The American southern city of Miami, which with its location at the very southern tip of the American mainland has a very pleasant climate, has in the last decade emerged as one of the most popular holiday towns “over there”. According to DigoPaul, Miami is a major city in the United States.
Many people probably come here to soak up the sun and enjoy the stable climate that Florida has to offer, but one should not underestimate the sights and attractions that the city and the state in general can offer. Both art and culture enthusiasts will enjoy themselves here, at the same time as the city has several zoos with animals both on land and on water.
Ten popular attractions in Miami
Most people probably associate Miami and Florida with whitewashed sandy beaches, luxury hotels and expensive yachts, but the city has a large and rich cultural life. According to the popular travel website Tripadvisor, the Vizcaya museum complex is the most popular attraction in the whole city! Here you are taken on a journey to the Renaissance and Italy, in what is a villa that was originally built as a conservatory in 1916. The museum contains a lot of art from this era, and is also surrounded by a lush garden area that gets almost the entire facility to remind of a small castle. The museum is located just off the coast and also offers great views over the sea area.
Miami is an art city of the rare, and the big advantage is that the climate allows a lot of outdoor art. The Wynwood Wall is an example of this, as it is an outdoor museum with street art from all over the world. Both Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States are well represented here. The art was built in 2009 by the visionary Tony Goldman, and it costs nothing to walk past the many hundreds of meters of wall art. This is one of the sights you have to take with you when you are a tourist in Miami, if you just walk by in a hurry.
American Airlines Arena
Once you are in the United States, we would definitely recommend that you buy tickets to one of the sports that are especially popular in the states – namely basketball. The biggest club in Florida is called the Miami Heat, and they naturally play in the NBA. The club thus has a home ground at American Airlines Arena, which has a capacity of almost 20,000 people when they play home games. You can only imagine the atmosphere in the closed arena! In addition, larger concerts are regularly arranged here with world-renowned artists, also with up to 20,000 tickets for sale. If you are lucky, you may be playing your favorite artist in the arena when you are in Miami, and then this is of course a sight you want to see.
Metromover is as much public transport as it is a sight. This is a train track that is built in height, and that runs through the center of Miami with a total of 20 different stops. The trains are very reminiscent of those you have at large airports that take passengers from terminal to terminal, and are a great way to experience the city. As you sit relatively high up, you get a good view between the high-rise buildings and the city in general. In addition, it can also be beneficial to use Metromover for its actual purpose – namely as a means of transport. In most cases it will be faster than driving a car, and best of all you might ask? Yes, it costs nothing to drive a Metromover!
Zoological Wildlife Foundation
The Zoological Wildlife Foundation is the most popular zoo in Miami. Here you meet over 40 exotic species, including chimpanzees, monkeys, snakes, owls, lions, tigers, jaguars and more. In this zoo there are also opportunities for intimate meetings with the animals and private tours – if you turn up for it. The zoo is not the largest measured in area, but rather in experiences. Especially families with children would prioritize a trip here, as there are lots of exciting attractions for the little ones here as well. The zoo also gets a lot of praise for the way the animals are handled, which is certainly important for many when they pay to see animals in captivity.
Wynwood is the name of the most “hip” neighborhood in Miami. The area is especially known for its extensive street art, which covers both buildings and walls in large parts of the area. The art district of Wynwood is one of the most touristy areas in the city, and definitely an area you will want to stop by when visiting Miami. In addition to a lot of outdoor art, there are several museums here, while there are plenty of popular restaurants and shops. In addition, there are also many popular nightclubs and nightclubs here, so the area is definitely attractive to stay in for tourists. It is by the way in this area that one finds the famous Wynwood wall, which is mentioned earlier here on the website.
Miami and the surrounding area have several popular zoos, and Zoo Miami is by far the largest. It is actually both the largest and oldest in the entire state, and the only subtropical zoo in the entire United States. The unique climate in Florida means that the zoo can house animals from Asia, Africa and Australia, with a total of over 3000 animals of 500 different species. Of these, about 40 are considered endangered. In addition, there are more than 1000 different trees, palm trees and other plants, all of which contribute to a fantastic facility and which naturally create well-being for the various animal species. The facility is quite extensive, and therefore it is popular to rent a bike to get around the area.
Most people who go on holiday to the USA set aside a few hours (or days?) For shopping, and in Miami it is at the Dolphin Mall that you will find the best selection of shops. The mall is actually so popular that it is in the top 10 list of most popular attractions in Miami on the famous travel site Tripadvisor. The building houses a total of more than 240 different shops, including lots of restaurants and specialty shops. The mall is centrally located in Miami, but is not something for those who only want to shop for a few small things. Here you have to count on setting aside a few hours, for shopping centers of this scale there are few in Norway!
We used to play basketball, but baseball is also a sport that is highly valued in the United States. The largest baseball club in Florida is called the Miami Marlins, and of course plays in MLB (Major League Baseball). The arena has room for just over 37,000 spectators, which makes a visit here a very special experience whether you are a big fan of baseball from before or just want to experience the American sports culture up close. The arena is also used extensively for concerts when no matches are played here, and then preferably receives the biggest bands on an international basis. Among other things, Guns’ n Roses stopped by here when they had their reunion tour in 2016 – it would have been a bit of a sight on a Miami vacation?
Boat trip in Miami
Miami has a coastline to the same sea as Norway, although it may be hard to believe. However, the climate is far more pleasant, and we really recommend that you go out to sea for the extraordinary experience. The possibilities are many – you can join boat trips for sea fishing, or you can drive hovercraft towards the swamps and maybe meet some of the large reptiles that live there. There are also speedboats for rent for those who want a little speed and excitement, but also cruise ships that take many passengers at a time where you can enjoy the view, food and drink and maybe even splash a little in the water.