By: Jennifer Agress
What to do in Miami when it rains? 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, listed below, 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, renowned 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.
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 fabulous menu, Two Chefs Restaurant offers private and group culinary classes, 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. Another newcomer to cooking class is French entry Gastronomicom.
Visit one of Miami’s private museums. Miami is home to a variety of private art collections. Rubell Family Collection, which started in NYC in 1964 and has been in Midtown Miami since 1993, features top works and exhibitions by artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Cady Noland, Yayoi Kusama, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker and more. The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space – 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. Finally, Miami’s largest private museum is The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 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. And don’t forget ICA in the Design District. There are free tours daily at 1 p.m.
Take a class at SoulCycle. SoulCycle has gained fame across the U.S. for its dimly lit dance parties and high-energy beats, all on an exercise bike. It’s a favorite of celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Khloe Kardashian and Oprah Winfrey, and whips you in shape, mind, body and soul. There are two locations in Miami, one in Coral Gables and one at the 1 Hotel South Beach, both of which promise to burn between 500-700 calories in each 45-minute class.
Go to High Tea at The Biltmore. 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. For more, read here.
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.
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. Palmeiras Beach Club, on Grove Isle, offers Mediterranean fare , while the Peruvian-tinged Panorama, at the top of Coconut Grove’s Sonesta Hotel, is completely surrounded by glass. Kiki’s, which sits on the Miami River, is a seafaring-inspired spot 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.