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Think of a tropical getaway: hot, humid, palm trees, white sandy beaches, slushy drinks served in martini glasses... you relax on a park bench enjoying a cool night breeze, or maybe work on that sunburn during the day. Now imagine sharing that with 5 million of your closest friends. You’re in Miami.
According to the United Nations, Miami is the fourth largest metro area in the US. Due to its role in finance & commerce, as well as entertainment, the arts, media, and international trade, Miami is known world-wide as a major figure and influence. Interestingly, despite its population, its cityscape lined with skyscrapers and millions of commuters, Forbes Magazine dubbed Miami “America’s Cleanest City” in 2008. In 2009, UBS, a global finance company, noted Miami as the richest city in the US, and fifth-richest on earth in purchasing power. In contrast, in 2004, the US Census Bureau showed Miami as having the third highest amount of households with incomes below the poverty line. In other words, Miami’s was the third-poorest city in the US.
With all of that in mind, Miami is always moving forward, and has a lot to keep visitors coming back. With a tourism industry estimated at $17.1 billion and more than 12 million visitors annually, the beaches, festivals, arts and culture, historical buildings, and shopping galore and more is sought by travellers world-wide.
With a vast amount of possibilities to pack into each day, and a vibrant city life unlike any other, Miami has something for everyone, no matter what time of year you can make it there. Be sure to bring sunscreen and a swimsuit, and you’re pretty much ready to go hit up the beach, the clubs, dine in the finest bistros, gaze at local wonders, or take in an evening of the arts. Enjoy the heat, and get ready for an unforgettable time!
Attractions and Sights
Miami MetroZoo is home to 1200 animals.
Miami Science Museum is home to a wildlife center, the Space-Transit Planetarium and the Weintraub Observatory, and is a great learning center for all ages.
Parks and Outdoor Activities
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden covers 83 acres, and is home to many rare tropical plants.
Oleta River State Park is Florida's largest urban park and a popular spot for bicycling, canoeing, fishing and camping.
Coral Castle is a huge collection of structures made mostly out of limestone over the course of 28 years by one man.
Freedom Tower was built in 1925, and is a well-known icon of Miami.
Dolphin Mall is one of Miami's largest shopping centers with 240 stores including Neiman Marcus, Old Navy and Marshalls.
Miracle Mile in Coral Gables is a strip of great boutique shopping, entertainment and restaurants.
Festivals and Events
Coconut Grove Arts Festival has been running for 47 years, featuring more than 330 artists, and seeing 150,000 visitors each year.
Arts and Entertainment
Miami Art Museum is the city's center for contemporary art, featuring a permanent collection, traveling exhibits, and special events.
Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts is an historic performance venue for music, theatre and dance.
Tobacco Road is Miami's oldest bar and restaurant, first opened in 1912, and still playing live music and serving great food.
Van Dyke Cafe features a great restaurant downstairs and lounge upstairs.
Miami Beach Convention Center is Miami's largest convention facility, hosting events such as the Jewelers International Showcase, and the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Conference/Expo.
Coconut Grove Convention Center is a popular facility near boutique shopping, art galleries, restaurants and more.
Arenas and Stadiums
Sun Life Stadium is home to the Miami Dolphins of the NFL and the Florida Marlins of the MLB.
American Airlines Arena is home to the Miami Heat of the NBA, as well as the Waterfront Theater - Florida's largest theater.
Food and Drink
Open since 1913, Joe’s Stone Crab has been one of Miami's most popular places for fresh seafood.
Versailles Cuban Restaurant has been serving authentic Cuban cuisine to Miami since 1972