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The Ten Best Summer Activities to Do in Miami Right Now

Summer kicked off yesterday, June 20, although it feels like the season never really left. Despite scorching temperatures and frequent rainstorms, Miami offers a bevy of summertime activities to look forward to.

From art walks in Wynwood and fresh markets in downtown to endless miles of coastline and a smattering of new restaurants, start Miami's hottest months on the right note. Whether you choose to embrace South Florida's sauna-like outdoors or spend your days inside, these ten pastimes sport a little something for everyone.
10. Stroll Through Sidewalk Art in Wynwood
Most people roam Wynwood for its graffitied walls. But walls aren't the only vividly painted concrete canvases in Miami's ever-growing arts district. What about the ground below you? Although the practice isn't legal, plenty of lawbreakers have stenciled and painted quotes, minifigures, people, and even Donald Trump's head on the sidewalks. Ground work is added frequently, so next time you're strolling the neighborhood, take a few minutes to look down.
9. Roam a Farmers' Market
A common misconception is that farmers' markets are less prevalent in the summer months. This time of year is just as perfect to roam a market as any other. On any given weekend, dozens of farmers' markets across Miami offer the freshest and brightest fruits and vegetables grown right in our backyard. Wherever you are, there's a good chance a market is nearby.
8. People-Watch at the Beach 
Summer technically began June 20, but in Miami, every day feels like the scorching-hot season we all love to hate. Because the outside temps reach upward of 90 degrees, you'd better cool down at the beach. South Florida features endless coastline, and the best part is most of its free (give or take a few parking fees here and there). There are myriad public-access beaches, including Haulover (10800 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), Bill Baggs Cape Florida (1200 S. Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne), Lummus Park (Fifth to Fifteenth Street east of Ocean Drive), Surfside (9301 Collins Ave., Miami Beach), and North Beach (50th Street east of Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). Make sure to pack a suit, towel, and lots of water (and maybe some cold beer). Oh, and bring the darkest shades you can find. Besides blocking the sun, sunglasses will give you a surefire way to secretly people-watch Miami's most outlandish beachgoers.  
7. Forget the Beach and Try the Pool
Whether it's the drive, the struggle for parking, the sand in all the wrong places, or all of the above, sometimes trekking to the beach is just too much. Why not chill poolside instead? From water parks in Hialeah to SoBe-style pools and Coral Gables' beloved Venetian, take your pick at one of the best public spots around. Grab a towel, snag a floatie, and get your tan on, with occasional and very necessary dips in the water too, of course.
6. Try a New Restaurant 
We're only six months into 2016, but a plethora of new restaurants have opened. So many, in fact, that it's been difficult to try them all. From fast-casual and vegan-friendly to  downright lavish, pick one and treat yourself to a reservation. The summer is notoriously slower for Miami's restaurant industry, meaning you'll probably get better service, food, and experience. 
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