Things To Do In Miami

Admission for One or Two to the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival on Sunday, October 19 (Up to 50% Off)

Coconut Grove Seafood Festival

Peacock Park

$15 $8

Get your hands on Caribbean, Latin American, and Cajun flavors at this festival celebrating all things family, fun, and seafood

General or VIP Admission for One or Two to Octoberfest at Marlins Park on October 4 (Up to 54% Off)

Octoberfest at Marlins Park

Marlins park

$38.97 $18

Festival includes 20 types of beer, live entertainment, carnival rides, and an authentic German experience

VIP Pre-Carnival Caribbean Link-Up Party for One or Two on October 4, from GMuzick Events (Up to 53% Off)

GMuzick Events

Upper East Side

$100 $49

After a ferry ride to the island where the party takes place, an open bar & food keep guests sated as they enjoy DJs & other entertainment

$27 for a Visit for a Family of Four to the Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival ($50 Value)

Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival

Northeast Coconut Grove

$50 $27

A pumpkin patch blooms in Miami during a fall celebration with a straw-strewn hay maze, kids' rides and shows, and savory and sweet eats

Admission for Two or Four to PeruFest USA on October 4 or 5 (Up to 51% Off)

PeruFest USA, LLC

Miami-Dade Fair Expo Park

$20 $10

Peruvian gastronomical festival kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with cooking demonstrations and contests featuring Peru's top chefs

Octoberfest Miami at Marlins Park on Saturday, October 4, at 12 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Octoberfest Miami

Marlins Park

$36 $18

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Celebrate a German tradition with beer, live music, and cuisine from local restaurants

Grub and Pub Crawl for One or Two (Up to 55% Off)

Grub and Pub Crawl

Multiple Locations

$43.19 $20

Walking tour of Miami, which runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., includes stops at five or six restaurants and complimentary food and drinks

Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Membership at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (Up to 50% Off)

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Northeast Coconut Grove

$29.90 $18

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Learn about wildlife, constellations, and scientific principles in 48,000-square-feet museum

$39 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes for New Students at Dharma Studio ($155 Value)

Dharma Studio

Northeast Coconut Grove

$155 $39

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Down-to-earth instructors lead students of all levels through an eclectic selection of yoga classes

General or VIP Admission to Terror in the Jungle at Jungle Island, October 2–November 1 (Up to 44% Off)

Jungle Island

Watson Island

$45 $27

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Spine-tingling Halloween attraction features a five-acre park filled with zombies and a 10,000 square-foot haunted house

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$20 for $40 Worth of Batting-Cage Tokens at Sluggers Batting Cages

Sluggers Batting Cages

Tamiami Park

$40 $20

18-pitch rounds help baseball and softball players perfect swings inside cages where machines sling balls toward the plate at 40–80 mphs

Insanity Boot-Camp, PiYO, Pilates, or Personal Training Sessions at Fit Body Miami (Up to 63% Off)

Fit Body Miami

Midtown/Edgewater

$70 $35

Fit Body–certified trainers lead group classes—including boot camps, interval training, and pilates—and tailor semi-private workouts

$35 for Five Fitness Classes at Power Fit Studios ($75 Value)

Power Fit Studios

Media and Entertainment District

$75 $35

Five-class package includes latin ballroom, dance, power plate, and Zumba, which meshes cardio workouts with dance routines

3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at MMA Fit (65% Off)

Mma Fit

Miami

$300 $105

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes at Kickboxing Miami-Dade (Up to 87% Off)

Kickboxing Miami-Dade

Multiple Locations

$90 $14

High-impact, energizing boot-camp classes help students burn fat and build muscle with cardio and strength-training exercises

One or Two Months of Unlimited CrossFit at Steel Edge CrossFit (Up to 64% Off)

Steel Edge CrossFit

Miami

$150 $59

Ever-changing workouts help exercisers of all ages build a broad base of fitness through gymnastic, cardio, and weightlifting maneuvers

10 or 20 Kickboxing Classes at Southeast Kickboxing Florida (Up to 81% Off)

Southeast Kickboxing Florida

Multiple Locations

$180 $39

Students torch calories and learn self-defense skills in high-impact kickboxing classes

One, Two, or Three Months of Women's Semiprivate Sessions at Precision Personal Training (Up to 90% Off)

Precision Personal Training

Kendall

$300 $35

An expert instructor works with a small group of women three times a week to help each guest achieve her personal fitness goals

Drive-In Movie Packages at Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In in Coconut Grove (Up to 50% Off). Four Options.

