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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Coconut Grove 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Very few people come to Miami for its minimalist style. If fabulous, over-the-top, tropical opulence is more your speed, then we have the wedding photo–worthy backdrop for you. The Villa... — Departures

Former villa and estate of James Deering developed to preserve native tropical forests.  — Atlas Obscura

Vizcaya was built by agricultural industrialist James Deering, who wintered on the property from 1916-1925. Today, the extraordinary European-inspired estate and National Historic... — Where

The house, open to the public, contains 70 rooms, 34 of which are filled with paintings, sculpture, antique furniture, and other fine and decorative arts. — Fodor's

Built in 1916 as a winter home by industrialist James Deering, this Italian Renaissance-style villa and its 10 acres of formal gardens was the first great over-the-top house in town. — Travel + Leisure

Perez Art Museum Miami

Miami 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron (2013). PAMM is a major arts & cultural institution in the Downtown area and in the city... — On the Grid

Dedicated to modern and contemporary art, this lovely museum is housed in an open-plan structure, overlooking the sea on one side and magnificent hanging gardens and parkland on the... — Michelin Guide

Framed by its hanging gardens and inviting views from all sides, architectural duo Herzog & de Meuron’s 200,000-square-foot showstopper is itself a work of art. — Departures

A museum of both architectural and cultural significance, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) opened in December 2013, solidifying Miami’s reputation as a destination for art and culture.... — The Telegraph

PAMM, shines as the city's first true world-class museum. This... architectural masterpiece on Biscayne Bay is a sight to behold. — Fodor's

The Wolfsonian - Florida International University

South Beach 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Visit this excellent design museum early in your stay to put the aesthetics of Miami Beach into fascinating context. — Lonely Planet

This museum, run by Florida International University, is smack in the middle of the Deco splendors of South Beach, and worth a visit for the building itself. — Concierge

Located in South Beach’s Art Deco District, The Wolfsonian-FIU showcases American and European decorative and fine arts produced between 1885 and 1945. From propaganda posters to World’s... — Where

Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., heir to a family fortune built on movie theaters, was known as an eccentric, but I'd call him a pack rat. — Frommer's

A research center and museum showcasing a 120,000-item collection of modern design and "propaganda arts" amassed by Miami native Mitchell ("Micky") Wolfson Jr. — Fodor's

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Coral Gables 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fairchild is the largest tropical botanical garden in the continental United States. — Fodor's

Lots of pretty plants, yes, but go for the giant iguanas. — Not For Tourists

Occupying 83 lush acres in Coral Gables, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has a mission of “exploring, explaining and conserving tropical plants.” You can visit the gardens on guided... — The Telegraph

Named for plant explorer David Fairchild, the largest botanical garden in the continental US is set on 83 well-tended acres studded with a series of 12 man-made lakes. — Michelin Guide

Founded in 1936, this 83-acre urban oasis is known for its collection of rare tropical plants and palm trees. — Departures

Art Deco Historic District

South Beach 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

South Beach’s heart is its Art Deco Historic District, from 18th St and south along Ocean Dr and Collins Ave. — Lonely Planet

These pastel showcases of the Art Deco style from the twenties, thirties, and forties were in disrepair until the late seventies. — Concierge

Miami Beach's Art Deco District is the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, with 800 structures of historical significance, most... — Afar Magazine

This district is roughly bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Alton Road on the west, Sixth Street to the south, and Dade Boulevard (along the Collins Canal) to the north. — Frommer's

On the National Register of Historic Places, this enclave of small-scale Art Deco hotels... amounts to the largest concentration of of architecture of its kind in the world. — Michelin Guide

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Jungle Island

Downtown & Little Havana 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located on Watson Island, midway between South Beach and downtown, Jungle Island is a wildlife park that offers fun for the whole family. Expect to see orangutans, reptiles, kangaroos,... — The Telegraph

Not exactly an island and not quite a jungle, Jungle Island is an excellent diversion for the kids and for animal lovers. — Frommer's

It’s one of those places kids (justifiably) beg to go, so just give up and prepare for some bright-feathered, bird-poopie-scented fun in this artificial, self-contained jungle. — Lonely Planet

Now it's a gleaming, multimillion-dollar family attraction on its own island between downtown and South Beach. — Concierge

More than 1000 exotic birds and other colorful varmints populate this iconic South Florida discovery park that dates back to 1936. — Travel + Leisure

Venetian Pool

Coral Gables 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A limestone quarry that supplied building materials for the area's early homes forms the base of this whimsical municipal pool. — Michelin Guide

