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Miami City Life

Historic Miami
Miami City Life
Miami is a major international city, global art hot spot, tropical paradise, and melting pot of Caribbean, Central American, and South American immigrants, who lend it colorful culture and year-round celebrations. Gorgeous beaches, luxury shops, hot clubs, and a rich history add to its irresistible allure.
By GiAnna Wyatt, AFAR Local Expert
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    Historic Miami
    Historic Miami
    The sandy-colored buildings overlooking Miami’s emerald waters that have porthole windows and railings that resemble those of a cruise ship are one of the top nods to the past you’ll find around town. Travel through Miami’s historic neighborhoods to discover the city’s architectural roots. Some of the most interesting areas are in the Art Deco Historic District, the first 20th-century neighborhood to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here, you’ll find 800 structures of historical significance, most built between 1923 and 1943. Tours are available to view the buildings and historic outdoor spaces.
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    Street Art and Galleries in Wynwood
    Street Art and Galleries in Wynwood
    The Wynwood Art District has become the place to be on any given night. The area is filled with old warehouses and walls covered in graffiti and murals, and the streets are lined with bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. One of the big draws is the Wynwood Walls at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, where the pathway leading to the restaurant features amazing street art by internationally recognized artists such as Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, and Os Gemeos. Popular Wynwood spots include Panther CoffeeAlter, and the Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill.
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    Mesmerizing Museums
    Mesmerizing Museums
    Miami has a wide range of museums, including the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coral Gables, whose stunning Italianate rooms and formal gardens are lush photo opportunities for those searching for their best Instagram Story. For the art lover, the city is home to Art Basel Miami, contemporary and fine art galleries, and a number of world-class art and design museums, including the acclaimed Wolfsonian and Bass museums and the spectacular Pérez Art Museum Miami. Families will enjoy the Miami Seaquarium and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.
    Photo courtesy of Bill Sumner/Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
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    Miami’s Beaches
    Miami’s Beaches
    Miami Beach and South Beach are the most popular areas to soak in the sun, especially along famed Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, where the high-end hotels and Art Deco buildings are to be found. Visitors have easy access to shopping, dining, and nightlife, all just steps from the hotels and beaches. For less-crowded water and sand, visit the Cape Florida Lighthouse or Crandon Park in Key Biscayne. Both have great views, warm water, and plenty of sun, but come with less bustle and no resorts.
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    The Performing Arts
    The Performing Arts
    On any given night in Miami, there’s always some sort of live entertainment. For big production shows, visit the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown Miami, to sing along to your favorite Broadway musicals and plays. The Miami City Ballet and other world-famous performers regularly take to the city’s stages. At the Bayside Marketplace, head to a local bar and watch some cultural performances along the bay.
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    Experience the Local Farmers’ Markets
    Experience the Local Farmers’ Markets
    Miami’s warm climate provides locals with a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs; shopping for food can be a fun experience rather than a chore. At the Coconut Grove Organic Market, sample homemade vegan and Indian dips from local producers or browse original art by residents of Miami and Dade County. The Lincoln Road Farmers Market is a city center farmers’ market, with lively crowds enjoying street performers while browsing the local fare.
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