Off campus guide to Miami

October 12, 2017 / Miami

Miami students can mix a little sunshine with their seminars. This vibrant, cosmopolitan city offers plenty of diversion for anyone looking to sidestep the books for an hour or so. From innovative museums to vibrant Caribbean carnivals, the city offers culture and entertainment in abundant quantities.

Study break spots in Miami

1. Frost Museum of Science

Recreation with a side of education is on the menu at the Frost, the city’s outstanding museum space, equipped with its own aquarium and planetarium. Fascinating exhibitions explore a variety of scientific themes, including ecosystems, the Everglades, and the human body.

Where: 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

2. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

A stunning Baroque villa and ornamental garden complex in the heart of the city, Vizcaya invites visitors to enjoy a relaxed stroll among the European-style avenues, set among the vestiges of native forest. The villa was inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture and offers an escape into an elegant past.

Where: 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL

3. Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

Anyone with a passing interest in horticulture can happily spend several hours at the Fairchild, with its lavish collections of rare tropical plants housed in the enormous conservatory. The tropical fruit pavilion is particularly engrossing, with exotic specimens from the Far East, including the notorious durian.

Where: 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables, FL

4. Lincoln Road Mall

Just a few blocks back from the beach, Lincoln Road is a bustling, atmospheric, mile-long strip of stores. It’s mostly about mainstream fashions, nothing high-end, but it’s a great place to pick up jeans, hoodies, or sneakers, before heading off for a bite or drink at one of the neighborhood cafes, restaurants, or fast-food stands.

Where: Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL

5. Modern Art at PAMM

The Perez Art Museum has an impressive program of contemporary exhibitions. Highlights for the coming season include installation work by the acclaimed director Steve McQueen and distinctive typewriter art from the Perez collection. The complex also has an attractive modern restaurant, with great views over Biscayne Bay.

Where: 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

6. Basketball season

Take a trip out to the American Airlines Arena and catch a Miami Heat NBA basketball game. The season gets underway in the fall with a first home fixture against the Pacers on October 21. A little sporting passion is a great way to blow off some steam after a heavy week of classes.

Where: 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

7. South Beach Seafood

One of the pluses of studying in a coastal city is the outstanding seafood. All the bounty of the ocean is celebrated at South Beach Seafood Week, from October 17 – 21. It’s an upbeat festival celebrating the arrival stone crab season, with pop-up cafes serving fresh seafood, open bars, live music, and cooking demos.

Where: 800 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

8. Miami Broward Carnival

The weekend of October 6 – 8 sees the city’s Caribbean community celebrate in flamboyant style. The weekend program includes steel band competitions, raves, and club nights, before the grand carnival parade on Sunday. It’s all about the color, the culture, and the music.

Where: 10901 SW 24th Street, Miami, FL

9. CitiBike Hire

Newcomers to Miami may find the best way to explore the city is on two wheels. The CitiBike scheme allows the easy rental of touring bikes from numerous locations around the city. Use bikes for long or short journeys, to get to a lunch date, or make use of the city’s extensive network of safe bike tracks to explore new neighborhoods.

Where: CitiBikes are available from more than 100 stations across the city.

10. Wynwood Art Walk

A block party where the contemporary art world meets the gourmet food truck scene, Wynwood’s happenings have quickly created a buzz around Miami. Staged on the second Saturday of every month, it’s a chance to view murals, graffiti work, and crafts while enjoying creative food and local beers from artisan producers.

Beat the mid-semester slump and stress of studying—whether you need to relax or take things up a notch, get off campus and explore Miami.