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By: Jennifer Agress

If 24 hours is all you’ve got for exploring Greater Miami, have no fear: it’s doable, but expect an action-packed day. This one-day Greater Miami itinerary covers all the best, from beaches and food to history and culture.

Women biking past a lifeguard tower
Bike along the Miami Beach Boardwalk

Morning: A Sandy Start

First things first: the beach. Walk, run or bike along the 40-block Miami Beach Boardwalk, which runs along the Atlantic from 5th to 46th Street. Go the full length to see Miami Beach’s candy-colored Art Deco Historic District and famous Ocean Drive. Grab breakfast at The Front Porch Cafe or a quick cortadito and Cuban toast at Havana 1957 – that Cuban coffee will fuel the exciting day ahead.

Colorful painting inside The Bass
Take in some contemporary art at The Bass

From there, visit a nearby art museum. The Bass focuses on contemporary art, while the Wolfsonian-FIU has a fascinating collection of Modern Era designs. Or, explore over 250 years of Jewish history, arts and culture in Florida at The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

Traveling with young kids? Head instead to Miami Children's Museum. Climb the two-story Castle of Dreams sand castle and explore the construction zone with your little ones, then head to Bayside Marketplace to ride the Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel and shop for souvenirs.

Unique murals at Wynwood Walls
View work by international street artists at Wynwood Walls

Lunch: Eat in Style

At lunchtime, head to Miami Design District, a beautiful haven of design showrooms, galleries, high-end restaurants and haute clothing stores. Grab sushi at Itamae, healthy bowls at Pura Vida or pizza at Swan & Bar Bevy. Check out the larger-than-life SOLO Cup installation by Paula Crown, with its message about single-use plastics. Then, swing by nearby Wynwood and wander through its revered Wynwood Walls, the highest concentration of street art in the country.

A variety of ceviche at Jaguar
Try the ceviche at Jaguar

Head south for more Greater Miami icons. In Coral Gables, The Biltmore Hotel is a National Historic Landmark with spectacular Mediterranean gardens. In Coconut Grove, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens features Gilded Age architecture and 10 acres of lush gardens. If you crave a snack or a beverage, cozy up at GreenStreet Cafe, a Coconut Grove mainstay, or head to Jaguar for mojitos and ceviche.

Domino player checking his tiles
Watch the locals play dominoes in Little Havana

Afternoon: Cuban Culture and Very-Miami Shopping

Experience Greater Miami’s renowned Cuban culture in Little Havana. Watch real “Level 9” rollers hand-roll stogies at a cigar shop, then head to Domino Park to watch old-timers play heated games of, you guessed it, dominoes. When the clock strikes 3:05 p.m. (a nod to Miami’s first area code), join the locals lining up for café con leche at one of Little Havana’s many “ventanitas,” or little windows for Latin food and drink.

With that extra boost of caffeine, return to South Beach to stroll the shops at Lincoln Road or Española Way. Explore art galleries like Oolite Arts and Britto Central and do a little people-watching at one of the spill-out restaurants or bars on either street.

Seafood case with stone crabs at Joe's Stone Crab
Feast on stone crab from Joe's

Evening: Dinner and a Show

A day in Miami wouldn’t be complete without a tasty dinner. During stone crab season, wait in line at iconic Joe’s Stone Crab, where first-come, first-served patrons are served by tailed waiters swirling around a formal dining room with plates of its sweet Florida stone crabs and Key lime pie. (Tip: They don’t take reservations, so get there early and prepare to wait.) Just nearby, Barton G. promises to wow guests with theatrical dish presentations featuring fire displays and props, while Estiatorio Milos offers some of the best upscale Mediterranean cuisine outside of Greece. If you’re on a budget, get tacos at Lolo’s Cantina at the Marriott Stanton South Beach or hit the Joe’s Take-Away window at Joe’s Stone Crab.

Mango's performers wearing rumba costumes
Don't miss the show at Mango's Tropical Cafe

If you’re not seeing an off-Broadway musical or a concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, follow dinner with a show at Mango's, an Ocean Drive staple where dancers in wild costumes perform Brazilian Samba and Cuban Conga late into the night. A few blocks away, there’s always a show going on at Palace, Miami’s most popular drag bar and restaurant.

Night view of the Clevelander
Enjoy a cocktail & do a little people-watching at the Clevelander

Late Night: Nightlife & Nibbles

Fancy a nightcap? If you’re already on Miami Beach, grab a drink by the Clevelander Hotel pool, where there’s always a party going on, or dance the night away at one of Miami Beach’s famous nightclubs, like Mynt, STORY or LIV. If it’s a weekend, find a promoter who can get you on the guest list ahead of time, or be prepared to wait behind the velvet ropes until a friendly bouncer lets you in. In Downtown Miami, Club Space keeps the party going all night long.

Satisfy any late-night cravings at Pizza Rustica and La Sandwicherie – both are open until 5 a.m. on weekend nights. Trust us: you won’t be the only one in line for an after-hours bite.

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