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In - Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove

$40 $20

Coconut Grove drive-in movie theater offers walk-in tickets complete with snacks or romance packages to make the night extra special

One Month of Boot-Camp Classes or 10 Drop-In Boot-Camp Classes at Mr & Miss Fitness America (Up to 51% Off)

Mr & Miss Fitness America

Tropical Park Community Center

$50 $25

Certified instructors help students build strength and endurance and reach individual wellness goals

Two-Week CrossFit Intro Class with Optional One- or Three-Month Gym Membership at Road 2 Games (Up to 88% Off)

Road 2 Games

North Westside

$150 $35

Introductory CrossFit classes explain the basics of functional training; gym membership allows full access to the facilities

Three Groupons for Tokens at Arcade Odyssey (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Arcade Odyssey

Kendall

$12 $7

This arcade's 100+ games, including pinball and obscure Japanese imports, convinced the Miami NewTimes this "nerd mecca" was Miami's best

Online Intro Personal Training Package or Four 60-Minute Personal Training Sessions at Simply Fit (Up to 66% Off)

Simply Fit

Port of Miami

$150 $70

Expert trainers devise in-person or online training regimens that help students achieve their fitness goals with customized exercises drills

Eight-Class Beginner Belly-Dance Course or Five Belly2Abs Fitness Classes at Belly2Abs (Up to 75% Off)

Belly2Abs

Miami

$130 $39

Instructors teach basics of belly dancing or fuse belly dancing with strength training during up-tempo fitness classes

$20 for $80 Worth of Dance Lessons — Hotspot Dance and Production

Hotspot Dance And Production Company

Miami

$80 $20

One month of salsa classes in a Cuban style called "casino." Beginners welcome.

One-Day Family and Friends Pass for Up to Five, or Child or Adult Three-Day Pass from Water Taxi Miami (Up to 51% Off)

Water Taxi Miami

Multiple Locations

$150 $75

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Boats transport clients to Miami-area locations with access to local hotspots

10 or 20 Drop-In Power Yoga Classes from Sami The Yogi (Up to 79% Off)

Sami The Yogi

Miami

$210 $49

Skilled instructor guides students of levels through a series of yoga postures to improve flexibility, strength, and confidence

5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes Plus Boxing Gloves at Miami Fitness Kickboxing (Up to 88% Off)

Miami Fitness Kickboxing

Miami

$150 $19

Basic, beginner, intermediate, and advanced kickboxing classes torch calories and sculpt muscles

$50 for $112 Toward Kickboxing Classes at Miami Fitness Kickboxing

Miami Fitness Kickboxing

Miami

$112 $50

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$23 for 10 Yoga Classes at Sledge CrossFit ($120 Value) 

Sledge CrossFit

Richmond West

$120 $23

Classes cycle through a variety of yoga poses to stretch out muscles and improve well-being

10 CrossFit Classes or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Crossfit Irie (Up to 65% Off)

Crossfit Irie

Three Lakes

$50 $25

Certified personal trainer with more than a decade of experience leads intensive CrossFit classes

$45 for $90 Worth of Martial Arts — StreetXsports Inc.

Sensei Salvatore

Miami

$90 $45

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5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at WKF Fitness (Up to 86% Off)

WKF Fitness

Sweetwater Groves

$90 $15

45-minute kickboxing classes combine boxing and martial arts to help tone and trim physiques

$378 for $840 Worth of Personal Training at Fitness Together

Fitness Together of Miami

Northeast Coconut Grove

$840 $378

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Two-Month Gym Membership or 12 Group Fitness Classes at Downtown Athletic Club (71% Off)

Downtown Athletic Club

Downtown Miami

$345 $99

Membership includes access to a squash court, boxing studio, rock wall, and fitness classes such as spinning, salsa dance, and Zumba

4 or 10 Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Barre Elements (Up to 63% Off)

Barre Elements

Midtown

$100 $45

Barre classes incorporate ballet moves and stretching into workouts that push participants to work their muscles harder

5, 10, or 20 Kickboxing Classes Including Gloves at Rod's Shim Myung Do (Up to 81% Off)

Rod's Shim Myung Do

The Hammocks

$100 $29

Multi-disciplinary martial arts instructor leads kickboxing classes to promote healthy bodies and minds

One or Two Months of Unlimited Mixed Martial Arts Classes at MMA Masters (Up to 75% Off)

