Visited Miami earlier than and assume you’ve seen all of it? Or possibly you simply wish to take the household someplace sudden?
This roundup of seven hidden gems in Miami households will love is a bucket checklist that has you lined with a few of Miami’s finest actions. They’re locations the place each youngsters and fogeys may have a blast, worthy of any Miami bucket checklist.
The place To Keep: South Seaside
Positive, you’ll be able to keep on the mainland in Miami, however there’s just one South Seaside, and reserving a resort right here enables you to spend the very best components of the day (evenings and mornings) near the enjoyable.
We discovered our dwelling away from dwelling on the Hilton Backyard Inn Miami South Seaside. It’s near high sights like Ocean Drive and the seashore. We walked from our resort to the Miami Seaside Botanical Backyard, Miami Mountain, the Holocaust Memorial, SoundScape Park, and half a dozen different locations. They provide valet parking, so ditch your automotive and get round by bike, foot, bus or free trolley.
The room itself was clear and cozy, full with Keurig, mini fridge and cloud-like mattress. I skipped my traditional exercise, although the health heart seemed good, however I didn’t miss breakfast. With made-to-order omelets and pancakes, cereal, sausage, espresso and extra, you’ll have loads to get you going. There’s additionally a bar in the event you’re searching for one thing stronger later within the day.
The takeaway: Rooms and facilities are stable, service is nice, and the placement can’t be beat at this Hilton model resort. Deliver the household!
1. Higher Buena Vista
I’ve to start out this Miami hidden gems checklist with Higher Buena Vista. It’s in contrast to anyplace we’ve ever been earlier than, half nature sanctuary, half boho buying plaza. On the heart stands the 120-year-old Bodhi Wishtree, a colourful banyan tied with ribbons.
To please youngsters, cease by Candy Epico. This craft confectionery bakery sells pastries, boba tea and native delicacies like tres leches — the very best I’ve had in Florida. Puddings, custards and extra fill tiny glasses (verrines) whereas miniature truffles, from black forest to tiramisu, appear like artistic endeavors. For some severe eye sweet, take a look at their Instagram.
Our desserts have been scrumptious, however even higher with a drink from Finca’s Espresso. The care behind every cup exhibits at this boutique cafe. Beans are sourced from growers in Honduras utilizing natural and inexperienced agricultural processes and became treats like cortado, lattes and gelato-foaming affogato. For me, the chilly brew was an epiphany — so clean it didn’t want sugar. And it is available in raspberry and cardamom! There’s even a child’s menu with ice cream, sizzling chocolate, and milk.
Take your spoils to one of many tables in entrance of the Wishtree and chill. You’re within the coronary heart of town, but it surely’s all good vibes right here.
For adults: Examine to see if there’s something scheduled at Palapa, an enormous tiki that performs host to cirque, music, and different cultural performances.
2. Superblue Miami
Opened in 2021, Superblue is new on the Miami artwork scene and transcends the everyday museum expertise.
In its debut exhibition, discover a sequence of immersive, large-scale installations dropped at life by a various group: architects, artists, engineers, programmers and extra. Gentle is in all places — reflecting from a maze of mirrors, blooming in digital flowers on the partitions, shifting in coloured lamps, suspended from the ceiling or surrounding you, as in “Ganzfeld.”
Probably the most uncommon exhibit? How about an evanescent world product of… bubbles? With an additional ticket, you’ll be able to stroll by means of that world (poncho supplied) in “Massless Clouds Between Sculpture and Life.” Make sure you supervise little ones on this interactive set up.
Age applicable: Usually, Superblue Miami is finest for older youngsters and youths, however the artwork isn’t too heady for youthful ones to get pleasure from. Strollers are allowed, and youngsters beneath 3 get in free.
3. Time Out Market Miami
It’s applicable that the one Time Out Market within the Southeast is in Miami, a mecca for multicultural delicacies. A go to right here isn’t nearly dinner. It’s a “style of town” with journalistic integrity. You may journey the world of meals (Peruvian, Trinidadian, Japanese, Basque, and extra), however your meal is one thing you’ll solely have right here.
Tour the entire market earlier than deciding what to eat. The larger the household, the higher — extra sharing! — and everybody will get what they need.
We have been dazzled by the dimensions of the fried rooster at Chick’n Jones. We questioned how the fusion of Vietnamese and Cajun flavors at Pho Mo would possibly delight our style buds. Selecting is difficult. Listed here are some suggestions.
