For many people, planning a trip is part of the fun of going on vacation. Deciding where you’ll go, how you’ll get there, and all the different activities you’ll do during your time away can be an exciting process. Choosing the right accommodation is another big part of planning out some time away from home. Hotels, campsites, glamping locations, and more can all be great options, but there are a lot of advantages of staying in a hostel too. Firstly, hostels tend to have the lowest rates of any form of accommodation. In addition, the room rates often also include free bonuses like internet and breakfast buffets, as well as access to communal areas like lounges and kitchens. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Beds N Drinks
4.SoBe Hostel & Bar
5.Ocean Blue Hostel
4 Best Hostels in Miami
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Attraction Spotlight: Perez Art Museum
The Perez Art Museum Miami is located in downtown Miami, Florida. This art museum is home to an extensive display of influential art that fits right in with Miami’s art scene. The Perez Art Museum Miami was originally dubbed the Miami Art Museum. The Miami Art Museum was founded in 1984 as the Center for the Fine Arts.
This institution provided the general community with a small art collection and educational opportunities that related to art. In 1994, the Center for the Fine Arts was transformed into a private institution with an expansive permanent collection. When the Center for the Fine Arts changed its mission and initiatives in 1994, the name was changed to the Miami Art Museum. Jorge M. Perez was influential in planning and creating the perfect site for the Miami Art Museum that in 2013, when the museum opened in its new location that overlooked Biscayne Bay, the name was changed to the current Perez Art Museum.
While the Perez Art Museum Miami has an array of permanent attractions, the bulk of their art collections lies within traveling exhibits. This is mainly due to the Perez Art Museum Miami’s mission to provide the community with updated at from new and upcoming influential artists. Like any other museum, it’s best to check the museum’s website for an updated list of the special attractions.
Aside from their extensive art collection, the Perez Art Museum Miami prides itself on their extensive educational opportunities. Their educational programs range from activities geared towards school children to programs for adults and art professionals. The Perez Art Museum Miami offers an array of specialized guided towards that cater to schools and general visitors. Participants have the option of including add-ons with their specialized guided tour, so they can see behind the scene aspects or even take a workshop led by a museum official.
Family events include activities that involve story time, art history classes, and workshops that teach families how to create certain types of art. One of the highlighted educational program for families is the Perez Art Museum Miami Free Second Saturdays. Every second Saturday of each month, admission into the Perez Art Museum Miami is free for everybody. After spending a day exploring the Perez Art Museum Miami, visitors have the option to create certain types of art alongside museum officials and influential artists.
There are also an array of educational opportunities for teenagers at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Teenagers have the opportunity of attending after school classes, or joining the Perez Art Museum Miami Teen Arts Council. The Perez Art Museum Miami Teen Arts Council encourages sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school to explore the creative arts and engage with the art world. This is the perfect educational opportunity for teenagers who want to learn more about art, or are considering a career in art.
1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, Phone: 305-375-3000
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Attraction Spotlight: Miami Seaquarium
Miami Seaquarium is a 38 acre marine life entertainment park located in Miami, Florida. This spacious park has a range of attractions including Salty’s Pirate Playground, Sharky’s SkyTrail aerial adventure, Dolphin Harbour for swimming with dolphins, private event ares, feeder and touch pools, many exhibits and live sea animal shows set across a large site on Virginia Key Island.
The seaquarium has had a focus on preservation, conservation and education since its origin in 1955 when the first manatee was rescued and rehabilitated. The seaquarium is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine animals. Known as a Manatee Critical Care Facility for its services, the park has rescued manatees, dolphins, whales and sea turtles since its beginnings. Within the park is a 24/7 animal rescue team containing animal caretakers, divers and veterinarians on call.
For private parties and events, the seaquarium can be rented along with its facilities. There is a special tent and field which are reserved for such private hires. Birthday and slumber parties are hasted at the park as well as corporate events and weddings.
Exhibits and attractions
The animals within the marine life entertainment park are Florida manatees, California sea lions, harbour seals, pinnipeds, bottlenose dolphins, Pacific dolphins, orcas, African penguins,five different types of turtle and many more marine creatures and fish.
Penguin Isle is an exhibit with African penguins, a 9000 gallon pool and a 900 square foot dry area with rocky terrain. Surrounded by acrylic windows, visitors can watch the penguins behaviour and walk through the swimming tunnel, underwater. Since 1955, the park has displayed the Shark Channel Exhibit. At this exhibit the Shark Presentation reveals the feeding habits of the sharks whilst visitors can learn about the various species and their habits. The Manatee Exhibit contains endangered Florida manatees which have been rescued and rehabilitated by the park. Visitors can see the manatees swim and interact with each other through the underwater viewing areas.
Further exhibits are the Crocodile Flats exhibit featuring Nile crocodiles and the Tropical Wings Exhibit featuring Flamingos, Cockatiels and other tropical birds. The park also has two aquariums, the Tropical Reef Aquarium containing stingrays, eels and small tropical fish in a 750,000-gallon saltwater tank and the Tropical Fish Aquarium located in the walls of the Top Deck Dolphin Area. Inside are lobsters, red lionfish and many more animals.
