Miami Sights

If you’d arrived here 50 years ago with a guidebook in hand, chances are you'd be thumbing through listings looking for alligator wrestlers and you-pick strawberry fields or citrus groves. Things have changed. While Disney sidetracked families in Orlando, Miami was developing a unique culture and attitude that's equal parts beach town/big business, Latino/Caribbean meets European/American—all

of which fuels a great art and food scene, as well as exuberant nightlife and myriad festivals.

To find your way around Greater Miami, learn how the numbering system works (or better yet, use a GPS). Miami is laid out on a grid with four quadrants—northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest—that meet at Miami Avenue and Flagler Street. Miami Avenue separates east from west, and Flagler Street separates north from south. Avenues and courts run north–south; streets, terraces, and ways run east–west. Roads run diagonally, northwest–southeast. But other districts—Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and Hialeah—may or may not follow this system, and along the curve of Biscayne Bay the symmetrical grid shifts diagonally. It's best to buy a detailed map, stick to the major roads, and ask directions early and often. However, make sure you're in a safe neighborhood or public place when you seek guidance; cabdrivers and cops are good resources.

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Adrienne Arsht Center

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Culture vultures and other artsy types are drawn to this stunning performing arts center, which includes the 2,400-seat Ziff Ballet Opera...

Art Deco Welcome Center and Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Run by the Miami Design Preservation League, the center provides information about the buildings in the district. An official Art Deco...

Barnacle Historic State Park

  • House/Mansion/Villa

A pristine bay-front manse sandwiched between cramped luxury developments, Barnacle is Miami's oldest house still standing on its original...

Bass Museum of Art

  • Museum/Gallery

Special exhibitions join a diverse collection of European art at this museum whose original building is constructed of keystone and has...

Bayfront Park

  • Park/Playground

This pedestrian-friendly waterfront park sits on a 32-acre site smack in the heart of downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay, bordered by Bayside...

Bayside Marketplace

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The Bayside Marketplace, a waterfront complex of entertainment, dining, and retail stores, was en vogue circa 1992 and remains popular...

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

  • Beach–Sight

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

Biltmore Hotel

  • Hotel–Sight

Bouncing back stunningly from its dark days as an army hospital, this hotel has become the jewel of Coral Gables—a dazzling architectural...

Coral Gables Merrick House

  • House/Mansion/Villa

In 1976 the city of Coral Gables acquired city-founder George Merrick's boyhood home. Restored to its 1920s appearance, it contains Merrick...

Coral Gables United Church of Christ

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

With George Merrick as a charter member (he donated the land on which it stands) this parish was organized in 1923. Rumor has it that...

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