CitySightSeeing Miami encourages tourists not just to see the sights around them, but also to explore them. Professional multilingual guides educate tourists on historical facts and fun city locations, leaving visitors with a deeper knowledge about Miami. When the urge strikes to linger at a tour stop, guests can hop off their double-decker buses and roam alone. Throughout the day, more buses arrive at each stop in intervals to pick up wandering customers and continue their tours while pairing them once again with the bus’s free WiFi and interior AC.
Miami Takeover unites South Beach's comedians, parties, and clubs into a single, multiday itinerary. But the guest list includes folks from across the country. The destination party experiences include the whole package: all-access passes to the festivities, air fare, hotel accommodations, meals, and even drinks. And local residents can get in on the fun, too, as they also offer tickets sans travel packages. Residents and transplants alike will have the opportunity to mingle at the Meet and Greet, which kicks off the festival.
This year's four-day extravaganza includes a comedy show at the Miami Convention Center—hosted by funny man Eddie Bryant—the Sexy on the Beach Day Party, and an all-night Shorts and Sandals event at Nikki Beach. The weekend culminates in the Cirque du Wylie, a five-hour dance party at Mansion Night Club featuring tunes by VYBE, Sugar Bear, and Dee Jay Casper, the world's only ghost DJ.
Back in 1950, when it was still known as the Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Frank Sinatra could be seen in the audience acting like average Joes while enjoying song-and-dance shows and boxing bouts. Throughout the following decades, the entertainment mecca has remained a magnet for famous entertainers. In 1964, when the city of Miami asked famed funnyman and honeymooner Jackie Gleason to move his television variety show from New York to Miami Beach, he relocated in a bang-zoom, declaring “Miami Beach audiences are the greatest in the world,” then muttering under his breath, “and New York audiences smell like Art Carney’s hat.” Rechristened as The Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts in 1987, the theater hosted the best in Broadway shows, dance and classical-music performances, and concerts throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. In 2007, the venue underwent a multimillion-dollar face- and body-lift, adding even more glitz to the sleek columned entrance and the spacious multichandeliered auditorium. Now merged with California’s famed Fillmore chain, the theater has inherited a rich rock ‘n’ roll history to add to its already lofty annals.
Kenneth Donald Rogers—an American country-music star, photographer, producer, actor, and fellow with a nice beard—has won three Grammys and more than a dozen American Music Awards for his sweet, stirring crooning. Though he won't be toting his dozens of awards, Mr. Rogers will be bringing an impressive showcase of selections from his extensive collection of country hits. To prep the crowd for the main event, The Herndon Brothers—a local act lead by Ray Herndon, a country star known for livin' the dream—will layer the crowd in hometown vibes from their wide library of inspiring and honest tracks.
The Ballet Grand Prix spotlights the best student dancers from across the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, giving them the opportunity to dance alongside twinkle-toed superstars from international ballet companies. The star-making show's stop in Miami will feature performances by dancers including Cuban coryphee Jose Manuel Carreno and Minnesotan Charles Askegard, leaping and twirling alongside their lithe peers in heart-racing choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, and more. Now in its 12th season, the Grand Prix has produced dancers for companies including the American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, and Stuttgart Ballet, and all event alumni leave more prepared to escape a shirt full of fire ants.
Lucky Strike throws state-of-the-art bowling and a pinch of swanky atmosphere into a blender, presses "puree," and serves you a thrillciting bowling smoothie. Saddle up to one of 14 lanes and spend two full hours basking in bowling-induced merriment ($45 per hour). Lace up the Louboutin-designed foot coverings (shoe rental is $4.95 per person) to achieve the ideal footing for perfecting your roll, bagging some turkeys, and settling a long-running score with a shifty-eyed mail carrier. Included in the deal is a $10 food voucher, so when stage fright results in trembling limbs and fingers, you can quell the shakes with some homemade roasted-garlic hummus or mac 'n' cheese bites.