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Visitors flock to Miami for its sunny stretches of beach, all night party scene and lively Latin influences, but there’s even more to the city if you know where to look. For a truly unforgettable Miami experience, use this list to explore all the greatest things you can only do in Magic City.

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The Hotel Julia for SMS Lodging. Designer Stephen Busto

1. Stay in a 1930s Art Deco hotel in South Beach

Art Deco hotels are an iconic part of the Miami Beach streetscape. The Julia, a 29-room adults-only boutique hotel in Miami Beach’s trendy SoFi (South of Fifth) neighborhood, features a traditional Art Deco ambiance reminiscent of the original structure from the 1930s blended with modern updates and beautiful art installations from local artists. Unwind on the outdoor patio with a complimentary wine and cheese happy hour.

2. Taste your way through Little Havana

Calle 8 (or 8th Street), located in the Little Havana district, is the place to go for the best Cuban food and culture outside of Cuba. Wander down the street and stop into La Carreta for classic Cuban dishes such as picadillo, fried plantains and yuca con mojo.

3. Admire graffiti art transforming 80,000-square feet of walls

Wynwood Walls, located in the now vibrant warehouse district of Wynwood, entices renown street artists from around the globe to showcase their murals in this outdoor museum. A great selfie spot!

Image courtesy of vineveramiami.com

4. Swim in an 820,000-gallon historic pool made from a coral rock quarry

The Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, included on the National Register of Historical Places, is a public pool filled with natural spring water. The Mediterranean style pool is adorned with a waterfall, bridge, palm trees and two lookout towers. The pool is open February through November. Get there early; entrance is limited.

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5. Sip a mojito along the bank of the historic Miami River

The Wharf is the perfect outdoor setting to taste dishes from the latest popular Miami food trucks, indulge in a hand-crafted cocktail and listen to a local band. Chill in the comfortable lounge chairs or, if you’re so lucky, pull your boat up to the dock for a beer and a bite to eat.

6. Standup paddleboard among manatees and million dollar mansions

Join Kayak South Beach for a SUP or kayak tour around Sunset Island with lavish celebrity-owned estates and views of the Miami skyline. Keep your eyes open for manatees, dolphins and swimming iguanas. Continue on past the Venetian Islands to Flagler Memorial Island to take a dip in the warm water.

Image courtesy Miami Design District

7. Celebrate design in fashion, art, and architecture—all in one place

The master planned Miami Design District appeals to those looking for high-end shopping, culinary masterpieces, free weekly concerts, and a multitude of cultural events. Attend a fashion show, go to an art opening, enjoy live music or meet local artisans in this once neglected neighborhood.

8. Bike from SoFi to South Point

The SoFi neighborhood has become a burgeoning hotspot for restaurants, bars and art galleries. Rent a Citi Bike on Washington Ave and 3rd Street for $6.50 an hour, stop in at Big Pink for some brioche French toast topped with Kit Kat bars, and end at South Point Park Pier to enjoy the city and ocean views.

Image courtesy of Cibo Wine Bar

9. Have a wine fairy deliver your glass of vino

Upscale Cibo Wine Bar in South Beach is a beautifully designed bar and restaurant serving up homemade Italian dishes and has a massive 3,500-bottle wall of wine from which a “wine fairy” will deliver your favorite drink to pair with your meal. After dinner, head to the sizeable and swanky rooftop bar for a nightcap.

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​Sharael, founder of Family Travel Channel (familytravelchannel.com), has been writing about travel since 1995. Her work has appeared in Sunset magazine, Outside magazine, ForbesTravelGuide.com, MSN.com, and many others. Follow her on Twitter @FamTravChannel, FB and Instagram @FamilyTravelChannel. See more of her work at Sharael.com.
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