If you’re in or planning a visit to Miami Beach, here are some attractions not to miss, and some places to dine.
SOUTH BEACH - South Beach, on the south side of Miami Beach, features the world-famous Art Deco District and Ocean Drive along with fabulous dining and entertainment.
Where: Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL.
VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS - This National Historic Landmark was built by agricultural industrialist James Deering, who wintered on the property from 1916-1925. Today, the extraordinary European-inspired estate includes a Main House filled with art and furnishings, 10 acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay, a hardwood hammock (native forest), and a historic village.
Where: 3251 S. Miami Ave. Miami, FL. 33129
MONKEY JUNGLE - Escape on a jungle safari and explore the wilds of South America, Asia and Africa. Witness crab-eating monkeys diving for treats. Delve into the lush, tropical Amazonian rain forest filled with hundreds of exotic creatures. Be in awe of the great apes. Also, see one of the richest fossil deposits in Southern Florida, with more than 5,000 specimens.
Where: 14805 SW 216th St. Miami, FL. 33170
ZOO MIAMI - Rated one of the top 10 zoos in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com in 2014, this 340-acre zoo showcases more than 3,000 animals, including koalas, tigers, and elephants in large open-air exhibits. Things to do and see include: the 27-acre Amazon and Beyond, American Banker's Family Aviary - Wings of Asia, Dr. Wilde's World, Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station, Humpy's Camel Rides, Kaziranga Camp Rhino Encounter, the Zoo Squad, Wings Down Under: A Parrot Feeding Experience, Playground Playworld, and a zookeeper keeps you informed throughout the day.
Where: 12400 SW 152nd St. Miami, FL. 33177
BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE - Bayside is the most-visited tourist attraction in Miami, with an impressive number five ranking statewide -- sunshine and a dose of Latin flavor combine to make Bayside a feast for all the senses.
Where: 401 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL. 33132
JOE’S STONE CRAB - Known around the world as a must-visit eatery, this landmark restaurant has been a favorite of celebrities and heads of state for generations. It is even named on the list “1,000 things to do before you die.” The restaurant is also renowned for not accepting reservations. Everyone is served on a first-come-first-served basis. Private dining is available for groups of 20 people or more.
Where: 11 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL. 33139
VERSAILLES RESTAURANT - Enjoy authentic and delicious Cuban cuisine at reasonable prices at this Little Havana landmark with a fun and cheerful ambience. Total capacity is 350, group capacity is 50.
Where: 3555 SW 8th St. Miami, FL. 33135
SMITH AND WOLLENSKY - With sweeping ocean views, prime steaks and an award-winning wine list, this restaurant is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Total capacity is 650, group capacity is 300, with several private rooms for groups and outdoor dining.
Where: 1 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL. 33139