Ah, Miami. A city alive with diverse people, flavorful food, beautiful coastlines, and of course, and nightlife to die for. But what about the Miami that you haven’t seen? What about the Miami that you can’t find in guidebooks? If you’re looking for some unusual places to discover in Miami, you’ve come to the right place!
Sand Castle Builder on South Beach
If sun, sand, and ocean are at the top of your list, go see the sand castle builder on South Beach. Along the way you may end up finding some other sand castles that catch your attention. Miami is known for some pretty outrageous sand castles, so head on over for a look at art made from natural materials. If you want a day trip, try packing a picnic and spending the day catching some rays, breathing in the ocean air, and watching some sand castle construction.
While we’re on the topic of castles, perhaps the Coral Castle Museum would be of interest. From 1923 to 1951, Edward Leedskalnin carved over 1,100 tons of coral all by himself according to the Coral Castle Museum website! This place will have you staring in awe as you try to figure out how Leedskalnin accomplished this feat. All he would say when asked is that “he knew the secrets of the pyramids”. The website has information such as hours of operation. coralcastle.com
The World Erotic Art Museum
If you want a racy getaway while in Miami, head on over to the World Erotic Art Museum. It’s one of the largest collection of erotic art in the world and the owners are super friendly. They have exhibits ranging from Art Nouveau to Saloon. Other exhibits include Lady Godiva, Catherine the Great , and Chess. Visit the website for additional info.
The Underwater Gym
Wanna get in the water for your next workout? Try the underwater gym, where your entire session will be held in a pool. People who have experienced this call it “exhilarating”. The underwater gym utilizes drag resistance to make sure you get an intensive workout, sure to leave you sore… then ripped! theunderwatergym.com
Balloon Over Miami
Ever seen Miami from an aerial view? Well it’s about time you tried it! This is an adventure for all ages with the ride duration being about an hour. Check out the website for pricing. www.balloonovermiami.com
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, kiteboarding is a water sport where a surfboarder uses the a large kite with hand-held strings to control the lift and pull he or she needs. It’s very fun, very active, and you’ll have a great time! www.miamikiteboarding.com
Street Performers of Miami
Street performers and vendors can be found all over the city! This is where you’re going to find the true personality of Miami shining through and it’s cheap. You’re trip won’t be complete until you’ve discovered some bizarre and interesting talents on the streets of Miami.
I guess the attraction would be South Beach, but the activity is beach jogging. This is sure to give you a great workout, let you see large expanses of South Beach, and there are even blogs dedicated to beach running on South Beach and suggested routes! www.joggingroutes.org
Parrots in Jungle Island
Okay, so this place is really cool AND it gives you a chance to get up close to some very pretty tropical birds. Not only is it fun, but you’ll learn something too! jungleisland.com
Swim with the Dolphins
This may not be weird or wacky but it’s definitely interesting! There are a couple places to do this in Miami. Try out Theater of the Sea or the famous Miami Seaquarium! www.theaterofthesea.com
These are generally considered the weirdest attractions Miami has to offer. Word has it the Flying Trapeze School, which offered trapeze lessons, and Laundry Bar, where you could wash your clothes and have a few specially made drinks while you wait, have closed. Also, many of the truly bizarre and interesting attractions appear on a year-to-year basis such as the Weird Miami Art Exhibit and artist-led tour of 2010.
So, in my opinion, the best way to discover Miami is to wander! Most of the oddities this city contains are hidden on back roads or are spread through word of mouth.