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Miami Attractions

miami attractionShaped by an abundant mixture of cultures, lifestyles and historical events, Miami is one of the most beautifully diverse cities in the U.S. The city's proximity to plentiful cultural attractions, unique natural habitats and colorful neighborhoods, make Miami one of the most popular tourist destinations around.

Cultural Attractions
Miami evokes images of raucous nightlife, pink Art Deco buildings, glamorous fashion houses and jewel-dripping celebrities. That's partially correct, but Miami offers so much more in the way of cultural and social attractions. While you'll definitely want to see South Beach's Art Deco District and the city's Wynwood Art District, there are a few other don't-miss landmarks, as well.

One of those must-see sites is Villa Vizcaya, a palatial estate built in the 1910s. The estate's European influences are unmistakable, a remnant of the mark left by wealthy industrialists who built grand Miami residences in the early 20th century. Vizcaya often is used for important diplomatic state events and has hosted Queen Elizabeth II and Spain's King Juan Carlos I.

Miami is also known for its fashion design influence and prolific music scene. Miami hosts several important fashion events each year, including Miami Fashion Week. The city's music scene has launched a number of successful artists, including Gloria Estefan, Flo-Rida, Tag Team and 2 Live Crew. To celebrate the role of music and dance in the city's culture, Miami hosts Ultra Music Festival, one of the largest electronic music events in the world.

Nature Attractions
There are countless ways to experience and enjoy Florida's Everglades on the western edge of Miami. Perch high atop a jet air boat skimming the marshes or canoe through mangrove tunnels to see a bounty of wildlife. Sometimes referred to as "Rivers of Grass," the Everglades are subtropical wetlands made of mangrove forests, saw grass marshes, cypress swamps, tropical hardwood hammocks and marine influences from the nearby bay. Everglade waters brim with fish, small mammals, turtles, alligators, crayfish and wading birds, and they are a delight to see whether it's from a boat, kayak or canoe.

Zoological preserve Jungle Island, Monkey Jungle, various alligator preserves and manatee hangouts are also places to experience Miami's unusual natural resources.

Neighborhoods
One of the best ways to see Miami, is to meander through its diverse neighborhoods. Lavish, historic mansions line Coral Way from downtown Miami to its exclusive Coral Gables neighborhood. The city's significant Cuban influence is best seen in the Little Havana area on Miami's west side. Little Havana is considered by many to be the city's center of political and social activity and is host to several iconic Miami events, such as Calle Ocho Festival. Coconut Grove, on the south end of Miami, is home to City Hall, a bevvy of famous nightclubs and Villa Vizcaya.

Miami's delightful neighborhoods, impressive architecture, lively social scene and unique natural habitats make it an exciting place to visit and has inspired numerous artists to honor all that Miami has to offer. As the 1998 Will Smith song says, "Welcome to Miami."