Party in the city where the heat is on, and welcome to Miami! Seems like everyone has an eye on the Magic City and it’s only getting more caliente.
With so many events, festivals and Basel there’s something always going on in this city. And if you’re a local or visitor alike, finding last minute weekend plans can feel overwhelming. If you want to stay loyal, or take a mini road trip, Miami offers a variety of places to visit.
But alas, I’m helping you save time and making your weekend plans easier with a City Guide created just for you!
Where to Get Artsy Fartsy in Miami
Tucked in Downtown Miami, the Olympia Theater opened in 1926 as a silent movie palace and amazed the public with its stunning Moorish architecture. It also achieved fame as the first air-conditioned building in the South.
For more than 40 years the theater was the number one entertainment center in Miami. It was one of the last theaters in the country to showcase Vaudeville acts. Throughout its history, the Olympia has been host to the world’s most exciting performers in the arts and entertainment community. Cultural icons such as Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Luciano Pavarotti and Etta James have performed under the theater’s simulated night sky.
174 E. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 3313
New World Symphony
The New World Symphony is an orchestral academy that is home to some serious talent consisting of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The weekends at NWS are filled with concerts, movie nights on the lawn, and social hours. In addition the NWS offers monthly free yoga mornings – rain or shine! So you can meet other like minded locals who are just as bendy as you.
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Actors’ Playhouse is Miami-Dade County’s award-winning professional theatre company and one of 13 major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County. The company is the largest self-producer of critically acclaimed dramatic and musical theatre for adults and children in South Florida. On the weekends you can usually find a great performance, like West Side Story and Evita. The theater is nestled in the Gables, which makes it easy to plan a dinner before a show.
280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Vizcaya Gardens & Museum
Vizcaya feels like an entire world away from the rest of Miami, and once you visit this National Historic Landmark, you’ll know why. Vizcaya’s European-inspired gardens are among the most elaborate in the United States. The property is is vast so you can walk around for hours and see something new each visit. The best part is that it’s a tranquil spot amongst all of the action of the city.
Tours are available through the museum and garden areas. Should you decide to spend a day there, they have a delicious cafe on property! You know I’m always thinking about food.
3251 South Miami Ave
Miami, Fl 33129
Where to Grab Drinkies and Chill Like a Boss
With this list I’m not talking about happy hour, I’m talking about spots where you can relax and take it easy. If you want my list of happy hour spots check those out here.
The Biltmore is one of the most luxurious and iconic spots in Miami. On the weekends grabbing a poolside drink at Cascade will make you feel like a baller. Overlooking the world-famous Biltmore pool, the Cascade Restaurant offers poolside afternoon tapas. In the early evenings sometimes they offer live music. Call the hotel prior to make sure Cascade is open – they often have weddings and private parties.
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Books & Books Coral Gables
Books & Books is a Miami icon, and their Gables location is a quaint escape from the busy city. This locally owned store has a few locations around the city, but their Gables location has the perfect ambiance to grab a book and chill with a glass of vino.
They often have events on the weekends ranging from live music to book signings. Make sure to check out the Social Calendar for updates on weekend events.
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Ball & Chain
Little Havana is a happening spot and in the center of it all is Ball and Chain. Rich in Miami history, Ball & Chained welcomed music legends like Billie Holiday and Count Basie. Now, the venue has live music throughout the day and their cocktail menu is crafted with apt mixology in mind. It’s a great spot to enjoy while soaking in Miami history.
1513 SW 8th Street
Little Havana, FL, 33135
Where to Stay in Miami
If you’re visiting Miami or a local looking for a cool staycation then check out SoBe Villas. Make your friends covet your vacation experience by opting out of a hotel and staying in a luxury villa. These homes are TOTALLY Instagram worthy and have views that will make your feed look incredible.
SoBe Villas specializes in the finest residences found in Miami, from sprawling deluxe condos to exclusive waterfront homes. All SobeVillas properties are outfitted with incredible amenities from private water-view backyards and roof-top grilling gazebos to state-of-the-art indoor theaters and remarkable chef’s kitchens. Sounds like heaven to me!
Check out their website for more information on available properties.
If none of these spots look agreeable, then hop on an Uber to Wynwood or Ocean Drive. Both of these communities offer ample sightseeing and you’ll get a mini workout by walking around and people watching.
Miami offers so many things to do and I know that event I’m constantly learning of new places. If you have a spot you would like to showcase, love it below in the comments.