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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.
In the heart of Miami lies a charming neighborhood which can safely be called a dainty replica of Cuba. A well-known landmark in Miami, the neighborhood started being called Little Havana in the 1960s when scores of Cuban immigrants began to call the area home. Here, every turn of the winding street reveals a wealth of boutiques, cigar shops and authentic Cuban eateries splashed in vibrant greens, yellows and tangerines. Accentuated by the meandering Miami River, Little Havana is a stunning hive of cultural and communal activities, which essentially take place in Calle Ocho. Further dotted with parks (like the Domino Park) and several other attractions like the Tower Theater and the Walk of Fame honoring Cubans like Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan, this quaint neighborhood is also a hub of musical performances, cultural fairs and major events like the Calle Ocho Festival. Havana's exuberant old-world charm comes alive in all its glory at this neighborhood which bears a stirring testimony to its ambitious Cuban inhabitants.
A stroll down the Lincoln Road is a must for all those visiting the South beach area. Traffic is not allowed on this road that features some fabulous cinemas, bars, cafes, restaurants— you name it, it has it. Galleries that encourage budding artists also adorn the Lincoln Road. Just the perfect place for those looking for some retail therapy at a leisurely pace minus the traffic.
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 Beach Golf Club, and the iconic Ocean Drive are some of South Beach's unmissable sights.
Located in Miami Beach's South Beach, Ocean Drive is quintessential Miami at its finest. Besides being the most picturesque part of the city, this famous stretch of road is the cultural hub of Miami. Trendy hotels, upscale eateries, and beautiful people fill the sidewalks amidst the mass of tourists. Art galleries and clothing boutiques thrive here, offering visitors an insight into one of the worlds foremost fashion and art centers. Ocean Drive includes over 800 preserved and protected Art Deco Buildings which have put South Beach on the map the world over.
The 2.6-acre (1.05-hectare) Miami Beach Botanical Garden showcases a wide variety of plant specimens. In order to attract visitors, it does not charge any admission fee. Regular educational programs and art exhibitions are held at this garden. Tours around the place are also offered. In addition, the garden's Banyan Room and terrace, Butterfly Room and Japanese Garden are available for reservations year round for weddings and other functions.
South Pointe Park is a perfect place for a family bonding session. All you have to carry is your picnic basket laden with fruits, sandwiches and bottles of lemonade. You can take a stroll along the beach or just laze around in the sand with helicopters flying overhead. It also has a playground for kids. An apt way to spend your day.
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.
Spanish Monastery was originally constructed in 1141 in Segovia, Spain and brought to America in pieces by William Randolph Hearst to be rebuilt stone by stone. It is the oldest building in the western hemisphere. Now officially named the Ancient Monastery St. Bernard de Clairvaux, the building serves as an historical landmark, an Episcopal church with 200 active members and a tourist attraction. The building is available for weddings, receptions and parties.
Located on the 26-acre (10.521 hectare) Florida International University campus, the Martin Z. Margulies Sculpture Park features a priceless collection of pieces donated in 1994. The owner's mission was to share his collection of contemporary sculpture with the world, thus admission is always free. Self-guided tours include an informational map of the various works, as well as thorough audio-guided walking tours. Group tours of ten or more are available all through the year.