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By: Shayne Benowitz

Who says you can’t see everything Greater Miami has to offer in a week? Follow along with our seven-day itinerary and leave no stone unturned.

SouthPointe
Fresh ocean air & beautiful views at South Pointe Park

Day 1: Miami Beach – From Art Deco to Surf ‘n’ Turf

Morning

Start your morning in South Beach at the Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive and Lummus Park on 10th Street. Join one of their guided walking tours of the historic Art Deco District, or simply take in the colorful neon and pastel architecture on your own stroll. A day in South Beach is incomplete without beach time, so take a dip in the cool aquamarine ocean and find a place to relax on the sand. Don’t miss South Pointe Park and Pier at the tip of the island, with its sweeping views of PortMiami, Downtown and South Beach.

Bass
Begin a day of culture at The Bass

Afternoon

In the afternoon, get a dose of culture at The Bass museum at Collins Park, visit the Holocaust Memorial on Meridian Avenue and then take a stroll through the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Next, make a beeline to Mister 01 for a lunch of the best authentic Neapolitan pizza in town.

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Stroll through Lincoln Road

Evening

Take a stroll along Lincoln Road, a pedestrian thoroughfare and the heart of South Beach, where you’ll find a wide array of boutiques, cafes, art galleries and bars. Nearby, off Washington Avenue, Espanola Way offers a similar al fresco shopping experience, but beneath string lights and Mediterranean Revival-style architecture.

Joe
Stone crabs at Joe's

For dinner, take your pick between the classic Joe’s Stone Crab, where the signature dish is in season from October to May, or enjoy a more casual evening out at South Pointe Tavern, a cocktail bar and restaurant popular among the local surfers.

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Discover the sea life at Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Day 2: Downtown & Brickell – Marvelous Museums & Sophisticated Sights

Morning

Downtown Miami is a treasure trove of museums and cultural sights that’s perfect for a family outing. Start with Museum Park overlooking Biscayne Bay, where the Pérez Art Museum Miami and Frost Science stand side by side as cultural beacons. Nearby, the Freedom Tower is the Ellis Island of Miami, where Cuban immigrants and refugees were processed upon arrival. If history’s your thing, pay a visit to HistoryMiami, where “Floodzone” is on display through April 2022 alongside the museum’s permanent collection. And for little ones, the Miami Children’s Museum is a fun zone of hands-on learning.

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Go full speed on a Thriller Miami boat

Afternoon

Stroll along Bayfront Park until you reach Bayside Marketplace, an al fresco destination for shopping, dining and entertainment overlooking Biscayne Bay. Take a spin on the new Sky View Miami Wheel for panoramic views of the skyline, or embark on a boat tour – options include everything from sightseeing aboard the Island Queen to a thrill ride aboard Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventure.

Komodo
Try the Nigiri Special at trendy Komodo

Evening

Enjoy an evening out in Brickell, whether it’s dinner at the trendy Komodo, a pan-Asian hotspot favored by celebrities, or one of the many restaurants located at Brickell City Centre, like the new Est.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen.

Wynwood
Don't miss the murals at Wynwood Walls

Day 3: Wynwood & Overtown – Arts & Culture Extravaganza

Morning

Soak in the colorful murals and contemporary art galleries of the Wynwood Arts District, starting with The Wynwood Walls, an outdoor museum dedicated to street art, featuring the work of legends like Keith Haring and Shepard Fairey, as well as younger talents like Maya Hayuk and the London Police. For a one-of-a-kind, immersive art experience, pay a visit to Superblue, a boundary-pushing exhibition featuring the light works of James Turrell and other artists.

Wakefield
Find out why J Wakefield beers are a Wynwood favorite

Afternoon

Take a break over a cold beer at J Wakefield Brewery, and if it’s the weekend, don’t miss indulging in the outrageously delicious onsite pop-up Ted’s Burgers, a Burger Bash Judge’s Choice winner.

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Find colorful Purvis Young murals throughout Historic Overtown

Next, make your way to Historic Overtown and immerse yourself in Miami’s unique Black history and culture. Pay a visit to the Black Police Precinct Courthouse & Museum and then check the events calendar at the Historic Lyric Theatre to see what’s playing. While you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for street art by Purvis Young dating back to the 1970s.

RedRooster
Upscale comfort food at Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster

Evening

For upscale soul food by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, enjoy dinner out at Red Rooster Overtown, where you can’t go wrong with their signature yard bird. Afterwards, head to Las Rosas for some laid-back beers on their patio.

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Experience Haitian cutlure at the Haitian Heritage Museum

Day 4: Design District, Little Haiti & Little Havana

Morning

Start your morning strolling through the Design District, where you’ll find public art like a prototype of Buckminster Fuller’s famed Fly’s Eye geodesic dome. Swing by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami where admission is always free. Then, stop by the Haitian Heritage Museum to learn more about this Caribbean culture and its close ties to Miami.

Citadel
Try a little of everything with the Citadel Chef's Sampler

Afternoon

In Little Haiti, continue your exploration at local bookstore Libreri Mapou, with its selection of rare books in French, Creole and English. Then, check out the programming at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, whether it’s a folkloric dance performance or a Caribbean Market Day. The Citadel is one part food hall, one part maker’s market, and a whole lot of fun for an afternoon lunch break, especially with its rooftop bar and performance space. And don’t leave Little Haiti without a visit to the locally owned, indie Sweat Records shop to browse through their vinyls.

