Summertime in Miami is quickly coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the seasonal fun has to just yet. There’s still plenty of time to work on your tan, enjoy some chilled watermelon and laze about in hammocks. There’s also still plenty of time to do everything on this local’s bucketlist for what to do before the summer ends.
Splash About At Grapeland Water Park Before They Close
Grapeland Water Park is an awesome place for families to play in the summertime when they keep the facility open daily. But as the season is now nearing closing time (9/25), they’re only open on weekend. Make a splash with the kids before they’re gone!
1550 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-960-2950
Check Out A Farmer’s Market
Miami’s farmer’s market scene has grown so much over the last few years, and if you have yet to visit one, you really need to. Fresh produce and homemade products like soaps, candles, and lotions can all be found at these wonderful local events, usually happening on weekends. From the Upper East Side to Pinecrest, you’ll find a farmer’s market near you.
Catch A Ball Game At Marlins Park
The Marlins seem to be having a decent season so far, and nothing goes better with summertime than a ball game and some brews (and maybe a hotdog…and nachos…peanuts?) Head over to Marlins Park and see the Fish play any night of the week. Check their website for special theme nights and promotions.
501 Marlins Way, Little Havana; 305-480-1300
Hit Up A Paleteria
Sure, you can always grab some ice cream at your local Baskin Robbins, but in Miami, you can do one better by going to a paleteria. La Michoacana is one such place with two locations, in Little Havana and Homestead. Here you’ll find classic flavors of ice cream and popsicles like chocolate and vanilla alongside more exotic choices like mango, arroz con leche, and tequila.
Battle The Obstacle Course At Jungle Island
Despite the summer heat, it’s not difficult to keep cool at Jungle Island, thanks to their Parrot Cove private beach and Rainforest Riptide, an inflatable water playground complete with trampolines, balance beams, even swings. Bonus, they’re only charging $15 for admission this Labor Day weekend (though you’ll need to pay a little extra to access the beach).
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island; 305-400-7000
Take Advantage Of Miami Spice
Summers are wonderful for Miami’s foodies thanks to the excellent deals to be found via Miami Spice. If you have yet to check out any of the participating restaurants for lunch or dinner, now is definitely the time. If you need help figuring out which ones to try out, check our extensive coverage of all things Spice.
Take A Dip At Venetian Pool
The gorgeous and historic Venetian Pool in the heart of Coral Gables is a treat for locals and visitors alike. Its cool waters can only keep us happy from March through October though, so you’ll want to drop by before Fall is in full effect. Plus without any heaters, you probably won’t want to swim here past September anyway.
2701 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables; 305-460-5306
Have A Barbecue
Sure, Miamians can technically barbecue all the way up to Christmas Day, but that doesn’t mean summer BBQs don’t hold a special place in our hearts. Hit the beach or park early to grab a grill for the day, or do it at home if you’ve got one.
Chill On The Beach Before The Snowbirds Arrive
Although Miamians can swim 365 days a year, it’s especially nice when you can do so in the ocean without the usual crowd. Summers are generally a bit quieter than, say, Spring Break on South Beach, but kids are still out of school and folks are still vacationing. But for the next few golden days, with folks back in classes or at work, you’ll want to go and get some quiet time on the sand and surf before the traffic commences.
Hang Out On A Boat
When it comes to spending time on a boat, Miami has so many options. You can rent a boat off the intracoastal for a fun day out with friends. You can hop aboard a tour boat or water taxi in Bayside. You can ride on an airboat in the Everglades. Hell, you can even get on a science barge (a floating marine lab), currently found in Bayfront Park. Whatever you do, don’t let the summer end without posting the obligatory #boatstagram selfie.