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Situated on the Atlantic coast, the city of Miami is a hotspot in southeastern Florida with a population of over 400,000 people. Miami is a tropical city, home to warm weather and palm trees, with thousands of exciting things to do and explore. This list focuses on the parts of Miami that make it truly unique.
The Venetian Pool:
The Venetian pool was built in the early 1900s with coral rock. The pool gets its water from an underground aquifer that pumps in spring water. The pool currently holds over 800,000 gallons. It’s surrounded by Mediterranean features, including nearby buildings made from limestone. It also used to be a spot for celebrities.
An impressive sculpture garden of stone, the Coral Castle was built by a man named Edward Leedskalnin. He diligently spent 28 years carving out 1,100 tons of coral rock into beautiful sculptures. There’s a legend that Ed has supernatural powers because no one actually saw him build any of these sculptures; he just let people in to see his work for a dime starting in the 1940s. Ed did, however, claim to know the secrets behind how the ancient Egyptian pyramids were built. Either way, it’s an interesting place to check out.
If you want to get a little out of the way of the Downtown area of Miami and visit boutique shops, art galleries, and diverse restaurants, this is a good place to go. It’s one of the oldest areas of Miami, if not the oldest, being founded in the late 1800’s. It’s known to locals as “the Grove” and has enough activities going on that they have their own website. It’s a good place to spend a day or a weekend and just wander.
Found in the epicenter of downtown Miami, Bayside Marketplace is located on the Biscayne Bay, creating great scenery as you go on long evening or day walks and indulge in fresh food and fun events. The marketplace has two-levels, which house more than 150 stores and 12 restaurants. It’s essentially a very cool mall. Even if you don’t have much money to spend, enjoying the nice weather next to the water and exploring the festival center will be a memorable part of your trip.
North Shore Open Space Park:
What’s exploring Miami without going to a beach? Or better yet, a hidden beach? Crowded locations are awful. It’s hard to lie on the beach with people walking next to you, kicking up sand, or being surrounded by a hundred people in the water while you’re trying to swim. This beach is spacious and fresh, with enough room for you to actually relax and feel comfortable. Instead of having to stare at skyscrapers in the background like many Miami beaches, you get the beautiful view of Seagrape trees, as well.
Miami is definitely a cool place with lots to do. If you would like to read more guides on Miami, head to the bottom of this page on Hipmunk to hear what other travel writers have to say.