Held right in the middle of springtime, the Miami Open presents the ultimate opportunity to catch some fantastic professional tennis while enjoying an early taste of summer in one of America’s most delightful areas. South Florida has attracted masses of tourists over the years for its splendid beaches, endless sun, blossoming culture, delightful food, and world-class tennis! Here is a guide of some fun things to do in Miami and the surrounding areas during your Miami Open trip next spring:

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South Beach, home of the party! (Photo Credit: © Wyn Van Devanter)

Head to South Beach – By night or by day, this is Miami’s premier destination, and for good reason too. All the glitz and glamor of this city seems to congregate in this single location. Wonderful restaurants like Joe’s Stone Crab are legends, while the club scene is one of the best worldwide. The beach is marvelous and a delight for people watching, while the shopping is first rate as well. No trip to Miami is complete without checking out this haven!

Joe's Stone Crab - Miami Restaurant

Explore the Keys – The Florida Keys happen to be some of the most visited areas in America and offer a more relaxed coastal experience than those in the heart of Miami. Along roughly 100 miles of islands and coastal heaven, the Keys are the remains of an ancient corral reef on the edge of Florida. With fabulous resorts and premier fishing, this area is a great way to complement your Miami Open trip with a beach retreat. And with the tournament held right on Key Biscayne, you’ll have a nice idea of what these islands can offer by simply attending.

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Enjoy the beaches of the Florida Keys – (Photo Credit: © Kwong Yee Cheng)

Embrace the Heat – While springtime temperatures in South Florida aren’t as abusive as the swampy summers can be, Miami is home to one of the NBA’s most successful franchises, the Miami Heat. Though LeBron James has since departed, the team is still one of the strongest in the league. Taking in a professional basketball game can be a wonderful treat for the hardcore sports fans whose thirst for competition cannot be quenched through tennis alone!

 

Check out Jungle Island – For nature enthusiasts, you’ll simply adore this marvelous park. Complete with various parrots, primates, reptiles, and big cats, this is the perfect place to check out some of the world’s coolest animals. Additionally, their fabulous grounds and tropical plants provide a view into the exotic flavor of the region.

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Parrots are a main attraction of Jungle Island – (Photo Credit: © Mr. Usaji)

 

 
Take a trip to the Miami Seaquarium – As America’s longest running oceanarium, this place provides the ultimate encounter with sea life. With sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, seals, and the prime attraction Lolita the Killer Whale, the Seaquarium can be an absolute joy to experience. Additionally, they offer various animal encounters to get you face to face with some of the most wonderful animals of the sea!

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Ana Ivanovic upclose encounter with a dolphin at the Miami Seaquarium.

Visit Villa Vizcaya – Constructed by famous American businessman James Deering nearly 100 years ago, this home and surrounding gardens stand tall as one of the country’s most beautiful and splendid estates. Like a brilliant Tuscan Villa, this home shows visitors what life is like for the immensely wealthy. With extensive gardens and charming architecture, this is a great place to visit while on your Miami Open trip!

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Villa Vizcaya, one of America’s greatest homes – (Photo Credit: © Jorge Elias)

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