What to Do in South Beach in December 2017

Looking to escape the wintry weather this season? Miami is the perfect destination as it offers warm weather, cultural events, and during the month of December, you can still partake in holiday festivities without the dreaded cold. With all these possibilities awaiting you, make sure you visit Miami this December!

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Free Events

When you visit Miami, you do not have to worry about spending a fortune to fill your itinerary with activities. The following events are not only wonderful experiences to partake in, but they are also free:

  • Second Saturdays at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM): From 1-4pm on the second Saturday of each month, you can explore the museum’s impressive collection of modern art. In addition to free admission into its galleries, visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy hands-on activities, guided tours, and guest performances.
  • Target Free Third Friday at the Miami Children’s Museum: This museum boasts fun, educational experiences for children. From 3-9pm on the third Friday of each month, children can partake in exhibits that explore a variety of topics – from discussions on pet ownership to learning about sustainability, it was a wonderful educational experience.
  • Free Yoga Classes: Since your visit to Miami is all about relaxation, yoga is the perfect way to channel your inner peace. Best of all, you do not have to pay a fortune to partake in yoga classes — in fact, they are free! On Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm, head over to the Tina Hills Pavilion in Bayfront Park for “Yoga in the Park,” which is popular among locals for its unique closing prayer. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm, Vinyasa-based classes are held at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove and Mayfair Hotel rooftop has an 8am class for you early risers.
  • Coconut Grove Historic Bicycle Tour: There is a wealth of history to uncover in Coconut Grove, Miami’s oldest community. On the first and third Saturday of each month join historian Frank Schena from 9:30am–noon for a free bicycle tour of the area. The tour begins at City Hall and includes stops at Trapp Avenue, Alice Wainwright Park, and other areas of North Coconut Grove.
  • Art Deco District Walking Tour: During your visit make sure you tour Miami’s historic Art Deco District, which was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. There are approximately 800 structures with historical importance all along Collins Avenue and other neighboring streets.

 

Miami’s Breathtaking Beaches

There is a reason so many people flock to Florida during the winter: it offers some of the most picturesque beaches in the country. In Miami, there is no shortage of amazing beaches, and because each one offers something different, you will definitely find the perfect place to soak up some sun. To help you narrow down your choices, here are three recommendations:

  • 21st-45th Street Beach: This stunning beach is frequented by locals as it offers quality eateries, is surrounded by luxurious hotels, and has the Miami Beach boardwalk.
  • Lummus Park Beach: The perfect destination if you enjoy volleyball, thatched huts, and people watching.
  • Haulover Beach: These dozen miles of white sand, ocean surf, landscaped dunes, and shaded picnic areas rank as one of the area’s most scenic stretches of beachfront. Tuesday nights bring a small food truck festival with local vendors, live music, and programming for the whole family.

 

Holiday Activities

When you visit Miami during the month of December you truly get the best of both worlds: holiday festivities and warm weather.

  • Christmas with the Chimps at Lion Country Safari: On Wednesday, December 20th at 10:30am visit Hwange National Park for an unforgettable experience. Santa will make a special appearance to hand-deliver presents to the park’s chimps, giving visitors a unique opportunity to leave their vehicles to watch the chimps receive presents.
  • Santa’s Enchanted Forest: This is the world’s largest holiday theme park and it features over one-hundred rides, shows, games, and attractions. To partake in all the holiday fun, visit between November 2nd and January 7th!

Secret Locations for Romantic Picnics in Miami

Miami offers many wonderful parks for your romantic picnic dinner. Below are five destinations that offers stunning landscapes, ample space, and onsite amenities that enhance the experience.  Grab your picnic blanket, select an excellent bottle of wine, and head off to one of these romantic picnic paradises.

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A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park

A.D. Barnes Park offers a spacious landscape that features beautiful foliage, such as its fragrant pine trees. The National Audubon Society also designated the park a haven for migrating birds, making it perfect for anyone who enjoy bird watching. The park also houses a wide selection of designated picnic areas, picnic shelters, a heated pool, and a nature center.

