From witnessing eight different marine animal shows at Miami Seaquarium to engaging in informative exhibits in Jungle Island and enjoying beach activities in Miami, at sunny isles beach, you have many things to do.
- Zoos & Animal
- Music & Theater
- Golf Courses
- Gulfstream Park
- Parks & Recreation
- Miami Beaches
On a 38-acre tropical paradise, located on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, Florida, Miami Seaquarium is where conservation and education go hand in hand, sea lions delight children of all ages, and endangered sea turtles and manatees find a safe haven. The Miami Seaquarium also houses fish, sharks, birds, reptiles and many marine animals. From eight different marine animal shows, astonishing daily presentations, and a variety of educational tidbits along the way, Miami Seaquarium is a place of inspiration, education – and fun!
Home to the world’s most rare and exotic animals, at Jungle Island, you’ll enjoy engaging animal shows, informative exhibits in beautifully landscaped trails. This top family attraction allows guests to immerse themselves in hands-on interactions with fascinating animals, or go on a guided behind-the-scenes VIP tour.
The largest zoological garden in Florida, Zoo Miami is 750-acres and home to more than 3,000 animals, including Emerald Tree Boa, Giraffe, Cheetah, Elephant, Malayan Tapir and more in large, open-air exhibits. Rent a Safari cycle, experience Humpy’s Camel rides, or ride the monorail through the zoo. Zoo Miami is a fun family attraction for all ages.
Experience up-close encounters with amazing primates in Miami’s natural 30-acre Jungle Park. Located in South Dade, Monkey Jungle is a natural subtropical forest home to nearly 400 primates, most running free on a 30-acre reserve. It is one of the few protected habitats for these animals in the United States and it’s the only one where the public can explore.
A leading-edge science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science and fueling innovation for the future. Located in downtown Miami’s waterfront Museum Park, the museum incorporates a state-of-the-art planetarium, alluring exhibitions on living ecosystems, the miraculous human body, outer space, the frontiers of technology, and unlike most science centers, a vast aquarium complex.
Miami Children’s Museum features 14 interactive and bilingual exhibit galleries where the whole family can play, learn, imagine and create. Exhibits include Construction Zone, where children can use a crane, bulldozer and more to build and rebuild; conquer Mt. MichiMu, a rock climbing wall; Music Makers Studio, learning about the fundamental and expressive role that music plays in our lives and other hands-on activities.
Calling all train enthusiasts! The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is home to over 40 historic railcars, including the “Ferdinand Magellan” Presidential Railcar, better known as U.S. Car No. 1, as well as model train exhibits and Thomas the Tank Engine tables for children. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum offers free admission the first Saturday of the month.
Visit Miami’s flagship art museum. Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition to viewing the galleries, visitors can also enjoy waterfront dining at Verde restaurant and shop a unique selection of art books, furnishings and handmade items at the museum’s gift store.
A National Historic Landmark built by agricultural industrialist James Deering, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens feature an architecturally significant Main House with 34 decorated rooms, ten acres of formal gardens and diverse collections, including European antiquities, American art commissioned in the 1900s and century-old plants. The estate is unique for retaining so much of its original character, configuration and collections.
This premier cultural institution is a Smithsonian Affiliate committed to collecting, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. Florida’s largest history museum is devoted to help people understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami’s future through exhibitions, artistic endeavors, city tours, education, research, collections and publications.
A waterfront, multipurpose entertainment arena located on Biscayne Bay. Where you can watch the NBA’s Miami Heat tear up the court from the months of December through June.
The newly renovated and improved Hard Rock Stadium is home to NFL’s Miami Dolphins. The state-of-the-art open canopy now provides shade and protection from the elements for 92% of the fans and reduce glare. New video, audio and lighting were also installed throughout the stadium for better viewing for every fan.
Marlins Park is MLB’s Miami Marlin’s home field. It’s certified as the greenest MLB Park in 2012 and one of the few MLB stadiums to have a retractable roof. But what makes Marlins Park most unique is the ballpark’s food selection. The Taste of Miami section features Miami staples, Papo Llega y Pon, Don Camaron, and Latin American Grill; serving local Latin favorites, such as ceviche, pan con minuta (fish sandwich) and pan con lechon (roast pork sandwich).
Located in Sunrise, Florida, the BB&T Center annually ranks among the top 10 venues in the United States. Home to the NHL’s Florida Panthers, watch the team hits the ice, led by Derek MacKenzie, captain of the Panthers.
Nunez Tennis Training has a highly skilled and experienced staff, certified to train both children and adults. They can tailor a program to fit an individual’s needs and to help them properly develop their skills or you can sign up for after-school programs, summer camp and adult programs. At Nunez, it’s just about learning technique, but also about learning how to handle difficulty and adversity in order to be successful on and off the court.
