1. Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (free)
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami is one of the museums that I really enjoyed because the curators did a great job of creating exhibits that were different and thought-provoking. They also did a great job finding a balance between all the exhibits. Highly recommend if you are in Miami and have a couple hours to spare. It’s right in Design District too, so there’s food and culture right outside of the museum.
I wrote a blog post about some of the exhibits at ICA Miami, check it here.
2. Wynwood & Design District
Wynwood and Design District are 2 areas that scream art and culture.
Wynwood is best known for its Wynwood Walls, and there are also a bunch of galleries that are free to walk through. There is a market in the middle of the main street, which has food and shopping stalls. If you were hungry, I’d go there because of all the food truck options. I’ve tried a couple restaurants around the area before, and I don’t think the food is worth the money.
Design District is definitely more high-end, like Fendi high-end. There are several public art installations on the side of parking garages, so don’t forget to look up, down, and side to side when you’re walking around.
I would also check out the Miami Design District website before you go. My friend took me to a monthly Market for Makers event, where you can check out 100+ local Miami makers! We did some damage when we went.
3. South Beach
Miami. Beach. Do I need to say more?
4. Day trip: Everglades National Park
What you need to know about Florida: Florida is shaped like a bowl; so the outside rim of Florida is the highest, and then it dips inwards. Also, Florida is flat like a washboard. Everglades National Park does not have any mountains, but there are 9 ecosystems within the Everglades. I didn’t check out the entire park, but I did talk about my most memorable moment there in this blog post.
5. Day trip: Florida Keys
The most famous one is Key West, which was cute with all the chickens and seaside feels. What I really think would be cool to do is bike a portion of the Keys because it’s flat and you get to be by the water. I would start somewhere around Vaca Key and bike towards Key West.
If you are anything like me and you cannot afford the $350/night price tag to stay anywhere on the Keys, a perfect hostel to stay at would be Hoosville Hostel. It sits in between Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the entrance to Florida Keys. The people are so friendly there, and it’s very chill.
While you’re in that area, do not forget to try key lime pie! I had some delicious homemade ones near the Hostel at Sweet Delights in Homestead. Ms. Debbie’s pies are so good, and she is so friendly and fun to talk to. I was a bit skeptical that there was some Yelp fraud going on because she has a 5-star rating with 280 reviews, but it’s really that good.
In this series called “Restless In”, Annie and Juliet will list out several things that we did in a particular city. This includes places we visited, restaurants we tried, and activities we did, as well as what we thought of it.