What to do in Miami for Thanksgiving

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By Kara Franker

Fun things to do in Miami during the Thanksgiving holiday.

When you spend Thanksgiving in Miami, you’ll get to experience our perfect fall weather, great restaurants, lively events and more.

Tuesday: November 20, 2018

Kick off the long weekend with a bang. Sure to be a great game, the Brooklyn Nets are playing the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. Before or after the game, head to one of the many delectable Downtown restaurants to fuel up near the arena. Toro Toro offers Pan Latin eats in a sultry setting, Zuma serves modern Japanese fare with views of the Miami River. And check out Daniel Boulud's new outpost of his infamous Boulud Sud for delectable Mediterranean dishes in the heart of Downtown.

Wednesday: November 21, 2018

Check out waterfront Museum Park in Downtown, where you’ll find two Miami gems: Pérez Art Museum Miami, as well as Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Once the sun sets, catch a show or listen to live music. During the entire month of November, Miami Live Arts Month features special access to concerts, dance performances, comedy shows, poetry readings and lots of great live entertainment.

Thursday: November 22, 2018

Officially the day to stuff yourself full of multi-course goodness, hit up Miami’s hot restaurant scene for Turkey Day. It’s the perfect opportunity to avoid slaving away in the kitchen and the clean up! Search some of our favorite restaurants to see who’s serving the best deals. Or spend Thanksgiving day on a luxury yacht! Climb aboard the Venetian Lady in Downtown Miami at 4 p.m. and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner while you cruise around Biscayne Bay.

Friday: November 23, 2018

Happy Black Friday! Miami has a range of fabulous shopping opportunities. From outlet malls for those who want to score a deal, to luxury boutiques where you can find that perfect high-end splurge. Head to the Design District, the Rodeo Drive of the subtropics, for designer shops like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and more. Or find plenty of vintage threads in a retro thrift stores in Wynwood. For a more shop-till-you-drop mall experience, check out the Shops at Merrick Park, Aventura Mall, Dolphin Mall, Dadeland Mall, or Brickell City Centre.

Saturday: November 24, 2018

Don’t miss one of Elton John’s last performances! The legendary performer is bringing his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to AmericanAirlines Arena. Concert starts at 8 p.m. Also scheduled for Saturday night, The White Party is happening at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Coconut Grove. This elegant affair will celebrate the advancements of Care Resource, a not-for-profit healthcare organization that provides HIV/AIDS healthcare services to those in need in South Florida.

Sunday: November 25, 2018

As Thanksgiving weekend is ending, it’s officially time to deck the halls and welcome Santa Claus to the tropics! Head to the largest holiday theme park in the world. Located in Tropical Park, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is decked out in three million Christmas lights and features a nearly 100-foot-tall Christmas tree. Plus, there are tons of carnival games and rides that are sure to keep the entire family entertained.

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