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South Beach, Lummus Park
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These are the best things to do in Miami today

A guide to the best events, performances, culinary happenings and more spectacular things to do in Miami today

By Falyn Freyman
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We may not be New York or Los Angeles, but relatively young Miami can definitely hold its own with the big kids. Case in point: on any given day of the week, there’s something cool going on to coax you out of the house. Of course, you can always opt for one of Miami’s best happy hours after a particularly long day at the office. Or you might be in the mood to let someone else cook for you tonight at one of the best restaurants in Miami. If you’re really looking to shake things up, though, look no further. These are the best concerts, art exhibits, culinary happenings and more to check out today.

Even though most events have been canceled and major venues closed, we’re doing our best to recommend what Miamians can still do while staying safe and following local and national guidelines. Please note that some picks may be closed, canceled or postponed with short notice.

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The Setai, Miami Beach
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Get a day pass for the gorgeous Setai, Miami Beach

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Resort passes are aplenty but, for the first time ever, the chic, celebrity-loved Setai, Miami Beach is giving locals access to its facilities without booking an overnight stay. Now through August 31, folks can purchase a $95 beach package that includes one lounge chair and umbrella on the sand directly behind the property. If you prefer to lounge poolside surrounded by the Bali-inspired landscape, book one of the $149 spa specials, which includes a 50-minute treatment, $17 discounted valet and access to the hotel pool or beach areas.

Miami City Ballet Lincoln Road
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Watch the Miami City Ballet perform live from Lincoln Road

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Miami City Ballet is taking over the former BCBG store at the corner of Lincoln and Meridian Avenue, transforming the vacant space into a sun-drenched stage for pedestrians. The pop-up theater will serve as a rehearsal area for the dancers, who can already be seen pirouetting throughout the space. Performances will take place weekdays from 1–3pm and 5–7pm, featuring up to six ballerinas in full regalia. Outside, viewers will be directed to stand on pre-marked, socially distanced circles where they can watch as well as listen to streaming classical music. 

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Outdoor dining South Beach
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Grab a bite outside this summer

Restaurants

Dining outside in Miami is pretty much the only eating out that’s allowed right now in the county—besides delivery and takeout. With dining rooms closed to customers, restaurants have opened up their terraces and patios to guests. Often, eateries without sufficient outdoor space have had to get creative with impromptu set-ups on sidewalks and parking lots. Thankfully, officials have made it easier than ever for restaurants to use public spaces, so expect to see plenty more. The rules of dining out continue to change fast and often, making it difficult to keep tabs on what is and isn’t allowed. So we’re staying on top of the latest in this new hospitality landscape and have put together this easy guide for everything you need to know about eating outside in our favorite city.  

Miami Beach, South Beach
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Spend the day at the beach

Attractions Beaches

Spoiler art: Miami beaches are the best in the land. Ask any tourist strolling down Ocean Drive in Miami’s Art Deco district or a pup-toting local making their way to a dog beach in Miami and both will confirm that our shoreside is the most magnificent part of our city. Folks travel from all over—especially during Spring Break—to visit them. The reason? They’re beautiful. But that’s not all. The best Miami beaches also come in many different flavors, too. Looking for a party scene? Hit South Beach. Interested in something more serene? Try Surfside. The truth is, regardless of the type of beachgoer you fancy yourself, Miami’s got the right stretch of ocean for you. 

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Shark Valley Trail
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Go for a hike

Things to do Walks and tours

As far as outdoor activities, hiking in Miami certainly isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we’re looking to spend time in nature. For one, it’s usually oppressively hot and we’d rather hit up a Miami beach than sweat it out at a city park. Then there’s just the issue of elevation. Is it a hike if you’re not scaling hills or meandering down mountainsides? Sure it is. Whether you’re looking to get the blood pumping on a brisk walk, need a new nature trail to explore or just want a change of scenery for your next run, these are the best spots for hiking in Miami.

Hard Rock Stadium Drive in
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Hit up the new Hard Rock Stadium drive-in theater

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From movies and events (think commencement ceremonies) to old footage highlighting the NFL team’s 54-year history, fans can expect to see more than just films shown across numerous screens throughout the outdoor venue.   According to the website, the complex’s south plaza will feature socially distant lounge seating for intimate viewing parties. Drive-in events will take place inside on the expansive field, which can accommodate up to 230 cars. Those worried about rain obstructing their views of the screens (of which there will be two), can rest assured—the stadium boasts a retractable roof. Like to snack while you watch? Food and drinks will be available for purchase online and delivered to your car. 

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Miami Culinary Tours
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Learn to make Cuban cocktails live from Little Havana

Things to do Walks and tours

While you can’t physically visit a bar in Little Havana, you can certainly take a seat at one virtually. And, if you’re so inclined, even spend some time behind the counter. Log on and hop on for one Miami Culinary Tours’ popular excursions: a refreshing journey through a repertoire of Cuba’s most iconic cocktails. Founder Grace Della leads the one-hour class, featuring step-by-step instructions on making signature drinks such as the Cuba Libre, a daiquiri and, of course, the island’s official tipple, the mojito. Della sprinkles the class with charming anecdotes of the vibrant neighborhood (she’s been leading tours through it for over a decade!) and fascinating historical tidbits behind each drink she mixes. 

Vecinos Marketplace
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Shop your favorite Miami small businesses from home

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Remember the experience of browsing a Miami flea market? The thrill of discovering a new artisan or maker? Vecinos Marketplace is helping you tap into that feeling at home. The new virtual market brings together independently owned, Miami-born brands on a single online platform, making it easy to shop all kinds of local designers in one place. 

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