Area Information

If you’ve brought your family along or added a day or so onto either end of your trip to Miami, we have some recommendations below for spending some quality time in the area.

Points of Interest

Collins Avenue, Ocean Drive, and South Beach
South Beach is central to the story of Miami's evolution as an arts, fashion, cultural, celebrity, and entertainment hub. The Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive Shopping District has been an edgy fashion mecca since the late 1980s. If any street is synonymous with South Beach, it’s Ocean Drive, which features many restaurants, art deco hotels, and galleries.

Calle Ocho
Located in Little Havana, this street highlights the Cuban influences in Miami. You can find hand-rolled cigars, fruit stands, and authentic Cuban coffee shops.

Wynwood Walls
Recognized as Miami’s world-famous, open-air “museum of the streets,” visitors from all over the world come to see the dozens of graffiti art murals at Wynwood Walls free of charge. Stay for tapas at the adjacent Wynwood Kitchen & Bar and venture into The Wynwood district to shop at the many boutiques, have some gelato at one of the many gelaterias, and get a cup of coffee at Panther.

The Bass
Admire Miami Beach’s collection of international contemporary art at the Bass Museum. Opened in 1964 with the private art collection of John and Johanna Bass, the museum looks to further the interpretation of contemporary art by incorporating various disciplines such as design, fashion, and architecture into their exhibitions.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Take a tour through the stunning former winter estate of businessman James Deering located in Coral Gables on beautiful Biscayne Bay. This modern, subtropical interpretation of an 18th-century Italian villa was built by local workers and European craftsmen between 1914 and 1922. The more than 70 rooms are decorated with 15th- to 19th-century furnishings and art that can be seen nowhere else. The grounds feature Italian Renaissance-style gardens that visitors can stroll in at their leisure. Vizcaya has also been the setting for many popular films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Any Given Sunday, Iron Man 3, and The Money Pit.  

Pérez Art Museum Miami
Visit Miami’s flagship art museum and learn about modern and contemporary international art at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Exhibitions highlight Miami’s diverse community and pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. In addition to exploring the galleries, visitors can enjoy waterfront dining at Verde restaurant and take in the spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and the elaborate hanging gardens.

History Miami Museum
Founded in 1940, this is the State of Florida’s largest history museum and is the second oldest cultural institution in South Florida. It is home to more than 1 million historical images and artifacts. One of its permanent exhibitions guides you through 12,000 years of the region’s history starting from Native American settlement to the present day.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Visit this 83-acre botanic garden with a plethora of rare tropical plants. The garden was established in 1936 by Robert H. Montgomery and opened to the public in 1938. He named it after his friend, David Fairchild, who was an avid traveler and collected more than 20,000 plants on his travels. Many of these plants are still growing here today.

The Wolfsonian—Florida International University
Explore The Wolfsonian, home to one of the largest university art collections in the country. With a focus on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design dating from 1850 to 1950, the Wolfsonian houses works on paper, furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, and more mainly from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands with a smaller but significant number of materials from Austria, Czechoslavakia, France, Japan, Hungary, and many other countries.

Art Deco Welcome Center - Miami Design Preservation League
The Art Deco Welcome Center provides information on preservation and awareness of the Art Deco “Historic” District, through its daily “Official” Art Deco Walking Tour at 10:30 a.m. A full-service visitor information center in the heart of the "Art Deco" Historic District. Located at 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL. The center is open 7 days a week for all inquiries during your stay.

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