Miami is one of the United States' most vibrant international metropolises, known around the world for its excellent global fusion culinary scene, lively nightlife, and acclaimed museums and cultural institutions. Visitors to the city this fall can explore delightful museums like the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, which features unique STEM-focused exhibits for the entire family, or the Wolfsonian-FIU, which focuses on the intersection of art and industrialist propaganda. Delicious celebrity-driven restaurants like the Stubborn Seed, helmed by Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford, serve up creative tasting menus, inventive tapas, and comforting gastropub fare.
1.The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
© The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is one of Miami's premiere STEM-focused museums, offering delightful interactive exhibits for families to enjoy together. The museum is divided into four separate sections housed across four buildings, including full planetarium and aquarium facilities. Visitors can explore exhibits dedicated to topics like the solar system, physics, biology, and animals and learn about the power of science, investigation, and innovation. Unique exhibits include The Secret World Around You, which highlights the bacteria and microbes of the human biome, and the Feathers to the Stars, which explores both natural and technological flight across the ages. Guests can also take on engineering challenges at the Design Lab, learn about renewable energy at the Sun Spot, or enjoy hands-on material science activities at the Strange Matter lab.
1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, Phone: 305-434-9600
2.Doc B's Restaurant and Bar
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Doc B's Restaurant + Bar is a favorite American chain restaurant that was originally founded in Chicago. Today, the chain has expanded to offer locations throughout the American Midwest and South, including a location in Miami's Coral Gables suburb that was opened to the public in 2018. Diners can enjoy casual entree selections at the restaurant's low-key dining space, which is anchored around unique kitchen elements in an open-plan setting, including a 900-degree steakhouse broiler and a 700-degree open-hearth pizza oven. Delicious dinner selections served up throughout the week include center-cut filet mignons, Danish-style barbecue ribs, and hearty Palm Beach skirt steaks. Diners can also choose from a variety of artisanal pizzas, including creative varieties topped with unique ingredients like avocados, pickled jalapenos, and cotija cheese.
301 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134, Phone: 786-864-1220
3.Beaker and Gray
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Beaker and Gray is a delightful collaboration between executive chef Brian Nasajon and bar manager Ben Potts, opened to the public in 2015. The charming Wynwood concept restaurants offers indoor and outdoor dining spaces, which showcase gorgeous rustic design elements like exposed-brick walls and renovated factory concrete floors. Excellent bar bites are served up throughout the day, ranging from cheeseburger croquettes and reuben fried rice to pumpkin pork rib gnocchi and nuoc cham green papaya with spiced peanut and coconut crunch. Extensive vegetarian and vegan selections are available, including clever takes on tapas standards like grilled shishito peppers and maitake mushrooms. Unique desserts like guava skillet cookies are complemented by an extensive cocktail programs, which range from brunch favorites like Irish coffees to seasonal international aperitivos.
2637 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127, Phone: 305-699-2637
4.The Social Club
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The Social Club is a hip Miami Beach dining spot helmed by executive chef Jeffrey Williams, serving up regionally-inspired small plates and handcrafted house cocktails. The sleek Collins Avenue space, which features Southwestern-style decor, offers fare designed to be shared with friends, served up at brunch and dinner throughout the week. Creative shareables include peach-glazed chicken wings, hot fried chicken, mustard-glazed baby back ribs, and seasonal cheese plates with toasted flatbreads. Seafood favorites like fish tacos and sliders are also served up, alongside vegetarian entrees like sweet-and-spicy Korean carrots and salt-roasted yellow beets with ash goat cheese and hazelnuts. House cocktails like the Timeless Sunset, which pairs Toki Japanese whiskey with lemon and angostura amaro demerara, are complemented by a selection of local and regional craft brews.
1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Phone: 305-604-1800
© Stubborn Seed
Stubborn Seed is the newest offering from Bravo's Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford, opened to the public in 2017. The chef-driven spot serves up fresh, seasonal American fare crafted with innovative modern techniques, served up in a beautiful Art Deco-style space with industrial design elements. Five and eight-course chef's tasting menus are served up daily at dinner, highlighting gourmet fare like koji wagyu ribeye steaks with glazed turnips, hon-shimiji, and fermented black bean butter. All dinners are served with wine pairings and housemade bread paired with fennel pollen and garbanzo chili dip. Other courses highlighted throughout the dinner experience include rotating selections like kusshi oysters with Thai chili mignonette, housemade guanciale and asparagus pasta, and jojo tea-cured ciba with spicy celery broth and compressed radishes.
