What To Do In Miami For Thanksgiving


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By Kara Franker

Visit Miami during Thanksgiving 2017 and you’ll get more than a turkey dinner.

When you spend Thanksgiving in Miami, you’ll find lots to do plus spectacular dining options, which equals a recipe for success.

Wednesday: November 22, 2017

Kick off the long weekend with a bang. Sure to be a great game, the Boston Celtics 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 NIU Kitchen is a Spanish restaurant with plenty of tasty tapas on the menu.

Thursday: November 23, 2017

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! It’s also the kick-off of White Party Week. Tens of thousands of festival goers flock to South Beach for a week of nonstop parties and entertainment. Proceeds from events benefit Care Resource, an organization that provides HIV/AIDS healthcare services to those in need in South Florida.

Friday: November 24, 2017

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 store in Wynwood at places like Lotus House Thrift or Bargain Barn Thrift Shop. For a more shop-till-you-drop mall experience, check out Aventura Mall, Dolphin Mall, Dadeland Mall, or Brickell City Centre.

Saturday: November 25, 2017

The weekend offers the perfect opportunity to check out Museum Park in Downtown, where you’ll find two Miami gems: Pérez Art Museum Miami and 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.

Sunday: November 26, 2017

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 family entertained.

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