Many of you will be in or around Miami right now with the Miami International Boat Show in February and the West Palm Beach Yacht Show just down the coast in March.
We specialise in fun here at FunAir, and not just in the yacht toys department. That’s why we’ve put together a list of fun activities near Miami for superyacht crew. Whether you’re in town for the boat show, have free time off-board from work, or are in town for vacation, there is plenty to do and see in the Magic City.
Pinecrest Gardens – Forest and Field of Light
Until the 26th of June 2022, Pinecrest Gardens hosts the Forest and Field of Light. The installation is the brainchild of acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro, whose work has graced the halls of the V&A Museum in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The installation features over 6,000 fiber-optic stemmed spheres that gently shimmer with blooming colour throughout the lower garden and surrounding Swan Lake. This immersive light installation takes inspiration from the area’s unique landscape and vegetation, and it’s the perfect activity for loved-up couples on a post valentines trip.
Lincoln Road – Shop Till You Drop
Once known as the Fifth Avenue of the South, renowned architect Morris Lapidus designed Lincoln Road in the 1950s. Minutes from Miami Beach, Lincoln Road is a cultural hub and premier shopping destination. It’s the perfect destination for friends looking for a fun time or for those craving some well-deserved alone time. Indulge in some serious retail therapy, appreciate the architecture, grab some coffee, or enjoy a dish or two of good food. Lincoln Road has it all.
Superblue Miami – Immersive Art
Superblue, Miami’s most exciting immersive art experience, is a rotating collection of interactive installations. Walk through the changing of the seasons, interact with clouds and explore a mirror maze on this technology-driven museum in Miami’s industrial Allapattah neighbourhood. A great day out, no matter who you are spending it with.
Time Out Food Market – Superyacht Foodies Unite
Located right in the heart of South Beach, the Time Out Food Market is spread over 17,000 square feet and features the best food and drink that Miami has to offer, with 17 kitchens, three bars, and a demo cooking area. All the hottest and most talked-about Miami bars and eateries are represented at the Market, along with the latest in arts and culture. It’s a great spot to sample some top-notch food and delicious cocktails.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
If you’re in the mood for some class and culture, then head to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Set inside the lush, historic hamlet of Coconut Grove, this Italian Renaissance-style villa estate sprawls 43 acres. The estate features beautifully manicured gardens and an impressive collection of European antiques and art from the 16th to 19th centuries. You’ll also find some great photo opportunities and an assortment of Instagrammable floors and staircases.
Española Way – Experience Europe
Missing Europe? Head to Española Way. Built in the 1920s as a bohemian artists colony, Espanola Way was modelled after Mediterranean villages in France and Spain, so it’s the perfect place to reminisce if you’re missing the European yachting scene. The palm tree-lined pedestrian street is dotted with restaurants, bars, and upmarket boutiques. There’s also weekly programming, including flamenco and salsa dancing, yoga classes, and arts and crafts markets.
The Broken Shaker – Miami’s OG Cocktail Bar
The Broken Shaker is Miami’s original cocktail bar. This award-winning handcrafted cocktail bar is set in a backyard oasis where they grow an assortment of herbs and spices that feature in their cocktail offerings. Overhead bulbs twinkle and add to the poolside vibe of this leafy garden bar. Those needing to satisfy some hunger pangs can chow down on a selection of handheld bites and bar snacks such as tacos and wings. Find The Broken Shaker at 727 Indian Creek Drive.
Wynwood Walls – Street Art
The Wynwood Walls are the epicentre of the Wynwood Arts District. This unique outdoor street art museum is the first and only of its kind in the city and makes for a prime Instagram spot. Artists from across the globe, including Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, Retna, and Liqen, have used their talent to create over 50 colourful murals. Wynwood Art Walk takes place every second Saturday of the month, and the entire Wynwood Arts District transforms into a late-night arts festival, complete with live music, drinks, late-night art galleries, and food trucks.
Sugar – Go High Higher
Sugar is the city’s highest rooftop bar at 40 floors up and offers 360-degree views of the city below. Patrons can sip Asian themed cocktails and nibble on exotic tapas among the lush green garden setting whilst watching the sunset over the Miami skyline. Make sure you adhere to their smart-casual dress code during the day and nightlife attire after sunset. Find Sugar at 788 Brickell Plaza.
Fancy a swim? The Venetian Pool is Miami’s finest public swimming pool. Built in 1923, the swimming bath is a picturesque Mediterranean postcard featuring waterfalls and a grotto. This beautiful 820,000-gallon pool is housed in the city’s only quarry and is kept cool by the underground aquifer used to fill it with fresh water.
Calle Ocho – Little Havana
As one of Miami’s busiest and most famous neighbourhoods, Little Havana is definitely worth a visit. Here you’ll find strong Cuban coffee, cocktail bars, rum bars, cigars, art galleries, live music, and the best Latin inspired restaurants and bakeries. Watch the locals play a heated game of dominos at Maximo Gomez Park (Domino Park), check out the street art, and then cool off with a tropical flavoured artisanal ice cream from Azucar Ice Cream Company.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
If you’re craving some quality time alone away from the maddening crowds, then head to Bill Baggs Cape. This state park is home to Cape Florida Lighthouse, one of the oldest buildings in the county, and it offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. The park features some of the best beaches in the entire nation, along with opportunities for hiking, cycling, swimming, fishing, paddling, picnicking, and wildlife spotting.
Hopefully, next time you’re in Miami, you’ll check out some of our suggestions. We’d love to hear your thoughts on our suggestions or any other Magic City recommendations you might have. Get in touch or tag us on socials @FunAirFun with any selfies from our must-see Miami destinations. If you are inspired to upgrade your yacht toy box after visiting the yacht shows, then check out the FunAir product pages to see our full range of inflatable yacht toys and beach furniture.
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