Miami is one of the hottest vacation spots on earth, but you don't have to indulge in the nightlife to have a good time. These five attractions are hidden gems for tourists and locals alike!
1. Schnebly Redland's Winery
When you think about Miami, "wine" probably isn't the first word that comes to mind. But ending your day with a glass of the most exceptional wine South Florida has to offer is a pretty darn good idea, and Schnebly Winery is the most picturesque location in Miami to enjoy a refreshing glass.
This winery is located in the Redlands neighborhood right outside of the city, making it the most southern vineyard in the entire country. Bask in the sun or relax in the shade as you sip: either way Schnebly is the tropical winery you've been dreaming of. Assuming you dream of wineries, that is. (No, just me?)
Named one of the top 18 wineries in all of America, Schnebly does tours and tastings under the swaying palms. Visit their Redlander Restaurant, an eatery that elevates local flavors to complement your favorite vino. You can also grab a bite to eat at the brewery while you sample a seasonal or specialty ale. Schnebly is worth a drive out from the city. Your taste buds won't regret it.
2. Stoneage Antiques
Miami is filled with shops tempting tourists with endless t-shirt and keychain souvenirs. But you don't have to settle for the typical gift to bring back home for loved ones! One shop stands out among the vast sea of options. Stoneage Antiques has been open for over 50 years. Their specialty is rare nautical trinkets and collectibles. You are bound to get the most bang for your buck here, and you will surely find a gift that is not available anywhere else in the world.
Located on the Miami River, this eye-catching thrift shop is the perfect blend of eccentric and fascinating. This store is filled to the brim with history. From 18th-century cannons to 20th-century diving helmets and everything in between, Stoneage Antiques is a store you should take the time to explore. Look for the endless piles of wagon wheels out front -- you won't mind getting lost in this magical shop!
3. Monkey Jungle
South Florida's subtropical climate is the perfect place for many species to call home. Monkey Jungle is an exhibit unlike any other, a jungle oasis containing over 300 primates that you can observe in their natural habitat. This wildlife park is a massive 30 acres and allows you to get up close and personal with over 30 different species of primates.
The Monkey Jungle puts a different spin on the traditional zoo, by keeping the humans caged while wild gibbons, orangutans, and Golden Lion Tamarins roam free. Watch Java Macaques wade in their swimming hole or brave zookeepers interact with the massive Cameroon Gorillas. The Monkey Jungle is currently closed (temporarily) for repairs after the impact of Hurricane Irma, but keep checking their website to see if they'll have their doors open during your next visit!
Finding exotic cuisine is never hard when you are in Miami. You don't have to look far to find a savory dish, but Rouge offers up something deliciously different. Entering this French Moroccan restaurant literally transports you back in time, with its live jazz bands and charming decor. This French restaurant mixes in playful Moroccan flavors for dishes that are indeed one-of-a-kind.
There is a reason this North Beach restaurant considers itself "a green oasis in a sea of concrete." The outside patio looks straight out of a fairytale, with colorful Moroccan-inspired brickwork meshing perfectly with fireplaces and greenery. This quaint French bistro is a must for anyone looking for a relaxing bite to eat -- while enjoying some jazzy live music. Be forewarned though: some diners may find it a tad on the pricey side.
5. Wat Buddharangsi Buddhist Temple
It's obvious that Miami's culture is derived from all parts of the world and all walks of life. Nestled in the heart of the Redlands neighborhood -- tucked away from the bright lights and bustling traffic of the city -- is a spiritual experience for all to enjoy. The Wat Buddharangsi Buddhist Temple is a place to decompress, where visitors can meet with Monks, participate in a meditation, or simply take in the peacefulness of the temple.
The Wat Buddharangsi Buddhist Temple has been open to tourists for over thirty years, and it serves as a serene escape from the otherwise crowded and noisy nature of Miami. Whether you are interested in Buddhism or you simply want to admire the shrines of the Buddha, this temple is the place to be for relaxation and inner peace. Don't forget to take your shoes off before entering, and dress conservatively for your visit.
Miami may be famous for its award-winning beaches and huge crowds, but these hidden attractions can be your own personal escape in the middle of paradise. Pack your bags and get your flip-flops ready: South Florida is waiting for you!