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From families seeking fun in the sun to Brazilians escaping the Southern Hemisphere winter to gaggles of Midwestern girls on bachelorette weekends, Miami's colorful tourist cross section demands a wide range of things to do. And the city delivers both ocean and land-based pursuits.

The beach, of course, is a big draw and there's sand for every taste. Those looking to loosen their bikini top gravitate to freewheeling Lummus Park while families prefer the quieter scene in North Beach and nature lovers head to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne. Water activities like surf skiing and parasailing are centered in South Beach. Pools at hotels like the Raleigh and the Gansevoort are additional just-add-water options with a vibrant scene. The city's warm climes also make outdoor pursuits such as tennis and golf (there are more than 20 courses in the area) a big part of daily life.

Nowhere else in the country has architecture like Miami's. The homegrown MiMo styles along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach encapsulate the jokey optimism of the atomic era in its colorful facades. South Beach contains one of the world's largest and best preserved concentrations of Art Deco and Art Moderne buildings in the world. The Design District and its culturally inclined surroundings are also becoming a popular draw. The area's Art & Design Night, on the second Saturday of each month, opens the door to a hive of creative activity in former warehouses that now contain photography studios and contemporary art exhibits. As for the city's cultural offerings, the Adrienne Arsht Center, built in 2006, houses the city's opera, symphony, and ballet. The most buzzworthy event alights in early December in the form of Art Basel, when the beau monde of the international art world turn Miami into jet set central for a few extra-decadent weeks.

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Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Cesar Pelli's monolithic new arts hub for Miami finally opened in October 2006. It may be one of the ugliest buildings the architect (best known for the...more

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Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach

This early December, tropical offshoot of the contemporary art world's foremost schmoozefest had an inauspicious beginning—its 2001 debut was aborted in...more

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Art Deco District, Miami Beach

These pastel showcases of the Art Deco style from the twenties, thirties, and forties were in disrepair until the late seventies; their restoration in turn...more

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Beaches, Miami

Beaches in seaside cities often have an outsize influence on the culture. As in the south of France or Rio de Janeiro, the pull of the beaches can be found...more

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Golf in Miami, Miami

It's not just celebrity chefs and hoteliers that have lent their monikers and talents to Miami. Some of the biggest names in golf course design have left their...more

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Holocaust Memorial, Miami Beach

Sculptor/architect Kenneth Treister's Memorial in Miami Beach is both evocative and upsetting. Visitors enter this outdoor memorial through black-granite...more

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Jungle Island, Miami

Jungle Island (formerly known as Parrot Jungle) used to be an oddball charmer far south of the city, an old rambling park full of squawking, bird-filled cages....more

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Kampong, Miami

This often-forgotten botanical garden is one of Miami's true finds—that is, if you can find it. It's located on a mansion-filled stretch in the backwoods...more

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Little Havana, Miami

Just west of the downtown business district is this several-block bastion of the city's Cuban community. Calle Ocho, or S.W. Eighth Street, is the heart of the...more

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Margulies Collection, Miami

Local real-estate developer Marty Margulies amassed such an impressive collection of photography over the years that in 1999, he finally bought a warehouse in...more

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