Miami's Ultimate Summer Guide
The last few years have seen the Magic City grow from a sunny beach destination to a hub of musical, creative and cultural offerings, giving locals and visitors alike the chance to experience Miami in a diverse and engaging way. We're always on the lookout for new ways to explore our city, and love sharing our finds with the Live! family. Just in time for summer, we’ve put together a map of our favorite things to do and experience around town, with highlights of the must-sees that no visit to Miami should do without.
Whether you’re looking to catch a big-name act or the latest local band, Miami’s music scene is always surprising us with new sounds and places to enjoy them. While we’ve listed a bunch of different music venues on our map, here are 2 spots that we think you’ll love:
Sweat Records – Little Haiti
Located right next door to Churchill’s Pub lives Sweat Records, Miami’s independent music store, café and event space. With a varied selection of LPs, CDs, books and gifts, stopping in is a must for any music-lover. Sweat also hosts a series of music and comedy events in-house, with a full vegan coffee and snack bar to compliment a day spent digging up records. And who knows? You may be one of the lucky few to catch Iggy Pop sorting through vinyl while you’re there.
MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS
While a summer in Miami may have previously been synonymous with tourist traps and a 3-hour drive up to Disney World, we’re proud to say that our city has evolved into a community that loves the arts, entertainment and its cultural ties to Latin America and the Caribbean. Check out these activities and attractions for an authentic look into Miami’s eclectic soul.
Wynwood Arts District - Wynwood
Easily one of the most visited neighborhoods in Miami, Wynwood is the home of all those beautiful wall murals you’ve undoubtedly come across on Instagram. It’s the Arts District we’ve been craving for a while now, and it never disappoints. With a variety of restaurants, galleries, independent shops and iconic street art, it’s not hard to see why it’s become one of the most visited areas of the city. Arrive during the day for a stroll through the Wynwood Walls or sign up for a guided Wynwood Mural Tour, where you’ll be able to experience the art up close. There’s also the Wynwood Art Walk every second Saturday of the month, which is essentially a colorful block party complete with live music, access to galleries, street performers and food vendors. Full Disclosure: it gets pretty packed and parking can be difficult during Art Walk. Arrive early and bring your camera – the people watching alone is worth the trip.
Micro Theater Miami – Downtown Miami
At Micro Theater Miami, old shipping containers are repurposed into theaters, creating a uniquely intimate space for the actors and audience alike. Their shows play to no more than 15 people at a time, and last a total of 15 minutes each. With 7 different plays taking place throughout the evening in both English and Spanish, the entire Micro Theater experience introduces the audience to a variety of styles and genres in a format that definitely lives outside the box.
PARKS & BEACHES
One of the first things that usually comes to mind when Miami is mentioned are our beaches, and with good reason. Whether you’re in the mood for a swim or a place to picnic, there are a ton of options to enjoy Miami’s scenery. These are some of our favorite places to kick back and relax when we’re craving some outdoor time:
South Pointe Park, Pier and Beach – Miami Beach
South Pointe Park sits on the southernmost point of Miami Beach, with South Pointe Pier and Ocean Drive just a few steps away. The park offers plenty of open space for a picnic, a bike ride, or just soaking in the sun. When you’re ready to cool off, the ocean is within walking distance, and if you love a good sunset, stay awhile and visit the Pier. On a clear night, you can also enjoy a gorgeous view of the evening sky right by the ocean – what could beat that?
Night Kayaking at Oleta River State Park – North Miami
Oleta is a great place to visit at any time of day, but their New and Full Moon Kayak Tours offer a fun and unique way to spend a Miami summer night. The tour takes visitors through Oleta’s mangroves, under the light of the moon and with some help from colored glow sticks provided beforehand. The evening wraps up on Oleta’s private beach, complete with a bonfire and s’mores to complete the experience.
FOOD & DRINKS
Vice City Bean & All Day Miami - Dwntwn Miami
All your coffee, pastries and breakfast needs are best served here. Check them out, you won't regret it.
Glass & Vine - Coconut Grove
For a fresh, absolutely delicious meal, go here. Located in the heart of Peacock Park, you'll love having brunch, lunch or dinner surrounded by nature.
Lemoni Cafe - Buenavista
Hands down our favorite spot for lunch. Fresh, simple, delicious, unpretentious food and friendly environment. Try the Spinach and Quinoa Salad.
A Note to our Solo Out-Of-State and International Students:
Are you planning to attend one of our summer sessions on your own? Need a place to stay while visiting? Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we may be able to pair you with one of our Live! families. Send us your name, contact information, and the dates you’re planning to travel and we’ll try our best to connect you to a host family here in Miami.
If you’re not already familiar with the home sharing site, AirBnB is a safe and secure alternative to a typical hotel stay. With a vast array of room options in apartments and houses across South Florida (and the world!) AirBnB has plenty of beautiful, clean and conveniently located vacation rentals across the city.
Best Western PLUS Windsor Inn - North Miami
If you’re more of a hotel person, this Best Western location is the closest to Live!, right off of Biscayne Blvd and 122nd Street.
Hostelworld - Miami
If you are more of a backpacker and love to meet new people, Hostelworld is the right platform for you. Nice, affordable stays in Miami with reliable reviews.
We hope our guide has gotten you excited about spending time in this amazing city we're lucky to call home. Feel free to share any spots or activities you didn't see on our list - we're always excited to discover new places and hidden gems around town. If you post your summer snapshots on Instagram, we'd love to see them! Tag us @live_music_school so we can follow along on your Miami adventures.