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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 →

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

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

This ornate Italian Renaissance-style villa and its formal gardens embody the fantasy winter retreat of their builder, Illinois entrepreneur James Deering. — Michelin Guide

Head outdoors to check out the gorgous gardens created in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italy and France, the overall landscape design is conceived as a series of rooms. — Afar Magazine

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

The Wolfsonian - Florida International University

South Beach 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Furniture, glass, ceramics, and 20th-century German, Italian, and American political propaganda... are on display. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

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

Part museum, library, and research facility, the Wolfsonian Museum at Florida International University houses a collection of 120,000 pieces dating 1885 through 1945. — Travel + Leisure

Perez Art Museum Miami

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

Originally founded as the Miami Art Museum, the Pérez Art Museum Miami was rechristened in 2013, when it relocated to a state-of-the-art, Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility overlooking Biscayne Bay. — Travel + Leisure

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 new iteration of our publicly-owned Miami Art Museum... is an admittedly impressive bit of business. — Frommer's

Learn something new and explore with the whole family at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, where you'll be sure to discover something extraordinary — Where

Relaunched in 2013, in a brand-new Herzog & DeMeuron-designed building. — Condé Nast Traveler

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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

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

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

If you need to escape Miami’s madness, consider a green day in the country’s largest tropical botanical garden. — Lonely Planet

One of the world’s pre-eminent botanical gardens, Fairchild sits on 83 acres filled with rare tropical plants from around the world — Where

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

Art Deco Historic District

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

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

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

The candy colored Gregorian style buildings, with porthole windows, ship-like railings, sleek curves, glass blocks, shiny chrome, and gleaming terrazzo floors resemble cruise ships. — Afar Magazine

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

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

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Venetian Pool

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

Sculpted from a rock quarry in 1923 and fed by artesian wells, this 820,000-gallon municipal pool had a major face-lift in 2010. — Fodor's

Miami's most beautiful and unusual swimming pool, dating from 1924, is hidden behind pastel stucco walls and is honored with a listing in the National Register of Historic Places. — Frommer's

Not your average community swimming pool, this 1923 Coral Gables landmark is a spring-water oasis in the heart of the City Beautiful neighborhood. — Travel + Leisure

A Venetian-style lagoon carved out of coral rock, this recently renovated historic landmark and swimming pool features caves, stone bridges and waterfalls — 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

Holocaust Memorial

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

Magnificent award-winning sculptures featuring over 100 figures and a 42-foot bronze sculpture designed by artist Kenneth Treister grace the entrance of this museum — Where

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

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

Holocaust memorials tend to be somber, but this one dedicated to the six million Jews killed during the shoah is particularly grim. — Lonely Planet

Barnacle State Historic Site

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

The house is open for guided tours (every 90 minutes between 10am and 2:30pm), and the park it's located in is a shady oasis for strolling. Barnacle hosts frequent (and lovely) moonlight concerts. — Lonely Planet

The former home of naval architect and early settler Ralph Middleton Munroe is now a museum in the heart of the Grove. — Frommer's

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

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

Moonlight concerts, dances, starlight movie classics, guided tours and festivals are a few of the activities to be enjoyed at this state park. — Where

Jungle Island

Downtown & Little Havana 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Jungle Island between Miami's mainland and beaches is a lush, tropical jungle featuring birds, monkeys and the world's most rare and exotic creatures. — Afar Magazine

A rainbow of vividly colored macaws perched inside the entrance greets visitors who come to view more than 1,100 exotic birds, including some 80 pink flamingos. — Michelin Guide

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

Located on Watson Island, midway between South Beach and downtown, Jungle Island is a wildlife park that offers fun for the whole family — The Telegraph

Bass Museum of Art

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

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

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

The best art museum in Miami Beach has a playfully futuristic facade. — Lonely Planet

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

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 — 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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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. — Where

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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

Today, anyone who visits Miami can’t leave without first strolling through the world-famous mural collective that makes up the Wynwood Walls and welcomes hundreds of gawking visitors daily. — Travel + Leisure

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

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 arts-driven neighborhood — Condé Nast Traveler

One of the largest outdoor open-air galleries in the country, celebrating the often under-appreciated genre of urban street art. — On the Grid

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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 →

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

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

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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HistoryMiami

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

Discover a treasure trove of colorful stories about the region's history. — Fodor's

The permanent exhibit "Tropical Dreams: A People's History of South Florida" recounts the area's colorful past. — Michelin Guide

Weaving together the stories of the region’s successive waves of population, from Native Americans to Nicaraguans. — Lonely Planet

On a beautiful plaza in downtown Miami, HistoryMiami is an intimate museum with both a permanent collection and rotating exhibitions highlighting various historical moments of interest in Miami. — The Telegraph

More than 10,000 years of Miami history are housed at this premier cultural institution in South Florida — Where

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

Guests can also take a guided tram tour, cruise through on four-wheeled safari cycles, or rent a pedal boat at the lake. — Where

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

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

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

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

North Miami, North Miami Beach & Little Haiti 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The largest performing-arts center in Florida (and second largest, by area, in the USA) is Miami’s beautiful, beloved baby. — Lonely Planet

Hosts three resident companies (Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and New World Symphony), plus a sellout Best of Broadway season. — Condé Nast Traveler

The Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami, Florida is a performing arts nonprofit venue that hosts popular tours including Broadway Across America, the Cleveland Orchestra and the New World Symphony. — Afar Magazine

A 2,400-seat ballet and opera house and 2,200-capacity concert hall. — Concierge

Florida’s largest performing arts venue presents hot-ticket events including everything from opera and ballet to live comedy and theatre, even concerts. — Travel + Leisure

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse

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

Located in a 45,000 square foot warehouse in Wynwood, the gallery space showcases art from the 20th and 21st century including sculpture, photography, video, painting and large scale installations. — On the Grid

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is one of the most important of its kind and features sculpture, photography, paintings, video, and large-scale installations. — Departures

Don't miss Cindy Sherman's impressive photography or Ernesto Neto's creepy, tentacle-like installations made from women's pantyhose. — Condé Nast Traveler

Encompassing 45,000 sq ft, this vast not-for-profit exhibition space houses one of the best collections in Wynwood — Lonely Planet

The Margulies Collection is an extensive collection of contemporary and vintage photography, video, sculpture and installations from the holdings of prominent Miami collector Martin Z. Margulies. — Where

Miami Children's Museum

Downtown & Little Havana 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Guests can also visit a recording studio before meeting MiChiMu, the museum's colorful mascot whose large eye and exclamation point design represent curiosity and enthusiasm. — Travel + Leisure

This Arquitectonica-designed museum, both imaginative and geometric in appearance, is directly across the MacArthur Causeway from Jungle Island. — Fodor's

It feels more like an uberplayhouse, with areas for kids to practice all sorts of adult activities. — Lonely Planet

Play, learn, imagine and create at Miami Children’s Museum — Where

The Children's Museum, located on the MacArthur Causeway, across from Jungle Island, is a modern, albeit odd-looking, 56,500-square-foot facility. — Frommer's

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Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU

South Beach 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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