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The population of this area of Southeast Florida is around 400,000.
Tallahassee, the state capital, is about 410 miles northwest of Miami, while Biscayne National Park is 20 miles to the south.
Some must-see sights that have helped put this place on the map, the PortMiami and the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens attract visitors from across the globe.
The Tower Theater and Grapeland Water Park are excellent places to have some quality time with your children. Everglades Alligator Farm and the Miami Children's Museum are also worth stopping by if you want to keep the good times coming.
Gaze on in awe as a variety of aquatic animals dash through the water at Miami Seaquarium.
Get ready for an informative zoological adventure at the Zoo Miami and the Jungle Island. The residents at the Zoological Wildlife Foundation and the Monkey Jungle will also provide you with tons of amazing photo opportunities, so make sure you bring a camera.
Meet fellow motorsports fanatics, tour the garages and enjoy all the tire-squealing action as local riders and drivers hurtle past at incredible speeds at the Richard Petty Driving Experience and the Miami Exotic Auto Racing.
The Magic City Casino, the Miccosukee Casino and the Casino at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming are sure bets if you're looking to try out your poker face.
Would you like to learn about some native plant species? Spend some time at the Pinecrest Gardens or the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Many also enjoy inspecting the displays at the Kampong and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
On a fine day, grab a bite to eat and find a quiet corner at one of the area's pleasant green spaces, such as Tropical Park or Bayfront Park. Kennedy Park and Bicentennial Park are two more pleasant spots to while away the day and catch up on some reading.
Find out about Miami with a visit to Art Deco Welcome Center and Shark Valley Visitor Center. You could also leaf through the pamphlets and maps at Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center or LGBT Visitor Center Miami Beach.
If you want to have a break from sightseeing, visit Lummus Park Beach or Surfside Beach. Wander along the coast, watch the seabirds fly overhead or just lay back and relax on the shoreline. Crandon Park and Indian Beach Park are two more recommended options.
Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Head out to Oleta River State Park and Flamingo Park. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Barnacle State Historic Park are also highly recommended by nature-loving locals.
Biscayne National Park, a marine park, houses some amazing sea creatures.
Broaden your perspectives with a visit to one of the area's fascinating cultural spaces. Savor the quiet and relaxing atmosphere as you check out the different displays at the Bay of Pigs Museum and the Wings Over Miami Museum. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum and the Dezer Collection are also well worth a visit.
Consider spending an afternoon at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science to learn about scientific discoveries and other wonders of the world.
Not only are the collections at the Jewish Museum of Florida and the Haitian Heritage Museum a lot of fun to look at, they also help us understand the world we live in.
A haven for art aficionados, this area boasts various gallery spaces in which amateurs and professionals regularly exhibit their work. Revel in the hip atmosphere at the Frost Art Museum and the Perez Art Museum Miami. If you're feeling inspired, finish up the afternoon at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bass Museum of Art.
Take yourself back in time and unveil secrets of the past at the Coral Gables Museum or the HistoryMiami. The Historical Museum of South Florida and the Sanford L Ziff Jewish Museum are also worthwhile options.
Learn more about this area's past with a visit to the University of Miami or Freedom Tower, just a couple of the historical sites here. You might also like to get out the camera and snap some photos at the Holocaust Memorial and the Deering Estate at Cutler.
Brickell Ave Bridge is a grand structure that has been a vital point of connection for local residents over the years.
Learn a little about the region's spiritual side and take some time to reflect at Ancient Spanish Monastery and Cloisters of the Monastery of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux. Our Lady of Charity National Shrine and Life Pointe Church are two more popular religious sites.
Miami's most popular sights can overshadow its less known, but equally rewarding attractions. The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center and the Hialeah Racetrack are some interesting options. Also, consider checking out Crandon Marina and the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse if you've got the time.
Accommodation in Miami
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Those who delight in a touch of class can choose from the Acqualina Resort and Spa, at 17875 Collins Ave, and the Ocean Five Condo, at 458 Ocean Drive. For more great options, be sure to check out the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, 455 Grand Bay Dr, and the Setai, 2001 Collins Ave.
A highlight of any visit to Miami is Port of Miami. If you decide it is easier to book a room near Port of Miami, the Mandarin Oriental Miami and the Marriott Stanton South Beach are both recommended options.
This Miami Beach all-suites hotel overlooks white sand beach from its location on Millionaire's Row. The hotel is 2 blocks from Miami Beach boardwalk, and 2.5 miles from Miami Beach Convention Center as well as South Beach. The hotel is also close to shopping and a marina.
Situated in the airport, in Miami, this hotel is close to Curtiss Mansion, Grapeland Water Park, and Miami Springs Golf Course. Also nearby are Miami Jai Alai and Magic City Casino.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Curtiss Mansion and Miami Springs Golf Course. Miami Jai Alai and Grapeland Water Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This historic oceanfront hotel features a private beach area and has 3 onsite restaurants. Miami Beach Convention Center is within a 10-minute walk of the hotel. Shopping at Lincoln Road Mall, dining, and entertainment venues of South Beach are just blocks away.
This beachfront Miami hotel blends the Art Deco charm of a historic St Moritz hotel with a modern 18-story tower, and is 3 blocks from Lincoln Road, and 0.3 miles (0.5 kilometers) from the Fillmore Miami.
Located in Miami Springs, this hotel is 2.5 miles from both Miami International Airport and Hialeah Racetrack. Magic City Casino is 3.5 miles from the hotel.
Located on a lush peninsula in a secluded corporate park 6 miles from downtown, this 14-story hotel is 11 miles from the Miami Beach Convention Center and 12 miles from South Beach.
This famous Miami Beach hotel rises above 1,000 feet of Atlantic Ocean beach, just 2 miles from shopping on Lincoln Road and 3 miles from Miami's South Beach.