Low-key Miami Beach?
January 15, 2010 10:57 AM   Subscribe

I'm going to Miami Beach on business but do not care particularly for nightlife, high-end shopping or haute cuisine. Can you recommend things to do/places to go in what spare time I may have?

(I will be visiting the Bass Museum and the Wolfsonian.)
posted by Morrigan to Travel & Transportation around Miami, FL (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The Bass Museum and Wolfsonian are fantastic museums, imo.

There are lots of other high culture sorts of things - New World Symphony, the ballet, the opera, etc. Also the Sex Museum, which I highly recommend.

Books and Books is on Miami Beach, and is a really great little bookstore.

Other than that, Miami Beach is pretty much all of the things you don't care for. Honestly, I would just hit the beach and enjoy the ocean and the good air, people watch, get some colada. It's a bit chilly down there at the moment, but if its sunny the beach is still doable (in a light jacket). Steer clear of Lincoln Road and places like that - it's all shopping, fancy pants eating, etc.

If you get a bit away from the beach, there are some great mom and pop cuban food places that are fantastic.

Sometimes there are some decent funk bands and the like playing nights on the beach. Those can be good events to just chill and have a drink, and avoid the clubbing crowd.

Can you get off Miami beach at all? It'll be hard without a car, but if you can I would recommend checking out Fairchild Tropical Gardens, maybe stroll through older parts of the Grove, Matthison Hammock is really cool.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:05 AM on January 15, 2010

I enjoyed my visit to the house museum Vizcaya. And yeah, the Wolfsonian is great.
posted by Nelson at 11:28 AM on January 15, 2010

theres a flying trapeze school downtown.
posted by modernsquid at 11:31 AM on January 15, 2010

Romero Britto gallery in Lincoln Rd is pretty cool.
posted by 3dd at 11:38 AM on January 15, 2010

And next door to Vizcaya, nice planetarium. :) I'd skip the Seaquarium if you've been to or prefer SeaWorld, but Jungle Island is a nice day.
posted by tilde at 11:49 AM on January 15, 2010

nthing the Fairchild Tropical Gardens
posted by xotis at 11:58 AM on January 15, 2010

One of my absolute favorite memories from the past few years is taking a bottle of wine out onto the beach behind my Miami Beach hotel at night and sitting there watching the clouds and the lights from the boats out on the water. So if you like that sort of thing, there's that.

Also, ditto what people said about the Wolfsonian.
posted by COBRA! at 12:02 PM on January 15, 2010

Seconding Nelson: the Vizcaya Estate is a great place to visit!
posted by The Toad at 5:33 AM on January 16, 2010

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