Other aquatic exhibits are the Touchpool Seal & Sea Lion Feeder Pool where seals and sealions play and swim together and the Stingray Exhibit located in the Tropical Wings Exhibit. The stingrays are housed in a 10,000 gallon pool where visitors can touch them and watch them feed.
The park has a series of live animal shows within specially built arenas. Visitors can see water displays between marine animals and specially trained staff as the see the Carribean themed Flipper Dolphin Show, the Golden Dome Sea Lion Show with the Reef Rangers and Salty the Sea Lion, the Killer Whale and Dolphin show and the Top Deck Dolphin Show with bottlenose dolphins.
Other attractions are Sharky’s SkyTrail aerial adventure where visitors can climb the aerial adventure course 32 feet above the ground and Salty’s Pirate Playground, a pirate ship with two levels and both a wet and dry play area. Discovery Bay is a mangrove of wildlife complete with Sea Turtle Exhibit displaying 5 species of endangered turtles.
Ongoing programs and education
The park offers a range of tickets, encounters, swims and passes. There are 12 to choose from, such as a Smart Day Ticket, a Dolphin Encounter, Seal Swim, Annual Pass or Smart Day Ticket. Additionally, the Trainer for a Day program means visitors can pay to be a trainer with a dolphin for the day. Visitors can also purchase a VIP tour which is an interactive program lasting 2.5 hours with a personal guide and the meeting and feeding of animals.
The seaquarium has a range of educational programs which run throughout the year. For schools and educators there are a selection of field trips for Kindergarten age groups to 12th Grade. Upgrades such as school lunches and Sharky’s SkyTrail access can be added on. Field trips include viewing the Orcas at the Educational Orca Whale Presentation, a visit to the Conservation Outpost and Penguin Isle and the Reef Rangers Program hosted by an instructor. A Marine Science/Conservation Outreach Program can be arranged to visit school classrooms too. Further programs are Girl Scout Programs, Homeschool programs, and seasonal camps.
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4400 I Cswy, Miami, FL 33149, Phone: 305-361-5705
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Venue Spotlight: The Club of Knights
The Club of Knights is a spacious ballroom and banquet hall in the heart of Coral Gables that offers an alluring venue for a variety of special events and functions from wedding ceremonies and receptions to grand gala affairs. Located in Catalonia Avenue and within proximity to luxury hotels such as the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables and the Westin Colonnade, the Club of Knights features over 5,000 combined square feet of space with three distinct and beautifully appointed venues that can accommodate up to 400 guests in total. The Oakroom is an elegant and opulent space decorated with historically-inspired elements and a modern dance floor; The Palms is a breathtaking outdoor courtyard with an abundance of green palms and exceptional lighting; and the Boardroom Lounge is a newly renovated, contemporary cocktail area with comfortable lounge furniture, chandeliers, a built-in bar, and a large flat-screen plasma television.
Amenities and Facilities
The Club of Knights features over 5,000 combined square feet of space with three distinct and beautifully appointed venues that can accommodate up to 400 guests in total. The site can accommodate 250 guests for seated indoor events, and up to 180 people for seated outdoor functions, while the venue can host up to 120 people for seated outdoor events and 180 indoor events. Outdoor standing cocktail parties have enough space for 200 guests, and 400 for indoor gatherings.
The Oak Room is a beautifully appointed ballroom with a vintage supper club feel decorated with historically-inspired elements, a modern dance floor, and a state-of-the-art sound system that can accommodate up to 200 guests for seated dinners and 400 guests for standing receptions.
The Palms is a stunning outdoor courtyard filled with green palms, verdant foliage; one-of-a-kind paved flooring and specialized lighting for exceptional outdoor ceremonies and receptions.
The Boardroom is a newly renovated, retro-chic lounge with comfortable lounge furniture, chandeliers, a built-in bar with a bright mirrored backsplash, and large flat-screen plasma television that can be used for intimate ceremonies, small cocktail parties, and gatherings.
Services available with the rental of the venue include set-up and clean-up of the site, in-house catering and an in-house bar and libations, lighting and sound equipment, and complimentary wireless high-speed Internet. Also included tables, chairs, a dance floor, specialized lighting, an onsite coordinator for the day of the event, and a professional event planning team for ensuring a hassle-free function on the day.
The Club of Knights is located at 270 Catalonia Avenue in Coral Gables, and a small parking lot is available, however, significant parties of guests will have to use street parking or valet parking.
The Club is located in the heart of Coral Gables, which renowned for its broad leafy streets lined with Mediterranean-style buildings, including iconic structures such as the palatial 1920s Biltmore Hotel. Nicknamed ‘The Beautiful City,’ the area is home to the upscale Miracle Mile, which features chic boutiques and brand stores, jewelry and home décor stores and jewelers, as well as hundreds of eateries offering a range of cuisine and dining experiences. Other attractions in the area include the spring-fed Venetian Pool, with its lush tropical foliage, caverns, and waterfalls, the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, which comedies and musicals, the Lowe Art Museum, the Old Cutler Trail, and the Coral Gables Museum.
270 Catalonia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 3313, Phone: 305-662-4742
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