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Miami March 24–30: Night Paddleboarding, Creative Mornings & Rum Tour

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The best of what to do in and around Miami this week

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Get inspired in Miami this week with Creative Mornings, a recurring morning thinktank for the innovative. Or try something new, like paddleboarding or kayaking into the sunset. Then hit Cape Coral for a tour of Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and a free tasting of their latest rum offerings.

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March 25 | Creative screening & podcast
Creative Mornings
Creative Mornings is an international breakfast lecture series that brings together creative types in cities for panels and mingling. The Miami chapter meets this Friday morning at the Historic Village of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, not usually open to the public, to record a live podcast. The group will split in two: One half screening a documentary with Miami-based photographer Pascal Depuhl, and the other recording a conversation with independent contemporary art curator Cathy Byrd for her podcast, Fresh Art International. The groups will then swap places. Then, spend as much time as you can exploring the Vizcaya Gardens while you have the chance. Guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.
8–10:30 a.m. | 3250 S. Miami Ave., Miami | Free | website

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March 25 | Paddleboarding
Night Paddleboarding at Virginia Key
Enjoy a full moon paddle in a kayak or on a paddleboard Friday night with your fellow nature lovers. You’ll enjoy an unbeatable view of Miami’s skyline as the sun sets and see the stars shimmer over the lagoon on this all-experience-levels-welcome paddle tour. Post-paddle, hang out on land with your new paddling friends and a beer (FYI, the event is BYOB). Whether you’re a seasoned kayaker or paddleboarder or a total newbie, you’ll enjoy being out on the water on a clear Miami night. Rental equipment is available for those who don’t have their own.
7–10 p.m. | 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami | (786) 224-4777 | From $15 | website

March 25 | Party
Islamorada Full Moon Party
This monthly party in Islamorada brings people up from deep in the keys and down from Miami and beyond to dance under the moonlight together. Multiple bonfires, fruity island drinks, and a colorful Bahamian junkanoo parade keep people coming back month after month for this event on the sand at the beautiful Morada Bay. Make a full night of it and snag a reservation at Pierre’s, the on-site French fusion restaurant.
9 p.m. | 81600 Overseas Highway, Islamorada | (305) 664-3225 | $30 | website

Cape Coral

March 25 | Jazz
Jazz at MOCA presents Timmy Thomas
The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami is hosting a performance by soul legend Timmy Thomas, who is enjoying a surprise comeback of his 1973 hit single “Why Can’t We Live Together” thanks to Drake’s sampling of it on his new hit, “Hotline Bling.” Thomas is on his way to releasing new music this year, and now’s your chance to see him for free before he has another sold out tour on his hands.
8 p.m. | 770 NE 125th St., Miami | (305) 893-6211 | Free | website

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March 26–27 | Escape the city
Cape Coral
Cape Coral has more navigable waterways than any other city in the world. That means you can spend your whole weekend winding through the city on boat instead of foot. Book a tour at the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery for Saturday and learn how their artisan rum gets its distinct look and flavor, then enjoy a free sample of new and upcoming rums in their tasting room.
Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery, 131 SW 3rd Place, Cape Coral | (239) 242-5244 | Free | website

Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.

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