Miami is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the USA. It is located on the southeastern shoreline of the Florida Peninsula. Although Miami is mostly known for its beaches and nightlife, there is much more that the city has to offer. Stunning Art Deco buildings, several museums and a zoo make Miami an ideal destination even for families with kids. Predominantly sunny weather means that Miami can be visited almost any time of the year. Here is our pick of the top 10 tourist attractions of Miami.
- Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the former villa of business magnate James Deering. This early-20th-century estate is located in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. The beautiful Italian Renaissance gardens span 10 acres of the total 50 acres of the estate. The villa museum is also a prominent attraction. It has over 70 rooms lavishly decorated with European decorative furnishings and art works from the 15th to the early-19th centuries. Both the villa and the gardens are open to the public. The house has been featured in many Hollywood movies over the years including Bad Boys 2 and Iron Man 3.
- Miami Children’s Museum
The Miami Children’s Museum is located on Watson Island, which is connected to Biscayne Bay by the Mac-Arthur Causeway. This unique and interesting museum is not only a delight to the kids but also a fun visit for the adults. The museumwas originally founded as the Miami Youth Museum in 1983. It moved to its present location in 2003. The 5250 square meter facility has 14 permanent galleries along with a 200-seat auditorium, a gift shop, and a restaurant. It attracts nearly half a million visitors every year.
- Zoo Miami
The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, or simply the Zoo Miami, is the oldest and largest zoo in Florida. It was established in 1948 but moved to its present location in 1980. Zoo Miami is the only tropical zoo in the continental USA. It houses over 3000 animals belonging to almost 500 different species. It spreads over 750 acres, although only about half of it has been developed. There are 5 sections in the Zoo Miami, namely Florida: Mission Everglades, Africa, Asia, Australia, and ‘Amazon and Beyond.’ There is a monorail inside the zoo which transports visitors to the different sections in the zoo.
- Little Havana
Little Havana is a slice of Cuba in the heart of Miami. The neighborhood is located west of downtown Miami and a block east of the Miami International Airport. It is primarily populated by Cuban, Central American, and South American exiles and refugees who made Miami their home. The street culture as well as the socio-cultural scene of Little Havana reflects the traditional lifestyle of Cuba. Festivals like the Three Kings Parade, Calle Ocho, and Cultural Fridays are major attractions of this neighborhood, and are even televised to millions of American homes. Take a walk in this neighborhood to feel a touch of Cuba right in the heart of Miami.
- Miami Seaquarium
Miami Seaquarium is located on the Virginia Key island in Biscayne Bay near downtown Miami. It was founded in 1955, making it one of the oldest oceanariums in the USA. It is spread over 38 acres. Miami Seaquarium was the largest marine life park in the world when it was inaugurated. It is one of the major attractions of Miami, both for adults and children. If you are traveling with family and kids, then this is certainly one of your must-visit attractions. Every year, nearly half a million people visit the Miami Seaquarium. The most famous resident of the Seaquarium is Lolita, a 20-foot killer whale.
- Gold Coast Railroad Museum
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is located next to another major attraction of the city – Zoo Miami. The museum was founded in 1956 on the grounds of the former Naval Air Station Richmond. About 3 miles of railroad tracks on the site made it the ideal place to set up the museum. The museum is aimed at promoting railroads and historical trains. Along with several interactive exhibits, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum has a collection of over 30 historic trains. The most prominent exhibit is the Presidential Car – Ferdinand Magellan, which was used by US Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower.
- Downtown Miami
Downtown Miami is the historic and commercial center of the city. It is primarily made of the Central Business District, Bayfront Park, Lummus Park, and Watson Island. The place is very well connected by public transport but is best explored on foot. There are several attractions in that area. Some of the most prominent are Freedom Tower, History Miami Museum, Gesu Church, Japanese garden, Du Pont Building, and Jungle Island.
- Miami Beach
Interestingly, Miami Beach is on an island about 1 kilometer off the coast of mainland Miami. It is a coastal resort city that is a separate municipality from Miami. However, that does not take away any of the fun. The island is well-connected to the mainland with several bridges, and almost everyone visiting Miami will make the island their first stop. At the Miami Beach, take a dip in the ocean or just relax on a beach chair under the Florida sun. You can also walk up to the Art Deco district or head south toward the South Beach.
- Art Deco District
The Art Deco District is located just off the beach area of Miami Beach. The well-preserved buildings will instantly transport you to the 1950s and 1960s with their design and color. Some of these buildings have been converted into hotels, while some others into restaurants and clubs. There are total of 960 Art Deco buildings that are listed in this district stretching from the Ocean Drive to Alton Road and Dade Boulevard.
- South Beach
South Beach makes up the southern part of the Miami Beach. However, due to its immense popularity it deserves a listing of its own. Nicknamed SoBe (from South Beach), this was the first section of Miami that was developed as a beach resort. Today, it remains the most happening part of the city, not only in the daytime, but also after sundown. Numerous cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs entertain guests almost into the daybreak hours. This is the place to be if you are looking to party in Miami. The beach and its surrounding have been featured in several television series and films.
Originally posted 2017-06-07 06:39:26.