How To Spend The Perfect Weekend In Miami

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Bass Museum

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With a nickname like “Magic City,” it’s probably not surprising that Miami is a top travel destination that draws visitors from across the globe. With something to offer everyone, from arts and culture to food, shopping and a world-famous nightlife scene, this sun-soaked locale is the place that everyone wants to be.

For visitors to this vibrant South Florida city, crafting a Miami travel itinerary filled with enough fun for several days is easy – but what if you only have one weekend to spend here? Even if your time is limited (or if you have friends or family flying in for a quick weekend visit), it’s still possible to make the most of a weekend in Miami and experience some of the top highlights the city has to offer.

We’ll be covering the best restaurants, beaches, nightclubs, and attractions in the city, touching on art, culture, history, and so much more. This is a foolproof guide to the perfect weekend in Miami, so you can focus on making the most of your time.

Friday: Get Acquainted with Wynwood

If you’re lucky, your weekend in Miami will begin sometime Friday afternoon or evening. While other cities might start quieting down as the sun sets, the fun in Miami is just getting started as the day draws to a close – you still have more than enough time to get out and explore. Plan to spend your first several hours in Miami’s Wynwood community, known for its thriving arts and culture scene and welcoming people.

Afternoon

Fuel up with a freshly brewed coffee at one of the area’s favorite roasters, like Panther Coffee, which also features locally-baked treats from Miami favorites like Cindy Lou’s Cookies. Just down the street, get your cameras out and get ready to explore the unique street art of Wynwood Walls. Still want more? You’re in luck because Wynwood is brimming with street art.

Evening

Keep things casual on your first night with a visit to a few of Miami’s best breweries, where you can sample an array of impeccably crafted beers made by local brewers. Wynwood favorites include Wynwood Brewing Company and J. Wakefield Brewing, an eclectic Star Wars-themed hangout with an assortment of Florida Weisse-style beers. Then head over to 1-800-Lucky, an Asian food hall featuring two bars, a live DJ and food options ranging from dim sum and poke to sushi and ramen. Don’t forget to leave space for dessert. Taiyaki NYC serves Instagram-worthy ice cream cones that are as delicious as they are eye-catching.

Saturday: Soak Up the Sun in Miami Beach

No trip to South Florida would be complete without a stop in Miami Beach, one of the most famous oceanfront destinations in the world. This island city is known across the globe for its beautiful people, vibrant personality, and ultra-hip nightlife scene – and of course, it’s gorgeous sandy beaches.

Morning

Get your Saturday morning started on the right note with an early morning sweat session at one of Miami’s trendy gyms or workout clubs. Snag a day pass to Equinox to take advantage of their well-equipped, uber-chic facility, or get your heart pumping with a quick ride at SoulCycle South Beach.

Once you’ve knocked out a good workout, you’ll have a free pass to indulge in a delicious, carb-laden breakfast. Savor Southern-style fare at Bird & Bone or conquer the famous “Weekend Feast” at Cecconi's, a Miami mainstay. After you’ve satisfied your appetite, you’ll be ready to head back out to explore more of the city.

Afternoon

Dip your toes in the cool ocean waters on the iconic South Beach, or relax on the welcoming stretches of sand at North Shore Open Space Park. Pack a cooler of snacks and ice-cold drinks for a late lunch alfresco style, giving you more time to enjoy South Florida’s famously gorgeous weather.

Spend the last hours of sunlight at one of Miami Beach’s beloved museums, where you can learn about the area’s rich history and culture. The Art Deco Museum is perfect for architecture buffs, while the Bass Museum of Art offers up a striking array of contemporary art.

Evening

As the night stretches on, Miami’s epic nightlife scene will be calling your name. One of the hottest spots in Miami Beach is LIV at the Fountainebleau, an upscale nightclub that’s hosted famous names like Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Calvin Harris. Treat yourself to a celeb-worthy night by booking one of the luxury rooms at the Fountainebleau, so you can head upstairs to world-class comfort after dancing the night away.

Sunday: Experience the Excitement of Downtown Miami

Home to many of Miami’s top highlights, Downtown is brimming with new experiences for visitors and locals alike. Spending time in the heart of the city is the perfect way to close out your incredible weekend in Miami.

Morning

A late night out on the town most certainly earns you a few extra hours in bed, but you might want to soldier through the sleepiness to make the most of your last day in Miami.

Get on your feet and do some serious shopping at the Brickell City Centre, a masterpiece of architecture and design that features luxury shops and designer boutiques. Or, wake yourself up with a healthy dose of fresh air with a 90-minute cruise from Island Queen Cruises, a relaxing boat ride that takes you past many of the city’s most famous sights.

Afternoon

Dive into the history, art, innovation and culture of Miami by spending a few hours at one of the city’s many museums and cultural sites. The Pérez Art Museum Miami houses an impressive collection of modern art within a state-of-the-art facility, while HistoryMiami takes patrons on a journey through the city’s storied past. If sitting in the audience is more your style, catch a show at the Adrienne Arsht Center, an iconic Downtown venue that hosts a variety of musicals, dance,and other performances.

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is another must-see spot in Miami and is one of the most groundbreaking facilities in the world. With both a planetarium and incredible aquarium under one roof, the museum is host to six levels of fascinating science-oriented exhibits.

Evening

As the sun sets, make your way to The Wharf Miami, a waterfront, open-air venue on the Miami River. Enjoy the gentle breeze as you explore the plethora of dining options, offered up in the form of a food truck feast that’s decidedly gourmet. The Wharf’s “Foodie Row” hosts some of the best chefs in Miami, and the venue’s bars are known for mixing up some seriously killer cocktails.

Still have a few hours to spare before your Miami weekend comes to a close? End things on a high note at Sugar, one of the trendiest rooftop bars in the city. Sip a craft cocktail while you admire the incredible view, and start clearing your calendar for your next visit to Miami.

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