Fantastic Miami Area Attractions
Fantastic Miami Area Attractions
There's Never a Shortage of Things to Do in Miami
Whatever your pleasure while on vacation, South Florida is home to a multitude of dynamic and fascinating attractions. Whether you're interested in studying history, appreciating art, enjoying nature or just having fun, there's something here for every taste. And after you're done seeing the sights, you'll appreciate the fact that the Beacon Hotel is just a short trip from all that attracts your attention!
The Bass Museum of Art features a variety of European works including paintings and sculptures from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Temporary exhibits highlighting American, Asian and contemporary pieces are displayed throughout the year as well.
The Wolfsonian-FIU is located in the heart of the Art Deco District and showcases American and European decorative and fine arts produced between 1885 and 1945, spanning from the height of the Industrial Revolution through the end of World War II.
The Art Deco Historic District & Art Deco Welcome Center is the largest 20th Century historic district on the National Register and is composed of more than 700 buildings constructed primarily between 1933 and 1949. The area has undergone significant refurbishment through the efforts of the Miami Design Preservation League . Guided tours are offered that provide in-depth information and analysis.
The Holocaust Memorial is an inspiring, emotional landmark that pays tribute to the six million Jews who lost their lives during World War II. Designed by Kenneth Treister, FAIA, the monument features tunnel-like passages displaying concentration camp images and a memorial wall with names of the fallen.
The Jewish Museum of Florida, the home of MOSAIC, is located in a former synagogue that once housed the first congregation on Miami Beach. Built in 1936, the building boasts Art Deco features, a copper dome, a marble bimah and 80 stained-glass windows.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the former home of industrialist James Deering. The 10-acre Italian Renaissance-style estate includes a main house filled with art and furnishings, gardens with pools and fountains overlooking Biscayne Bay, a hardwood hammock (native forest), and an historic village.
The Museum of Contemporary Art located in North Miami provides a fresh approach to modern efforts. Presenting 8 to 10 exhibitions annually along with a permanent collection of over 400 works, MOCA also offers a diverse range of educational and cultural programs.
The Miami Art Museum is part of the Miami-Dade Cultural Center and features works from throughout the western hemisphere primarily composed between the 1940s to the present.
Sunlife Stadium is the home turf of NFL's Miami Dolphins. Come grab a foot-long hotdog, a frosty beverage and settle in for an exciting match-up from August through December.
AmericanAirlines Arena is where NBA's Miami Heat tear up the court. Catch a game of hoops from December through June.
Marlins Park is MLB's Miami Marlin's home field. Buy yourself some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, then settle in for a little baseball action.
Other Attractions of Note
The Deering Estate at Cutler, composed of over 420 acres including archaeological sites and lush subtropical wilderness, is the former residence of businessman Charles Deering. The estate hosts a number of events including concerts, ecology classes and ghost tours.
The Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux was a Spanish monastery brought to Miami Beach by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s. Now open as a public attraction, the church houses original art and religious artifacts.
Everglades National Park is a 1.5 million acre wetland that serves as a vital part of South Florida's ecosystem. Visitors can encounter a wide variety of plant and animal life including the Bald Eagle, Florida Panther and ubiquitous sawgrass. The park also features a Cold War-era Nike-Hercules missile battery and guided airboat rides.
Fairchild Tropical Garden is the largest tropical botanical garden in the United States. Located in nearby Coral Gables, Fairchild is composed of 83 acres of fauna from around the world, including 800 species of palms alone. The garden features a visitor center, conservatory and museum of plant exploration. Self-guided and narrated tram tours are offered, as well as programs in environmental education, conservation and horticulture.
Miami’s Fruit and Spice Park is a unique 37-acre expanse of exotic fruits, spices, vegetables and nuts. While nothing can be picked from plants, anything that falls is fair game! Visitors can take tours, try delicious treats in the cafe and bring home seeds and cuttings to plant at home.
Little Havana is a Cuban neighborhood west of downtown Miami on 8th Street (Calle Ocho) known for its authentic Latin shops and restaurants. Each February, the street transforms into a huge, colorful festival for Carnaval—a must see event if you're in town at the time.
Bayside Marketplace is a festival-like entertainment complex overlooking Biscayne Bay. Here you'll find shops selling apparel, accessories and home goods, as well as lots of restaurants and live entertainment.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is located about 10 minutes from Beacon Hotel, and hosts world-class live rock shows, dance performances, symphonic performances, comedians, plays and musicals.
The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater hosts live concerts, plays, comedians, festivals and musicals. Named for comedian and actor Jackie Gleason, the theater opened in the 1950s, and shows like The Dick Clark Show and The Ed Sullivan Show were often filmed on its stage.
Jungle Island is an exotic animal park located on Watson Island near downtown Miami. Formerly known as Parrot Jungle, the park features thousands of different species, three interactive shows and vibrant plant life.
Miami Children's Museum is right across from Jungle Island and features interactive exhibits and learning materials focusing on the arts, culture, and community. The 56,500 square-foot facility includes 12 galleries including a six-foot piggy bank and a television studio where kids can become part of the crew.
Miami Seaquarium on beautiful Key Biscayne is the longest operating oceanariums in the U.S. The home of Lolita the killer whale and TV's Flipper, the park features a two-hour experience that lets you don a wetsuit and enter the water with the world's most famous dolphin.
Miami Metro Zoo, widely regarded as one of America's best zoos, is made up of 300 acres of cage-free habitats containing over 1,300 animals and 400 species. You'll go wild over the Wings of Asia Aviary, children's area and zookeeper talks.
Monkey Jungle is the place where "humans are caged and monkeys run wild." Here you will delight to the antics of a multitude of different primates as they climb, swim and run. The park also contains one of the richest fossil deposits in Southern Florida as well as the only semi-natural tropical rainforest found in North America.
ART & CULTURE
Design District: Enjoy a day in our beautiful Design District, with its global design showrooms, trendy fashion boutiques and great Celebrity Restaurants. Home to our own Michelle Bernstein from Sra. Martinez, Ken Lyon from Fratelli Lyon or our own 2 Star Michelin Chef Andrea from Vino & Olio. All under the beautiful skyline embraced by some of the best historical architectural buildings in Miami. Not to mention its wonderful Art Galleries.
Midtown: Mid America finds SoHo chic! With two flairs of style, one can find your Target, Ross, Loehman's for great shopping as well as trendy chic restaurants and boutiques. In Midtown find a great open fountain Park with Romero Britto Statues and plush palms and greenery, to stroll and take in the great weather of Miami!
Wynwood: Just one block west of Midtown, here one can truly find warehouse after warehouse turned into the most incredible art studios and housing the best talent and collections in the nation. Yes, we have some of the most renowned art collections in the world. Right in Wynwood, millions of dollars in Fine Art, Sculpture and Photography, housed by true Art Historians and Connoissuers. Our own Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE is a breathtaking experience to see, right in Wynwood, the collection is world-renowned amongst the most prominent private collections. A Multi-Million Dollar Art Collection in a typical Wynwood Warehouse. The Rubell Family Collection, The Bernice Steinbaum Collection and the journey only gets better. The Walls of Wynwood at Goldman properties are here as a true statement of street artists turned famous. The Walls of Wynwood were voted Top Ten Art Collections to be seen in Art Basel.