MMA Masters

Media and Entertainment District

$248 $65

All ages fitness & self-defense classes include Brazilian jujitsu, boxing, wrestling, boot camp, mixed martial arts, and Little Masters

Paintball Package for Two, Four, or Six from Paintball Promos (Up to 79% Off)

Paintball Promos

Multiple Locations

$40 $10

Paintball Promos packages include choice of several area fields, admission, and all necessary equipment

Two, Four, or Six Salsa Classes at Karibe Dance Studio (Up to 56% Off)

Karibe Dance Studio

Sweetwater

$72 $32

Experienced instructors lead salsa classes for all ages and experience levels

Brewing Class for One, Two, or Four from Biscayne Homebrew (Up to 61% Off)

Biscayne Homebrew

Upper East Side

$25 $10

Homebrewing joint teaches amateur techniques for brewing up a 5-pound batch of beer during two-hour course

One or Two Months of Fitness Classes at Legendary Fitness (74% Off)

Legendary Fitness

South Miami Heights

$110 $29

Experienced trainers lead guests of all fitness levels in ever-changing workouts of the day, which focus on functional movements

$75 for a Two-Hour Semiprivate Sail for One with One Portrait from Sailing on Biscayne Bay ($195 Value)

Sailing on Biscayne Bay

Northeast Coconut Grove

$195 $75

Captain Niño sails throughout Biscayne Bay, unveiling views of Miami, Brickell, and Key Biscayne

$49 for Two-Week Youth-Soccer Trial Registration and Membership at Citius Athletic Club Miami ($144 Value)

Citius Athletic Club Miami

Biscayne Park

$144 $49

Trained by a professional athlete, teams of players ages 3–13 test their skills in a US Soccer Federation–registered league

$99 for a Tandem Hang Gliding Flight from Hang Gliding Miami ($179 Value)

Hang Glide Miami

Dinner Key Marina Pier 7

$179 $99

Alongside a gliding instructor, clients soar thousands of feet above Biscayne Bay, taking in stunning views of the Miami oceanfront

$14 for $25 Worth of Salsa-Dance Classes — Salsa Fusion Dance School

Salsa Fusion Dance School

Miami

$25 $14

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$28 for $50 Worth of Recording-Studio Rental — Rock Hard Recording & Rehearsal Studio

Rock Hard Recording & Rehearsal Studio

Miami

$50 $28

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VIP South Beach Pub Crawl Admission for One, Two, or Four from Pub Crawl Miami (Up to 61% Off)

Pub Crawl Miami

Miami

$25 $11

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Knowledgeable guides lead guests to four Miami hot spots to enjoy free drinks and admission, party favors, and drink specials

One or Three Months of Karate Classes at Bas-I Kyokushin Karate (80% Off)

Bas-I Kyokushin Karate

West Perrine

$100 $20

Instructors teach a traditional Japanese style of karate with adaptations that account for modern self-defense techniques

Two or Four Months of Dragon Boat Racing at Dragon Boat Club of Miami (Up to 50% Off)

Dragon Boat Club of Miami

Virginia Key

$20 $11

Experienced dragon boat paddlers build camaraderie and lead rides along the waters of Key Biscayne

One or Two Two-Hour Court Rentals at Miami Padel (Up to 71% Off)

Miami Padel

Ives Estates

$60 $19

Hit the court for energetic matches of padel, which blends aspects of tennis, racquetball, and squash

$49 for One Month of Martial Arts Training for a Child or Adult at Tiger & Dragon ($200 Value)

Tiger & Dragon

Miami

$200 $49

Kids have fun while learning Kenpo karate and Shootfighting techniques; adults can partake in classes such as Shootfighting and Tumba

$36 for $120 Worth of Horseback-Riding Lessons — Miami International Riding Club

Miami International Riding Club

Miami

$120 $36

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$49 for One Month of Unlimited CrossFit at BRX CrossFit ($150 Value)

BRX CrossFit

The Hammocks

$150 $49

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CrossFit's functional-training workouts change daily and can include exercises such as dead lifts, squats, burpees, and sprints

Diet Plan and Fitness Evaluation or Diet Plan and Personal Training at Mike's Nutrition & Fitness (Up to 78% Off)

Mike's Nutrition & Fitness

Northeast Coconut Grove

$400 $89

Clients burn fat, build muscle, and establish healthy routines with diet plans and fitness evaluations

$35 for Four Weeks of Boot-Camp Classes at Miami's Top Fitness ($150 Value)

