Over the past week, as the nation has suffered the effects of a bitter polar vortex, there’s one place in the country that managed to escape the frigid temperatures: Florida. Right now, the sunny days, warm evenings, and swaying palms have never looked so inviting! Wouldn’t you rather be sunbathing on South Beach or bustling about the Miami attractions that lure so many visitors? Take some time this winter to see what Florida’s culture and entertainment mecca has to offer!
Water & Wildlife
When it comes to leisurely sails and cruises, Miami has options! Hop on board the Island Queen for a luxury cruise on Biscayne Bay, where you’ll get the best sightseeing, including the downtown Miami skyline, Fisher Island, Miami Beach, and Millionaire’s Row.
If you’re more interested in what’s under the sea than what you can see on land, the Glass Bottom Boat Cruise is for you. Aboard the Key Largo Princess, you’ll sail off to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, which is the only undersea park in the United States. In the colorful coral reef, keep your eyes open for sea fans, sea plumes, and hundreds of fish from the small and exotic to the big ones that fishermen are after.
For the truly adventurous, travel inland a bit and you’ll get to experience the amazing Everglades in a way as unique as the ecosystem itself. An Everglades Airboat Tour immerses you in the lush vegetation, among the exotic wildlife, so you can see animals like the Florida alligator in their natural habitat. Sure beats shoveling back home, am I right?
Architecture & Art
Wintertime brings unbeatable mid 70s temperatures in Miami, perfect for strolling along the beautiful Art Deco District in South Beach for which Miami is known around the world. If you’ve not been before, or if you’re interested in art history or architectural design, take the Official Art Deco Walking Tour to get the full experience.
Miami is also home to numerous cutting edge art exams, including the World Erotic Art Museum and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (formerly known as the Miami Art Museum).
A visit to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is also always enjoyable in the winter months, when the lush subtropical forest surrounding the estate is at its fines. The historic mansion, manicured gardens, and view of the Bay make for a relaxing afternoon outing.
The Beaches, Of Course
No, we didn’t forget about the #1 reason you’re visiting Miami this year. Soaking up the sun on the beach all day (while protecting your skin with sun block, of course) is probably one of the activities you’re most looking forward to, and we don’t blame you! If you’ve got the winter blues, it’s nothing a game of beach volleyball or a quick dip in the ocean can’t fix.
More Miami Attractions
Miami’s thriving metropolis boasts an abundance of attractions with which to fill your itinerary. Check out the discounts you can receive on 35 top Miami attractions with Smart Destinations when you use a Go Miami Card! Forget about snow: Make this winter all about sun, sail, and savings!