Top 30 Miami sights – descriptions and photos

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Sunny Miami is not only a year-round seaside resort favored by celebrities since the first half of the 20th century, but also a key economic center in the United States that plays an important role in international trade. Located on the Atlantic coast, Miami Beach is the city’s main tourist attraction. It is here that the beaches, hotels, entertainment, pedestrian promenades, restaurants and nightclubs are concentrated.

Back in the 1980s and 90s, recreation in Miami Beach was something unattainable for residents of other continents, but that has changed. Now anyone can pick up a suitable hotel and head for the great beaches of Florida to sunbathe, enjoy an evening stroll along the “Miami Beach Boardwalk” and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Wynwood and Little Havana.

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The most interesting and beautiful places to walk. Photos and a brief description.

Miami Beach

A resort suburb of Miami, separated from the rest of the neighborhood by Biscayne Bay. Along the coast of the area, solidly built up with hotels, stretches a large coastal strip with beaches. Miami Beach has been developed since the 1920s and quickly gained popularity among celebrities and the jet set. The central part of the city is built up with historic Art Deco buildings from 1923 to 1943.

Miami Beach.

Villa Vizcaya

An early 20th century structure designed by F. B. Hoffmann, Jr. for the wealthy industrialist D. Dering. It is surrounded by a landscaped park. The building is decorated in a variety of architectural styles from several eras. In the mid-20th century, the property was sold to the city. Since then, the villa has been home to the Dade Museum of Art. From time to time, feature film shoots take place here.

Villa Vizcaya.

Wynwood neighborhood

In the 1950s Wynwood was a depressed suburb populated mostly by Puerto Ricans and built up with small factories and machine shops. The transformation didn’t begin until 2005, when city officials decided to “gentrify” Wynwood, that is, completely redevelop it. The best graffiti artists from around the world painted the walls of the warehouses and workshops, which transformed the neighborhood and made it a destination for bohemians, artists, and tourists.

Wynwood District.

The Design District.

The Design District is a unique and creative gathering place for designers, artists, and other creative types. There are numerous stores and warehouses with trendy avant-garde furniture, accessories, unusual sculptures and interior items. There are also many showrooms with exclusive clothing brands. Every second Saturday of the month there is a Design and Art Night.

The Design District.

Little Havana

A neighborhood in Miami that is home to Cuban immigrants who fled the country because of Fidel Castro’s rise to power. The former residents of the Liberty Island long ago assimilated and turned into ordinary Americans, but the neighborhood retains its national Cuban flavor. There are noisy street fairs accompanied by Latin American music and dance, colorful processions during the Catholic holidays, and various national festivals.

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Little Havana.

South Beach District.

The resort center of Miami, the point of attraction for all nightlife enthusiasts. Its unofficial name is “American Riviera”. There is a huge number of nightclubs, great restaurants, hotels, and stores. The main “highlight” of the area is its magnificent beach, covered with dazzling white sand. There’s also a historic quarter in South Beach, built up with picturesque Art Deco buildings.

South Beach neighborhood.

Lincoln Road .

Miami is not only an ideal beach resort, but also a great place to shop. There are entire streets in the city where “shopaholics” can immerse themselves in the fascinating world of shopping. One such place is Lincoln Road. Here customers are welcome to boutiques and stores of all the world’s famous brands, where you can buy clothes, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, gadgets and souvenirs.

Lincoln Road.

Ocean Drive

A historic street with art deco buildings from the 1920s-40s that is a popular “promenade” and gathering place for the bohemian crowd. The street stretches for several kilometers along the ocean. Many buildings of architectural interest were demolished. Those that remain have been designated National Historic Landmarks. On Ocean Drive you can see many rare cars.

Ocean Drive.

Freedom Tower.

The structure is located in central Miami on Biscayne Boulevard. It was erected in 1925 for the office of The Miami News newspaper. In 1957 the building was taken over by the city, and it became the site of a center for the reception of Cuban immigrants. The name “Freedom Tower” stuck with the building because the Cubans who escaped from the F. Castro regime believed that they had found true freedom in the United States. Today the tower houses a museum and library of Cuban literature.

Freedom Tower.

American Airlines Arena

A sports complex that opened in 1999. The basketball team, a member of the NBA, the Miami Heat, is based here. The arena has a capacity of 20,000 spectators. Not only sporting events, but also concerts of world stars are held there. Share, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Britney Spears and other famous pop singers have performed at the American Airlines Arena.

American Airlines Arena.

Bayside Marketplace.

