Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fun Activities and Historic Landmarks of Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida is known throughout the world as a center for exciting entertainment venues, theaters, museums, and spacious parks.  The most recent addition to the Miami arts scene is the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.  Visitors and tourists can enjoy the second-largest performing arts center in the United States outside of the Lincoln Center in New York City.  The Arsht Center is also the home of the Florida Grand Opera and the Ziff Ballet Opera House, the Knight Concert Hall, the Carnival Studio Theater and the Peacock Rehearsal Studio.  The Arsht Center attracts many world-renowned operas, ballet troupes, concerts, and musicals from the far reaches of the globe, and is Florida's grandest performing arts center.phitheater for outdoor music events.

For outdoor lovers, Miami’s tropical weather allows its residents and tourists plentiful outdoor activities throughout the year.  The city’s extensive harbor has numerous marinas, as well as rivers, bays, canals, and - of course - the Atlantic Ocean, which make watersports, boating, and fishing popular activities.  Biscayne Bay also has numerous coral reefs which offer fascinating snorkeling and scuba diving excursions.

There are over 80 parks and gardens in Miami.  The largest and most popular parks are Bayfront Park and Bicentennial Park, the latter being located in the heart of Downtown and home of the American Airlines Arena and Bayside Marketplace.  Other city parks include Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Morningside Park, Virginia Key, and Watson Island, and Key Biscayne which encompasses Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park).

Other popular attractions in the Miami area include Jungle Island, Zoo Miami, the Miami Seaquarium, Coral Castle, St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, and the Charles Deering Estate.  Sports fans can enjoy a watching one of Miami’s four professional sports teams:  the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Heat, the Florida Marlins, and the Florida Panthers.

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