Back in 1926, Olympia Theater was once a silent movie theater. Today, The Olympia is a cultural venue home to live performances, films, community events, corporate meetings and social affairs, as well as the Miami International Film Festival.
Miami’s hometown professional symphony has 80 professional musicians selected from around the world. Much like the diversity of South Florida, MISO is comprised of international and multicultural richness. With national and world premieres becoming more common, the Miami Symphony Orchestra is a source of growing local pride and support. The not-for-profit Symphony has lead educational programs for elementary school students in the Miami-Dade Public School System and provides low or no-cost tickets to students, senior citizens, first responders, active military, and veterans of South Florida.
Miami City Ballet serves as the resident ballet company in theaters in the Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach areas. The company performs over 100 times annually and regularly tours both domestically and internationally. Performances are held during the October to April season.
New World Symphony is a leading cultural institution in South Florida dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding instrumentalists. More than 60 concerts are performed annually and 15 percent of those are free to the public. One such popular event is WALLCAST held at SoundScape Park through a striking use of visual and audio technology on the soaring, 7,000-square-foot projection wall of the New World Center.
Florida’s #1 shopping destination for locals and international visitors. This upscale shopping mall in Aventura, Florida features 300 boutiques, several restaurants and a food court with eighteen fast food eateries to choose from. It is the largest conventional shopping mall in Florida and the third largest shopping center in the United States.
Bal Harbour Shops is an outdoor mall in a tropical garden setting known internationally for luxury brand shopping. The selection of fashion boutiques at Bal Harbour Shops includes Chanel, Oscar De La Renta, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and luxury department stores Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. It’s a favorite playground for socialites, fashionistas, and celebrities.
Sawgrass Mills Mall is the largest outlet shopping destination in the nation. A bargain hunter’s dream, this mall offers more than 350 retailers, including popular brands, such as Nike, Coach, DKNY and luxury brands, such as Giorgio Armani, Saint Laurent, and Burberry. In addition to fashion and jewelry, deals can also be found for electronics, sporting equipment, home decor, toys and more.
Just blocks away from the beach, Lincoln Road Mall is South Florida’s premier outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. Browse through hundreds of stores on the mile long, pedestrian-only promenade. Located between West Avenue and Washington Avenue, Lincoln Road Mall offers unique shopping, sidewalk cafes, bars, galleries, and fine dining, shops, restaurants.
The Falls Shopping Center may be Miami’s most serene open-air mall. A large waterscape flows through the middle of the complex and palm trees and tropical flowers everywhere as you walk from shop to shop. This shopping center features more than 100 retailers including, Bloomingdales, Macys, BCBG, American Girl Store Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel and Gap. Shoppers love the al fresco feel to this mall especially on sunny, breezy days.
Features quality shops, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and a live theater in a lush landscaped environment of tree-lined streets and Mediterranean architecture. With more than 200 retailers shoppers will find unique jewelry, apparel, home furnishings, salons and spas, and other specialty shops. World-renowned restaurants offer food from around the world and are opened late into the evening. Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is truly a sophisticated destination you won’t want to miss.
This highly acclaimed championship, Joe Lee-designed golf course combines challenging play with luxurious Mediterranean style architecture. The course features four par-5 holes and a 570-yard hole that is one of the longest in South Florida. This golf course on 8 acres of palm trees, lakes and rolling fairways is nothing less than a superior Troon Golf experience.
Rated #1 by USGA in Miami and South Florida, and host site for the PGA Tour Doral and Honda Open Qualifiers, The Club at Emerald Hills is said to be the best course to play. In addition to the prestigious accolade we are also the longest course in the entire state.This semi-private golf course designed by Charles Ankrom features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels and 1,117 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.
The luxurious Turnberry Isle Golf Course is a popular destination for all avid golfers. There are two courses re-interpreted by golf icon Raymond Floyd, the Soffer and the Miller courses. These courses offer 36 holes of contoured fairways, doglegs, curved bunkers and challenging elevation changes that will test golfers of all skill levels.
The highly regarded Miami Beach Golf Club is a historic course built in 1923. The 18-hole course features 6,903 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course also features an on-site pro shop with high-quality golf merchandise appropriate for this course.
Gulfstream Park has been one of the most important venues for horse racing in the country since 1939. Some of the world’s top thoroughbred contenders pass through Gulfstream Park with their eye on Triple Crown glory. Ideally located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami International Airports and just one mile from the Atlantic Ocean, this vast entertainment destination offers up countless things to do in Miami Beach. In addition to thoroughbred racing, Gulfstream Park offers over 800 Vegas-style slot machines and South Florida’s finest poker room with over 20 live action tables.
