of the 20th century, but also a key economic center of the United States, which plays an important role in international trade. Located on the Atlantic coast, Miami Beach is the city's main tourist attraction. It is here that the beaches, hotels, entertainment, pedestrian promenades, restaurants and nightclubs are concentrated.
Back in the 1980s and 90s, recreation in Miami Beach was something unattainable for residents of other continents, but that has changed. Now anyone can pick up a suitable hotel and head to the great beaches of Florida to sunbathe, enjoy evening strolls along the "Miami Beach Boardwalk" and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Wynwood and Little Havana.
What to see and where to go in Miami?
1. Miami Beach
A resort suburb of Miami, separated from the rest of the neighborhood by Biscayne Bay. It's a big strip of beachfront property built up entirely with hotels along the coast. Miami Beach has been developed since the 1920s and quickly gained popularity among celebrities and the jet set. The central part of the city is built up with historic Art Deco buildings from 1923 to 1943.
An early twentieth-century structure designed by F. B. Hofmann, Jr. for the wealthy industrialist D. Dering. It is surrounded by a landscaped park. The building is decorated in a variety of architectural styles from several eras. In the mid-20th century, the property was sold to the city. Since then, the villa has been home to the Dade Museum of Art. From time to time, feature film shoots take place here.
In the 1950s Wynwood was a depressed suburb populated mostly by Puerto Ricans and built up with small factories and machine shops. The transformation didn't begin until 2005, when city officials decided to gentrify Wynwood, that is, completely redevelop it. The best graffiti artists from around the world painted the walls of the warehouses and workshops, which transformed the neighborhood and made it a destination for bohemians, artists and tourists.
The Design District is a unique and creative place where designers, artists, and other art people gather. There are numerous stores and warehouses with trendy avant-garde furniture, accessories, unusual sculptures and interior items. There are also many showrooms with exclusive clothing brands. Design & Art Night takes place every second Saturday of the month.
A neighborhood in Miami that is home to Cuban immigrants who fled the country because of Fidel Castro's rise to power. The former inhabitants of the Liberty Island have long ago assimilated and turned into ordinary Americans, but the neighborhood retains its national Cuban flavor. There are noisy street fairs with Latin American music and dances, colorful processions during the Catholic holidays, and various national festivals.
The resort center of Miami, the point of attraction for all nightlife enthusiasts. Its unofficial name is "American Riviera". There is a huge number of nightclubs, great restaurants, hotels, and stores. The main "highlight" of the area is its magnificent beach, covered with dazzling white sand. There's also a historic neighborhood in South Beach built up with picturesque Art Deco buildings.
Miami is not only an ideal beach resort, but also a great place to shop. There are entire streets in the city where shopaholics can immerse themselves in the fascinating world of shopping. One such place is Lincoln Road. Here customers can buy clothes, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, gadgets, and souvenirs in boutiques and stores of all major brands.
8. Ocean Drive
A historic street with art deco buildings from the 1920s and 1940s that is a popular promenade and gathering place for the bohemian public. The street stretches for several kilometers along the ocean. Many buildings of architectural interest were demolished. Those that remain have been designated National Historic Landmarks. On Ocean Drive you can see many rare cars.
The structure is located in central Miami on Biscayne Boulevard. It was erected in 1925 for the office of The Miami News newspaper. In 1957 the building was taken over by the city, and it became the site of a center for the reception of Cuban immigrants. The name "Freedom Tower" stuck with the building because the Cubans who escaped from the F. Castro regime believed that they had found true freedom in the United States. Today the tower houses a museum and a library of Cuban literature.
A sports complex that opened in 1999. The basketball team, a member of the NBA Miami Heat, is based here. The arena is designed for 20,000 spectators. Not only sporting events, but also concerts of world stars are held there. Share, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Britney Spears and other famous pop singers have performed at the American Airlines Arena.
A shopping mall located right on the waterfront near the seaport. Bayside has more than 150 stores as well as many cafes and bars. There are always performances and concerts to attract people to the market. In the evening it becomes a street full of strolling tourists. At Bayside you can buy clothes, local handicrafts, souvenirs, and more.
The museum was founded in 1984 as an art center. Since 1996, it has been functioning as a museum with a permanent exhibition. The collection contains exhibits created in the 20th and 21st centuries, brought in from various parts of the world. The collection continues to grow thanks to private collections, whose owners are constantly sending new works of art to the museum. Every year the gallery is visited by more than 300 thousand people.
