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Things to see in Miami

Tourist Offices

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Address: Brickell Key, 701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700, Miami, 33131
Telephone: +1 305 539 3000.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0830-1800.

Website: http://www.miamiandbeaches.com

Tourist passes

The Go Miami Card (www.gomiamicard.com) grants admission to over 30 attractions, activities and tours. Cards range from one- to seven-day passes.

Attractions

Miami Beach

A cluster of tiny coastal towns located on slender sandy island, Miami Beach is the place to go for top-class watersports, among them windsurfing, jet-skiing, sailing and parasailing. The best beaches start at Lincoln Road Mall and extend northwards to 87th Street. The historic boardwalk is also home to pretty art deco lifeguard stations. Haulover Beach, located on the north side, is clothing-optional so if you like to sunbath in nude, this is the place to be.

Address: Miami Beach, Off the Julia Tuttle Causeway, Miami,
Telephone: +1 305 673 7400.
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website: http://www.miamibeachfl.gov
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Coconut Grove

One of the city's oldest neighbourhoods, Coconut Grove has been continuously inhabited since 1873. Settled by a multicultural group of Bahamians and New Englanders, today it is a trendy district with a bustling village atmosphere, full of colourful galleries, theatres, nightclubs, fine restaurants, hip sidewalk cafés and shops.

Address: Coconut Grove, Off the South Dixie Highway, Miami,
Telephone: +1 305 461 5506.
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website: http://www.coconutgrove.com
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Little Havana

After Fidel Castro took power of Cuba in 1959, refugees fleeing the country settled just west of downtown Miami, in a neighbourhood known as Little Havana. Today, this colourful district has a distinctly Latin atmosphere with Spanish signs, Cuban coffee bars and restaurants, small cigar factories, and street-side food stalls.

Address: Little Havana, Around South West 22nd Avenue, Miami,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

This excellent contemporary art gallery, which looks out across Biscayne Bay, owes much to Jorge Perez, the property tycoon whose name hangs above the door. He has bequeathed much of his collection to PAMM, which is made up of 20th- and 21st-century photography, prints, sculptures and paintings. Visiting exhibitions change regularly.

Address: , 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, 33132
Telephone: +1 305 375 3000.
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 1000-1800, Thu 1000-2100.

Website: http://www.pamm.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

HistoryMiami

A must for anyone interested in getting an insight into Florida’s past, this museum has a small but impressive collection of hands-on displays, archive material, historical objects and multimedia presentations. Covering some 10,000 years, it stretches from Seminole Indian artefacts to an aviation collection. It also hosts regular temporary exhibitions.

Address: Downtown, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, 33130
Telephone: +1 305 375 1492.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700.

Website: http://www.historymiami.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Wolfsonian Museum

Affiliated with Florida International University, the Wolfsonian is a quirky collection of 180,000 objects amassed by an eccentric world-traveller. One-of-a-kind exhibits address several 19th- and 20th-century political themes, but the most interesting displays show propaganda and the art used to persuade, nationalise and rally citizens.

Address: Miami Beach, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami, 33139
Telephone: +1 305 531 1001.
Opening times:

Mon-Tue 1000-1800, Thu 1000-1800, Fri 1000-2100, Sat 1000-1800, Sun 1200-1800.

Website: http://www.wolfsonian.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami is a state-of-the-art cage less zoo, with more than 310 species of animals roaming the 116-hectare (290-acre) grounds, separated by moats from spectators. Wildlife shows, a petting zoo, tram tours, monorail, gift shops, food courts and a playground provide fun for all the family.

Address: SW 152nd Street, 1 Zoo Boulevard, Richmond Heights, 33177
Telephone: +1 305 251 0400.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 1000-1700, Sat-Sun 0930-1730.

Website: http://www.zoomiami.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

This magnificent 33-hectare (83-acre) botanical garden, landscaped by William Lyman Phillips, contains an extensive collection of rare tropical plants, a vast conservatory, 11 lakes and lily ponds, and even a rainforest exhibit that is set between a waterfall and stream. A variety of educational programmes and narrated tram tours are available.

Address: Coral Gables, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, 33156
Telephone: +1 305 667 1651.
Opening times:

Mon-Sun 0730-1630.

Website: http://www.fairchildgarden.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya is a beautiful Italian Renaissance-style palace set in 4 hectares (10 acres) of picturesque formal gardens. Built as a winter residence for Chicago industrialist James Deering in 1916, the mansion is neo-classical by design and its 70 rooms are filled with antique furnishings spanning the 15th to 19th centuries. Tours available.

Address: Coconut Grove, 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, 33129
Telephone: +1 305 250 9133.
Opening times:

Wed-Mon 0930-1630.

Website: http://www.vizcayamuseum.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Coral Gables

Local developer George Merrick created this elegant, Mediterranean-style residential district during the boom years of the 1920s. 16km (10 miles) southwest of downtown Miami, Coral Gables is known for its art galleries and also boasts the exclusive Miracle Mile shopping street, numerous golf courses and spectacular art deco architecture.

Address: Coral Gables, Off Coral Way, Miami,
Telephone: +1 305 446 6800.
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website: http://www.coralgables.com
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Design District

This creative neighbourhood is home to over 100 galleries and studios, as well as spectacular public art displays including the Fly's Eye Dome, a geodesic dome designed by inventor Buckminster Fuller. The much anticipated The Institute of Contemporary Art opens in December 2017.

Address: , , ,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 1100-2000
Sun 1200-1800
Restaurant hours may vary

Website:
Admission Fees: Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

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