A Venetian-style lagoon carved out of coral rock, this recently renovated historic landmark and swimming pool features caves, stone bridges and waterfalls. With 820,000 gallons of spring... — Where

Just imagine: it’s 1923, tons of rock have been quarried for one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Miami, but now an ugly gash sits in the middle of the village. — Lonely Planet

This natural pool boasts waterfalls, caves and shrinkage-inducing waters. — Not For Tourists

An 820,000-gallon natural spring pool fed by an underground aquifer, the Venetian Pool was created in a historic coral rock quarry in 1923. The magical swimming pool has waterfalls,... — The Telegraph

Miami Seaquarium

Miami 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This classic family attraction stages shows with sea lions, dolphins, and Lolita the killer whale. — Fodor's

The Seaquarium was one of the country’s first facilities dedicated to marine life, and its mission remains one of protecting aquatic creatures and educating the public about their charges. — Lonely Planet

Where the original Flipper was filmed. And tortured. — Not For Tourists

If you've been to Orlando's SeaWorld, you may be disappointed with Miami's version, which is considerably smaller and not as well maintained. — Frommer's

The Miami Seaquarium is a 38-acre aquarium right along the sparkling waters of Key Biscayne. — Afar Magazine

Lincoln Road

South Beach 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

More than a parking lot, 1111 Lincoln Road is an open-air raw-concrete structure with, depending on which floor you happen to be on, seven-to 34-foot ceilings. — Travel + Leisure

Calling Lincoln Rd a mall, which many do, is like calling Big Ben a clock: it’s technically accurate but misses the point. — Lonely Planet

This lively, lengthy pedestrian mall abounds with trendy shops, galleries and restaurants that border a central planted thoroughfare of tiled fountains and coral rock pools. — Michelin Guide

This open-air pedestrian mall flaunts some of Miami's best people-watching. — Fodor's

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Bass Museum of Art

South Beach 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Bass Museum of Art has expanded and received a dramatically new look, rendering it Miami's most progressive art museum. — Frommer's

Special exhibitions join a diverse collection of European art at this museum. — Fodor's

The past and present collide at this oceanfront art museum. — Condé Nast Traveler

Part of the Collins Park Cultural Center, the Bass Museum of Art houses more than 3,000 works from around the world. — Travel + Leisure

This landmark 1930 Art Deco structure gains its name from New York entrepreneur and philanthropist John Bass, who donated his art collection to the city of Miami Beach. — Michelin Guide

Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU

South Beach 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Housed in a 1936 Orthodox synagogue that served Miami’s first congregation, this small museum chronicles the rather large contribution Jews have made to the state of Florida. — Lonely Planet

The Jewish Museum presents a fascinating look at religion and culture through films, lectures, and exhibits such as Mosaic: Jewish Life in Florida. — Frommer's

At this striking museum in the heart of South Beach, the mission is to collect, preserve and interpret artifacts from the Florida Jewish experience. The museum includes items dating back... — Where

This cultural institution opened in 1995 to display art and artifacts relating to more than 230 years of Jewish history in the Sunshine State. — Michelin Guide

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this former synagogue, built in 1936, contains art deco chandeliers, 80 impressive stained-glass windows, and a permanent exhibit. — Fodor's

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Holocaust Memorial

South Beach 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sculptor/architect Kenneth Treister's Memorial in Miami Beach is both evocative and upsetting. — Concierge

This heart-wrenching memorial is hard to miss and would be a shame to overlook. — Frommer's

Enter this evocative outdoor memorial... through black-granite colonnades. — Condé Nast Traveler

A bronze sculpture depicts refugees clinging to a giant bronze arm that reaches out of the ground and 42 feet into the air. — Fodor's

Set in and around a tranquil lily pond, this memorial (dedicated in 1990) leads visitors through a circular plaza of pale pink Jerusalem stone designed as a series of outdoor passages. — Michelin Guide

Museum of Contemporary Art

North Miami, North Miami Beach & Little Haiti 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This sleek museum has attracted a world-class and ongoing roster of exhibits, showcasing such artists as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Diego Rivera. It also offers art classes... — Where

MOCA boasts an impressive collection of internationally acclaimed art with a local flavor. It is also known for its forward thinking and ability to discover and highlight new artists. — Frommer's

Downtown North Miami plays host to this small, but mighty, Charles Gwathmey-designed museum completed in 1996. — Travel + Leisure

Its galleries feature excellent rotating exhibitions of contemporary art by local, national and international artists. — Lonely Planet

The simple but elegant building on palm-studded grounds within the North Miami civic complex features a permanent collection of works by notables such as Dennis Oppenheim. — Michelin Guide

