Sunny Miami is not only a year-round seaside resort favored by celebrities since the first half of the 20th century, but also a key US economic center that plays an important role in international trade. The main tourist area of the city is Miami Beach, located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is here that beaches, hotels, entertainment, pedestrian promenades, restaurants and nightclubs are concentrated.
In the distant 1980-90s. vacation in Miami Beach was something out of reach for residents of other continents, but the situation has changed. Now any tourist can choose the right hotel for himself and go to the magnificent beaches of Florida to sunbathe, enjoy the evening walks along the Miami Beach Boardwalk and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Wynwood and Little Havana.
What to see and where to go in Miami?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
The resort suburb of Miami, separated from the rest of the quarters by Biscayne Bay. Along the coast of the area, completely built up with hotels, there is a large coastal strip with beaches. The tourist infrastructure of Miami Beach has been developing since the 1920s. The resort quickly gained popularity among celebrities and celebrities. The central part of the city is built up with historical buildings in the Art Deco style, erected between 1923 and 1943.
The construction of the beginning of the 20th century, erected according to the project of F. B. Hoffman Jr. for the wealthy industrialist D. Dering. There is a landscaped park around the mansion. The building is decorated in various architectural styles dating back to several eras. In the middle of the 20th century, the property was sold to the city. Since then, the villa has housed the Dade Art Museum. From time to time, feature films are filmed here.
In the 1950s Wynwood was a depressed outskirts built up with small factories and auto repair shops, populated mainly by Puerto Ricans. Transformations began only in 2005, when the city authorities decided to "gentrify" Wynwood, that is, its complete reconstruction. The best graffiti authors from all over the world painted the walls of warehouses and workshops, which transformed the area and became a place of attraction for bohemians, artists and tourists.
Area Design District
The Design District is a unique and creative place where designers, artists and other people of art gather. There are numerous shops and warehouses with trendy avant-garde furniture, accessories, unusual sculptures and interior items. Also in the area there are many showrooms with exclusive clothing brands. Every second Saturday of the month, the Night of Design and Art takes place here.
An area in Miami where Cuban emigrants who fled the country due to the rise to power of Fidel Castro live. Former residents of Liberty Island have long been assimilated and turned into ordinary Americans, but the national Cuban flavor has been preserved in the area. Noisy street fairs are held here, accompanied by Latin American music and dances, colorful processions during Catholic holidays and various national festivals.
South Beach area
The resort center of Miami, the point of attraction for all lovers of nightlife. Its unofficial name is "American Riviera". There are a huge number of nightclubs, excellent restaurants, hotels and shops. The main "highlight" of the area is its magnificent beach, covered with dazzling white sand. Also on the territory of South Beach there is a historic quarter, built up with picturesque buildings in the Art Deco style.
Miami is not only an ideal beach resort, but also a great place for shopping. The city has entire streets where "shopaholics" can immerse themselves in the fascinating world of shopping. One such place is Lincoln Road. Here, boutiques and shops of all famous world brands await customers, where you can buy clothes, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, gadgets and souvenirs.
Historic street with 1920-40 Art Deco buildings, which is a popular "promenade" and gathering place for the bohemian public. The street stretches for several kilometers along the ocean. Many buildings of architectural interest were demolished. Those that remain have been designated National Historic Landmarks. On Ocean Drive you can see a lot of vintage cars.
The facility is located in central Miami on Biscayne Boulevard. It was erected in 1925 for the office of The Miami News. In 1957, the building was taken over by the city authorities, and a center for the reception of Cuban immigrants was located on its territory. The name "Freedom Tower" was assigned to the building because the Cubans who fled from the regime of F. Castro believed that they had gained true freedom in the United States. Nowadays, the tower houses a museum and a library of Cuban literature.
American Airlines Arena
Sports complex, which was opened in 1999. The Miami Heat is the home of the NBA basketball team. The arena is designed for 20 thousand spectators. It hosts not only sports events, but also concerts of world stars. Cher, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Britney Spears and other famous pop singers performed at the American Airlines Arena.
Shopping malls located right on the embankment near the seaport. On the territory of "Bayside" there are more than 150 shops, as well as many cafes and bars. Performances and concerts are constantly arranged in the market to attract buyers. In the evening, it turns into a street filled with walking tourists. On Bayside you can buy clothes, local crafts, souvenirs and much more.
Perez Art Museum
The museum was founded in 1984 as an art center. Since 1996 it has been functioning as a museum with a permanent exhibition. The collection contains exhibits created in the XX-XXI centuries, brought from various parts of the world. The funds continue to grow thanks to private collections, the owners of which constantly donate new works of art to the museum. More than 300 thousand people visit the gallery every year.
