The Ten Best Outdoor Activities in Miami

Who doesn't love tropical plants?
Who doesn't love tropical plants? Photo by Karli Evans

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click to enlarge Who doesn't love tropical plants? - PHOTO BY KARLI EVANS
Who doesn't love tropical plants?
Photo by Karli Evans
6. Hop a tram at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. If you're looking for a low-key spot that doubles as an alternative to your standard boozy brunch, look no further than Fairchild. The best way to learn about the history of the 83-acre botanic garden and its plant collections is hopping on a free 45 minute narrated tram tour (available in English and Spanish) with one of the garden's knowledgable guides. This park is huge and is easy to miss key things if you haven't done your research, so be sure to visit the park's art and the Wings of the Tropics butterfly conservatory. Weather is key when planning a trip to the garden, so be sure to come on a breezy day.10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651; Entrance is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for children ages 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under.
click to enlarge Explore the beauty of Everglades National Park. - PHOTO BY VINCENT LAMMIN / FLICKR
Explore the beauty of Everglades National Park.
7. Explore Everglades National Park. When family comes to town, your first inclination might be to show them a debaucherous time on South Beach. Instead, consider exposing them to the beauty and wildlife that the Everglades has to offer. After all, it was named one of South Florida's tourist traps that actually doesn't suck. From riding through the swamps on an airboat, to bike riding through Shark Valley, and camping, Everglades National Park is the ultimate stop for all outdoor enthusiasts. Just don't forget the bug spray. 4001 State Road 9336, Homestead; Admission costs $25 for cars, $20 for motorcycles, and $8 for cyclists.
click to enlarge Goals. - PHOTO BY KARLI EVANS
Photo by Karli Evans
 8. Enjoy the drag brunch at Palace Bar. Singled out as the best drag show in Miami by New Times, drag brunch at this infamous gay bar should be at the top of your list when spending time on South Beach. Where else can you see a drag queen flying over tables to literally stop traffic on the streets of Miami? Situated on Ocean Drive, Palace Bar offers a fun and hilarious drag show that is unlike any other in town. A fixed price of $45 will get brunchers an entree, an outdoor seat with prime views of the show, and bottomless mimosas during the performance every Saturday and Sunday with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Watching groups of confused tourists on the sidewalk while gawking at the fierceness is half the fun. After brunch, walk across the street and take a dip in the ocean. Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Palace Bar, 1052 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-7234; Admission costs $45; call or visit OpenTable for reservations.
North Beach Bandshell is a prime spot to take in Miami's beauty under the stars. - PHOTO BY LUIS OLAZABAL FOR RHYTHM FOUNDATION
North Beach Bandshell is a prime spot to take in Miami's beauty under the stars.
Photo by Luis Olazabal for Rhythm Foundation
9. Catch a concert. From North Beach Bandshell and Wynwood Yard, to Bayfront Park Amphitheater, the pineapple stage at Ball & Chain, and Gramps, Miami is packed with epic outdoor music venues. All across the city, music lovers can catch an outdoor show at venues that all offer a little something different. For instance, North Beach Bandshell is a prime spot to take in Miami's beauty under the stars, while Wynwood Yard is where you would go to enjoy live music under the sun with a cocktail in hand. Whatever your taste in music, it doesn't matter. Just get out there and explore.
Take an outdoor yoga class.
Courtesy of Bayfront Park Free Yoga at Tina Hills Pavilion
10. Do yoga. After gritting your teeth through a week's worth of hellish commutes, you'll need a moment of zen. And yoga feels even better when it's outside. It isn't difficult to find an outdoor yoga class on any given day of the week, and some of them are even free. Bayfront Park offers free and donation-based classes Monday through Saturday. Museum Park offers yoga by donation Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Coconut Grove's Peacock Park hosts complimentary yoga courtesy of Dharma Studio every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m and every Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m. on the rooftop of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa. And that's just scratching the surface. All you need is a mat and some mindfulness.
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