101 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Phone: 786-322-5211
© Dr Smood
Dr Smood is a unique concept cafe and commissary in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, originally opened to the public in 2016. The cafe is part of a chain founded in 2014 by Danish restaurateurs René and Patrizia Sindlev, which also offers locations in major cities like New York City. Health-conscious fare is served up throughout the day, presented on a menu that color-codes offerings according to health and wellness benefits. Signature "Smoodys" cold-pressed juices are served up throughout the day alongside health shakes, non-dairy milks, and an assortment of superfood offerings. All of the offerings are organic, dairy-free, and contain anti-inflammatory or antioxidant properties. Delicious breakfast and lunch fare ranges from avocado toasts and healthy wraps to organic hot bowls stuffed with ingredients like quinoa, turmeric, and cranberries.
2230 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127, Phone: 786-675-5418
© HistoryMiami Museum
HistoryMiami Museum is Florida's largest history museum, located in Miami's downtown district. The museum, which was originally opened in 1940 as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, is one of South Florida's oldest cultural institutions. Today, the Smithsonian-affiliated museum occupies a space formerly housing the Miami Art Museum, showcasing four permanent and three traveling exhibit galleries elaborating on Miami's past and present culture and history. Over one million historic images are showcased throughout the museum, along with over 30,000 artifacts ranging from a 1920s-era trolley car to treasures recovered from 17th- and 18th-century shipwrecks. Special events hosted at the museum throughout the year include the annual Miami International Map Fair, the Western Hemisphere's largest annual map festival.
101 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130, Phone: 305-375-1492
8.The Bass Museum of Art
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The Bass Museum of Art is the premiere contemporary art museum in Miami Beach, originally opened to the public in 1964 to house the private collection donations of art collectors Johanna and John Bass. The museum is housed within a beautiful 1930s-era Art Deco building designed by architect Russell Pancoast, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Rotating special exhibitions focus on the works of mid-career and established international contemporary artists, with a focus on works that reflect the spirit and lively international character of the Miami Beach region. In addition to visual art, the museum also focuses on works in unique mediums like fashion and architecture.
2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Phone: 305-673-7530
9.The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum has been one of Miami's premiere contemporary art institutions since its founding in 1977 as the Art Museum at Florida International University. The museum, which has been operated under its current branding since 2003, holds some of Florida's most important collections of Latin American art and 20th-century contemporary art, showcased on the beautiful campus of Florida International University Modesto A. Maidique. It has been named as the best art museum in Miami repeatedly by acclaimed publications such as the South Florida Times and Miami New Times. More than 6,000 works of art are showcased throughout the museum, with a focus on modern sculpture, American prints, Haitian paintings, and pre-Columbian artifacts.
10975 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33199, Phone: 305-348-2890
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© The Wolfsonian-FIU
The Wolfsonian-FIU is a delightful museum located within Miami's Art Deco District, operated by Florida International University for nearly two decades. The museum holds a collection of more than 180,000 international artworks and artifacts, with a focus on works crafted between the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and the end of World War II. Collections focus on works from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the United States, showcasing unique pieces like World War propaganda, New Deal advertisements, and other works detailing the rise of globalization and industrialism. Works from the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements are also showcased at the Smithsonian-affiliated museum.
1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Phone: 305-531-1001
11.The Lowe Art Museum
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The Lowe Art Museum is a lovely art museum in Miami suburb Coral Gables, originally opened to the public in 1950 through donations by philanthropists Emily and Joe Lowe. The museum, which is overseen by the University of Miami, was South Florida's first art museum at the time of its opening. Today, it houses an extensive collection of artwork spanning from Greco-Roman antiquity to the modern art of the present day. International pieces highlight works from around the world, including pieces from indigenous Latin American, African, and Pacific Islander cultures. Works on display include renowned pieces by Pablo Picasso, Thomas Gainsborough, Claude Manet, Paul Gaugin, and El Greco. An extensive collection of glassworks also feature unique creations by artists such as Jun Kaneko, Christin Federighi, and Robert Arneson.
1301 Stanford Dr, Miami, FL 33146, Phone: 305-284-3535
11 Unique Things to Do in Miami This Fall
- The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Photo: The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
- Doc B's Restaurant and Bar, Photo: Doc B's Restaurant + Bar
- Beaker and Gray, Photo: Beaker and Gray
- The Social Club, Photo: The Social Club
- Stubborn Seed, Photo: Stubborn Seed
- Dr Smood, Photo: Dr Smood
- HistoryMiami Museum, Photo: HistoryMiami Museum
- The Bass Museum of Art, Photo: The Bass Museum of Art
- The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Photo: The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
- The Wolfsonian-FIU, Photo: The Wolfsonian-FIU
- The Lowe Art Museum, Photo: The Lowe Art Museum
- Cover Photo: s4svisuals/stock.adobe.com