There are, however, some ways to beat the heat and still have an incredible summer experience in Miami. We have rated some of them below on a scale of 0 to 5 ⛄, with 5 ⛄ being the most air conditioned and/or chill.
Go to a show or a concert
Both Bardot and LIV have closed for renovations this summer, but if we’re talking sheer inventory of quality upcoming shows, Miami ain’t hurting.
Link Miami Rebels continue to bring thunderous talent like Darius, LA-4A, and Bob Moses. Or pack out Do Not Sit on the Furniture for a laid back evening of house with an emphasis on the dance floor and customer service befitting royalty.
Miami has some of the best music culture in the country, but most importantly, these events take place inside and at nighttime.
Chill Factor: ⛄⛄⛄.5/5 (Can still get sweaty, depending on what kind of dancer you are.)
Hit one of Miami’s epic museums
Music and nightlife might be among the highlights of Miami’s scene, but they’re by no means the only thing going on. For daytime hours, head over to Miami’s (relatively) new Science Museum, which contains a planetarium, a half-million-gallon aquarium, and even a bird hospital on the roof. If, you know, you wanna venture back outside.
There’s also the Pérez Art Museum Miami, also known as PAMM, a modern and contemporary art museum that’s chilling up there right on the water near the MacArthur Causeway. They also have free guided tours and bring special live performances in the evenings on Free First Thursdays for PAMM Free Community Nights.
Chill Factor: ⛄⛄⛄⛄/5
Ice skating at Basement Miami
Yeah, you could drive to Kendall and go ice skating out there, if, you know, you’re into that kind of thing. Or you could go skate on the mini ice rink at Basement Miami, which is a legit nightclub featuring incredible DJs, live dancers, a bowling alley, and oh-did-we-mention a bona fide freaking ice skating rink?
Designed by the mad scientists who brought us Studio 54, if you’re visiting Miami and you don’t know what to do but you want a distinctly Miami experience (that is chilly) this is the spot. Do it for the ‘gram. Do it for the ⛄. Do it because it is literally the only basement in Florida.
Chill Factor: ⛄⛄⛄⛄⛄/5
Get some boozy ice cream in Wynwood
For those of us who can’t be bothered with the Beach or downtown (and I hear ya, really, I do), you can head over to Serendipity Creamery in the heart of Wynwood’s art district, a stone’s throw from the Wynwood Walls, where they serve alcohol-infused ice cream. Beer float? Check. Dark chocolate whiskey cone? Check. Moonshine apricot? Check. Get a sampler for $6 and try a bunch of flavors at once. Jury’s still out on whether or not this constitutes mixing your spirits.
Serendipity can only hold about a half-dozen folks at a time, so you might not be able to hole up in there for too long. Find a shady spot to get the booze cream down the hatch before it melts.
Chill Factor: ⛄⛄⛄⛄.5/5
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