The Village at Gulfstream Park
Anchored by the legendary Gulfstream Park racetrack, The Village at Gulfstream Park is South Florida’s premier home design, dining, shopping and entertainment destination. The open air mall includes a variety of signature home stores, an international array of restaurants, world-class art galleries, a bowling alley, outdoor cafes and nightclubs, fashion boutiques, and health and beauty services. Throughout the year, locals and tourists alike can spend the day enjoying an assortment of events including live music, kid-friendly activities, and in-store classes and workshops. The entire property consists of multiple venues perfect for corporate and special events, as well as weddings and bridal parties with plenty of bridal and gift registry options available. Valet service and complimentary self-parking is available.
When you’re looking for things to do in Miami, consider a trip to Gulfstream Park. If you’re looking for hotels in Sunny Isles Beach near Gulfstream Park, consider the beachfront property, Ramada Plaza Marco Polo Beach Resort. We’re just 5 miles from Gulfstream Park and we offer 250 spacious guest rooms in addition to great convenience to many Miami attractions.
Florida’s largest urban park offers many wonderful recreational activities but is best known for the many off-road bicycling trails. Trails range from novice to challenging for every type of cyclists. Go to Oleta River State Park and enjoy fishing, camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking, mountain biking, and so much more. Kayaks, canoes, and bicycles are available for rent from the park concessionaire.
Everglades National Park is located in the southern tip of Florida, just west of the city of Miami. The unique subtropical eco-system is the ideal habitat for many endangered species. A great place to see alligators, visitors may also see the Florida Panther, West Indian Manatee, as well as many other types of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and insects. Walking and canoe trails, boat tours and tram tours are excellent for viewing wildlife.
The heart of the Everglades, known as the “True Everglades”, stretches 100 miles from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico. This freshwater ecosystem of sawgrass marsh and tree islands attracts many wildlife. Hike, bike or use the tram to explore the area. An observation tower located halfway around the tram road provides a spectacular view into the sawgrass marsh.
The Shark Valley Trails starts behind the Visitor Center. The Bobcat Boardwalk Trail is a wheelchair accessible, one mile (round trip) self-guided nature walk through the sawgrass slough and tropical hardwood forests. The Otter Hammock Cave trail is only a half mile (round trip) walk on a rough limestone path through the tropical hardwood forest with small footbridges over a small stream. The Tram Road is a 15 miles (round trip) flat paved road used by the trams but also ideal for walking or biking. Bike rentals are available at the Shark Valley Tram Tour Company. At the halfway point along the road is an observation tower, which offers panoramic views of the area.
The Cape Florida Lighthouse constructed in 1846, is an amazing landmark and is still active today. Located in Bill Saggs State Park on the southernmost tip of Key Biscayne, this 95-foot, white brick tower is opened to the public from Thursday through Monday all year round. Facilities include a museum, gift shop and is handicap accessible.
Sunny Isles Beach
The casual atmosphere of Sunny Isles Beach, tucked between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west, is just north of Miami Beach. A place of world-renowned restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, cultural destinations and, most notably, the beaches. It boasts one of the Miami area’s most stunning oceanfront vistas, with miles of gorgeous white sand. There’s a pier, pavilion and boardwalk, restrooms, showers, beach volleyball, food, rentals and fishing.
Miami Beach – North
The northern stretch of the beach is quieter than most in the south. Enjoy the wide, sandy, beautiful beach with concession stands and showers. Concerts can also be enjoyed at the North Beach Bandshell also located in Miami Beach – North. Fast food restaurants and cafes are easily accessible across the street.
Miami Beach – Central
The Central Miami Beach stretches from 21st Street to 46th Street. With an elevated boardwalk extending from South Point Park to North Beach, Central Miami Beach has become popular with strollers, joggers, and skaters. This beach tends to be less crowded than South Beach and is located close to sidewalk cafes, bars, and concession stands that make Miami Beach a world famous tourist destination.
South Beach, also known as SoBe is more than just fine white sand and clear, turquoise water. Miami’s South Beach is also known for its exuberant Deco architecture and its exciting nightlife. The high energy of South beach and world-class boutiques, restaurants and art galleries tend to attract the young and beautiful people from all over the world.
Haulover Park Beach
The 1.5 mile beach contains one of south Florida’s most beautiful beaches. It is recognized as the top ten best nude beaches in the world. Situated north of central Miami Beach and located between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, Haulover Beach has immaculate white sand shores, plenty of picnic areas, sand dunes, and concession stands. This is a popular beach for surfers.