The city of Miami, also known as the Magic City, is a port city located in South Florida on the Atlantic coast. It is best known for its pristine beaches, exotic nightlife and delicious cuisine. Most visitors are aware of the obvious exciting spots to visit such as the Art Deco area, Miami Beach, restaurants, cigar shops, glamorous shopping malls and trendsetting nightclubs, but did you know there are hidden extraordinary sites that you must-see the next time you visit Miami?
Miami is well known for its beaches, but this historical aquatic pool is something residents, visitors and tourists flock to every summer. This incredible pool was created from a coral rock quarry in 1923. The pool water originates from an aquifer located underground and is responsible for filling the pool with 820,000 gallons of spring water every day. This beautiful pool is surrounded by palm trees, cave-like grottos, two waterfalls and Mediterranean architecture and design. Imagine spending your afternoon swimming in pristine spring water, relaxing in grottos that make you feel like you are hiding in a secluded cave and surrounded by beautiful waterfalls. The entire family is welcome to enjoy this beautiful poolside destination. The Venetian pool is located at 2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134
You probably already know Florida has alligators, but did you know you can see them up close and personal? Imagine flying through the grassy waters on an airboat as you come to a stop to see dozens of alligators on the surface of the water. This incredible experience can be yours at the Everglades National Park. You can also enjoy backcountry camping, bird watching, biking, canoe and kayak trails, fishing and guided tours. You can see wildlife such as turtles, birds, crocodiles, alligators, manatees, dolphins and more. The Everglades National Park is located at 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034
Get ready to experience something extraordinary at this historical and exciting Indian Village. The Miccosukee tribe welcomes all visitors and provides plenty of entertainment. You can dine in restaurants, test your luck at the casino, explore the history museum and have an adventure of a lifetime on an airboat ride through the village grounds. An extra treat includes the hands-on opportunity for a tribal member to teach you the art of alligator wrestling. The Miccosukee Indian Village is located at US Highway 41, Miami Florida 33104
Grab your picnic basket, towels and sunscreen then drive down a scenic pathway of trees to this historical beach and marina. Bring the entire family along for splashing around in the water, kiteboarding, kayaking, fishing, boating and more. This scenic destination has a formal restaurant that serves fresh seafood, nature trails, and pavilions. Spend your day relaxing in the sunshine, exploring nature trails, learning to kiteboard and climbing on coral rocks that surround the area. Matheson Hammock Park is located at 9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
If you love animals, this is the place you need to see during your visit to Miami. This is the only sub-tropical, lush, open-air zoo located in the United States. You have the opportunity to explore the grounds viewing animals from Australia, Africa, Asia and the United States. Popular animals located on the grounds include the Alpaca, Malayan Sun bear, Squirrel monkey, Warthog, Spotted Hyena, Asian Elephant, African Elephant, Camel, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Zebra, African Lion, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Gorilla, Toucan, Bald Eagle, Toucan, snakes, lizards, Komodo Dragon, Crocodile, Turtles, Flamingos and more. In addition to the animals, you have the opportunity to explore exhibits such as the Amazon and Beyond, Wings of Asia Aviary and Critter Connection. Zoo Miami is located at 14805 SW 216th Street, Miami, Florida 33170
These exciting destinations often get overlooked by tourists due to the distraction of the beaches, restaurants, and nightlife Miami has to offer. If you are looking for a unique experience in between relaxing on the beach, try one or all of the destinations listed above. Don’t forget to bring your camera along to capture your unique experiences along the way.