- Traditional and kid-friendly: handcrafted burgers by a James Beard Award-winning chef at Little Liberty
- Wholesome: Essential Purveyors (superb sandwiches) or Crops & Bowls (refreshing, Instagrammable fruit concoctions)
- Indulgent: Detroit-style pizza at Sq. Metropolis Pie — pure bliss
- Dessert: the Little Havana gem, Azucar Ice Cream Firm, serving up artistic flavors like their guava-rich Abuela Maria
The vibe is energetic, family-friendly and enjoyable with tables indoors and out. There are additionally loads of libations for adults. Plus, you’re only a block from Lincoln Street Mall and never removed from the seashore, so it’s straightforward to stroll right here (or bike) from different sights.
4. Biking South Pointe Park
Talking of biking, you will get round a lot of South Seaside this manner. It’s arguably one of the simplest ways to journey, letting you simply cease for the sights and benefit from the climate.
For those who didn’t deliver your individual set of wheels, Bike and Roll Miami has you lined. They provide rental bikes for teenagers and adults, even tandem bikes, attachable baby’s seats and burley wagons (superb for toting babies).
They’re proper within the Artwork Deco Historic District, so you’ll be able to cycle down Ocean Drive to admire the candy-colored buildings as we did — the bikes are nice, and the street is bike-friendly The oldsters at Bike and Roll additionally spoke extremely of South Pointe Park (they do excursions there, too), so we gave it a shot, and that is the “hidden gem” I feel most Miami vacationers don’t learn about.
On the tip of the island, this park boasts winding trails with panoramic views of the South Seaside shoreline, cruise ships, Fisher Island and extra.
For teenagers: The park additionally has a splash zone and jungle gymnasium!
5. Cruising Millionaires’ Row
In Miami, you don’t need to be a millionaire to get a glimpse of how the opposite half lives. Simply take a cruise down Millionaires’ Row — or is it Millionaire’s Row? In fact, you’ll want a ship as a result of this row is alongside Biscayne Bay.
We traveled with Miami on the Water, the very best rated sightseeing boat tour firm I discovered in my analysis. The tour lived as much as the critiques with unbelievable views of the bay and its many islands like Jungle Island (as soon as a preferred eco-park) and Star Island (true to the title, an island with celebrities). We additionally noticed PortMiami and the Miami skyline and so many lavish mansions.
However what we loved probably the most was the narration that make clear a few of Miami’s colourful historical past.
You’ve acquired all of your creature comforts out on the water, too: air-conditioning, bogs, and a money bar. For 90-minutes on this double-decker, simply sit again and benefit from the trip.
Tip: You’ll go away from Bayside Market, probably the most visited attraction in Miami. Come early or keep late to browse the retailers, catch dwell music, and extra.
6. Pinecrest Gardens
It’s hardly a secret that Miami blooms with gardens. There’s the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Backyard, the manicured grounds of Vizcaya, The Kampong the place we ate a contemporary, fallen mango.
However have you ever been to Pinecrest Gardens? It’s close to the extra well-known Fairchild gardens however nonetheless off the crushed path for many vacationers. Admission is simply $5, making this the most effective offers on the town.
You may spend a day wandering the paths that result in magical sights like a hidden waterfall, a lake with waterfowl, a forest of cypress knees, brilliant mosaics, and large trolls.
Households will particularly benefit from the water playground and all-inclusive sensory backyard. As you discover, search for artwork alongside the best way, blended into the greenery, a bit like a scavenger hunt.
Occasions: There’s nearly at all times one thing occurring right here, from the seasonal Night time of Lights to magicians to youngsters’s theater. Examine the calendar!
7. The Gallery Inside Wynwood Partitions
No, Wynwood Partitions isn’t a hidden gem, however hear me out. Do you know there was an indoor gallery inside Wynwood Partitions?
For those who’ve by no means been, you would possibly assume it’s all outside road artwork. And the 50-plus murals are fairly superb — vibrant and wild and stunningly distinctive. Even youngsters who don’t normally like artwork museums might be spellbound by the rainbow panorama. You may’t do a Miami street journey and never see Wynwood Partitions.
However again to what’s inside. It’s referred to as the GGA Gallery, formally devoted to greater than 100 road artists world wide. The artwork is continually altering, so there’s almost at all times one thing new.
We noticed a number of fascinating collages, work and sculptures. One, referred to as Tunney Munney, was a colourful cryptocurrency exhibit created by a neo-pop artist who “mints” his personal proprietary forex. Confused? Curious? That’s just a little bit what it’s like visiting the gallery — stretch your creativeness and go!
Bonus: Youngsters beneath 12 get into Wynwood Partitions (and the GGA Gallery) totally free.
In regards to the Creator
Cheryl Rodewig is storyteller, marketer, and award-winning function author specializing in journey. Her Venn diagram consists of minimalism, waterfalls, French, and the em sprint. Discover her at cherylrodewig.com or on Twitter at @cherylrodewig.