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Brittany Shammas

The only thing cuter than a dog is a swimming dog. And you'll find lots of them at Snyder Park, one of the few local dog parks with a swimming hole just for pups. When Spot is panting on a muggy Miami day, it's worth the drive to Fort Lauderdale (and the $1 hourly parking fee) to see him splash with all the other good boys and girls. Plus, this place is weirdly beautiful, with tons of towering trees and water the color of a natural spring. There's plenty of shade where you can kick back and relax while your pooch romps around with all of his new friends — although you might be tempted to jump in yourself. Just remember: The swimming hole is closed the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month, as well as 8 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday.

Readers' choice: Haulover Beach Dog Park

The winner of this category is usually a chic place on the beach where margaritas go for $20. Not this year. If you're a real swimmer, try this centrally located spot just off I-95 where people from all walks of life gather, soak a little, and chat. It's cheap: Entry costs just $3 unless you are 17 or younger, in which case it's free. The pool is great for lap swimming, particularly on weekdays, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 8:50 p.m. The staff suggests guests come early or late because the middle of the day is busier. Saturday and Sunday, the hours are shorter — 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. — and the place is packed during open swim, when children are allowed in the pool.

Readers' choice: Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Davie Golf Club, just off I-595, is about a half-hour drive from downtown Miami. It's a long course — 6,347 yards — with water at every hole. The fairways are well groomed, and the greens are fast. There's also an aqua driving range, and two Class A PGA pros are available to correct that lousy swing of yours. The course is comparatively cheap during the summer, when it costs $35 for residents and $40 for nonresidents during weekend mornings. Best of all, it's close to the Miami Dolphins training facility, so while you are swinging away in the rough, you just might get to see some real athletes. Hurry up, though — the Fins plan to move their practice facility to Miami Gardens soon.

Miami Heat

It's been a long, winding road to the top for Justise Winslow. Since being drafted with the tenth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Miami Heat fans have been waiting to see him put together an entire season of greatness. They've waited to see if Winslow is worthy of carrying the torch Dwyane Wade passed to him. That wait officially ended in 2019. Since filling in for an injured Goran Dragic at point guard, Winslow has skyrocketed from hopeful prospect to genuine stud NBA player. Winslow averaged a career high in points, steals, and assists last season. He's more than just a role player. Justise Winslow is the Heat's best player.

Readers' choice: Dwyane Wade

University of Miami Athletics

Shaq Quarterman, Miami's First Team All-ACC starting middle linebacker, doesn't have to be here. He could be making money playing football in any one of 30 cities right now. That's been the case since he burst onto the scene as a difference-making freshman for the Miami Hurricanes 39 straight starts ago. He's here to finish what he started — to win a National Championship. By returning for his senior season, the Canes' steadiest player is in a position to accomplish that goal under new head coach Manny Diaz and an entirely revamped program. Whatever happens in 2019, the Canes are a much better squad with their best player and team leader in the fold. The NFL can wait.

University of Miami Athletics

Sometimes big things come in small packages. Hurricanes guard Chris Lykes, who stood out in an otherwise unremarkable 2018-19 Canes basketball season, has likely heard this his entire life. Lykes averaged 16.2 points on 40.6 percent shooting during the season. Against stiff ACC competition, the five-foot-seven Lykes was able to stand out even as the team cemented its 14-18 record. Despite the setbacks, Lykes did his part to keep the Canes within striking distance during each game. He routinely scored more than 25 points per game last season, including a 27-point effort against the mighty Tar Heels in North Carolina.

Eliot J. Schechter / Florida Panthers

Steve Goldstein — the play-by-play broadcaster for the Florida Panthers on Fox Sports Florida — gets better with age, even if you're not checking in with him every night. In addition to making calls, Goldstein anchors the sports and news for CBS Miami, but his voice is best known for tracking the movement of the puck for Panthers fans. That Goldstein can make even the least amusing Panthers game watchable, and even thrilling, is a testament to his talent as a broadcaster.

Readers' choice: Steve Shapiro

Miami Dolphins

It's been a rocky road for Stephen Ross on his journey as the Miami Dolphins' majority owner. He's endured TMZ-level scandals, controversial decisions, and an incredible number of terrible on-the-field products. Much of the headaches and downfalls have been due to unforced errors on his part, but over the course of the past year or so, Ross seems to have turned things around for the team. For starters, he poured more than a half-billion dollars into renovating Hard Rock Stadium, which is now the crown jewel of sports venues in Miami-Dade. The past 12 months have been promising, even as the team is in the midst of an overhaul. Ross recognized it was finally time to renovate his roster and coaching staff the same way he recently refurbished the stadium. He cleaned house by trading longtime quarterback Ryan Tannehill and firing head coach Adam Gase after a disappointing three seasons. Most fans recognized long ago that the Dolphins were in need of a rebuild, and it's encouraging to watch Ross take steps in that direction.

It doesn't seem like much fun to own an exotic sports car — their 16-cylinder engines get terrible gas mileage, and a bird might poop on the custom airbrush art depicting Corey Feldman and Corey Haim doing karate together. And, really, what's the point of driving a $3 million Bugatti on Ocean Drive at 3 mph? These cars are made for the track and designed by racing enthusiasts. If you're going to come to Miami to take selfies in a Lamborghini — which we know, deep down, everyone really wants to do no matter how long they've lived here — you might as well get the most out of the rental experience and drive the damn things. Miami Exotic Auto Racing offers visitors and locals alike the ability to get the most out of the South Florida exotic-car lifestyle by using the cars to actually rocket around a racetrack instead of, say, sitting in a ten-mile backup on I-95. Prices vary depending upon how many laps you want to take and what type of car you want to drive; for instance, time in an Audi R8 starts at $250, while laps in a Lamborghini Huracán run a minimum of $399.

Laurence Fragnol

Being stoned in public can be overwhelming. Maybe you're trying to sit on a beach but someone near you is playing dubstep on a boombox. Maybe you're too stoned to understand a restaurant menu. These things happen. But if you're trying to really get out of your head in a safe, enclosed, welcoming space, look no further than Artechouse, a South Beach digital gallery where gigantic masses of swirls, lights, and colors are projected on the walls. Artechouse — a portmanteau of "art," "tech," and "house" — lets you bathe in gigantic oceans of color and play in interactive light exhibits that make you feel like a cross between a wizard and Neo from The Matrix. (It's also cool and dark inside in case you need to get out of the Miami sun for a bit.) Adult tickets cost $24 each, which is a surprisingly cheap price to pay to feel like you can control the very concepts of light and space-time.

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