Your Miami Guide To Memorial Day Weekend

RandoMiami, RandoLists, RandoFoodKaty CoffieldComment
Photo courtesy of: Gentside Voyage

Photo courtesy of: Gentside Voyage

Besides saying thanking you to all of our veterans who serve our country on a daily basis, many Miamians take this long weekend opportunity to sit back and relax a bit from their daily grind. I have compiled of few things you should keep in mind when looking for things to do this weekend.

Looking for something more relaxing? Maybe you want to spruce up on your Miami culture?

1.    Head over to the Marlins stadium: Who doesn’t love a good hot dog, and a great baseball game? The Miami Marlins have also upped their food offerings, and while you can get the quintessential kayem dog on a bun, you can also indulge in pastrami or minuta sandwiches, root beer floats, tequeños, arepas, tamales, and many other delicious treats. Try it all when the Marlins host the Baltimore Orioles this Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Marlins Park (501 Marlins Way).

2.    Take the Coral Gables Waterway Canoe Tour: Instead of spending the whole day barbecuing spend some time learning about the Miami that once was and indulge in a little historically accurate nostalgia of your own. On the Coral Gables Waterway Canoe Tour, guides will whisk you back to the days of George Merrick (planner and builder of Coral Gables), the town’s formative years, and the heyday of the iconic, charming Biltmore Hotel. You’ll see all kinds of wildlife, unique natural sights, and lots of landmarks as you enjoy a breezy paddle through the area’s canals.

Bring water, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection. The tour runs from 9 a.m. to noon Monday and begins and ends at A.D. Barnes Park Nature Center (3401 SW 72nd Ave., Miami). Tickets cost $30 per person. Visitmiamidade.gov/ecoadventures or call 305-365-3018. 

3.    Head over to the beach for some fireworks: You know there will be fireworks, and for those of us on a budget all you have to do is pay for parking. I would even suggest spending the day tanning with a few sandwiches and then stay for the fireworks!

Maybe you are looking for more music and dancing?

4.    Check out The Best of the Best Concert: This concert is taking place at Bayfront Park. This festival is all about celebrating Caribbean music and will feature musicians like Beenie Man, Capleton, Lady Saw, Shabba Ranks, and 28 others.

5.    Best of the Best Official Afterparty: Once the fun in the sun is over at Bayfront Park, the party keeps going just north of the Broward County line. If you are looking for a good time then leave the kids at home and head over to Café Iguana in Pembroke Pines where the party continues. There will be nine DJs taking turns dropping the hottest in reggae, dancehall, soca, hip-hop, and R&B. Bottles are available for $150 until 1 a.m., and parking is free.

6.    T.I. is taking over Story: This weekend T.I. will be here in Miami taking over South Beach. If you are looking for a good time on Saturday night you may want to check this party out.