Feel like a celebrity while playing, staying, dining and shopping in Miami Beach, Florida, with the family — but without spending like one. The island feels like a tropical getaway, but still connected to the mainland with a series of bridges for easy accessibility — kind of the perfect family escape for summer.
Take advantage of all the best summer deals and promotions on hotels while booking your warm-weather getaway. Once you have your hotels squared away, keep the savings going with this list of affordable eats, happy hour deals and budget-friendly activities and attractions.
Affordable fun isn’t difficult to come by on Miami Beach. Enjoy free admission to Miami Beach Botanical Garden, learning all about conservation efforts and green gardening while checking out interesting tropical flora.
Get an early workout in at the New World Center with a free yoga class with the family, or head to the Bass Museum for some contemporary art. Plan you visit for a complimentary visit on family day, celebrated on the last Sunday of every month. The kids can even join in on some scavenger hunts and art projects.
Soak up the summer sun while dining at Call Me Gaby. This alfresco eatery offers Italian cuisine, Riviera-inspired décor and affordable happy hour deals all ages can enjoy, even on the weekends. Grab a quick bite before dinner or a late lunch coming off the beach with charcuterie platters and Italian-inspired small plates, or just grab a cocktail with the adults in the family and sip on $7 wine and $9 cocktails.
Another dining deal you’re going to want to make time for, Estiatorio Milos offers a $30 lunch special on the beach. This fine-dining restaurant boasts all the Greek classics you know and love on a three-course menu. The picky eaters in the group can opt for the Greek Meze plate and try a bit of everything.
For something casual with a wide range of options for all ages and tastes, Monty’s Sunset is perfect for families who want a little bit of everything. Located near South Pointe Park, Monty’s offers soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as sushi, fresh seafood, crab claws and more. Choose from something, or everything, on the happy hour menu and build your own eclectic family-style dinner spread while enjoying live music, stunning beach views and even splash around in the pool.
Similar to its sister property Mall of America in Minnesota, American Dream Mall in Newark, New Jersey, 20 miles from Manhattan, is a destination mall to travel to for shopping and family fun. However, where Mall of America dedicates 45 percent of its square footage to entertainment and 55 percent to retail, American Dream Mall flips those figures.
Fans of country music can explore Tennessee’s rich musical legacy across all 95 counties with hundreds of landmarks and attractions on the new Tennessee Music Pathways route, inspired by the latest documentary from Ken Burns.
There is something to be said for hitting a city’s most iconic neighborhoods, even if there is a steady stream of tourists milling about. On the other hand, there’s something delicious about discovering neighborhoods not yet on the tourist track.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
As a teacher introducing artists and art museums to my French and Spanish students, I learned a key technique for museum visits: Don’t overstay their attention span! One hour is ample time and, for some youngsters, start in the museum shop where they can discover a few things they want to see firsthand. For most, a finale in the garden or museum café for ice cream or a meal is welcome.