Miami, Florida is known and sought after by many holiday makers for its warm and tropical weather, its white sandy beaches, its plentiful tourist attractions and activities. For seniors, many head south to Florida from Canada to become “snowbirds” escaping the harsh cold of winter. Although you may not being not staying in Miami, it’s well worth an extended visit to this exiting city. And there’s lots to do and see in Miami this winter.
We’ve compiled our own list of the 10 ten things to do in Miami for our senior and boomer travelers.
1) The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a beautiful and eco-friendly garden. It celebrates the festive season with music and a colorful backdrop of flowers and plant life. Entrance ickets start at $25.00 per person with walking and tram tours for the price. The garden festivals are included. The Fairchild Tropical Gardens offer a variety of tropical and botanical gardens with diverse flowers and plants. Be sure to visit the featured gardens in the Tropical Plant Conservatory and Rare Plant House, the Wings of the Tropics Conservatory, the Edible Garden and the William F. Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion. If you love visiting gardens, don’t miss a visit to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.
2) If you’re taking your grandchildren with you to Miami, one attraction you should take them to is the Children’s Museum. There’s a number of activities in the Children’s Museum such as the tree lighting ceremony, mitten day, ginger bread house making, Hanukkah story time and various other activities that both you and the grandchildren will love. Other activities for your grand kids include the Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens (Zoo Miami), Jungle Island and the Miami Seaquarium.
3) If you are visiting Miami in February, there’s the Miami International Boat Show for boat enthuasiasts, an annual event which takes place at three different venues – Miami Beach and two others in downtown Miami. If you would like to check out festively decked out boats parading along the Miami Outboard Club, this is the place to be. This event features over 100 boats. For the best viewing experience, visit Bayfront Park.
4) A tour of the Art Deco District on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach offers wonderfully restored art decor buildings, located in the historical center of Miami. Sponsored by the Miami Art Preservation League, the Art Deco weekend runs from January 15 – 17, 2016. The Art Deco weekend is a community festival whereby some 150,000 people usually attend. Art and architecture lovers and historical buffs will enjoy this touring the Art Deco District or going to the Art Deco weekend in January.
5) If you are spending winter in Miami and you are interested in the contemporary art world, the Miami Art Basel event is another important event in the city. Hundreds of thousands of square feet are divided into the galleries, positions, nova, public, magazine and film festival at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The aim of this event is to help visitors experience some of the best of international contemporary and modern art. This art fair has been has existed since 1970 and is one of the most famous art fairs in the world.
6) Visit the Coral Castle grounds in Leisure City, Florida in Miami-Dade County. Built in 1920 by a Latvian artist who, legend tells us, was jilted by his fiancé and so came to America. There are various sculptures made from megalithic stones (mostly limestone formed from coral) actual coral. The Coral Castle grounds are most interesting to see.
7) If you love Christmas, Santa’s Enchanted Forest open from October 29 to January 3, 2016 is for you. Santa’s Enchanted Forest prides itself in being the largest Christmas theme park in the world. This fantastic attraction boasts 100 rides, games, shows and attractions the on of the largest Christmas trees, live music and entertainment and a “Miracle on 40th Street” exhibit. If you love the theme of Christmas and are with your grandchildren, this is an exciting theme part to visit.
8) Take a tour of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens built in the 1900s on 180 acres of land. It’s an Italian styled villa now a museum. This historic mansion has 34 decorated rooms with a vast collection of American art and European antiques with ten acres of formally designed European gardens. Publicly guided tours of the Vizcaya Museum are available. You can also sit down and enjoy lunch in the Vizcaya café.
9) Take a walking tour of Calle Ocho and the lively neighborhood of Little Havana. If you’re in Miami in March, the Calle Ocho Festival takes place in this month. Little Havana is the home to Cuban exiles and others from Latin American countries. Sample the Cuban food, pastries from the bakeries, café con leché as you listen to merengué and salsa music beat blaring from the shops into the streets. Food markets, coffee shops, traditional barber shops, souvenir shops, little shops selling religious icons and candles from the Santeria Afro-Caribbean religion can be found all over Little Havana.
10) Take a boat cruise tour along Biscayne Bay and view Miami from the water. A sightseeing cruise will take you Biscayne Bay, the Venetian Islands and then on to view the Miami homes of the rich and famous.
And we’d like to add the beaches to our list of the top 10 things to do in Miami: What’s the point of going to Miami without visiting and spending a day or more at a few of the famous beaches of Miami? Best beaches to visit are South Beach – it’s most famous and great for occasional celebrity sightings. Other beaches in Miami and the surrounding environs include: Bal Harbor Beach, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Beach (further south of Miami), Crandon Park Beach, Haulover Beach, Miami Beach Central, Miami Beach North, Miami Beach South, Miami Beach South Pointe Park, Sunny Isles Beach, Oleta River State Park Beach, Surfside Beach, North Shore Open Space Park, and the Virginia Key Beach.