The Magic City's Activities and Attractions
Miami Florida, home of the Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins, is located in extreme South East Florida adjacent to Miami Beach. The multi-cultural area is home to ethnic groups from around the world, particularly Cuban and Hispanic. One area of Miami is known as “Little Havana” for the abundance of Cuban restaurants and Cuban culture, as well as the concentration of Cuban residents.
Access to Miami is via the Miami-Dade International Airport, one of the busiest gateway airports in the state of Florida. Several small airports in the area provide service for smaller private aircraft. Ground access is via the Interstate 95 corridor and the Florida Turnpike. Greyhound bus services have a large terminal in Miami as well. Water access is via the Port of Miami, which is just across Biscayne Bay at the mouth of the Atlantic, a short distance of 15 miles or so away. The Inter-coastal Water is another way to get to Miami by water.
The 2000 U.S. Census indicated 362,470 permanent residents in the city of Miami. Another 100,000 or so call Miami their winter home. Miami is also a retirement home for many because the cost of living in Miami is much less than living on the beachfront areas. Miami is surrounded by suburbs comprising the Greater Miami Metro region, making this metro area by far the largest in Florida.
Lodging in Miami ranges from the simple campgrounds to the most upscale hotels and resorts. RV parking is available and boat dockage is easy to locate. Seasonal rentals can be located for the longer-term visitor. Housing ranges from tiny apartments to huge estates, and everything in between.
Dining is a pleasure in Miami because so many choices are available. Ethic restaurants of every type abound. Seafood, of course, is readily available. Restaurants range from the small, extremely casual dining to 5-star elegant dining. Many restaurants provide an open air dining area, since even the winter temperature in Miami are seldom too cold for dining outdoors.
Nightlife in Miami with its gentle weather provides you a selection night spots unlike any other Florida city. Small, local clubs to huge night clubs, you can find any type of nightclub entertainment you desire for an exciting nightlife.
Sports are a huge part of Miami’s culture since it is home to professional basketball and football teams. These same sport areas are utilized for concerts and other cultural events as well when the teams aren’t playing. Miami is a stop on most “World Tour” concert events, or “US tour” concerts.
Culture abounds in Miami. Boasting the wonderful Miami Seaquarium, a must-see in Miami, there are museums of every type available. Miami has a symphony orchestra and its own Ballet troupes, including a Hispanic Ballet. Live theater is available in the many arts playhouses and theaters in the area. Visit the Miami Science Center and Planetarium, the Miami Arts Museum, and the many other wonderful museums in the area.
The Miami area is home to many movie stars and one former U.S. President, so it is not unusual to be traveling the streets and see famous people walk right by you! Shopping is available in small, ethnic shops, malls and downtown upscale stores. Anything you wish to purchase can be found in Miami!
Other activities include golfing, boating, fishing, day trips to the beaches or Alligator Alley through the Everglades and more. The Parks and Recreations Department recommends the Miami Metro Zoo, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Fruit and Spice Park and other attractions in the area such as water parks. Ecotours are readily available as well.
Whatever you choose to do while visiting Miami, you will not be bored. Your calendar will overflow with events and activities, many of which can only be had in Miami, Florida! Enjoy the fun and the sun as well as the culture of this wonderful city!
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Nearby cities to check for activities and attractions: Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, North Miami and Fort Lauderdale..
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