South Beach’s Top 10 Attractions

Unique and cultural activities, famous landmarks and of course beautiful beach days – what isn’t there to do on South Beach? As the most well-known part of Miami, it truly does live up to the hype with the diversity of options and adventures awaiting you. However, it’s important to note the surrounding areas are definitely worth exploring as well considering South Beach is within close proximity to so many attractions, such as the Wynwood, which is known for its urban vibe and street art, or Hollywood Beach, which is known for its relaxed and laid back atmosphere throughout a two-mile long promenade. Whether you seek a typical tourist experience or to explore from a more local perspective, South Beach is the perfect destination. Below we have listed the top 10 attractions in South Beach and nearby:

#1 Lincoln Road

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Want to shop ’til you drop? Today’s Lincoln Road in Miami Beach is a well-recognized, trendy pedestrian mall between Washington Avenue and Alton Road where tourists rub elbows with locals and celebrities. In the 1920s, this area was still swamp land and mangroves. In the 1930s, retail shops dotted Lincoln Road and turned this area into the Rodeo Drive of the east. A drastic redesign of Lincoln Road took place in the 1950s. Morris Lapidus built the amphitheater, new fountains and concrete shelters in the modern design style that has now become classic. More recently, Sony Music Group relocated their Latin American headquarters to Lincoln Road in 1996.

#2 South Point Park

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South Pointe Park is located on the famous Washington Avenue and is visually stunning. What you need to know is that it combines three of Miami Beach’s best activities. You have the dock area for boating, the beach for water sports and lounging, and the urban area connects the park to the rest of the city. There are two walking paths – the Serpentine Walk and the Cut Walk. You can ride bikes, rollerblade and skate along the paths, but watch out, they are not permitted on the grassy hilltops and recreational zones. A lesser known fact about the park is that you can unleash your pets here on at off-peak hours of the day.

#3 Ocean Drive
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Arguably the most famous boulevard in the city, Ocean Drive is rich in excitement. With the distinct Art Deco buildings, delicious restaurants and hotspots, no wonder its a a definite stop for so many tourists. Travelers who enjoy a vibrant and lively environment, will love Ocean Drive. Day or night, there is always something to do. Get some delicious food, grab cocktails, or just simply people watch. Tip from the locals, the best way to experience all that Ocean Drive has to offer is just to walk down it!

#4 The Carillon Spa
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Looking for a luxurious day of relaxation? Well, here you are. The Carillon Spa is one of many of Miami’s luxury spa locations on Miami Beach. Offering wellness and fitness centers, as well as dinging experiences like no other, you will be tempted to never leave the premises and venture further on to Miami. This spa is the place to head for intense restoration. Should you choose to wander about the surrounding area, consider taking a trip to Ocean Drive where you’ll discover a number of shopping opportunities. It truly offers the ultimate escape.

#5 El Patio Wynwood
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18 minutes from Miami Beach, you can find El Patio in Wynwood, Miami. Guaranteed to have a great day/night out with friends in the lively action. El Patio can be compared to no other bar in Wynwood, a city that is known to have amazing depth options in this trendy art district. Apart from just maintain loyalty to the locals is a bar made from Latin concept; Colombia. Its Colombian influence gives this bar a specific diverse style that can be found nowhere else. Everything is inspired and aimed to reflect the vibrant Colombian culture. After you had a bite to eat at El Patio, and maybe a drink or two, enjoy everything Wynwood has to offer and don’t forget to check out the famous Wynwood Walls to enjoy the beauty of eclectic art.

#6 The Bass Museum
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Enjoy learning and beautiful art, well your next Miami Beach trip must include a stop to The Bass Museum. Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum featuring a variety of international exhibitions that vary seasonally and often introduces new artists to the community.

#7 New World Center
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Designed by Frank Gehry, the New World Center serves as a concert hall and distinguished music school, that promotes community engagement with a variety of unique events held monthly. Enjoy a performance with friends or use it as a date night out. The New World Center is wonderfully located near so much in Miami Beach, so enjoy dinner and drinks after your catch your performance.

#8 The Wolfsonian
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Located merely a few blocks away on 10th and Washington, the Wolfsonian Museum maintains preservation of the Mitchell J. Wolfson collection of decorative propaganda arts featuring over 180,000 objects from 1850-1950 including works in a variety of media. Working in conjunction with the Florida International University, the museum premieres various collections and works of art from all over the world.

#9 Boat Tours
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Located all around Miami Beach are the famous boat tour excursions, just waiting give you a glimpse into the Miami life from the sea. Pass by celebrity houses and take a good look at some beautiful million dollar mansions or just kick back and take in all that nature has to offer. Pass by some of the highlight Miami destinations like, Ocean Drive and Bayfront Park. Some of the boat tours even have bars on board for you and your friends to enjoy the party from the ocean! Who’s ready to hop on?

#10 Water Sports
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Set sail on adventure? Yup, that’s exactly what’s in store for you. Typically, available along the beach side, you have the opportunity to go banana boating for those that seek relaxation, jet skiing for the more adventurous crowd, parasailing for the “not afraid of heights” crowd, and so much more! There is something for everyone to do!

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