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Within Walking Distance to South Miami Beach Attractions

South Beach Nightlife

South Beach is best explored on foot, and our hotel is within walking distance of multiple Miami beach attractions. Deciding what to do, or where to begin, can pose a challenge.

In an area offering everything from the glitz and glamour of Ocean Drive to the quaint, bohemian vibe of Espanola Way, the possibilities boggle the mind. To help you map out your visit, the staff at the Avalon Hotel has compiled a shortlist of South Beach favorites, all within a comfortable stroll of our hotel.

Miami Beach

Just across Ocean Drive from the hotel is one of the most beautiful, famous ribbons of smooth sand in the world. Hit the surf, jog the paths along the beach, or spread out a towel and nap away the afternoon. The people-watching alone will keep you entertained.

Ocean Drive and the Art Deco District

Popular movies set in Miami Beach, all have shots of Ocean Drive, and for good reason. Lined with pastel-painted Art Deco hotels, vibrant sidewalk cafés, and more than 800 historically designated and restored buildings, it includes the former Gianni Versace mansion, one of the most photographed buildings in North America.

FUN WAYS TO GET AROUND

  • Deco Bike
  • GoCar GPS Tours
  • Duck Tours
  • Miami Beach Local
  • Swoop
  • Double Decker Bus

SHOPPING, DINING & NIGHTLIFE

Lincoln Road Mall

This pedestrian-only promenade is the hub of South Beach life. Located between Alton Road and Washington Avenue, Lincoln Road showcases eclectic boutiques, breezy sidewalk cafés, funky bars, art galleries, and more than its share of fine dining restaurants.

Collins Ave Shopping

When you’ve done Ocean Drive, head one block west to lower Collins Avenue and join the glam crowd on the hunt for clubwear, or a grab a bite to eat. Names along the avenue include Sephora, Tommy Hilfiger, Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, United Colors of Benetton, Quicksilver, Arden B., Urban Outfitters, MNG by Mango, Zara, and Barneys New York Co-Op.

Miami Beach Boardwalk

Extending from 25th Street south to 5th Street, this section of the Miami Beach Boardwalk to incorporates a great selection of South Beach’s signature Art Deco architecture. Just steps from the ocean, the boardwalk is ideal for walking, jogging or biking. Several nearby cafes tempt you with snacks, refreshments, and a little people watching.

Beach Activities

If you’d like to enjoy the sun, sand and Atlantic surf, renting a beach chair and umbrella lets you hit the beach in style. Lifeguards and a beach patrol are on duty. But South Beach is more than a collection of sun bathing beauties. Try your hand at surfing, kite boarding, windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing or boating.

Espanola Way

Scenic yet authentically bohemian, right down to its peach-colored paint, Espanola Way is a slice of Miami history served with a side of Latin American culture. On any given weekend, a stroll down Espanola Way offers the sights and sounds of a marketplace as vendors selling flowers, handmade jewelry, sunglasses, and tropical weight dresses hawk their wares on this inviting street.

Washington Ave Nightlife

Washington Avenue is considered by many as the nightclub capital of the world, with sidewalks often jammed with revelers until 6 AM or later. For those whose tastes go beyond VIP lists and tequila shots, Washington Avenue is also home to shops and restaurants, the architecturally stunning Temple Emanu-El, and something called the World Erotic Art Museum (only in South Beach!).

PARKS

South Pointe Park

This 17-acre urban oasis on the ocean faces Fisher Island. In addition to offering vast expanses of green and the best place to watch massive cruise ships cruise in and out of PortMiami, the park features a jogging path, a relatively uncrowded beach, a jungle gym for the kids, a fishing pier, and several dining spots.

Flamingo Park

Located in the heart of South Beach, Flamingo Park is a bustle of activity with myriad recreational options. The park features a swimming pool with lap lanes, water playground for the kids, tennis courts, basketball courts, a baseball and soccer field, running track, dog park, and more.

ART & CULTURE

Art Deco District

Also known as the Miami Beach Architectural District and the Old Miami Beach Historic District, the Art Deco district contains 960 historic buildings celebrating the architectural heritage of Miami Beach. Whether you consider the buildings “ultramodern” or “retro fabulous,” you’ll be intrigued by the details and craftsmanship that went into almost everything built in Miami Beach in the '20s, '30s, '40s.

The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater

The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater showcases the biggest names in live entertainment – from music and comedy to bodybuilding competitions.

New World Symphony Orchestra

Headquartered in a building by architect Frank Gehry and acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, this is home to the country’s only full-time orchestral academy. Performances include full-orchestra concerts, a chamber music series, a new music series, percussion consort series, small ensemble concerts, a family series, and special festivals and recitals. Tours of the building are available.

Miami City Ballet

Even if you don’t have time to see a performance, guests are welcome to visit and watch rehearsals and classes.

Colony Theatre

One of South Florida's most popular entertainment venues, the Colony hosts a wide variety of programs, including music, dance, theater, opera, comedy, performance art and film.

Bass Museum of Art

Established in 1963 with the donation of Baroque and Renaissance art from Johanna and John Bass, the museum regularly displays contemporary art, and collections include 19th century and Asian art. It is housed in the historic Miami Beach Library,  designed in 1930 by Russell Pancoast.

 

The Wolfsonian–Florida International University

Located in the heart of the Art Deco District, the Wolfsonian-FIU is a museum, library, and research center dedicated to illustrating the persuasive power of art and design. The Wolfsonian collection comprises approximately 120,000 pieces from 1850 to 1950 in a variety of media.

Jewish Museum of Florida

The Jewish Museum of Florida includes more than 500 photos and artifacts that depict the Jewish experience in Florida since 1763.

Miami Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Florida is a world-famous sculpture garden memorial to the six million Jewish people who perished in the Holocaust.