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By: Shayne Benowitz

With exciting shopping and entertainment complexes as well as delicious South American restaurants, Doral is a thriving Miami neighborhood just west of the Miami International Airport. Whether it’s an evening out at CityPlace Doral complete with a round of bowling at King’s, movies at Cinébistro or a relaxing afternoon in Doral Central Park, there are plenty of ways to get on the inside track in Doral.

CityPlace is fun day or night

CityPlace Doral

CityPlace Doral is a wonderful al fresco shopping, dining and entertainment development with a wide array of things to do. Anchored by a spectacular show fountain, visitors can cruise the shops, which include Agua Bendita swimwear, City Optics and Baby Concept. It’s an excellent spot to grab a bite to eat at places like Angelo Elia Pizza Bar Tapas and Mojito Latin Cuisine & Bar. There’s also a Cinébistro movie theater with reclining chairs and a full menu with waiters who come to your seats.

Arepas at La Uchirena

Doral is home to a dense South American population, especially families from Venezuela. And that means you’ll find seriously delicious Latin cuisine here. For your initiation into Venezuelan fare, start with arepas at La Uchirena. This classic, no frills spot serves up delicious cornmeal patties stuffed with everything from gooey cheese to seasoned ground beef for a tasty bite that can serve as a snack or an entire meal. They’re cheap and oh so good!

Bowling, dining & enjoying cocktails at Kings Bowling

Kings Bowling

Kings Bowling is a stylish and fun bowling alley, combining the time-honored pastime of knocking down pins with dining and nightlife. Come for a fun afternoon or late night (they’re open until 2 a.m.) and enjoy a round of bowling paired with specialty cocktails and crave-worthy dishes like buffalo wontons, smoked ribs and grilled steak tips. It makes for a unique and interactive way to spend an evening out with friends in Miami.

So much to do at Doral Central Park

Doral Central Park

As the name implies, Doral Central Park is located in the heart of Doral’s commercial district boasting 82 acres of green space and recreation. It’s anchored by a lake with walking and jogging trails featuring exercise stations. There are also picnic tables and grills for the perfect afternoon barbecue. It’s a popular place for families to gather for leisurely weekend fun.

Shop till you drop at Miami International Mall

Miami International Mall

At over a million square feet, you can get some serious shopping done on a budget at Miami International Mall in Doral. Located near the Miami International Airport, it’s home to major retailers like Macy's, JCPenney, Kohl's, Sears and H&M. With 22 restaurants to choose from, like The Knife and BJ’s, you can easily make a day of it at this sprawling mega-mall. It’s full of great savings and makes for a great way to spend the afternoon with family.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

For a totally unique experience, head to Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Doral where you can literally bounce off the walls. This indoor trampoline park includes a variety of bouncy activities including freestyle jump, Sky Slam basketball, ultimate dodge ball and a giant pit full of foam cubes that you can jump and flip into. It’s especially fun for little ones who need to burn off some energy—or anyone who’s simply young at heart. Their expert staff is on duty to ensure everyone’s safety and good time.

Aloft welcomes the whole family - furry ones too

Aloft Miami Doral

Aloft Miami Doral is a next generation lifestyle hotel with a high tech twist. They’ve even got a robot butler named Botlr who can deliver everything from a midnight snack to a tube of toothpaste to your room. Spacious modern rooms are the perfect place to kick back and relax after a day exploring Doral—and the swimming pool and Wxyz Lounge certainly don’t hurt either!

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