Miami, Florida is best known for its year-round sunny weather and its great nightlife scene. However, this gorgeous east coast city is also home to countless hidden gems. If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten-path things to do on your next trip to the city, this is the list for you!
Here are 7 such things near the city for 2023:
1. See Manatees At Black Point Marina
These gentle giants flock to the warm waters surrounding Florida in the winter. This means that if you’re planning a trip within the next few months, you’ll be there at the perfect time to see some of them.
Black Point Marina is one such place you may be able to catch a glimpse of some manatees. Located on Biscayne bay, you won’t ever have to travel far from downtown Miami to do so.
2. Swim At The Venetian Pool
The Venetian Pool is far from your average public pool – this gorgeous place has been called one of the prettiest pools in the country. Located about 30 minutes from downtown Miami, the Venetian Pool is the perfect place for an afternoon trip.
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3. Catch A Movie At O Cinema
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an evening, consider catching a show at O Cinema. This former historic city hall has been renovated into an indie movie theatre. Offering showings of everything from independent local films to international films, you can check out what’s currently playing here.
4. See An Ancient Spanish Monastery
Add a historical twist to your trip with a visit to this medieval monastery! The monastery was actually initially built in Spain in the 1100s, and then transported and reassembled in the mid-1900s in Miami. Nowadays, the monastery offers Sunday mass and is also home to a gift shop.
5. Relax At Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
Spend an afternoon relaxing in this gorgeous garden! The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens are located, as you may have guessed, in the Miami beach area, but they feel far more serene and secluded than they are. A perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the nearby city for a bit, the gardens are free to visit.
6. Enjoy A Drink At The Dragon Lounge
Miami has no shortage of nightlife spots, but here’s an option that’s a bit more off the beaten path! The Dragon Lounge is located on the second floor of a sushi restaurant in south beach, making it a great option for those looking to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a drink.
It also offers a huge variety of options when it comes to beverages – you can look forward to everything from classic cocktails to experimental mixed drinks.
7. Tour The Deering estate
This gorgeous, historic estate by Charles Deering, a wealthy philanthropist and environmentalist in the 1920s, is nowadays a museum and nature preserve. It’s a great spot to explore if you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon or to learn more about the history of the area. There’s a wide variety of things to do on the 444 acres that the estate is composed of, from going on a moonlit kayak trip to a tour of the park during the day.
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