A shopping mall located right on the waterfront near the seaport. Bayside Market has over 150 stores as well as many cafes and bars. There are always performances and concerts to attract people to the market. In the evening it becomes a street full of strolling tourists. At Bayside you can buy clothes, local handicrafts, souvenirs and much more.

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Bayside Marketplace.

Perez Art Museum

The museum was founded in 1984 as an art center. Since 1996, it has functioned as a museum with a permanent exhibit. The collection contains exhibits created in the 20th and 21st centuries, brought in from various parts of the world. The collection continues to grow thanks to private collections, whose owners are constantly sending new works of art to the museum. More than 300,000 people visit the gallery each year.

Perez Art Museum.

HistoryMiami Museum

An urban history museum that houses exhibits covering a broad period of Florida’s history. The collection is housed on two floors and covers more than 3,700 square feet. The museum organizes and develops research programs, hosts open events for visitors, and participates in scientific research. “HistoryMiami” is an entire scientific and cultural complex with a full research facility.

HistoryMiami Museum.

Florida Jewish Museum

The museum’s collection is housed in two buildings that served as synagogues in the past. The main structure is a historic building from 1936, created with elements of Art Deco architectural style. The exhibit contains photographs, documents, household items and other artifacts that tell the story of the role of Jews in U.S. history as well as the cultural traditions of this nation.

Florida Jewish Museum.

Holocaust Memorial

A sculptural composition designed by C. Traister in 1980-90, funded by the Rothschild family. The memorial is made in the form of an arm stretched to the sky, on which upward are climbing emaciated human figures with the prints of terrible suffering on their faces. The memorial is very expressive and is able to evoke strong emotions in the viewer. The sculptor managed to express all the horror that the Jewish people experienced during the genocide of the 1930s and 40s.

Holocaust Memorial.

Miami Children’s Museum

A full-fledged educational center with many interactive exhibits and compositions where children can learn about world culture as well as try their hand at some professions. There are exhibition galleries, a lecture hall, classrooms, a gift store and a restaurant. Painting, sculpting, photography and sculpture classes are open at the center.

Miami Children's Museum.

Gesu Church

Jezu is the oldest Catholic church in Miami. It was erected in 1896 with funds from the city’s Catholic community. For a long time the church was an important spiritual center of the city. The first church was built of wood. In 1921 the construction of a stone building began. Since 1905, a full-fledged school had been functioning on the basis of the temple. During the active emigration from Cuba, the Catholic Latino Center was organized in Jezu to help newly arrived immigrants adapt.

Jesu Church.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

One of the city of Miami’s first churches, founded in 1896. It was originally a wooden church; a stone church was built in its place from 1912-25. The cathedral building is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places for its special architectural value. The church was built in a picturesque pseudo-Romanesque style. The facade and walls are painted white. They are decorated with arched openings and graceful balustrades.

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Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

Jungle Island Amusement Park

An amusement park located on Watson Island. Jungle Island is known for its unforgettable shows featuring tigers, lions, exotic birds and other fauna. The park is home to lemurs, snakes, penguins, crocodiles, orangutans, and turtles, in addition to felines. There is also a large lake with a protected area and a public beach.

Jungle Island Amusement Park.

Miami Oceanarium

The Miami Aquarium is one of the first marine parks to open in the United States. It is home to orcas, sharks, seals, crocodiles, stingrays, turtles, and beloved dolphins. Thanks to the comfortable climate in Florida, the inhabitants of the aquarium feel comfortable enough. Popular dolphin and seal shows are held outdoors year-round.

Miami Oceanarium.

Miami Zoo

The zoo is located about 25 km from Miami. It covers an area of 300 hectares. In order to see all the animals, you will have to walk more than 5 km. With this in mind, visitors can rent bicycles and wheelchairs with a tent, and wheelchairs for people with disabilities. In addition to numerous animals, the zoo is a delight to the eye with lush tropical vegetation. Regular children’s shows are held at the menagerie.

Miami Zoo.

Bayfront Park

A public park in central Miami located on the shores of Biscayne Bay. It opened in 1925. Architect W. G. Manning worked on the design. The park was completely reconstructed in the 1980s under the direction of I. Noguchi. Public festivals and fairs on Christmas Eve, as well as community balls and a variety of concerts are regularly held here.

Bayfront Park.

Miami Beach Boardwalk.

A scenic walkway that runs from South Beach about 7 miles north along the ocean shore. It is a “must-see” spot in Miami. The path is great for leisurely walks, jogging and biking. There are cafes, great swimming spots, decorative drinking water fountains and cozy benches along the way.

Miami Beach Boardwalk.

Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.

A green area covering an area of 33 hectares. There are 14 artificial lakes within the garden. The tropical and subtropical flora is striking in its impressive diversity. The botanical garden was created in 1938 by Professor D. Fairchild and Colonel R. Montgomery on the money of benefactors. The park is open year-round. There are a variety of activities for the many visitors to enjoy for all tastes.

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Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.

Everglades National Park.

A natural area that includes a marshy plain, mangroves, and rainforests. It is home to a large number of rare birds and animals. The park is covered by a wide network of lakes, creating a unique ecosystem. The Everglades are sometimes called the “largest swamp in the world” because the area of flooded areas is over 6,000 square kilometers. The park is home to a considerable number of alligators.

Everglades National Park.

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Sightseeing in Miami – America’s City on the Water

Cult series like Miami Vice, Dexter, Mission Miami and countless other movies that take place in the city, Will Smith’s Miami music video and more, all testify to the city’s prominent place in popular culture.

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Palm lanes, long beaches, wide boulevards, beautiful cars, a vibrant nightlife and other assorted attractions are all attractions in Miami. Does the real City on the Water live up to the stereotypes raised by the movie industry?

Sightseeing in Miami, America's City on the Water

Of course, all of the above, as well as the famous dashing police (there’s even a museum dedicated to it), skyscrapers, jewelry stores, expensive boutiques, and chic restaurants are all abundant in the second-largest city in sunny Florida.

Skyscrapers even make its panorama admittedly one of the most impressive in the United States: the Four Seasons Hotel, Southeast Financial Center, “900 Biscayne Bay”, “Wells Fargo Center”, “Mint Tower” and no less than 50 other high-rise buildings are considered important sights of the city, and the whole state of Florida.

All sorts of conferences, festivals, events, financial institutions and universities provide a vibrant social, business and cultural life here.

And don’t underestimate the beaches and all their attractions, which draw people from all over the world.

Sightseeing in Miami, America's City on the Water

Sightseeing in Miami, America's City on the Water

One of the most famous places in Miami is its suburb of Miami Beach, located on an island and separated from the city by Biscayne Bay, also administratively: Miami Beach is not part of Miami at all.

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It’s not just famous for being the place where Gianni Versace was assassinated, it’s also home to the greatest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world, and the epitome of the beauty of Miami, so much so that it’s now renowned in popular culture.

Dozens of miles of beaches, expensive restaurants, designer stores, trendy clubs, the opportunity to meet the stars on the beach or in a restaurant – all this is Miami Beach.

This is where the action is taking place – on Ocean Drive where you should go in search of celebrities or for a taste of dolce vita.

Sightseeing in Miami, America's City on the Water

In Miami itself there are a lot of places to see. For example, the Little Havana neighborhood, populated by Cuban immigrants.

There are always spectacular events like the Parade of the Three Kings or Carnival. In “Little Havana” it is worth visiting the Domino and José Martí Parks, the Tower Theater, the Catholic Cathedral of San Juan Bosco, and the Boulevard of Memory of Cuba.

Other attractions in the city include the Villa Biscayne Art Museum, an authentic Italian Renaissance palace; the Lion Country Reserve, which is home to African animals such as antelopes, elephants, giraffes, and of course lions, the Parrot Jungle Park, where birds flit among waterfalls, lakes and exotic plants; the Everglades National Park, not far from the city.

Sightseeing in Miami, America's City on the Water

Sightseeing in Miami, America's City on the Water

Miami has excellent opportunities for diving: you can swim among the artificially created coral reefs, and among the wrecks resting in the local waters in large quantities.

In addition, you can go on a cruise in the Bahamas or the Caribbean, as well as a trip to the southernmost city in the U.S. – Key West, which is located on the island with the same name, and there to see the house of Ernest Hemingway and wave at the nearby Cuba.

Sightseeing in Miami, America's City on the Water

Sightseeing in Miami, America's City on the Water

Sunny Miami is not only a year-round seaside resort frequented by celebrities since the first half of the 20th century, but also a key economic center in the United States, which plays an important role in international trade.

Located on the Atlantic coast, Miami Beach is the city’s main tourist attraction. It is here that the beaches, hotels, entertainment, pedestrian promenades, restaurants and nightclubs are concentrated.

Back in the 1980s and 90s, recreation in Miami Beach was something out of reach for people from other continents, but that has changed.

Now any tourist can pick the right hotel and head to Florida’s gorgeous beaches to sunbathe, enjoy evening strolls along the “Miami Beach Boardwalk” and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Wynwood and Little Havana.

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