Popular Landmarks and Attractions in Miami

Explore must-see sights in this style-setting Florida city.
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Design District

Miami's once-dormant Design District was revitalized in the late '90s and early 2000s when high-end retailers began setting up shop in the area. Now, the hip neighborhood is home to international boutiques such as Christian Louboutin, Maison Martin Margiela, Fendi Casa and Tomas Maier, as well as several art galleries, architecture firms, restaurants and bars. 

Wynwood Walls

A focal point of the Wynwood Arts District (located south of the Design District), the Wynwood Walls feature colorful murals from some of the world's greatest graffiti and street artists. Four museums and more than 50 art galleries can also be found in this vibrant neighborhood. 

American Airlines Arena

Home to pro basketball team the Miami Heat, the American Airlines Arena boasts a prime location along the Biscayne Bay. In addition to sporting events, the 19,600-seat venue has hosted live TV shows, including the MTV Video Music Awards and the Latin Grammy Awards, and numerous concerts, such as U2, Madonna, Cher, the Rolling Stones and many more. 

Port of Miami

The Port of Miami is known as "The Cruise Capital of the World." Millions of cruise-goers pass through the port each year to board some of the largest and most luxurious cruise ships in the world. 

Downtown Miami

One of Miami's fastest growing neighborhoods, downtown Miami is dotted with newly constructed lofts and high-rise condos. Wine bars, sushi restaurants, yoga centers and other trendy amenities have also sprung up in Miami's booming urban core.

Metromover

Miami's free mass-transit system serves the city's downtown area and several surrounding neighborhoods. This convenient mode of transportation runs from 5:00 am to midnight seven days a week. 

South Beach

South Beach, also known as "SoBe," is one of Miami's hottest spots for surfing, shopping and partying. Visitors and locals alike flock to this area for its white-sand beaches, vibrant club scene and world-class restaurants and shops.

Ocean Drive

SoBe's main tourist drag, Ocean Drive is the center of the Miami Art Deco District. Glamorous hotels, nightclubs and restaurants can be found along this beachfront strip.

Art Deco Architecture

Miami is known for its famed Art Deco architecture, going back to the Miami Vice 1980s and the pink, black and turquoise of the South Beach scene. But another style has been gaining recognition in recent years, a sleek but often overlooked version called Miami Modern, or MiMo. It's the playful architecture of many of Miami's old motels with flashing neon signs and polished terrazzo floors. The historic Art Deco district is central to SoBe, while farther north, a few of the classic Miami MiMo hotels dot the landscape.

Lincoln Road Mall

Dubbed "The Fifth Avenue of the South," Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach is a pedestrian-only promenade with clubs, boutiques, high-end retail shops, restaurants and galleries. The road's sidewalk cafes are also popular for people watching.

Miracle Mile

Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile offer an upscale selection of unique boutiques and specialty stores located in a quaint, pedestrian friendly neighborhood.

Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove in South Miami was once a funky 1960s haven for hippies and drifters. Although it's now home to many modern homes and large estates, the neighborhood still maintains vestiges of its freewheeling roots. Home to a small, bustling commercial center with boutiques, juice bars and cafes, "The Grove" features winding roads and bike paths that lead to popular bay front parks and sailing marinas. Much of Coconut Grove runs close to the waterfront, and homes tend to be pricey. 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Built in 1916 by agricultural industrialist James Deering, this Italian Renaissance-style villa is surrounded by more than 10 acres of formal gardens, terraces and fountains overlooking Biscayne Bay. With 34 rooms of 15th-century through 19th-century antique furnishings and decorative arts, this designated National Historic Landmark is a tourist hot spot and a romantic local favorite.

Zoo Miami

The only zoo in the continental United States set in a subtropical climate, Zoo Miami houses more than 2,000 animals -- some exclusive to warmer climates. The zoo's newest exhibit, Amazon and Beyond, cost $50 million to construct and contains jaguars, anacondas, giant river otters measuring up to six feet long and harpy eagles with talons the size of grizzly bear claws. 

Miami Children's Museum

The Miami Children's Museum consistently delights little ones with its interactive and intriguing exhibits, including a two-story sandcastle, a teddy bear workshop, a six-foot piggy bank and a 900-gallon marine tank. The 56,500-square-foot building was designed by Miami-based architecture firm Arquitectonica International to represent the elements of the world: earth, wind, water and fire.

Jungle Island

Originally opened in 1936 as Parrot Jungle -- a small roadside attraction with an array of exotic birds -- Jungle Island now exhibits some of the world's rarest and most incredible animals. Must-see attractions include the Winged Wonders show, featuring the world's only trained Cassowary, and The Liger, a rare hybrid animal fathered by a male lion with a female tiger.

Brickell Neighborhood

Brickell's luxury condo and apartment towers enjoy expansive views of the Biscayne Bay.

The Everglades

One of the largest wetlands in the world, the Everglades National Park comprises 1.5 million acres of untamed wilderness and rare wildlife. There are a variety of ways to explore the park -- located about 80 miles from Miami -- including airboat rides, ranger-guided tours, canoe rentals and hiking excursions.