Think Miami Beach in Florida and the first images that might come to mind are of bronzed people lounging on sugar-sand beaches or dancing the night away in ultra-chic clubs. And while you visit the vibrant city to take in Art Basel Miami Beach, explore the places curated by our editors to make the most of your trip to the art fair.
1. Visit the South Pointe Park
The park has walking paths, food stands, a captivating grassy area and a great 360-degree view of the ocean. It is a park as well as a beach. It is also popular for film crews and photo shoots. Experience South Pointe Park’s contemporary art sculptures, the sight of the cruise ships sailing past, and the clear waters at this beautifully maintained park and beach area.
2. Explore the Art Deco Historic District
The Art Deco Historic District of Miami Beach city has colorful buildings, intricate details, exciting décor elements, and a century-old history that offers a glimpse into an era gone by. It is the first neighborhood of the 20th-century to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. The district has over 800 buildings and structures built between 1923 and 1943 and is located on Miami Beach between 5th Street and 23rd Street.
3. Visit the Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Spread over 2.6 acres of urban greenspace in Miami Beach, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden was founded in 1962. Its first transformation happened in 2011 with a landscape renovation designed by the renowned South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The new landscape showcases indigenous Florida plants and trees including bromeliads, cycad, orchids, palms, and many others. There is also a Japanese garden, native garden and bio-swale, and water gardens including fountains, ponds, and a wetland with mangrove and pond apple trees.
4. Visit the Bass Museum of Art
Located in Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art hosts contemporary exhibitions all-year-round. Inaugurated in 1963 when the City of Miami Beach accepted a collection of Baroque and Renaissance works of art from collectors John and Johanna Bass, it opened its doors one year later as the Bass Museum of Art, designed in 1930 by Russell Pancoast. In June 2015, the museum began an internal expansion working again with iconic architect Arata Isozaki as the design consultant and David Gauld, also an architect. The new design increased the museum’s space by almost 50 percent within the museum’s existing footprint as well as strengthened the museum’s commitment to the exhibition and educational programming in a responsible and sustainable manner.
5. Roam around Lincoln Road
Stroll down the Lincoln Road Mall at any time of day to experience the pulse of the city. The city’s mecca of dining, experience, and shopping is continuously bustling with a mix of locals and tourists, which creates an palpable energy. Cafés, bars, and restaurants on the pedestrian-friendly promenade offer prime sidewalk seating, ripe for catching a constant parade of local characters, models, street performers, and more.
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