Top 13 Places to Visit in Miami for a Fun-Filled Medical Vacation
- 25 April 2017
- Dr. Mark Broudo
You may be going to Miami for plastic surgery, but it doesn’t mean that you can no longer enjoy the sights and sounds this tropical city has to offer. After all, Miami is a world-class tourist destination showcasing a variety of beaches, restaurants, and theme parks – and it would be a shame to miss them all during your medical vacation.
Whether you’re recovering from your plastic surgery or just getting ready to get one, here are 13 places that you should visit during your Miami medical vacation:
They say the beach does wonders for recovery. Time to test that theory here in Miami.
If there’s one thing that Miami’s famous for, it’s the beaches. Miami is home to the world-famous Miami Beach, which is located on an island connected to the mainland by a series of beaches.
At the southern end of the Miami Beach is South Beach, which is always mobbed with tourists because of its party beach vibe. But even though you can’t swim immediately after plastic surgery, you can stroll around the beach and enjoy hanging out with other vacationers.
Want a more low-key and tranquil beach? Head on to Key Biscayne, the northernmost island in the Florida Keys.
It has a waterfront park and a cycling path, and at the same time boasts of a gorgeous view of Miami. The waters are tranquil enough for swimming as the big waves are kept at bay by an offshore reef.
You may also visit Crandon Park at the east end of Key Biscayne if you’re up for some picnic and barbecue.
Art Deco District
Marvel at historical buildings from the ‘30s as you take a stroll along the Art Deco District. These buildings grab attention because of their pastel colors, though they were originally painted white with subtle pastel trims in the past. Many of these buildings front Ocean Drive, giving a spectacular view of the beach and ocean.
If you want to learn more about the buildings, you may avail of a self-guided audio tour at the Art Deco District Welcome Center.
Speaking of Ocean Drive, this place is probably one of the most popular streets for sightseeing. It runs along the oceanfront of Miami Beach, passing South Beach and the historic Art Deco buildings. You can find the best restaurants along this strip.
Just make sure that you avoid Ocean Drive during weekends if you don’t want to be stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Located on the east side of Biscayne Boulevard, Bayfront Park was redesigned in the 1980s and now features the electronically-controlled Pepper Fountain, which is a major tourist attraction. It also has an amphitheater for musical performances and a tower for laser illuminations.
You will also find three important monuments in Bayfront Park: The Torch of Friendship, the World War II Memorial, and the Challenger Memorial – all commemorating different events in the United States.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Beautiful and grandiose – these are the two adjectives that best describe the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
This sprawling Italian estate on Biscayne Bay was originally the winter home of James Deering, an industrialist in the early 20th century. It is composed of 34 rooms filled with European antiques and four hectares of garden with numerous fountains, pools, and gazebos.
No wonder this place is a favorite venue for grand weddings and modeling shoots.
You may not be able to go to Cuba while you’re recovering, but at least you can get a taste of it in the neighborhoods of Miami’s Little Havana.
Here you’ll see the legacy left behind by the thousands of Cubans who migrated to Miami during Fidel Castro’s time. The Mediterranean-style houses at Calle Ocho are reminiscent of the ‘60s Cuban vibe with their rocking chairs, fragrant tobacco scents, and the hum of Latin music.
If you’re an animal lover, you may find comfort in Jungle Island – a wildlife habitat, bird sanctuary, and botanical garden rolled in one.
It boasts of over 1,000 species of birds and 2,000 varieties of exotic plants. It also has a variety of animals like tigers, alligators, monkeys, baboons, tortoises, flamingoes, and orangutans, some of which participate in daily shows.
Jungle Island is located between downtown Miami and South Beach, making it easily accessible if you’re staying in Miami.
Considered as one of the favorite family attractions in Miami, the Miami Seaquarium is a 15-hectare marine park featuring dolphins, killer whales, seals, and other marine animals.
You can drop by the Seaquarium and catch one of its daily shows featuring these marine inhabitants, or you can also watch its shark and manatee exhibits.
You’ll also be pleased to know that the Miami Seaquarium is actively involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of Florida’s endangered manatees, making it not just family-friendly but animal-friendly as well.
Everglades National Park
If you’re up for a short drive outside Miami, you can visit the Everglades National Park, which is a basically a swampland measuring 1.5 million acres.
The park is home to crocodiles, alligators, snakes, and various types of birds. You can join walking trails and boardwalks for wildlife viewing, as well as participate in the ranger-guided bike tour of the Shark Valley trail. The most popular walking trail is the Anhinga Trail, which is non-strenuous and even wheelchair-accessible.
If you can, you might also join a half-day airboat tour to see the alligators and other wildlife in the Everglades’ marshes and streams.
Wynwood Arts District
If you’re a lover of the arts, feast your eyes on the six dozen exhibits displayed in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.
You have plenty of galleries to choose from, starting from private collections like the Rubell Family Collection and Margulies Collection, down to works by popular local artists like David Castillo and Fredric Snitzer.
Some galleries may be closed during the summer, so be sure to call ahead and ask if your favorite artist’s works are on display.
Up for a long drive? You may want to visit Key West just before you fly back to your hometown.
The quirky town of Key West was once home to Ernest Hemingway, who moved to the town after his wife’s pregnancy in Paris. Though he only stayed for eight years, Hemingway’s home has been turned into a museum that houses some of his artifacts, like his famed typewriter.
But the curious thing about Hemingway’s home is the more than 40 cats roaming the grounds, many of them descended from Hemingway’s cat, Snow White.
Once an under-the-radar artists’ hangout, Lincoln Road is now home to several upscale retail stores where you can shop to your heart’s content.
But aside from shopping, you may also view some artwork in glass-walled studio galleries at the Art Center. If you love books, you can browse some in Books & Books, Miami’s literary mainstay. Cap off your day with live jazz and blues music at Upstairs at the Van Dyke Café.
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