When Tony Goldman looked at Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, he saw more than just concrete; he saw an empty canvas that had the potential to be transformed into an outdoor museum, and through the Wynwood Walls, has managed just this. Featuring pieces by artists from different parts of the world, the Wynwood Walls is a gallery any street art enthusiast could quite literally lose themselves in. The nearby Wynwood Kitchen & Bar offers exhausted explorers a chance to refuel.
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.
Initially established as a movie theater, Miracle Theater is an impressive Art Deco building that now serves as the home of Actors' Playhouse. The theater is made up of three separate performance spaces of different sizes - the Mainstage Theater with 600 seats, the 300-seat Balcony Theatre and the 100-seat Black Box Studio. Miracle Theatre plays host to performances throughout the year, many of which are meant for children.
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.
Located in downtown Miami, Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts has served as a stage for cultural performances since 1926. Designed in the Spanish style with an old world charm, the building maintains a certain air of sophistication. The center once housed the Miami Philharmonic Orchestra. After undergoing a two-year renovation project in the 1970s, the historic structure became one of the city's main performing arts venues. Today, the center continues to feature an exciting array of theater, music and dance.
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.
Set in downtown Miami, the James L. Knight Center hosts a variety of events including live musical performances by top recording artists. With a seating capacity of nearly 5000, the auditorium has presented such concerts as Sting, Santana, and Stevie Wonder. An adjoining Miami Convention Center is also available for exhibits, shows, and conventions. The Hyatt Regency Hotel is conveniently situated next to the center for any guests planning to attend an event.
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.
A fantastic addition to the downtown skyline, American Airlines Arena or 'Triple-A' as the locals like to call it opened its doors at the dawn of the millennium for an exciting NBA season. Set on the waterfront of Biscayne Bay, this architectural masterpiece provides an amazing view from the public terraces and balconies of the concourses. Aside from housing the Miami Heat, the 19,600-seater venue also functions as the home ground of the Miami Sol. A truly multifunctional arena the stadium also regularly plays host to events such as concerts, ice shows, circuses with the help of the swanky Waterfront Theater that sits within its contemporary-stylized walls. Amenities include restaurants, bars, retail shops, on-site covered parking, VIP boxes, luxury suites and club seating sections.
This museum is designed specifically bearing in mind children's interests and how to channel effective learning through fun activities. You will find children immersed in workshops, lecture series, plays and films. Kids can also join classes and clubs and actively participate in activities that enthral them. This place addresses important issues, such as education, childcare and safety, family health care and parenting. A visit to the Miami Children's Museum will be an educative experience for kids as well as adults.