Things To Do In Miami

$22 for Two Hours of Pool for Up to Four with Food and Beer at New Wave Billiards ($40.99 Value)

New Wave Billiards

University Park

Up to four can play pool for two hours while enjoying apps like wings or jalapeño poppers and drinking Budweiser, Bud Light, or Miller Lite

$40.99 $22

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5 or 10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Rina Yoga (Up to 75% Off)

Rina Yoga

Multiple Locations

Certified instructors lead a variety of yoga styles seven days a week, helping students of all fitness levels hone strength and flexibility

$80 $20

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

Sluggers Batting Cages

Tamiami Park

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

$40 $20

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Two-Hour Scotch Tasting and Appetizers for One or Two from EventGeekUSA on Saturday, January 3 (Up to 80% Off)

EventGeekUSA

Oceanfront

Aficionados can spend two hours sampling scotch whiskey from six distilleries, listening to smooth jazz, and snacking on light fare

$149 $39

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Regular or VIP Entry to SPECTRUM Miami Art Fair for Two (Up to 40% Off)

SPECTRUM Miami

Wynwood

Visitors explore new works of art at a juried fair displaying pieces from galleries and studio artists alike; complimentary glass of wine

$20 $12

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One-Day Admission Wednesday–Friday on or a Weeklong Pass to Red Dot Art Fair December 2–7 (Up to 33% Off)

Red Dot Art Fair

Red Dot Fair

Take in one day of this massive art exhibition or come and go at your leisure throughout the week, taking in all the visiting work

$15 $10

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90-Minute Concealed-Weapon-Permit Class for One or Four at Florida Gun Expo. Multiple Dates Available. (Up to 55% Off)

Florida Gun Expo

Miami

Two-day gun and knife show offers a 90-minute concealed-weapon-permit class four times each day

$100 $49

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Viva la Salsa Cuban Dance Celebration for One or Two (50% Off)

Interactive Media Corp

CubaOcho Art and Research Center

Festival celebrates Cuban-style salsa dancing; guests sip drinks, smoke cigars, and learn Latin dance steps

$20 $10

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Explore a Chocolate Factory and Hand-Dip Your Own Chocolates

Chocolate Facility Tour and Demos

Le Chocolatier

Tour a chocolate-making facility and make your own chocolate truffles filled with ganache during a two-hour workshop with a chocolatier

$45

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VIP Experience for One or Two at Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival on March 14, 2015 (Up to 56% Off)

Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival

The First Presbyterian Church of Miami

VIP passes to 5th-annual food and wine festival include special tastings, presentations, and a goody bag

$125 $60

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Two-Hour Champagne Sunset Yacht Cruise from DEA Charters (Up to 50% Off)

DEA Charters

Downtown Miami

Spend two hours sipping drinks and eating appetizers with up to six people during sunset on the water

$400 $199

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Four or Eight Trampoline Boot-Camp Classes at Trampoline High (Up to 73% Off)

Trampoline High

Kendall

Participants bounce their way to fitness in trampoline boot-camp classes; includes one pair of non-slip socks

$50 $17

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5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing Country Walk (Up to 86% Off)

Kickboxing Country Walk

Multiple Locations

Using kickboxing fundamentals, experienced trainers help students burn calories and tone muscles during 45-minute sessions

$90 $15

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Firearms Course from Tactical U Firearms Training & Self-Defense (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Tactical U Firearms Training & Self-Defense

Multiple Locations

Classes qualify pupils for state concealed-carry permit, teach concealed-carry tactics and safety, and improve students’ skills in low light

$150 $79

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Conquer Bootcamp Classes at Conquer CrossFit (Up to 76% Off)

Conquer CrossFit

Three Lakes

Instructors challenge strength, stamina, and agility through dynamic group workouts that change daily

$85 $26

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5 or 10 Zumba or Booty Bounce Classes at Nago Academy Miami (Up to 67% Off)

Nago Academy Miami

Miami

Instructor with more than 15 years of dance training leads over 30 monthly upbeat fitness classes, such as Zumba, Booty Bounce, and Hip Hop

$75 $25

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Insanity Boot-Camp, PiYO, Pilates, or Personal Training Sessions at Fit Body Miami (Up to 70% Off)

Fit Body Miami

Midtown/Edgewater

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

$70 $28

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$28 for Five Fitness Classes at Power Fit Studios ($75 Value)

Power Fit Studios

Media and Entertainment District

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

$75 $28

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

Mma Fit

Miami

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$300 $105

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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

For twenty terrifying nights this fall, the normally tranquil confines of Watson Island will be visited by an ancient evil and the malevolent modern forces that awakened it. Designed by the frightmasters that brought you the award-winning Festival of Souls?which was voted the scariest haunted house in Florida by HauntWorld.com?Terror in the Jungle transforms Jungle Island into a massive, interactive haunted experience. Visitors enter a jungle beset by toxin-infused beasts, shambling zombies, and wrathful gods bent on punishing any mortal who dares wander the undergrowth. After navigating five acres of dense pathways, visitors arrive at the main event: the Ruins Pyramid Haunted House, a 10,000 square foot temple of unimaginable evil and bone-chilling scares.

The Storyline

Like a great scary movie, Terror in the Jungle comes with a back story that sets up the fright within. The story begins on 12/21/2012, a day purported to mark the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar. As the world woke to yet another day on Earth, the prophesy manifested itself in an unexpected way. In the skies above Mexico, a cargo plane transporting hazardous materials from a government research lab faltered, crashing into the ruins of an ancient, forgotten city. The toxins on board seeped into the surrounding environment, mutating plants and people alike. Locals entreated the old gods for help, but found only retribution; insulted by mankind's disregard for life and nature, the deities unleashed the Hunter, a demon bent on wiping out any human in its path.

It is now 2014. The Mexican government, desperate for answers about the crash and its aftermath, has uncovered rumors of ecological unrest deep within a remote jungle. Now, government officials and Hazmat containment specialists are gathered at the entrance to the jungle, preparing to clean up their catastrophic mess. Little do they know that these trees conceal overgrown beasts, risen undead, and a supernatural force more powerful than anything they've ever encountered.

1111 Parrot Jungle Trl.
Miami,
FL
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

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 Northeast 4th Avenue
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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