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Watch or take part in a game of dominoes

Evening

Spend the evening in Little Havana, where you can catch the old timers at the famed Domino Park at sunset, followed by a visit to the Little Havana Cigar Factory. For an evening steeped in Cuban history, dance and rum, pay a visit to the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center – or simply grab a cold one at Union Beer on Calle Ocho.

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Enjoy a beach day at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park

Day 5: Virginia Key – Beach Day on a Historic Shore

Morning

Take an island vacation within your vacation with a day at Virginia Key, starting with the mile-long Historic Virginia Key Beach Park where, in addition to calm, clear waters and a lovely stretch of sand, you’ll also find a nature boardwalk, mini train and vintage carousel. Explore the beach’s history as one of Greater Miami’s segregated beaches during Jim Crow.

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So many ways to explore with Virginia Key Outdoor Center's rentals

Afternoon

In the afternoon, enjoy the unspoiled beaches of Virginia Key Beach North Point Park, followed by a visit to the Virginia Key Outdoor Center where you can rent paddleboards, kayaks and beach cruisers to explore the area by land or water.

Evening

In the evening, consider winding down at VKOC with a sunset or full moon kayak or paddleboarding excursion.

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Feel inspired by Coral Castle's romantic history

Day 6: Homestead & Everglades – Exploring Rural and Wild Lands

Morning

Take your adventures south to Homestead, where you’ll find quaint roadside attractions like Robert is Here Fruit Stand, a must-visit for their tropical fruits and shakes. There’s also the Coral Castle, a one-of-a-kind structure with an intriguing backstory. For a revved-up morning, make your way to the Homestead Miami Speedway, home of the NASCAR Racing Experience where you can get behind the wheel of a racecar.

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Explore the Everglades on a tram tour

Afternoon

In the afternoon, head northwest to the Shark Valley entrance of the Everglades, where you can explore the “river of grass” and its gators by bicycle or guided tram tour. Afterwards, stop by one of the many airboat operators and gator farm attractions for another exciting way to experience the ‘glades.

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Try your luck at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming

Evening

On the drive back, stop by Miccosukee Resort & Gaming for a bite at the Sawgrass Café or a whirl at their gaming machines on the casino floor.

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Explore the adobe walls and courtyard of historic Curtiss Mansion

Day 7: Mami Springs, Doral & Hialeah

Morning

On your final day of your Greater Miami adventure, explore the northern and western stretches of the area, starting with breakfast in Miami Springs at Cozy Corner, a retro, mom-and-pop-style diner, or Crackers for a Southern-style brunch on a tropical patio overlooking a canal. For a taste of Miami Springs history, visit The Miami Springs Historical Society and also the Curtiss Mansion, the historic home of Glenn Curtiss, a pioneer of naval aviation and development of this part of Miami.

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Al fresco shopping, dining & more at CityPlace Doral

Afternoon

Doral is a prime destination for shopping, from Dolphin Mall to Miami International Mall and CityPlace Doral – the latter of which is an al fresco shopping and entertainment complex, home to an Improv Comedy Club, a CMX Cinébistro movie theater, a bowling alley, live music venue and restaurants galore. Before the afternoon is over, swing by the taproom at Tripping Animals Brewing Co. for craft suds, Doral-style.

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So much to see at Leah Arts District

Evening

In the evening, make your way to Hialeah and the Leah Arts District where you can explore the area’s street art and gallery scene. Grab a beer at Unbranded Brewing Co. before heading to dinner at Morro Castle for authentic Cuban fare in a diner setting or Pan.com, a hole-in-the-wall hidden gem specializing in delicious Cuban-style sandwiches. For a nightcap, swing by La Cocina Coctelería, Hialeah’s first cocktail bar. And if you still have energy, hit up Hialeah Park Racing & Casino for entertainment horseracing and gaming.

Links to Partners in Article

  1. Art Deco Welcome Center - Miami Design Preservation League external link
  2. South Pointe Park external link
  3. The Bass external link
  4. Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach external link
  5. Miami Beach Botanical Garden external link
  6. Lincoln Road Shopping District external link
  7. Española Way on South Beach external link
  8. Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant external link
  9. Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) external link
  10. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science external link
  11. HistoryMiami Museum external link
  12. Miami Children's Museum external link
  13. Bayside Marketplace external link
  14. Island Queen Cruises Inc. external link
  15. Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures external link
  16. Komodo external link
  17. Brickell City Centre external link
  18. EST.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen external link
  19. SuperBlue external link
  20. Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum external link
  21. Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex external link
  22. Red Rooster Overtown external link
  23. Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA) external link
  24. Haitian Heritage Museum external link
  25. Little Haiti Cultural Complex external link
  26. Domino Park external link
  27. Historic Virginia Key Beach Park external link
  28. Virginia Key Outdoor Center external link
  29. Robert Is Here Fruit Stand external link
  30. Coral Castle Museum external link
  31. Homestead-Miami Speedway external link
  32. Miccosukee Resort & Gaming external link
  33. Dolphin Mall external link
  34. Miami International Mall external link
  35. CityPlace Doral external link
  36. La Cocina Coctelería external link
  37. Hialeah Park Racing & Casino external link

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