Fun Things To Do For Memorial Day

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By: Jennifer Agress

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Miami

In addition to being a time when we honor those who gave their lives serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off of summer vacation. Here in Miami, we have plenty of meaningful and fun ways for people of all ages to celebrate the holiday weekend.

Check out National Salute to America’s Heroes

Looking for a fun event to attend with the family? National Salute to America’s Heroes (NSAH) might be just the ticket. Happening along Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, this two-day event is part of a nationwide celebration. It’s a fun-filled way to recognize the country’s military and first responders, and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom. Kids and adults alike will love the Hyundai Air & Sea Show (called “The Greatest Show Above the Earth”), a thrilling performance that showcases men and women from all five branches of the U.S. military as well as first responders and state-of-the-art military technology, vehicles and equipment. Attendees can also expect exciting offshore events and the Monster Energy Action Zone, which features interactive military displays, a performance by Keith Sayer’s KSFMX Freestyle Motocross demo team, official flight and navigation simulators, tactical training equipment and even U.S. Marine Corps rifle range simulators.

This year, NSAH will repeat its community-based nomination initiative, “Salute 365,” which was created to recognize local healthcare professionals, first responders and others who have fought tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Selected nominees will be awarded new Hyundai Sonatas in recognition of their outstanding service.

Tickets and more information are available online. All attendees must wear masks except when seated in open beach areas or in designated spaces to eat and drink.

See “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience”

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is a multisensory art event taking place at Ice Palace Studios. Created by world-renowned audiovisual designers, this walk-through experience uses cutting-edge projection technology to take guests into the dreams, thoughts, words and art of Vincent van Gogh. As symphonic music plays in the background, light, colors and shapes from Van Gogh’s masterpieces swirl, dance and refocus into flowers, cafes, landscapes and more all around you. Masks are required inside the venue. Tickets, which are for specific times, can be purchased online.

Kayaking in Oleta River State Park
Spend the day kayaking in Oleta River State Park

Explore Miami’s parks, museums and other attractions

Be fascinated by exotic animals at Zoo Miami. Explore the natural beauty of Greater Miami by visiting Oleta River State Park, Biscayne National Park or Everglades National Park. Expand your mind by wandering through any of Miami’s wonderful museums, including the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, HistoryMiami Museum and The Bass. May wraps up Miami Attraction & Museum Months, so you may be able to get discounted ticket prices for some attractions. Be sure to check individual websites for updated hours and guidelines.

Visit SuperBlue Miami

SuperBlue is bringing the world an art experience it has never seen before, and it’s dropping in Greater Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood, right across from the Rubell Museum. Its first exhibition, “Every Wall is a Door,” will be a multisensory, immersive art event using light, video and sound. There will be multiple installations, each more spectacular and thought-provoking than the last. The exhibits are by artists Es Devlin, teamLab and James Turrell, who invite guests to wind their way through a mirrored labyrinth, a transcendent digital environment and an enveloping light-based Ganzfeld work. Guests can wrap up their SuperBlue Miami experience with coffee, a light lunch or wine at its onsite European-inspired eatery, Blue Rider. Timed tickets for SuperBlue must be booked online in advance.

Trump Doral Golf Resort & course
Stay & play at one of Greater Miami’s many spectacular golf resorts

Hit the links for a round of golf

Golf courses in Miami are open for booking tee time reservations. Check out our guide to Miami’s golf courses and resorts, and to book tee times on golf course websites.

See “Lasting Impressions” at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Don’t miss Lasting Impressions: The 3D LED Experience at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which brings more than 100 of the world’s most famous Impressionist masterworks to life. This one-hour, timed-entry experience uses new, patented digital technology and giant screens to make you feel like you’ve stepped inside these paintings and feel what artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Seurat and Degas felt when they painted them. Classical music by Debussy, Ravel and other composers plays in the background. Guests are given lightweight 3D glasses and are required to wear a mask, social distance and complete a short wellness screening. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Receive $10 off through May 31, 2021.

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