An urban history museum that houses exhibits covering a broad period of Florida's history. The collection is spread over two floors and covers more than 3,700 square feet. The museum organizes and develops research programs, hosts open events for visitors, and participates in scientific research. History Miami is an entire scientific and cultural complex with a full research facility.
The museum's collection is housed in two buildings that formerly served as synagogues. The main structure is a historic 1936 structure created with elements of Art Deco architectural style. It features photographs, documents, household goods and other artefacts which tell the story of the role of Jews in American history as well as the cultural traditions of this nation.
Sculptural composition, designed by C. Treister in 1980-90, funded by the Rothschild family. The memorial is made in the form of an arm stretched to the sky, on which upward are climbing emaciated human figures with the prints of horrific suffering on their faces. The memorial is very expressive and is able to evoke strong emotions in the viewer. The sculptor managed to express all the horror that the Jewish people experienced during the genocide of the 1930s and 40s.
A full-fledged educational center with many interactive exhibits and compositions where children can learn about world culture as well as try their hand at some professions. There are exhibition galleries, a lecture hall, classrooms, a gift store and a restaurant. Painting, sculpting, photography and sculpture classes are offered at the center.
17. Gesu Church
Gesu Church is the oldest Catholic church in Miami. It was erected in 1896 with funds from the city's Catholic community. For a long time the church was an important spiritual center of the city. The first church was built of wood. In 1921 the construction of a stone building began. Since 1905, a full-fledged school had been functioning on the basis of the temple. During the active emigration from Cuba, the Catholic Hispanic Center was organized in Gesu to help newly arrived immigrants adapt.
One of the first churches in the city of Miami, founded in 1896. Originally a wooden church, it was replaced by a stone church in 1912-25. The cathedral building is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places for its special architectural value. The church was built in a picturesque pseudo-Romanesque style. The facade and walls are painted white. They are decorated with arched openings and graceful balustrades.
19. Jungle Island
An amusement park located on Watson Island. Jungle Island is known for its unforgettable shows featuring tigers, lions, exotic birds and other fauna. The park is home to lemurs, snakes, penguins, crocodiles, orangutans, and turtles, in addition to felines. There is also a large lake with a protected area and a public beach.
20. Miami Seaquarium
The Miami Aquarium is one of the first marine parks opened in the United States. It is home to orcas, sharks, seals, crocodiles, stingrays, turtles, and beloved dolphins. Thanks to the comfortable climate in Florida, the inhabitants of the aquarium feel comfortable enough. Popular dolphin and seal shows are held outdoors year-round.
21. Zoo Miami
The zoo is located about 15 miles from Miami. It covers an area of 300 hectares. In order to see all the animals, you will have to walk more than 3 miles. With this in mind, visitors can rent bicycles and wheelchairs with a tent, and wheelchairs for people with disabilities. In addition to numerous animals, the zoo is a delight to the eye with lush tropical vegetation. Shows for children are regularly organized in the zoo.
22. Bayfront Park
A public park in central Miami, located on the shores of Biscayne Bay. It was opened in 1925. It was designed by architect W. G. Manning. The park was completely reconstructed in the 1980s under the direction of I. Noguchi. Public festivals and fairs on Christmas Eve, as well as community balls and a variety of concerts are held here on a regular basis.
A scenic walkway that stretches from South Beach about 5 miles north along the ocean shore. It's a "must-see" spot in Miami. The path is great for leisurely walks, jogging and biking. There are cafes, great places to swim, decorative drinking water fountains and cozy benches along the way.
A green area covering an area of 33 hectares. There are 14 artificial lakes within the garden. The tropical and subtropical flora is striking in its impressive diversity. The botanical garden was created in 1938 by Professor D. Fairchild and Colonel R. Montgomery on the money of benefactors. The park is open year-round. A variety of activities for all tastes are provided for the many visitors.
A natural area that includes a marshy plain, mangroves, and rainforests. It is home to a large number of rare birds and animals. The park is covered by a wide network of lakes, creating a unique ecosystem. The Everglades are sometimes called the "largest swamp in the world" because the area of flooded areas is over 4,000 square miles. The park is home to a large number of alligators.