City Historical Museum, which houses exhibits covering a wide period of Florida history. The collection is located on two floors and covers an area of more than 3.7 thousand m². The museum organizes and develops research programs, holds open events for visitors and participates in scientific research. "HistoryMiami" is a whole scientific and cultural complex with a full-fledged research base.
Jewish Museum of Florida
The museum's collection is located on the territory of two buildings that served as synagogues in the past. The main building is a historic building from 1936, created with elements of the Art Deco architectural style. The exhibition contains photographs, documents, household items and other artifacts that tell about the role of Jews in US history, as well as the cultural traditions of this nation.
Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust
Sculptural composition designed by K. Treister in 1980-90. funded by the Rothschild family. The memorial is made in the form of a hand stretched out to the sky, along which emaciated human figures with imprints of monstrous suffering on their faces climb up. The memorial is very expressive and can evoke strong emotions in the viewer. The sculptor managed to express all the horror that the Jewish people experienced in the 1930s and 40s. during the genocide.
Miami Children's Museum
A full-fledged educational center with a large number of interactive exhibits and compositions, where children can get acquainted with world culture, as well as try themselves in some professions. On the territory of the museum there are exhibition galleries, a lecture hall, classrooms, a gift shop and a restaurant. The center offers classes in painting, modeling, photography and sculpture.
Church of the Gesu
Gesu is the oldest Catholic church in Miami. It was erected in 1896 at the expense of the city's Catholic community. For a long time the temple was an important spiritual center of the city. The first church was built of wood. In 1921, the construction of a stone building began. Since 1905, a full-fledged school has functioned on the basis of the temple. During active emigration from Cuba, the Catholic Latin American Center was organized in Jesu, which helped the newly arrived immigrants to adapt.
Episcopal Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
One of the first churches in Miami, founded in 1896. Initially, it was wooden, in 1912-25. a stone temple was built in its place. The cathedral building is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places for architectural value. The church was built in a picturesque pseudo-Romanesque style. The facade and walls are painted white. They are decorated with arched openings and graceful balustrades.
Jungle Island amusement park
Amusement park located on Watson Island. Jungle Island is known for its unforgettable shows, which are attended by tigers, lions, exotic birds and other fauna. In addition to cats, the park is home to lemurs, snakes, penguins, crocodiles, orangutans and turtles. There is also a large lake with a protected area and a public beach on the territory.
The Miami Aquarium is one of the very first marine parks to open in the United States. Killer whales, sharks, seals, crocodiles, stingrays, turtles, as well as dolphins that everyone loves live here. Due to the comfortable climatic conditions of Florida, the inhabitants of the aquarium feel quite comfortable. Popular shows with dolphins and fur seals are held in the open air all year round.
The zoo is located about 25 km from Miami. It covers an area of 300 hectares. In order to see all the animals, you have to walk more than 5 km. Taking into account this moment, the rental of bicycles and wheelchairs with an awning is organized for visitors, and for people with disabilities - wheelchairs. In addition to numerous animals, the zoo is pleasing to the eye with lush tropical vegetation. The menagerie regularly hosts shows for children.
A public park in central Miami, located on the shores of Biscayne Bay. It was opened in 1925. The architect W. G. Manning worked on the project. The park was completely renovated in the 1980s. under the leadership of I. Noguchi. It regularly hosts public celebrations and fairs on Christmas Eve, as well as public balls and various concerts.
Miami Beach Boardwalk
A scenic walking path that stretches from South Beach for about 7 km in a northerly direction along the ocean coast. The place belongs to the category of "must-see" in Miami. The path is perfect for leisurely walks, jogging and cycling. Along the way there are cafes, great places for swimming, decorative fountains with drinking water and cozy benches.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Green area covering an area of 33 hectares. There are 14 artificial lakes within the garden. Tropical and subtropical flora is striking in its impressive diversity. The Botanical Garden was established in 1938 by Professor D. Fairchild and Colonel R. Montgomery at the expense of patrons. The park is open all year round. For numerous visitors, a variety of events are held for every taste.
Everglades National Park
A natural area that includes a swampy plain, mangroves and tropical forests. A large number of rare birds and animals live here. The park is covered with a wide network of lakes that create a unique ecosystem. The Everglades is sometimes called "the largest swamp in the world", as the area of flooded territories covers more than 6 thousand km². There are a lot of alligators in the park.