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Barnacle State Historic Site

Coconut Grove 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Miami's oldest house still standing on its original foundation. — Fodor's

Built in 1891 by Coconut Grove pioneer Ralph Munroe, this historic site is a look into Old Miami when it was in the wilds of the Florida frontier. Moonlight concerts, dances, starlight... — Where

In the center of Coconut Grove village is the 1891, 5-acre pioneer residence of Ralph Monroe, Miami’s first honorable snowbird. The house is open for guided tours (every 90 minutes... — Lonely Planet

The house is virtually unhanged since Muroe's day; the 1926 boathouse showcases his shipbuilding tools. — Michelin Guide

For $2, scrape off a piece of history at this waterfront relic. — Not For Tourists

Bayfront Park

Downtown 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Few American parks can claim to front such a lovely stretch of turquoise (Biscayne Bay), but Miamians are lucky like that. Notable park features are two performance venues: the Klipsch... — Lonely Planet

One of the best spots for resting and relaxation in Miami is Bayfront Park. — Afar Magazine

This pedestrian-friendly waterfront park sits on a 32-acre site smack in the heart of downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay, bordered by Bayside Marketplace to the north and the InterContinental... — Fodor's

Known locally as Bayfront Park, the 32-acre greensward was dredged from bay bottom in the mid-1920s. — Michelin Guide

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The Ancient Spanish Monastery

Miami 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Most of the “historic” buildings throughout Greater Miami are “neo” this and ersatz that, but this gorgeous cloister is the real deal: a Cistercian monastery built in Segovia, Spain in... — Frommer's

A superb example of early Gothic architecture, the monastery of St&*& Bernard of Clairvaux was completed in 1141 in Segovia, Spain, and reconstructed on this site in the 1950s. The... — Michelin Guide

The Monastery Cloister is the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere. William Randolph Hearst brought the pieces to America, and in 1952 Miami developers reassembled the monastery at... — Where

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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Miami 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Thanks to inviting beaches, sunsets, and a tranquil lighthouse, this park at Key Biscayne's southern tip is worth the drive. — Fodor's

If you don’t make it to the Florida Keys, come to this park for a taste of their unique island ecosystems. — Lonely Planet

Lighthouse and beautiful beaches on the tip of Key Biscayne. — Not For Tourists

This natural paradise, located at the tip of the Key Biscayne, boasts 1.25 miles of white-sand beachfront. Rent small watercraft and bicycles. Free tours of the historic Cape Florida... — Where

Located on the southern tip of Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is probably best known for its picturesque beach. — Travel + Leisure

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Wynwood Walls

Miami 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In the midst of rusted warehouses and concrete blah, there's a pastel-and-graffiti explosion of urban art. — Lonely Planet

Conceived by the renowned community revitalizer and placemaker, Tony Goldman, the vision for Wynwood Walls was to create one of the largest outdoor open-air galleries in the country,... — On the Grid

Five years ago, this part of Wynwood was a ghost town. That was until the late Tony Goldman, the man behind the revival of Manhattan’s SoHo District, came into the picture. Today, anyone... — Travel + Leisure

The transformation of the crumbling walls of Miami’s former warehouse neighborhood into vivid and intriguing murals of graffiti and street art has fostered the growth of an entire... — Condé Nast Traveler

Between Northeast 25th and 26th streets on Northwest 2nd Avenue, the Wynwood Walls are a cutting-edge enclave of modern urban murals, reflecting diversity in graffiti and street art. — Fodor's

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Miami Art Museum

Downtown & Little Havana 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Miami Art Museum (MAM) features an eclectic mix of modern and contemporary works. — Frommer's

Dedicated to presenting international art of the post-World War II era, with an emphasis on art of the Americas, the museum stages several major shows a year. — Michelin Guide

This museum showcases the diverse international makeup of the community in its display of Miami-based artists and art of the Western Hemisphere in general. — Concierge

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Zoo Miami

Miami 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Don't miss a visit to this top-notch zoo, 14 mi southwest of Coral Gables, in the Miami suburbs. — Fodor's

Zoo Miami houses more than 2,000 wild animals in a cageless setting that gives the visitor the feeling of embarking on a safari. — Afar Magazine

Zoo Miami is the most affordable animal attraction in town and well worth the 40 minutes' drive south of downtown Miami for its 740-acre setting and the sheer breadth of animals you'll... — The Telegraph

Miami’s tropical weather makes strolling around the Metrozoo almost feel like a day in the wild. — Lonely Planet

This 290-acre complex is quite a distance from Miami proper and the beaches -- about 45 minutes -- but worth the trip. — Frommer's

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