With its seven slides, Tidal Cove Waterpark in Aventura is open
This just in: It’s summer. Hot. Humid. Seemingly endless.
In Miami, summer is not always something to celebrate (though we love the somewhat less scream-inducing traffic). But as our alternative is to move to someplace where you can’t buy croquetas on every corner, we’ve learned to adjust to it.
We do believe surviving summer is possible, but you’re going to need a plan.
So here are a few suggestions on where to go and what to do to make the hottest months of the year a little more enjoyable. Or at least bearable.
Spend a day at a hotel pool
Find out where and how to get day passes to some of Miami Beach’s swankiest pools with our hotel pool guide.
Visit a Rosé Garden
At La Centrale at Brickell City Centre, the pink wine flows all summer long.
See a movie in a luxury theater
The summer movies are here. So splurge and find out the best theaters for food and drink in our luxury movie theater guide.
Sure, some of Miami’s malls are outdoor pedestrian malls, like the mall you have forgotten about, Lincoln Road. Or the swanky Bal Harbour Shops. But you can always duck in and out of air conditioned stores (and bars).
Maybe you prefer Aventura Mall. Or Dadeland. Which is better? We can tell you.
Of course, your favorite mall tells us something about you. But whatever your choice is, we know you’re hot and sweaty. We won’t judge, just for now, even if you prefer Mall of the Americas, Miami’s best worst mall.
And of course, if you’re in the mood for a journey, you can drive north to Sawgrass Mills in Broward. It’s still a thing.
Sick of your neighborhood mall? Here’s our guide to the malls of Miami so you can explore.
Take a road trip to the Florida Keys
The tourists are gone for the most part, so enjoy a southernmost break.
Visit a museum
You know they’re air conditioned, right? Here’s where to go and what you’ll see there.
Take the kids to a pool or a park
Don’t want to bother with the beach? Here are five places you and the kids can cool off.
New this year is Tidal Cove Waterpark at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa; day passes are available to nonguests.
Explore our restaurants
Summer is the perfect time to explore restaurants that tend to get crowded in the tourist months, like Brad Kilgore’s new Ember in the Design District or Michael Schwartz’s new Tigertail + Mary in Coconut Grove.
If you’re a local, you definitely want to eat like one. Here are the best restaurants to check out all over Miami-Dade County.
Work your way through our Miami restaurant bucket list.
See how brave you are in Wynwood
Paranoia Horror Maze is so scary you need a safe word. You may just want to stay out in the heat.
Take some selfies
At Unicorn Factory in Wynwood, you can up your Instagram game.
Go to the beach
Need inspiration? Here’s our guide to South Florida beaches.
And if you head to Miami Beach and aren’t quite sure where you are, here’s how to tell if you’re in North, South or Miami Beach.