While the action on the courts of Crandon Park is sizzling, there is plenty of fun to be had in Miami’s many unique neighborhoods. The South Florida city attracts visitors year round, with plenty to see and do from the beach to the nightclub.
Here are the 10 best things to check out in Miami:
One of the most famous beaches in the world, the crystal-blue oceans of South Beach and the historic art-deco architecture lining Ocean Drive should be at the top of your list. Along with hitting the beach, trying some water sports and dining at the many restaurants lining the streets, the people watching is unbeatable.
As one of the party capitals of the world, South Beach and downtown Miami’s bustling nightlife is a can’t miss way to let loose for anyone visiting the Magic City. During the Miami Open, many of the players take advantage of the great hotels downtown such as the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, where the player party took place last week.
For spring breakers and music lovers, you can combine your days of tennis with one of the world’s largest music festivals, Ultra Music Festival. Featuring some of the most popular DJs and EDM artists, the festival is held during the first weekend of the tournament at Bayfront Park, a stone’s throw away from downtown Miami.
Miami also has plenty for art lovers with some of the world’s best modern and street art on display throughout the city. The world famous Wynwood Walls features an assortment of wall art and graffiti.
There’s plenty of culture and diversity in the Latin-influenced city. To step back in time, visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a European mansion featuring incredible greenery and views of Biscayne Bay. For more history, take a drive to Coral Gables, where the Freedom Tower serves as a historic landmark to Cuban migrants in South Florida. There's also the beautiful Venetian Pool, a century-old, functioning public swimming pool.
If you need a break from tennis but want to see more athletes up close, get a seat for a Miami Heat game at the American Airlines Arena on Biscayne Boulevard on the water in downtown Miami. Tons of players are special guests at game each year.
Visitors can get up close to Florida's famous marine life just down the road from Key Biscayne at the Miami Seaquarium on Virginia Key. The park is home to dolphins, orcas, sea lions and more.
There's also local animals and birds to visit at Jungle Island, a unique and intimate zoo just a short drive from Key Biscayne.
And, of course, there's the nearby Everglades for adrenaline seekers trying to get up close to some alligators.
Key Biscayne, the beautiful island that has been the home to the Miami Open until 2018, is one of Miami’s hidden treasures. From the beaches of Crandon Park to the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse, a visit to Florida isn’t complete without soaking up the sun, and enjoying a slice from Sir Pizza (as recommended by Sloane Stephens).
As one of the sunniest cities in the country, Miami is a player’s dream and there’s plenty of courts available for a quick hit. When the Miami Open is not taking place, anyone can play on the public courts of Crandon Park and Fisher Island has a great tennis facility nearby.
Starting in 2019, the Miami Open will move from Key Biscayne to the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, to start a new chapter in this storied tournament’s history.
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