By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Part 2 of things to do Miami this summer.  We gave you a list of cultural  activities (Part 1) to do—but we know that, for some of you, that may not be your cup of tea. If you’re looking for something more hands on, look no further than the activities we have listed below. Try one ,you’re in for a treat.



The much-anticipated Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park, is finally here, and after a multi-million-dollar renovation, it’s better than ever. Overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay, this museum spans 250,000 square feet in space, and is six stories high; with interactive exhibitions, a lunar terrace with a telescope, a solar terrace with an urban farm, a freestanding planetarium and a 500,000-gallon aquarium, among countless other exhibits.  Or how about trying a new place for lunch? There is even an onsite café, Food@Science, which is open to the public daily during museum hours. This museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, all year long.

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Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, the Acquarium


Learn to Cook

Located in Pinecrest, Two Chefs Restaurant serves up delicious American cuisine by none other than Chef Jan Jorgensen. In addition to its fabulous menu, it offers private and group culinary classes, called “Culinary Experience,” where fans of the chef can learn how to make some of his top dishes—like Cornmeal Crusted Calamari, Lump Crab Ravioli “Florentine” and Curry Rubbed Chicken Tenderloin, to name a few—themselves. Group classes for the remainder of summer are currently scheduled for: July 9th, July 16th, August 13th and August 20th.

For more committed aspiring chefs, Gastronomicom has popped up in Coral Gables with three French-cooking programs. From now through September 2017, future chefs and pastry chefs can take one-week classes that focus on individual areas like starters, meat dishes, seafood, pastries, desserts and more. These master-level courses are five days long, with four hours of instruction each day, and are priced at $1,050 per week.

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Gastronimocom Culinary and Baking School from France

There are also long-term programs, ranging from one to three months, which will grant attendees either a French Gastronomic Pastry Certificate or a French Gastronomic Cooking Certificate. The one-month Gourmet class is designed for beginners, and costs $3,900 plus a $250 enrollment fee. Epicure is a fit for both beginning and professional chefs, lasts two months, and costs $7,200 plus a $250 enrollment fee. Priced at $9,600 (plus a $250 enrollment fee), the three-month Gastronomic course takes the Epicure class and adds another month of teaching that’s designed to improve and add more creativity to a student’s cooking. All classes are taught at the Michelin one-star level. The next classes start on September 10th, 2017.


Stay Active, But Stay Inside

From rock climbing at XTreme Rock Climbing, playing dodge ball on trampolines at Sky Zone, or taking a yoga class at one of Miami’s many yoga studios, there are plenty of ways to get your blood pumping and still stay indoors in Miami. One of the most popular indoor exercise classes is at SoulCycle, a spinning class that has gained fame across the nation for its dimly lit dance parties, high-energy beats, and the ability to burn 500 to 700 calories in just one class. For a fun activity that won’t make you break a sweat, go ice-skating or bowling at Basement at The EDITION, a one-of-a-kind lounge at the EDITION Miami Beach. Or, if you want to jump in the water, sign up for an aqua fitness class at Miami’s first WaterBiking Studio. Choose from WaterBiking, WaterCircuit, WaterBoxing or Water Zumba—rumor has it you can burn up to 800 calories in one class.


Go to High Tea

Priced at just $34.50 a person, afternoon tea is served Wednesday through Saturday in the Biltmore Hotel lobby. High tea includes tea, light pastries, live harp music and more—all with the glamour and luxury of an afternoon at this iconic Coral Gables hotel. Tea lovers can also experience traditional afternoon tea at La Gourmandise, in the St. Regis Bal Harbour, which has the largest tea selection in Miami—30 varieties of tea and unique custom blends created exclusively for the hotel. There are three options for tea here: Macaron Afternoon Tea ($35 per person), 3 Pastries Experience ($40 per person), and the Bird Cage Signature High Tea ($45 per person). Each includes select pastries from famed Executive Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour, and is available from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. For more information about High Tea in Miami, read here.

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High tea at the St.Regis Bal Harbour


Go Shopping at Sawgrass Mall

From its expansive Oasis movie theater, bars and restaurants, to hundreds of haute outlets, top-of-the-line brands, special sale events and more, a day at Sawgrass Mall can entertain just about anyone. If you go on a weekend, be sure to get there when it opens; with its countless sections, it will take you a full day or two to wander through the entire mall. While you’re there, be sure to check out The Colonnade Outlets section, where shoppers can find discount outlet storefronts of some of the world’s top designers. Just six months ago, new raved-about names were added to the mix: including CH Carolina Herrera, Helmut Lang, John Varvatos, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Tod’s, Vince, Calvin Klein Underwear and Scotch & Soda.





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