 

South Pointe Park

Envision yourself indulging in a gourmet picnic while beholding panoramic views of the water and the Port of Miami. During the day you can lay on your blanket for hours watching cruise ships sail past you and at night the glistening waters and cool breezes will lull you sleep.

 

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

You will not regret a picnic at this coastal Florida State Park. Here you can savor your picnic on the sands while staring into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to the numerous covered picnic areas and picnic pavilion rentals, patrons can enjoy some time at the beach or explore the oark’s beautiful grounds. During your visit you can also partake in a variety of activities such as fishing, hiking, a guided lighthouse tour, or strolling its many nature trails. With so much to experience at this state park, your picnic will be anything but ordinary.

 

Tropical Park

This Miami-Dade County Park offers an impressive list of options to ensure your picnic is not only romantic, but adventurous. You can dine at a picnic table or a covered pavilion, both of which offer exceptional views of the park. There is also a man-made beach on sight where you can relax in the warm sands. For couples that are sports enthusiasts, you can participate in a game of tennis, shoot some hoops at the basketball court, or trot around at the equestrian center.

 

Amelia Earhart Park

No matter where you set up your picnic at the Amelia Earhart Park, you are guarenteed a stunning view of the lake. The park features six picnic shelters complete with barbecue stations, which allows you to really expand your dining options. The park also offers a diverse selection of activities including a farm village, a water sports complex, mountain bike riding, and volleyball courts. You can also fish at any of the 515-acre park’s five lakes or go for a romantic canoe ride with your partner.

What to Do in South Beach in November

As another year inches closer to a close, South Beach is coming back to life with plenty of great events lined up for November. This month, we’ve got wine festivals by the dozen, not to mention events celebrating everything from edgy art to the vets, Frisbee to burgers. This is November in South Beach.

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Seed Food & Wine Festival

The Seed Food & Wine Festival asks the question: what if a food and wine festival went vegetarian? Hosted by Whole Foods, this event seeks to promote plant-based eating and animal welfare. The festival runs from November 1-5. More information here.

 

Miami Live Month

From November 1-30, Miami Live Arts Month will see special events popping up across the city. There’s everything from live comedy acts to dance, concerts, poetry and more. There’s also special deals on restaurants and hotels. Find out more here.

 

Burgerliscious

Head over to Ponce Circle Park on November 2 for this celebration of the classic beer and burger. It’s delicious and good value. More details here.

 

Doral Food & Wine Festival

The Doral Food & Wine Festival is returning once again this year. From November 4-5, Doral Central Park will be overflowing with wines from across the world. Plus, there’s food, live entertainment and cooking demos. Pretty much everything you need for a fun weekend out, right? More information can be found here.

 

South Miami Art Festival

More than 100 artists from across the world will be putting their work on show over two days, from November 4 to5. Admission is free, and the event is set to take place along Sunset Drive between U.S. Highway 1 and SW 57th Avenue. More details here.

 

Veterans Day Parade

Honor the vets on November 11 with this year’s Veterans Day Parade. The event will take place on Washington Avenue, with more information available here.

 

Ultimate Beach Frisbee

If you’re a fan of ultimate Frisbee, you can’t miss this one. Over 1000 players are expected to turn out this year for Miami’s biggest celebration of the humble Frisbee. Events will be taking place over November 11 and 12. Find out more here.

 

Miami Book Fair International

The more than three decade old book fair is returning this year, from November 12 to 19. Find some of the best of new literature, with both local and international writers set to attend. More details can be found at the official website.

 

NASCAR Ford Championship

The biggest event of the month, it’s time to get revved up for the NASCAR Ford Championship. The action starts on November 17 and continues through to 19. It should be a blast, find out more here.

 

Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest

If you’re looking for a touch of class to go with your race cars and burgers, why not pop over to the Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest on November 18? Dozens of acts are lined up to impress audiences in their mellow outdoor performance area. More information here.