As you’re reading this, you might be wondering why visiting Miami is worth it. Well, there are so many reasons but we might take forever to tackle them. Here are the basic lowdown, take note that these is not the entire list of sights to be seen in Miami but only suggestions.
Sports fans should know that Miami has been ranked as the 15th best big city with Coral Gables as 21st in best small city for sports fans. Both ranked 22nd and 54th in the overall rankings. Not bad since this year’s season is full of ups and lows from a really great season in NFL history to a series of national scandals by a college football team. In fact, according to WalletHub Miami received quite an amount of rankings, the highest being basketball at 13th followed by baseball at 24th, football at 35th, soccer at 150th and hockey at 350th. All of the ranking are a combination of college and Division 1 professional teams.
But a great sports experience is not all what Miami-weekend has to offer. In fact, it is also known for being one of the best places for a great family vacations getaway. If you have a soft spot in your heart for literature, you can always take your family for a quick visit to quirky yet iconic local bookstores such as Books & Books at Miracle Mile. You can also enjoy a cup of cold brew from Panther Coffee while enjoying the scenic sights of Miami’s Art District.
But if you’re really looking for family-friendly places to place in your itinerary, here are some suggestions.
One of the places families should never forget to visit is Zoo Miami. Founded in 1948 and formerly known as Miami Metrozoo and Crandon Park Zoo, this is one of the few pre-eminent, open-air animal enclosures in the world. Residing are over 100 exhibits, 40 of which are endangered species. What is heavily emphasized is conservation and education, perfect if you want your family to have fun but also keep the trip as educational as possible. Another one is Jungle Island which is home to over 1,000 tropical birds and a variety of plants and flowers. It also houses a variety of primates, reptiles and big cats. Talk about an exotic exhibit. You can either visit the aviary or watch one of their shows at the amphitheater.
Other places that should not be missed are Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami Children’s Museum, Earth Science Museum and Demonstration Center and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Foodies also love Miami-Weekend for their spectacular gastronomic scene. From comfort food establishments like Whisk to their many food trucks that roam around its streets, Miami is definitely a place one should check out to put their palates and stomachs to the test. One of the best events to truly try out the food truck scene is the Burger Beast’s Street Food Festival at Magic City Casino. Not only the best food trucks gather there but visitors are also greeted with live music acts and street performances.