south beach activities

South Beach Water Activities: Part 2

People come to South Beach for a variety of reasons. But, it may be safe to say the main reason is the beach itself – it’s beautiful. The city’s beach draws thousands of visitors each year. And this beach, isn’t just for tanning or sleeping on. South Beach is home to endless water sports and activities for people to have fun and be entertained.

 

Last month, we shared some popular water activities on the blog, but since there are so many, we wanted to share more! Below is a few more South Beach favorites that will guarantee you some fun in the sun.

 

Flyboarding

Want to feel like you’re flying? Flyboarding is a water-powered device that shoots you up out of the water like a jetpack; its attached to your feet (boots) and is powered by a hose connected to a jet ski. The way the device looks, it has been compared to flying like Iron Man. Both children and adults can enjoy this activity. People can choose to do this for 30 minutes or an hour. Lessons are available for those who have never tried this before. Safety equipment is also provided.

 

Here are a few spots where you can rent a flyboard:

Miami Watersports | 3400 Pan American Dr., Miami

Miami Beach FlyBoard | 910 West Ave., Miami Beach
Oceans Flyboarding and Jet Ski Rental Miami Beach | 1099 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach

 

Gondola Rides

Who says you have to travel all the way to Venice, Italy, for a beautiful, blissful ride in a gondola? Stay stateside and climb into a gondola and sail alongside Miami Beach. These rides are great for couple who want a romantic Venetian experience or fun for groups of friends and family. Gondola rides can bring guests through the Miami Beach Canals and tours can last anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes.

Here’s where you can catch a gondola ride:

Miami Beach Gondolas | 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

 

Other Water Activities:
Parasailing
Kayaking
Kite Surfing
Paddle boarding
Jet-skiing
Boat tours/Cruises

 

Stay Nearby the Ocean

There are so many ways to have fun in the water. Want to try one of these unique experiences in the water at South Beach? Staying for awhile? If so, the Cavalier Hotel, located on Ocean Drive is within walking distance to the ocean. Stay tuned for more posts where we detail other South Beach water activities –there’s just so many to choose from! To book your stay at the Cavalier, click here or call 305-671-1199.

Explore South Beach Art Museums

South Beach is a hub for arts and culture in Miami. Festivals, shops, restaurants, and museums all tell a story about the vibrant, artistic area. If it’s a rainy day or you’re looking for something else to do besides lay on the sand, a trip to one of South Beach’s museums is a must.

 

 World Erotic Art Museum
1250 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, Fl
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight

The World Erotic Art Museum was established in 2005, and is the only museum in America dedicated solely to erotic art. The museum was founded by the late private collector Naomi Wilzig’s collection; she passed away in 2015. The museum currently houses more than 4,000 works from all over the world. Some of these pieces date back to 300 BCE. The mission of the museum is to familiarize the public with erotic art and educate the community on how this art has been part of society’s culture. The museum collects, preserves, and presents erotic art; it hopes to grow its collection. This museum features erotic artwork from famous artists, as well, including Picasso, Dali, Rembrandt, and Botero. Some featured artworks include: paintings, fertility amulets and figurines, and sculptures.


Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, Fl
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, closed; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

The Wolfsonian is a museum that is a part of Florida International University (FIU); it opened in 1995. Currently, it showcases around 180,000 objects (furniture, industrial-design objects, glass work, ceramics, rare books, periodicals, ephemera, works on paper, paintings, textiles, and medals) from the 1850s-1950s. This museum’s mission is to illustrate how powerfully persuasive art and design can be, and how they tell a social, political and technological story of the time. Some collections topics include: Art Deco, Art Nouveau, arts and crafts, Colonialism, travel, modernism, health and fitness. One current exhibit, Margin of Error, runs through May 8, 2016 and explores the cultural responses to mechanical mastery and engineered catastrophes of the modern age. Later this year, an exhibit featuring modern Dutch design will open.

 

Jewish Museum of Florida
301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Another FIU museum is the Jewish Museum of Florida, which educates on the history of the Jewish experience in Florida, how the culture influences the Jewish population of the world and vice versa, and the issues of Jewish discrimination around the world. The museum collects, preserves, and showcases work of the Florida Jewish experience from 1763 to present day. Its core exhibit, MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florda, tells the 250-year story of Jewish people in Florida; this is shown through a timeline wall, photographs, audio-visual presentations, documents, artifacts and more. The museum also features different exhibits throughout the year, including: Florida Jews in the Military and Jewish Artists & Poets of Latin America.

 

Explore These South Beach Museums
Want a little bit of art and culture on your vacation in South Beach? South Beach museums are certainly eclectic, which accurately reflects the vibe of the city. After you spend some time viewing some beautiful paintings or learning a few historical facts, walk down the street, and wind down for the night at the Cavalier Hotel. The hotel is within walking distance from these well-known museums. To book your stay at the Cavalier, click here or call 305-673-1199.