Miami's Top Fitness

Kendall Indian Hammocks Park

$150 $35

Boot-camp classes integrate elements of martial arts, agility drills, and body-weight exercises with potato-sack races and tug of war

$59 for One Month of High Intensity Interval Training Boot-Camp Classes at LegacyFit ($150 Value)

LegacyFit

Midtown/Wynwood

$150 $59

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A private strength coach to professional athletes brings his knowledge and routines to the public through boot camps held six days a week

BYOB City Lights Tour or a Water-Sports Cruise for Up to 10 from Capt Nick's Miami Yacht Charters (Up to 58% Off)

Capt Nick's Miami Yacht Charters

Downtown Miami

$1,200 $500

A Miami native navigates a 40-foot motor cruiser across the waters, pointing out sites that can include the Brickell Downtown Miami Skyline

Five CrossFit Classes or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Knockout Zone (Up to 74% Off)

Knockout Zone

Miami

$100 $35

High-intensity CrossFit classes combine cardio with constantly changing resistance movements to tone muscles quickly

$49 for Four Children's Painting Classes at Human Horizons Art School and Gallery ($115 Value)

Human Horizons Art School and Gallery

Majestic Plaza

$115 $49

Studio with private easels and community tables; instructors can help students create portfolios for art magnet programs

One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes for One or Two at Muscle Farm CrossFit (Up to 82% Off)

Muscle Farm CrossFit

Downtown Miami

$185 $36

High-intensity workouts feature squats, pushups, dumbbell lifts, and lunges; instructors scale routines to challenge all skill levels

Yoga, Boot Camp, KBX Kickboxing, or 90-Day Fitness Challenge at Magnan Martial Arts | Vinyasa Yoga Miami

Magnan Martial Arts | Vinyasa Yoga Miami

Three Lakes

$99 $39

Class packages for yoga, boot camp, fitness, or KBX Kickboxing at studio that trains members in disciplines of MMA self-defense and fitness

8 or 12 Group Training Classes at Bodytek Fitness (Up to 69% Off)

Bodytek Fitness

Multiple Locations

$140 $47

Hourlong workouts blend cardiovascular exercise and weight training to help build muscle and increase endurance

$193 for $350 Groupon — C'est Body Mind Fitness

C'est Body Mind Fitness

International Gardens

$350 $193

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$151 for $275 Groupon — Morphe

Morphe

Coral Way

$275 $151

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$50 for $100 Toward 1 Month of Fitness Classes

Extreme Athletes

Miami International Airport

$100 $50

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Eco-Adventure Airboat Tour for One, Two, or Four at Everglades Safari Park (29% Off)

Everglades Safari Park

Everglades Safari Park

$23 $16.49

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Guests take airboat tour of Everglades National Park; tickets host alligator show, trail access, and chance to hold baby alligator, Snappy

One, Two, or Three Months of Crossfit Gym Membership at Crossfit 826 (Up to 83% Off) 

Crossfit 826

Miami International Airport

$150 $32

Pull, push, and lift your way to fitness using the principles of CrossFit at this no-nonsense gym

Three or Six Personal Training Sessions at Campbody (Up to 60% Off)

Campbody

Kendall

$120 $55

IFA-certified personal trainer with more than 20 years of experience

$75 for $150 Groupon — Country Walk Kenpo Karate

Countrywalk American Kenpo Karate

Miami

$150 $75

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Adult Aqua-Fitness Classes or an Introductory Evaluation at swim gym (Up to 56% Off). Four Options Available.

swim gym

Kendall

$30 $15

A range of fitness classes in a heated pool can develop strength, supplement stamina, boost triathlete performance, or reduce Arthritis pain

City Tour, Everglades Tour, or Tour of City and Biscayne Bay from Safari Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Safari Tours

Bayside Marketplace

$39 $19

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Guides narrate in both English and Spanish as adventurers take in sights from art-deco buildings to swamp wildlife

Two or Four Private 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Leo Quintero Music (Up to 63% Off)

Leo Quintero Music

Ojus

$120 $45

Professional guitarist and composer Leo Quintero imparts his six-string knowledge to students of all skill levels

One Month of Yoga Classes or 10 Yoga Classes at Brawling Buddha Studio (Up to 75% Off)

Brawling Buddha Studio

Multiple Locations

$120 $49

Yoga instruction builds flexibility and strength while encouraging a healthier lifestyle

$25 for $50 Worth of Volleyball — Active Volleyball Training

Active Volleyball Training

Miami

$50 $25

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$29 for One Month of Unlimited Kickboxing and Boot-Camp Classes at Evolution MMA ($125 Value)

