It’s a good idea to have some ideas up our sleeve of things to do on a rainy day in Miami, especially if we’re planning on having out of town visitors. So next time during a downpour, try one of these activities, things to do in Miami if it rains, and see another side of the Magic City you or your guests haven’t seen before.
Go to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Sitting right off Florida’s Turnpike, in Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino promises a little something for everyone. Filled with everything from its world-class casino, hotel and gambling rooms, to countless bars and concert venues, multiple restaurants*, celebrity events and more, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has so much to do indoors, that you won’t even think of stepping outside. (note Sept.14, 2020: entertainment events resume October 9; *some restaurants are closed as of today, so if dining is your thing, check before you go).
Learn to cook at Two Chefs Restaurant’s “Culinary Experience.” Located in Pinecrest, this cozy spot serves up delicious American cuisine by none other than Chef Jan Jorgensen. In addition to its yummy menu, Two Chefs Restaurant offers private and group culinary classes (next group class is October 10), 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.
More things to do in Miami when it rains: Visit one of Miami’s private museums. Note that tickets must be reserved in advance. Miami is home to a variety of private art collections. Rubell Museum, which started in NYC in 1964 and recently moved to its spanking new home in Allapattah, includes 40 galleries, a flexible performance space, an art research library, a bookstore, and a restaurant that opens onto a courtyard. The exhibition includes 300 works by 100 artists and fills out the entirety of the gallery space. It is drawn from the couple’s extensive holdings of more than 7,200 works by 1,000 artists. Among the highlights are examples by longtime Rubell favorites such as Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Oscar Murillo, and Richard Prince, alongside younger buzzed-about artists such as Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Cy Gavin, and Allison Zuckerman. Visitors will also get a look at works by hot new Ghanain-born artist Amoako Boafo. Open daily except Tuesday.
While you’re there, plan on having lunch at Leku Basque restaurant where the food is tops. Here’s my review; (note, it just opened for dinner as well)
The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space in the Design District – which serves as an extension of the home of its sponsors, Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz – supports the community by welcoming local artists and helping fund educational initiatives. Visitors can head there to checkout its current exhibition, You’ve Got to Know the Rules…to Break Them, which features select artists, from the Cruz’ own personal art collection, who defy traditional 21st-century art practices through New American painting and German Neo-Expressionism techniques. Open Tuesday through Saturday.
And don’t forget ICA in the Design District with a distinguished contemporary art collection and lovely outdoor sculpture garden.Open Wednesday through Sunday.
Miami’s largest private museum is The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (reopens September 30), a non-profit institution that takes up a retro-fitted warehouse in Wynwood. Home to seasonal exhibitions from renowned collector Martin Z’s personal collection, this museum currently has works by Anselm Kiefer on display, as well as permanent exhibitions by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Ron Bladen, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Anthony Caro, Chamberlain, de Kooning, Eliasson, Flavin, Heizer, Judd, Jannis Kounellis, LeWitt, Miró, Noguchi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Segal, Serra, Tony Smith and Franz West.
Speaking of museums, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU is reopening this month; however, it’s open to the public by appointment only on Friday and Saturday.The Bass Museum has recently reopened as well. It is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Go shopping at Sawgrass Mall. From its expansive Oasis movie theater (now open), 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.
And last but not least, what to do in Miami when it rains? Have lunch overlooking the water – from indoors. Much of Miami is right on the water; so even if it’s raining, you can still take in its gorgeous views. Seaspice and Kiki on the River which sit on the Miami River, are seafaring-inspired spots with indoor and outdoor dining and a decisive Mediterranean flair. And up north in Hallandale, Juniper on the Water is a good choice. At places like these, you can get a taste of Miami’s thriving food scene and take in the city’s natural beauty – rain or shine.