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One of the prime neighborhoods of Miami, Downtown Miami, is not just the business district of Miami. In fact, this hub of activity holds various scenic attractions, too. The downtown area is personified with skyscrapers, the Miami River, which runs through it, and, of course, its nightlife. Visitors to Downtown Miami can be sure that their time spent here will never be dull.
This landmark building located in the center of Miami is especially important to Cuban residents. During the 1960s, it was the processing center for nearly half a million Cuban refugees. Designed by George A Fuller, Schultze, & Weaver the Freedom Tower was established in 1925. Prior to its stint as a Cuban refugee center, the Freedom Tower housed the Miami News. The Freedom Tower is home to MDC Museum of Art + Design. Visitors to the landmark can peruse beautiful artworks exhibited at the museum.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is an exquisite villa that overlooks the stream. This lavish Italian villa takes you back in time and lets you explore the beautiful architecture, furnishings and other details of the past era. The gardens at this spot are simply spectacular where you can stroll along the trail area and click some great pictures. The place also provides a panoramic view of Miami skyline and every room at this magnificent villa has a story to tell.
Nestled in two historic synagogue buildings that have been restored, the Jewish Museum of Florida is one of its kind in the state. Explore the more than 250 years of Florida Jewish history through the exhibits, arts and culture. Mosaic: Jewish Life in Florida is its permanent exhibit, with additional exhibits visiting throughout the year. A unique museum that gives a glimpse into the lives of the Floridian Jews, their heritage and culture.
Welcome to everybody's favorite spot in Miami. South Beach refers to the locale, as well as the beach itself. Historically, this was the first neighborhood on Miami Beach to be comprehensively urbanized during the early periods of the 20th Century, which was when a vast majority of its magnificent art-deco masterpieces that you can see today had been built. The commune really upped its game in terms of prominence during World War II, when Miami Beach had been chosen as an influential hub for the United States Air Force. Today the South Beach is viewed by the world as a premier tropical destination for vacationers with its pristine golden-sand beaches, swanky waterside resorts and vibrant nightlife. The Lummus Park, Miami Golf Club, Di Lido Island and the iconic Ocean Drive are some of South Beach's unmissable sights.
New World Center is home to the New World Symphony and showcases other fantastic concerts as well. In 1987, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas created an orchestra that would consist of young and energetic talent, providing recent graduates with a springboard to stardom. A national training orchestra with an international reputation, this ensemble is famous for its fresh sound and youthful enthusiasm.
A permanent collection of Renaissance masterworks makes up one section of the Bass Museum of Art. In another, featured exhibitions showcase the best in historical and contemporary art. Past exhibitions have included the paintings of Russian artist Maxim Kantor and the hallucinogenic sculptures of Liza Lou. There are also tapestries, photographs, textiles and artifacts on display. The museum even offers classes and children's camps.
Unlike many of South Florida's state parks, Barnacle State Historic Park is centrally-located and easily accessible by automobile. Just off the main street in trendy Coconut Grove, this five-acre (2.02 hectare) historic site offers visitors a glimpse into a past full of beauty and luxury. This stately structure was originally the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, a landowner and yacht enthusiast who hailed from New York. Before and after Munroe's passing, measures were taken to assure that the property reflected South Florida's culture and blossoming heritage. Guests can tour Munroe's home or explore the lush land outside. The park also offers ample amenities for wildlife watching and picnicking.
Crandon Park is three miles (3.21 kilometres) of sandy beach, park area with an 18-hole golf course, soccer and softball fields. The beach is named as one of the top ten in the United States. The park also includes a promenade, concession stands, picnic areas and an amusement area. The amusement area is home to an antique carousel, a splash fountain, an outdoor roller rink and a beach-front playground.
The picturesque Venetian Pool is truly a one-of-a-kind attraction. This public swimming pool, chiseled out of a coral rock quarry in the 1920s, looks like a natural rock formation, except that no natural rock formation could be so perfectly suited to human enjoyment. This historical landmark is a work of art with its gushing fountains, coral caves and waterfalls. The 820,000 gallons of cool, refreshing spring water are replaced daily. Tours are conducted here.
Located just south of downtown Miami and northeast of the University of Miami, Coconut Grove is a charming neighborhood, though locals refer to it as a village. Surrounded by lush greenery and flanked by the Biscayne Bay, The Grove as it is locally known has been an alluring place for creative artists, eccentrics, travelers and rich entrepreneurs. Coconut Grove is filled with quaint shops, tree lined streets, nightclubs, and fabulous dining. Some attractions include CocoWalk, Streets of Mayfair, Coconut Grove Playhouse and Barnacle Historic State Park.
Built in 1825, this 95-foot (28.95-meter) lighthouse is the oldest building in south Florida. It originally guided sailors through the dangerous waters along the Straits of Florida. Although it was removed from service many times during various wars, it has weathered the years extraordinarily well. The US Coast Guard has used it as a navigational device for the past 25 years. The lighthouse is part of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Guests can take guided tours or explore the Cape Florida Lighthouse by themselves.