By Erica Greenfield
Although Miami is known for its idyllic, tropical weather, our steamy summers can be quite brutal. With the temperature and humidity on the rise (not to mention the mosquitos), South Floridians are always looking for creative ways to keep cool while still enjoying the summer season.
There are plenty of places and activities that are off –the-beaten-path where you can take advantage of all that Miami has to offer while escaping the gross, sticky weather. It may sound too good to be true, so we put together a summer survival guide full of events and activities that are sure to provide some summer fun.
Parrot Cove at Jungle Island
There are few things better than a water park to help cool off from the summer heat. The recently renovated beach and floating waterpark is the latest attraction at the famed Jungle Island. Not only does Parrot Cove boast spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami, but it also features top-of-the-line Wibit equipment that floats on the bay! Both adults and children can play on the massive Sports Park 60, which consists of balance beams, trampolines, slides and a floating volleyball court. It’s the perfect location to stay cool and relaxed in between the exciting shows at Jungle Island.
Baseball is known as America’s favorite pastime, so get out there and root for the home team. With tickets being relatively inexpensive, there is no reason not to put that massive stadium to good use! Whether you’re there for the game or to grab a drink in the Clevelander (because only Miami would have a night club and pool inside a ballpark), grab some peanuts or Cracker Jacks and head to Marlins Park.
As soon as you step inside Basement Miami you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time to the iconic Studio 54. Located inside the trendy Edition Hotel on Miami Beach, Basement Miami is a cutting edge “micro club” that features a nightclub, bowling alley and an ice-skating rink—all equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and flashy lights created by world-renowned designer Patrick Woodroffe. With its non-pretentious vibe and focus on simple fun, this is the perfect place to enjoy the summer nights.
Luckily for us, Miami is only a one-hour drive away from paradise in the Florida Keys. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Miami and enjoy nature at its finest, take a drive down to Key Largo where you can you drink locally crafted beer and chow down on conch fritters and key lime pie at Sundowners . For the adventurous type, explore local wildlife and the first underwater park at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, where visitors can snorkel or scuba dive the 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps.
These exciting adventures will make it easy to keep cool and enjoy the rest of summer.