Day Trips to Miami
September 23, 2015
In addition to providing express, inter-city trains and stress-free travel, All Aboard Florida will make it easier to take a day trip from any of the four stations along its route. Whether traveling from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach or Orlando, day-trippers can quickly make all four stops spontaneous one-day destinations. Here are some things you can see and do on a day trip to Miami.
Art & Culture
Miami is an arts and culture town, and its reputation is growing daily. History buffs can lose themselves in accounts of Miami’s earliest settlers at HistoryMiami. Art lovers can immerse themselves in works of art of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and Frost Museum of Art at Florida International University. Modern-design enthusiasts can trace the history of modern design at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. Miami Beach also hosts the Jewish Museum of Florida, which is housed in a 1936 Art Deco synagogue.
The Miami arts scene is far bigger than its museums. Numerous neighborhoods feature art galleries and public spaces, including the Design District, Midtown, BRAD, Little Havana and Wynwood Arts District. One of the most vibrant artwork venues in the Wynwood Arts District is Wynwood Walls, where famous and emerging street artists have adorned the sides of former warehouses and office buildings with contemporary murals.
Miami’s dance companies add a dramatic turn to the city’s arts and culture offerings. Organizations such as the Ballet Flamenco La Rosa and New World Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra Miami and The Florida Grand Opera take center stage for music lovers, while the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Jerry Herman Ring Theater and Miami Children’s Theater are just the ticket for theater aficionados.
Families traveling with kids won’t want to miss the Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Science Museum, Zoo Miami. They can also get onboard a fun day of train exploration when they visit old-timey trains at the Goldcoast Railroad Museum.
While Miami’s South Beach is well-known for its beaches and nightlife, many people know it just as well for its Art Deco architecture. Referred to as Miami’s “American Riviera” and “Art Deco Playground,” this historic part of town is easy to fall in love with.
A fun way to see South Beach’s Art Deco architecture is to take the 90-minute Art Deco Walking Tour (private tours are also available) or self-guided audio tour coordinated by the Miami Design Preservation League. Eleven buildings comprise the National Register Art Deco District. Prime examples of what some now call Tropical Deco, these structures reflect the region’s influences of the ocean, palm trees and cruise ships. Ocean Drive offers classic Tropical Deco landmarks, including the Colony Hotel and Marlin Hotel that feature Streamline Modern design elements such as reliefs inspired by the sea, curved staircases, rounded corners, glass block walls, terrazzo floors and neon lights.
In addition to Art Deco, South Beach also showcases Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern (MiMo) architectural styles. The Angler’s Boutique Resort and Fontainebleau Hotel exemplify these styles. The Miami Design Preservation League also offers a MiMo on the Beach Walking Tour on the first Saturday of each month.
Outside of South Beach, examples of MiMo design extend all along Biscayne Boulevard from north of the Design District to Miami Shores, a section now known as the MiMo District. Elsewhere, the Morningside Historic District and Bayside Historic District, both capturing design features representing Mediterranean Revival, Frame Vernacular, Mason Vernacular, Mission Revival, Florida Ranch and Art Deco Bungalow.
Hop aboard All Aboard Florida and make a day of Miami’s arts, culture, music, performance and architectural offerings. Have a wonderful day exploring!