Written by: Sam Brannan of Trulia
Things are heating up in Miami and the snowbirds are starting their annual migration home. For visitors and locals of the Magic City, the question is how to survive the sweltering late spring and summer days. Fortunately, neighborhoods like the up-and-coming Brickell, the eclectic Wynwood or the historic Coral Gables present numerous “cool” and engaging options.
There are conventional ways to beat the heat in Miami Beach, but there’s also exciting alternatives that you might not have considered. Miami Beach offers many water sport activities great for cooling off. Rent a jet ski for the day from one of many rental locations along Miami Beach. Or channel your inner Iron Man by trying out the Aqua Jet experience. Located in South Pointe, this trending activity is exhilarating. The water jetpack unloads 1,000 gallons of water while propelling you toward the sky. It takes some practice, and with the guidance of a trained instructor, you’ll be taking in the picturesque views of Downtown Miami and South Beach while hovering high above the water.
Looking for something to do with the family? Wynwood is a growing art and foodie community fostering new creative businesses, art galleries and performance art spaces like nowhere else in Miami. A good way to cool off before checking out the arts of Wynwood is to grab some ice cream at Lulu’s where your desert is made from scratch right in front of you. The shop uses liquid nitrogen to fast-freeze your ice cream to create smaller ice crystals, resulting in a much smoother and rich frozen treat. Join the thousands who come out for the Second Saturday Art Walk in the cool evening to admire the Wynwood Walls, where over 80 artists representing 16 countries have transformed plain warehouse walls into a magnificent outdoor museum. Grab some delicious comfort food from the Mr. Cheezious food truck, or micro-sandwiches from the Bocaditos food truck while taking in the live music.
If you’re looking for something to do without the kids, the lively nightlife scene in Brickell has skyrocketed in popularity, making a go-to location to cool off with evening cocktails. Check out Blackbird Ordinary – contrary to its name, everything about this bar is out-of-the-ordinary. With a distinct colonial tavern appeal, Blackbird Ordinary delivers with original cocktails like the Blackbird, a delicious combination of sweet tea vodka, lemonade and blackberries. If originality is important, be sure to stop by Drogerie, a unique and vintage bar in Brickell that applies chemistry to mixology. With ingredients like botanicals and herbs combined with top-of-the-line liquor, Drogerie’s inventive cocktails are created with beakers and glass bottles that you might see in a science lab.
The historic city of Coral Gables, is one of the nation’s first planned communities. “The City Beautiful” offers a wide variety of activities to escape the summer heat. The Venetian Pool, a coveted attraction for visitors, is over 90 years old and is still open to the public today. The 820,000-gallon pool was created in 1923 to be part of a grand casino resort, but now exists today for the cooling off pleasure of travelers and Miami locals alike. Made mostly from coral rock, there are carved-out caverns where you can escape the hot sun or immerse yourself in the pool’s two waterfalls. In July, the annual International Mango Festival is held at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical garden. Visitors can try refreshing mangoes from places all over the world like Southeast Asia, the Middle-east, and the Caribbean. There’s a ton of activities for kids like having their faces painted, partaking in a yoga class and workshops on tropical plants.