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20 essential things to do in Miami

From can’t-miss culture to the hottest festivals, we count down the most crucial things to do in the Magic City

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The 20 best bars in Miami

From dazzling beach bars to neon cocktail lounges—check out the 20 best places to raise a glass

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The best Cuban restaurants in Miami

When it comes finding a great authentic Cuban restaurant, Miami and its Little Havana neighborhood offer the real deal

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The 10 best coffee shops in Miami

Where to meet someone for coffee or simply sit down to enjoy a pastry and a cup o’ Joe

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The best craft-beer bars in Miami

Find rotating taps and exclusive local brews to bottled suds from around the globe

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The 10 best bakeries in Miami

Find the city’s best croissants, fresh bread and other irresistible treats

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The best rooftop bars in Miami

Check out Miami’s best bars with a view, from poolside lounges to rooftop bars with spectacular views

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The 7 best water parks in Miami

Few places are hotter than Miami in the summer. When you find yourself in the city, far from the best beaches and without a swimming pool in sight, find refuge at one of the best water parks in Miami. Inexpensive and accessible from most neighborhoods—from Coral Gables to Hialeah—they offer splish-splashing fun for everyone in the family. Whether you're looking to wade or work out, ride a slide or lounge in style, the best water parks in Miami have tons of wet and wild environments to keep your summer cool.

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The 10 best Miami tours

How well do you know Miami? If you’ve spent time swimming in the Miami beaches, visiting the best museums in Miami or sampling Cuban food in Little Havana, you’ve gotten a taste of what the Magic City has to offer. But there’s still so much more to experience. Consider one of these 10 best Miami tours as a fun way to delve deeper into the local culture, try authentic Latin cuisine and see a side of Art Deco Miami you never knew existed.

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Events in Miami all year round

Our calendar of events in Miami, with the best annual festivals, art fairs, concerts, holiday celebrations and more

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The 20 best free things to do in Miami

Have a great day out in the city without spending a dime: the best free museums, tours and more

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The 10 best museums in Miami

Who says Miami is devoid of culture? Sure, miami nightlife and miami beaches are partly the reason why we attract tourists from around the world, but there’s a lot to be said about the best museums in Miami. The city is home to a number of nationally recognized institutions in which you’ll find pieces by renowned Latin American artists, pre-Columbian artifacts and photographs of some of the biggest names in pop culture from their time spent in Miami—Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and others. Not sure where to start? Dive in to art in Miami with our guide to the best museums in Miami.

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The 10 best Brickell restaurants

Our guide to the best Brickell restaurants, with great Cuban restaurants, killer oyster bars, and top brunch spots

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South Beach

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Little Havana

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Downtown

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Design District and Wynwood

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Art galleries in Miami

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Bass Museum of Art

The Bass is the centerpiece of Miami Beach’s "cultural campus." The core of the building is the old Miami Beach public library, originally built in 1930. After an $8m renovation it now boasts vastly expanded facilities. In addition to pieces from the museum’s own permanent collection (including European Old Masters, rococo court paintings, 18th-century English portraits, Flemish tapestries and Chinese woodblock prints), it hosts world-class traveling exhibitions—everything from folk art to photography and video installations. There are also talks, workshops and a decent little gift shop.

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Rubell Family Collection

One of the country’s top private collections of contemporary art, this is a bold assortment of avant-garde work: conceptual art, photography, sculpture and painting are all represented. Owned by brother and sister Jason and Jennifer Rubell, the collection features important works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst. It’s located in a former DEA confiscation center—something that the late Steve Rubell, founder of Manhattan’s infamous Studio 54 and uncle to Jennifer and Jason—would have found hugely amusing.

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Museum of Contemporary Art

Aiming to be a forward-thinking museum and to discover new artists, MOCA (or, even more cutely, MoCaNoMi) maintains an active schedule, presenting up to ten exhibitions each year in its Charles Gwathmey-designed structure. MOCA's permanent collection now numbers more than 350 works from artists such as John Baldessari, Louise Nevelson and Gabriel Orozco. With media coverage as far away as New York, high-profile exhibits and artists' discussions with personalities such as Yoko Ono, MOCA is firmly at the forefront of contemporary art on the East Coast. Free tours of the museum are given at 2pm every Saturday, and Jazz at MOCA, with outdoor jazz concerts and free gallery tours on the last Friday of the month from 7pm to 10pm, is popular.

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Lowe Art Museum

The only museum in the area with a notable collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, the Lowe also features the Kress Collection of Renaissance and baroque art, plus galleries of pre-Colombian, Asian, African, Native American, European and American work. The European collection includes pieces by Monet and Gauguin; the south-west Indian art collection contains textiles, baskets and other utilitarian objects; and the Art of Asia gallery has objects from China, Korea, Japan and South Asia.

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