Ambitious and impressive contempo art exhibitions housed in the former 1930s Miami Beach Public Library.
An extensive contemporary art collection that's privately owned but free to the public. Stand-out Cuban artists Ana Mendieta and Félix González-Torres are on permanent display. The Untitled billboard of a bird in flight (created by González-Torres) dominates the facade.
Put the pedal to the metal with the Citibike bike sharing and rental program. One thousand bikes at one hundred stations and counting.
Don't worry about distracting the players that congregate at Domino Park, because nothing takes their mind off the game. Sitting down to play, however, is another matter. Watch from the sidelines and enjoy the banter heard over the click-clack of the rectangles.
The super manageable, light-filled PAMM designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron is worth the visit if only for the dangling tropical greenery. The well-curated gift shop is good for unique finds, and Verde, the museum's patio restaurant, is perfect for rosé sipping and nibbling on wood-fired squash blossom pizza.
One of the world's largest private collections of contemporary art is on display inside a stark, 45,000-square foot industrial-like space. The impressive lineup (Basquiat, Hirst, Warhol, Walker, and 800+ others) depicts an even more impressive art collecting history. The owners Rubell, a husband and wife team from Manhattan, spent much of their free time in the '60s, '70s, and '80s, visiting studios of up-and-comers, supporting young artists and their friends and alternative lifestyles.
Rent a bike and ride along the boardwalk from 1st street to about 23rd street before turning back. You get to pass all the great Deco architecture, feel the ocean breeze, and get some exercise.
As crazy as Miami can get, that's how calming Vizcaya can be. Built as the winter residence of James Deering, a turn-of-the-century industrialist, the complex consists of a beautiful Baroque mansion on Biscayne Bay and elaborate European-style gardens. Guided tours are available, and lunch is served in the on-site cafe.
A quick jaunt away from South Beach, the buzzy, hipper-than-thou Wynwood nabe is the place for a sidewalk graffiti tour (50 artists from 16 countries have covered over 80,000 square feet of brick) and, on the second Saturday of every month, an Art Walk.