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Miami for Non-Sceney People

My wife and I are going to visit Miami in September. We're not really interested in clubs, beaches and flashy stores, we're really looking to experience the culture of Miami. So art, music, museums, and outdoors. What suggestions can you share? 

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top answer by
Roberto from Coral Gables

Probably Coral Gables is a good central location. Everything is pretty much spread out in Miami so renting a car would be recommended. The Westin Colonnade is in the heart of Coral Gables where you can just go down and walk to great restaurants and activities.

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answered by
Emily from Miami

Hi Len,  

I am a Miami native & would love to offer some suggestions. I will list them, that way you can look into whichever ones interest you! 

-Bass Museum of Art


-Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center at Crandon Park 

-Kayak rental at Crandon Park 

-Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery

-Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

-Wynwood Arts District 

-Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College/Miami Art Museum 

-Airboat Rides/Animal Presenations at Gator Park in the Everglades  

-Duck Tours–South Beach (Touristy yes...but looks fun! It's a boat/bus. It tours Miami on water and land.)  

If you're up for a 3 hour drive, a day trip to Key West has a lot of great history & food.  

Hope this helps! 

Emily B.

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answered by
Al from Miami

Greater Miami is as multi-cultural as its population - and as 'cool' a destination in September as, to my mind, most anywhere in the U.S.

There are several museums, but two merit uncommon enough to warrant your visit:  Pérez Art Museum Miami - PAMM-  which debuted last December in time for Art Basel on Biscayne Bay, an architectural landmark,  and also The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, featuring its uncommon collection of propaganda arts.

For perhaps the nation's most widespread assemblage of outdoor graffiti art, tour Wynwood by daylight at your leisure and maybe some of its galleries as well.  As to music, if any of their concerts coincide with your visit, consider the Miami Beach-based New World Symphony.

There are way too many 'outdoors' venues to single out and cite...

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answered by
Veronica from Fort Worth

I love Vizcaya Museum and Gardens near the Grove. Also, the statues on Miami beach are overlooked a lot. It's the Holocaust Memorial-Miami Beach and a great place to walk & talk, but not depressing. A really cool place to eat seafood and see the port side of Miami is Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market. My husband loves these 3 places, since we have lost our love for the clubbing scene.

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