What are the first things that come to mind when you think of Miami? South Beach, Little Havana, Miami Vice, Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, the Miami Heat. I'm happy to inform you that all those things (except the Heat) are alive and well. However, one of the most impressive yet overlooked qualities of Miami is its diverse and burgeoning art scene.
Most people who visit Miami run straight for the beach. In reality, Miami Beach is an entirely separate city, meaning few visitors spend any time in Miami itself. Unfortunately for them, the city has some amazing street art, innovative galleries and delicious food. That's not to say Miami Beach, notable for its art deco architecture, isn't worth a visit as well.
Check out a few highlights below!
The Wynwood Art District is lined with brightly painted store fronts and offbeat street art. While you can get lost in the dozens of art galleries in this neighborhood, I highly recommend simply driving around to check out the graffiti art. As a Mavs fan, my personal favorite was the now-defaced Miami Heat mural. Thanks, LeBron. Make sure you also stop by Panther Coffee to beat the heat, or in my case, the thunderstorm.
The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) re-opened in 2013 in a beautiful building designed by Herzog & De Meuron . The collection focuses on contemporary and modern art that represent the culturally diversity of the city. General admission is $12 for adults but free for Bank of America card holders.
No trip to the area is complete without a stroll down Ocean Drive in South Beach. From the ostentatious Versace Mansion to the numerous art deco-style hotels, South Beach has a truly unique architectural feel that contrasts perfectly with the white sand beaches.