Miami defiantly offers up the spice of life. A unique mix of Spanish, Cuban, Caribbean, and American, there is no limit of things to do. If you are looking for a few less common suggestions, try these top ten non-touristy sites to see, places to go, and things to do.
Look skyward for entertainment at the Buehler Planetarium & Observatory. You can view sky shows in the theater or observe with a telescope at the Observatory. They offer free public viewings on specified days. They are located at 3501 SW Davie Road Davie, at the Broward Community College. www.iloveplanets.com/
What is the point of visiting Miami if not to partake in a little beach related fun? Quiet Waters Park offers a variety of activities for all ages. Fishing, playground facilities, freshwater swimming, cable water skiing, picnicking, and skating are just a few of choices here. Admission is $1 for all day play. Situated on 443 acres, you can find it at 401 South Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, Phone: (954) 360-1315. www.miamibeach411.com/attractions/quiet-waters-park.html
The Lowe Art museum offers a slice of refinement. Displaying quality art from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, they also offer a very nice selection of Greco – roman antiquities. Admission is cheap for adults, and free for children under 12. Located at the University of Miami, you can view a sample of exhibits at www6.miami.edu/lowe. The address is 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33124-6310 Phone: (305) 284-3535.
For alternative transportation, consider hopping on a water taxi. With service running between Ft Lauderdale and Miami, it is a unique way to travel. The tickets are around $15 per person, per day. Once you buy a ticket, you can make up to thirteen stops in a day. Children under three ride free. Address: 1850 SE 17th Street, Suite 106A Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Phone number: 954 467 6677. For locations and stops, visit www.watertaxi.com
Miami’s Fruit and Spice Park is a 37-acre place that has over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, and nuts. They offer guided tours and a tasting counter. Events are hosted throughout the year, and admission is very inexpensive. Located at 24801 S.W. 187th Avenue, Homestead, you can spend the day and have lunch at the Mango Café. http://fruitandspicepark.org
Okay, so maybe this one is a little “touristy”, but worth seeing. Miami’s Venetian Pool is an old rock quarry that is fed by pristine spring water. The only pool in the United Sates on the Historical Register, this place is beautiful. It has an observation tower, waterfalls, and even its own island. Located at 2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables. See it online at www.coralgablesvenetianpool.com/
Are you looking for a splash of weird and unusual? Authentic Botanicas (voodoo and Santeria shops) can be found in Miami’s Little Haiti. Most of them seem to be located on 54th Street and 2nd Avenue. Although not as trendy or glamorous as South Beach, you can get a taste of Caribbean flavor here. Here is a link to an article where you can read more about it. timestranscript.canadaeast.com/travelleisure/article/901407
If you have a heart (or some other body part) that is made of steel, consider an eagles eye view of the Everglades. Instead of the usual methods of visiting, Skydiving Miami has the closest drop zone to Miami Beach. You can go solo or tandem dive with an instructor. Located at 28730 S.W. 217 Avenue • Homestead, tandem dives are in the $200 range. Discounts are available, if you can convince a group of people to go with you. www.skydivemiami.com/skydive
Since Miami is famous for its excellent spas, consider relaxing in a local favorite, emena Spa. Located in Miami’s fashion district, it is an eco-friendly luxury spa. The soothing interior and private treatment rooms make this a stop worth slowing down for. Located in the Buena Vista Building, at 180 NE 39th street, suite 223. www.emenaspa.com/
After you have spent all of your energy seeing these sites, stop by Mamajuana Café. Featuring food from the Dominican Republic and Spain, it has a cool artwork on display and a fun atmosphere. Try the Mamajuana drink. Located at 225 Altara Ave, Coral Gables. www.mamajuanacafefl.com