Evolution MMA

Kendall

$125 $29

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Cardio-kickboxing classes burn calories with real fighting combinations; boot-camp classes melt fat with full-body workouts

Wine-Tasting Class for Two or Four at Wine by the Bay (Up to 53% Off)

Wine by the Bay

Downtown Miami

$80 $41

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Wine and art boutique hosts tastings of top-end Italian and Californian wines paired with cheeses, olives, and other snacks

5 or 10 Ballroom-Fitness Classes at International Dance Studio (Up to 63% Off)

International Dance Studio

Kings Creek Shopping Center

$75 $29

Dance-fitness classes fuse modern Latin and ballroom steps with cardio and aerobic exercises for an energetic, calorie-burning workout

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As they observe the vibrant exhibits of aquatic life inside the Miami Seaquarium, many guests don't realize that they are walking through a movie set and a hospital. In the onsite lagoon, bottlenose dolphins swim through waters once traversed by Flipper, who filmed several television episodes and films at the venue. The Seaquarium is also recognized as a manatee critical care facility. Its staff has accomplished several historic treatments, including monitoring the conception and arrival of the first manatee born under human care and conducting the first manatee neurological surgery.

These facets of the Seaquarium—along with its many conservation efforts, educational programs, and shows—underscore a united commitment to wildlife consciousness. The animal attractions enable visitors to witness the allure and fragility of oceanic fauna up close, whether they are petting the back of a stingray or washing a dress shirt on the rough back of an 8-foot nile crocodile. Special encounters decrease the distance even further, sending patrons on underwater Sea Treks through the reef display or helping them to lead marine-mammal training routines.

It's hard to pinpoint the biggest personality inside the Seaquarium tanks, but Lolita the killer whale—who performs daily alongside pacific white-sided dolphins—claims the title of heaviest, period. On the other end of the scale, macaws and cockatiels perch around the Tropical Wings section of the park, and endangered sea turtles lounge at Discovery Bay. Elsewhere, a watery playground and three-story ropes course keep legs from growing too wobbly after a trip to Shark Channel or a smooch from a sea lion.

4400 Rickenbacker Cswy
Key Biscayne,
FL
US

The breadth of the Atlantic Ocean doesn't impact the reach of Alfredo Patino. As the chef and owner of Bin No. 18, the Miami-based chef draws inspiration from the casual cuisine of European bistros while using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and contemporary technique to lend a bit of New World flair to the ever-changing menus. French, Italian, and Latin American flavors appear throughout Chef Patino's cuisine, adding a global scope to the regionally rooted dishes.

Shareable platters of imported European cheeses and cured meats are served alongside Latin staples, including octopus salad, as well as classic Italian entrees made with homemade pastas. But recreating time-honored classics isn't the only thing that Chef Patino does. He also demonstrates a willingness to experiment by fusing New and Old World influences. This culinary whimsy is evident in the kitchen's modern interpretation of a Cuban sandwich—complete with slow-roasted pork, brie, and fig sauce—which earned a spot on Food & Wine magazine's list of the Best Sandwiches in the U.S.

And much like the European bistros that originally inspired Chef Patino, Bin No. 18 features an extensive wine list. Like his menu, the wine list takes a global approach by including bottles from Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, and Austria, as well as Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Washington State, California, and Oregon. This variety of options ensures that numerous pairing options are available for diners looking to enjoy a glass with their meal or collection of small plates. CBS Miami was also impressed by the selection, placing Bin No. 18 on its 2011 list of the Best Wine Bars In South Florida.

The Old World inspiration shines through a bit more clearly in the restaurant's décor, which skews more toward a rustic, yet refined ambiance as opposed to a nouveau vibe. Wooden wine barrels sit beside tables with avocado-green chairs, occasionally doubling as small side tables. At the same time, the collection of crystal chandeliers dangling from the ceiling adds a bit of classical elegance to the space.

1800 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami,
Florida
US

The Patricia and Philip Frost Museum has spent most of its life outgrowing its digs. It debuted in 1949 as a children's museum, which took off quickly and soon expanded into the Museum of Science and Natural History in 1952. In 1960, it again needed more space and moved to its current site, and now an even larger space is being built, set to open in 2016.

But throughout all its physical changes, its mission remains the same, "We inspire people of all ages and cultures to enjoy science and technology, in order to better understand ourselves and our world."

