Before embarking on your next cruise vacation with Norwegian Cruise Line, why not discover the wonderful port city of Miami? Considered a melting pot of culture, art, history and music, the city of Miami has enough activities to keep you busy before your cruise. Here are five fun things you must experience before leaving the Magic City.
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1. Immerse Yourself in the Wonders of Little Havana
Learn a few Spanish phrases from the locals. Indulge in authentic al pastor tacos at Taqueria El Taquito. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of ice cream at Azucar Ice Cream Company (I recommend the Abuela Maria flavor. Just trust me on this one). Visit the famed Maximo Gomez Park (Domino Park) to see how a game of dominos is REALLY played. Sip on a cortadito or colada at any of the cafes lining 8th Street. The sights and sounds of Little Havana are absolutely intoxicating.
2. Go Photo Crazy In Wynwood
Considered the SoHo of the South, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood is a gathering place for up-and-coming artists and creative types alike. Featuring murals and graffiti from local artists, Wynwood is truly inspiring. After snapping a few photos of amazing works of art, cool down with a cold brew at Panther Coffee. Prefer a game of giant Jenga? Head on over to the outdoor bar, Brickhouse. And if you’re there the second Saturday of the month, the Wynwood art galleries invite you to check out their latest pieces during Art Walk.
3. Stroll Through South Beach
Start your South Beach adventure on Lincoln Road, a long stretch of premiere shops and the best restaurants in Miami. Stop and stare at one of the many street performers. Fill up on creamy gelato from 4D Gelateria Classic. Or partake in some much-needed retail therapy. Once you’ve had your fill, hop on over to Ocean Drive for impressive Art Deco architecture and a peek at the famed Versace Mansion. No trip to South Beach is complete without a dip in the water, so make sure you have your swimsuit in tow!
4. Get Lost in Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
A National Historic Landmark and accredited museum, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is absolutely breathtaking. Take a tour of the magnificent property, which was created by agricultural industrialist James Deering as his winter home back in 1910. Witness an abundance of brides and quinceañeras having their photo taken. Or surround yourself with greenery at Vizcaya’s European-inspired gardens, which are among the most elaborate in the United States.
5. Journey to Everglades National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Everglades National Park is the largest designated sub-tropical wilderness reserve in North America. And a day-trip to this majestic swampland is a must. Get up close and personal with the elusive Florida panther. Hold a baby gator. Step onto an airboat for the thrill of a lifetime. Or simply marvel at the scenery around you. For more information about these activities, take a look at our exclusive Miami excursions.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published on Apr. 7, 2015. It has been updated to show related itineraries.