Exciting South Beach Tourist Attractions
Tour the Art Deco District
Before beginning a self-guided tour of the District, stop by the Art Deco Welcome Center & Gift Shop at 1001 Ocean Drive. Besides providing maps and pamphlets, the center also sells Art Deco books, T-shirts, postcards, mugs and other souvenirs. If you decide you'd rather take a guided tour, the welcome center offers these as well.
Another tour option is the Bike and Roll Art Deco Tour that includes informative highlights of the area's architecture, history and culture. The tour also swings by the Versace Mansion and lets tour goers cool off at Nikki Beach.
Miami Beach Activities & Attractions
Lined with boutiques, restaurants, bars, art galleries, specialty shops and antiques stores, this pedestrian mall is one of Miami Beach's social centers. With a movie theater showing new releases, a Frank Gehry designed symphony hall where the New World Symphony plays classic and contemporary compositions, and the Colony Theatre hosting film festivals and live musical performances, there's no shortage of entertainment at this popular center for Miami Beach activities.
Restaurants and bars, the News Café, Gloria Estefan's Cardozo Hotel and lots of other trendy establishments make up the collection of businesses perched on this restored Art Deco street.
Bass Museum of Art
Exhibiting art from a variety of cultures from the Renaissance to contemporary art, the Bass Museum of Art is one of Miami's most celebrated museums.
The Holocaust Memorial
This memorial features Kenneth Triester's bronze Sculpture of Love & Anguish—a reaching hand and forearm with concentration camp victims sculpted climbing the hand. Other highlights of this memorial include a reflecting pool, a narrow passage with a decreasing ceiling height that depicts the feeling of a diminished self, and a circular Jerusalem stone plaza surrounded by black granite walls.
Island Queen Cruises
Choose from a dance cruise where DJs spin the hottest tunes as you float along the tip of Miami Beach or a scenic boat tour to view historic sites all around the coast and Millionaire's Row, where you can view homes of the rich and famous.
Miami Beach Golf Club
For a relaxing afternoon in the Florida sun, tee off on on this beautifully maintained 18-hole golf course nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. Designed by Arthur Hills, this palm tree dotted course with it's rolling hills and sparkling lakes received an $11 million overhaul in 2002 to make it a jewel of the area.
A museum featuring North American and European artifacts collected by Mitchell Wolfson Jr., the Wolfsonian offers exhibitions of furniture, sculptures, rare books, paintings and textiles. The museum focuses on themes from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, such as nationalism, political persuasion, advertising, architecture and industrialization, to name a few, and depicts how art shapes and reflects our culture.
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