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Birthdays are a great opportunity to bring friends and family together and try something you’ve never done before. Miami offers countless ways to mark your birthday with healthy activities. The mostly waterfront city is known for its vibrant culture and active lifestyle. Try a new water sport, explore a farmers market or exercise in one of the area’s parks to begin your own personal new year.
Miami is active all year-round, but the best time of year to visit is in the spring. Depending on the month of your birthday, summer and the neighboring months are also perfect for cooling off in the ocean. Many water activities await. Snorkel the offshore reefs or swim the length of the beach from the Delano Beach lounge to the pier at the tip of South Beach. Biscayne National Park is home to the only tropical reef in the continental United States. Jump in and swim with the dolphins at Miami Sea Aquarium. This marine life park is perfect for guests young and old and is a favorite for kids' birthday parties. Charter a fishing boat and captain for the day. Some of the best fishing in South Florida can be had at South Pointe Park in Miami Beach. Tons of marinas in Miami do daily charters, including half-day or full-day fishing excursions.
A Walk in the Park
Miami’s rich history comes alive in many of the city’s public venues, including a variety of museums, botanical gardens and national parks. Stroll the grounds of Vizcaya, a mansion-turned-museum with sprawling outdoor gardens and an Orchidarium. Explore the waterfront entertainment and shopping area of Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami. Keep walking south from Bayside to nearby Bayfront Park, which features weekly farmers markets, festivals and a large outdoor trapeze training area with daily acrobatic classes. Check out the planetarium at the Miami Science Museum as your day is unwinding or plan a picnic at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Fairchild Tropical Gardens features collections of rare botanical plants and flowers, perfect for a birthday stroll. The Metrozoo is a great choice for a children’s birthday party; here they can ride a camel, watch a variety of live wildlife shows and take a ride on the jungle carousel.
Birthday Bike Ride
Enjoy a birthday bike ride and explore everything the city has to offer from a cyclist’s perspective. Ride the bike-friendly boardwalk on South Beach and take in the ocean views and Art Deco style of the area. Everglades National Park provides miles of untamed bike trails that are nicely paved and completely safe but don’t be surprised to see a handful of alligators along the way. Dozens of bike rental places offer both half-day and full-day rides.
Sports and More
Miami has dozens of public golf courses and also the famed Doral Golf Resort, where you can play 18 holes on one of Doral’s championship courses that plays host to the PGA Tour. Bring your driver's license and ask about discount tee times and special offers on your birthday. Play some pick-up sporting games with friends and have a birthday barbecue at Pace Park in downtown Miami. The park features public tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and a large children’s jungle gym adventure area. The park also offers family picnic benches with large grills for barbecuing.
Walk and Shop Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road is often referred to as Fifth Avenue’s Miami Beach counterpart. It is a pedestrian mall that runs the length of 14 blocks from Alton Road to Washington Avenue. Walk the length of Lincoln Road on both sides for a feel-good afternoon stroll complete with excellent people watching. Stop in one of the boutiques and treat yourself to a birthday indulgence. Local boutiques along the strip sell items unique to the culture of Miami, while small cafes and restaurants offer cuisine from around the globe.
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