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Your guide to the best museums, galleries, sights and attractions in Miami

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The best beaches in Miami

Life’s a beach with our insider’s guide to South Florida’s most buzzing, beautiful and/or remote shores

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20 essential things to do in Miami

From the Overseas Highway to Fort Lauderdale and everything in between, experience the best Miami has to offer

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Museums

The best museums in Miami

It’s not all beaches and bronzed bodies—read on for our introduction to the best museums and historical attractions in Miami

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The best Miami parks and gardens

Florida's subtropical flora and fauna make Miami’s green spaces exceptional places to explore

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Beachside attractions

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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Occupying the southern tip of Key Biscayne, this park’s wide beaches regularly make the national top ten lists. But this is more than just a place to catch some rays: there’s history, wildlife and plenty of activities too. You can tour the Cape Florida Lighthouse, the oldest building in south Florida; explore native wildlife planted in the aftermath of 1992’s Hurricane Andrew; and try your hand at shoreline fishing, ocean kayaking, windsurfing, cycling and in-line skating. Covered pavilions are available for picnics, and the Lighthouse Café offers good food.

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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The land-based portion of this vast park is pleasant, encompassing hammock trails and beachy areas, but the main attractions are underwater. This is the most accessible portion of the coral reef that runs the length of the Keys. No array of pictures or brochure flim-flam can prepare you for the beauty of the reef, which can be seen from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. Garish fish and exotic sea creatures glide around, and can be viewed up close by snorkeling or diving (tours also available, along with equipment rental). The much-photographed Christ of the Abyss statue is within the boundaries of the park, submerged in 25ft of water six miles east-north-east of Key Largo’s South Cut.

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Nikki Beach Club

The quintessential beach club, Nikki is an outdoor fantasyland sprawling over a stretch of sand with tiki bars, lounge chairs and torches. Decorated with beautiful people, it’s like the Playboy mansion meets Survivor, where the fittest (as in toned, firm breasts and butts) don’t merely survive, they flourish. Buxom beauties attract well-oiled, deep-pocketed sugar daddies, and the studs also get rewarded for their packaging. In addition to the restaurant and beach club, there’s a club and lounge where the party gets started during daylight hours during Amazing Sundays: thongs and bikinis are de rigueur.

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Crandon Park

Aside from being home to one of the best (and safest) beaches in the county, Crandon Park boasts a family amusement center complete with a restored vintage carousel, a roller rink (bring your own skates) and a nature center with programs that explore the seagrass and the fossilized mangrove reef. Best of all are the resident iguanas and unusual reptiles. For $20 an hour, you can rent a family-sized bike built for two pedallers and two strapped-in seats up front for the little ones.

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Where to see art

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A guided tour of art deco Miami

Hunt down the city's architectural eye candy with our guide to Miami’s famous Art Deco District and beyond

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Art

Wynwood Walls in pictures

Discover one of Miami’s most engaging surprises: A clutch of street art murals are brightening up a corner of Wynwood

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Where to take the kids

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The best things to do with kids in Miami

These top Miami museums and family attractions offer kids entertainment and endless fun

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Kids

Outdoor activities for kids in Miami

The beach is just the beginning—these outdoor activities for kids are perfect for little thrill-seekers

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