  • Size: as of now, the site stands at 48,000 square feet; plans for the new space will expand that to 250,000 square feet over five levels

  • Eye Catcher: tour the Wildlife Center, where the staffers care for injured wildlife?specifically majestic birds of prey?and release them back into the wild

  • Permanent Mainstay: the Planetarium, where PBS's Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer was filmed, boasts a 65-foot-diameter domed projection screen

  • Don't Miss: in the late afternoon, the planetarium hosts Legends of the Night Sky Laser Show, which teaches kids how to find constellations using lasers and Greek myths

  • Hands-On Experiments: in Nano, kids manipulate large-scale mechanisms as they familiarize themselves with the principles behind nanoscience

  • Special Programs: the museum?s Sea Lab features beautiful underwater creatures and coral reefs. Guests can get up close and personal as they reach out to touch a starfish or a sea urchin or have a cleaner shrimp nibble at their nails

3280 S Miami Ave.
Miami,
FL
US

Located in the heart of the city, Watson Island sometimes feels like a tropical paradise?complete with a leopard lurking in the undergrowth. Luckily, this jungle cat is safely within the confines of Jungle Island, which has inhabited the isle for more than a decade. And yet the story of this themed park, which houses everything from exotic birds and primates to rare plants and trees, began more than 75 years ago.

The Background

Jungle Island got its start in 1936 as Parrot Jungle, a small South Miami roadside attraction where the exotic birds could soar uncaged. In the following decades, the aviary hosted a wide array of noteworthy occupants, including Pinky?a high-wire bicycle-riding cockatoo?and several pink flamingos that appeared in the opening credits of Miami Vice. When Jungle Island's current owners purchased the company in 1988, they introduced new mammals and reptiles. After Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992, they made plans to relocate. They settled on Watson Island, and in 2003, finished construction of the animal habitats and 18 acres of tropical gardens, renaming it Jungle Island.

Jungle Island is currently home to rare white tigers and a white lion, one of the only tame cassowaries in the world, and a pair of orangutan twins, a rare occurrence. Animal shows and presentations allow visitors to experience Jungle Island's residents in many ways, and a VIP safari tour is available for the extremely curious. The latest addition to Jungle Island is animal-free: a floating aqua park with trampolines, slides, and an inflatable "iceberg" for climbing.

1111 Parrot Jungle Trl.
Miami,
FL
US

CrossFit 305 traces its lineage back to a modest, 300-square-foot studio that opened in 2008. Shortly after the staff began reading about CrossFit and testing out the workouts themselves, they decided to dedicate their business entirely to the functional fitness program. Even as they restructured their workouts, their studio continued to grow. Today, they hold their group classes in a 3,500-square foot facility equipped with gymnastics rings, kettlebells, and barbells for Olympic lifting.

Co-owner Dominic Sirianni says that many clients are hesitant to begin training at CrossFit 305, due to CrossFit’s reputation as a brutal, challenging workout. He assures them that they shouldn't be worried. "We scale the workout's intensity to their ability," he explains. "We have people as young as 10 years old and old as 77." In fact, it’s this inclusive atmosphere that keeps members coming back for more.

When they aren’t pushing clients to run faster or throw their boulders further, CrossFit 305's certified trainers encourage them to stay mindful of nutrition. They have even partnered with the Florida Heart Research Institute to help them give accurate body-composition readings and determine ideal body-fat percentages.

5940 NE 4th Ave
Miami,
FL
US

After losing 135 pounds, Spinderella Fitness owner Elizabeth Rodriguez was determined to inspire other women to seize control of their health and strive for the energy and confidence of the physically fit. She became a certified nutritionist and personal trainer before undertaking the study of a less conventional subject: pole dancing. Rodriguez struggled at first. She recalls that she "use[d] to go home in tears" of frustration. But 17 months later, she opened her own pole-dance fitness studio, and then a second one to meet the demand for her teachings.

Rodriguez's studios host more than two-dozen classes thanks to her collaboration with Melissa Fernandez—a trained dancer with a background in jazz, ballet, and hip hop—who helped broaden the curriculum. This collaboration has resulted in both high-energy, cardio-driven workouts as well as those inspired by salsa, Flashdance, and the sensual rippling of national flags.

Students who are serious about mastering advanced pole maneuvers progress through several levels. After mastering a pole routine at one level, they receive a colored thong to mark their graduation to the next. Pole climbing students repeat the process until they are certified black-thong dancers capable of disarming a kung fu master with the twist of a hip.

14075 SW 143rd Court #1
Miami,
FL
US

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