American Airlines Arena -
Home to the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association, the American Airlines Arena is also a great venue for concerts, family-friendly entertainment, and other sporting events. Catch everything from Sesame Street Live to Willy Chirino to professional wrestling. For more information, visit http://www.aaarena.com/.
South Beach -
This dynamic Miami Beach destination has it all, from boutiques and art galleries to museums and restaurants with outdoor seating. Many of the ten blocks that make up South Beach are closed to traffic, making it easy to combine a little exercise with your people watching. For more information, visit http://www.visitsouthbeachonline.com/.
Miami MetroZoo -
Warm weather makes Miami Metrozoo a haven for all kinds of animals from around the world, including African, Asia, and Australia. Best of all, it’s a free-range zoo. That means that all the animals, which are grouped together by geography, are not cooped up in cages.
For more information, visit http://www.miamimetrozoo.com/index.asp.
Miami International Merchandise Mart -
The Miami International Merchandise Mart features 300 showrooms that house over 6,000 product lines in more than 100 categories. And not only will you find an unbelievable selection of items, you’ll find them priced an unbelievably low price. For more information, visit http://www.miamimart.net/.
Miami Seaquarium -
Located in Key Biscayne, Florida midway between downtown Miami and Miami Beach, the Miami Seaquarium is home to outstanding outdoor shows starring killer whales, dolphins, and many other marine mammals. Enjoy a wealth of exceptional exhibits featuring sea lions, sea turtles, seals, and the Florida Manatee. For more information, visit http://www.miamiseaquarium.com/.
Miami Museum of Science -
Kid-friendly hands-on exhibits abound at the Miami Museum of Science. In addition, you’ll enjoy the Miami Planetarium’s laser show; the Weintraub Observatory’s amazing telescopes, and the Falcon Batchelor Birds of Prey Center where injured birds are nursed back to health. For more information, visit http://www.miamisci.org/.
Parrot Jungle Island -
Located on its very own island near downtown Miami, Parrot Jungle Island is the perfect place to come to examine all types of tropical birds who live in replicas of their natural habitats. Other animals who reside on the island are penguins, flamingos, condors, and llamas. Each day, there are three live shows presented: Winged Wonders, Tale of the Tiger, and Gator X-Treme. For more information, visit http://jungleisland.com/.
Coral Castle -
Constructed from more than 1,100 tons of carved coral rock, Coral Castle in Homestead, FL (about 37 miles south of Miami) was built over a 28-year period by Ed Leedskalnin, who was originally from Latvia. Also known as Rock Gate, Coral Castle, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features a 30-minue audio tour. For more information, visit http://www.coralcastle.com/.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens -
A National Historic Landmark, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was originally the home of James Deering, an agricultural industrialist who built it in 1916. Situated on 50 scenic acres in Miami, FL, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens boasts ten acres of formal gardens, a main house, and restored historic village. For more information, visit http://www.vizcayamuseum.org/.
Village of Merrick Park -
In addition to name-brand stores like Hugo Boss, Pottery Barn Kids, and Juicy Couture, the Village of Merrick Park welcomes visitors with appealing fountains, soothing tropical foliage, and a gorgeous garden. And it’s just eight miles south of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. For more information, visit http://www.villageofmerrickpark.com/.