When most tourists think of Miami, Florida they think of beaches, celebrities and parties. They’re not wrong; however there are other things to do in Miami besides catching a tan. Here are 5 day trips that you can make in and around Miami:
1. Orlando, Florida
That’s right, the home of Disney World and Universal Orlando. 3 hours from Miami by bus or car and quite a bit longer by train. However if you’re a lover of theme parks this is the perfect trip for you. Disney world consists of 4 theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom for you to discover by day and then head to Downtown Disney or Disney Boardwalk for your nightlife fix. Universal offer you Universal Studios as well as Islands of Adventure and if that isn’t enough choice, there’s always Discovery Cove for the aqua babies – offering you the once in a lifetime chance to swim with dolphins, interact with otters and monkeys and sunbathe on a secluded beach area.
2. Kennedy Space Centre
This is a real treat for space buffs but people not so interested may be put off by the drive time and admission fee. To give yourself enough time to see all the Space Centre has to offer, you might want to consider driving to it the night before. From Miami to the Kennedy Space centre takes around 4/5 hours on the Interstate 95. Admission for both adults and children is around $50. However most people find one day just isn’t enough to take in all there is on offer; from kids’ activities, a mock space station, informative IMAX films and the new Space Shuttle Atlantic exhibition it becomes apparent why they offer multiday tickets!
3. Little Havana
Back in Miami itself, Little Havana holds a sub-culture all of it’s own. This is the neighbourhood where many Cubans fled during the years after the Cuban Revolution. Having influenced Miami culture overall, the essence of Cuba is concentrated here, namely along Calle Ocho. Diners sell authentic Cuban cuisine, cigar shops send the scent of tobacco leaves down the street while record shops play Cuban music. For film lovers, the Tower Theatre was one of the only Miami theatres to play films with Spanish subtitles and is now dedicated solely to foreign film. To immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Little Havana, head to Versailles – a Cuban diner that is a favourite with the locals, boasting an extensive menu and authentic interior. For something a little saucier, spend an evening at Casa Panza, a little Spanish tavern that plays live flamenco music as patrons strut around the tables, eating and drinking while they rest their feet.
4. Design District
This is currently a work in progress for the Creatives out there but all the more exciting for it. Made up of old warehouses and gallery space, the design district is being transformed into a modern design paradise featuring everything from antiques to upmarket architectural firms, once completed the Design District will be the place to see and be seen in the arts, fashion and design scene of Miami.
5. South Beach
The surfers’ paradise, offering everything you’d expect from Miami. It may seem a little stereotypical, but that’s half the fun of being a tourist, right? For active types; grab a surf board, a pair of roller blades or a bicycle and cruise along the shore whether in the water or along the promenade. For those who are looking for a little relaxation; celeb spot whilst soaking up the sun on the beach, lounge around in a café or head back to your hotel for an afternoon nap before hitting the famous Miami club scene.
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