5 Things To Do in Miami In The Summer

Here’s the challenge: how to avoid the heat while not becoming a hotel hermit. Not that hanging out in a fun place like the Hall is a hardship, but still, you’re in a fantastic city that you should explore!

1. One strategy is to hang out in cultural venues, like museums, that have valuable art to protect (read: Industrial-strength air-con). At Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum, the exhibition Suddenly Last Summer shows what happens when three local artists are turned loose on the song “Suddenly Last Summer,” by the Motels.

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2. Another is to make the most of the nighttime. On Saturday, July 23, the Institute of Contemporary Art continues its partnership with Miami Music Club, bringing such “experimental music artists” as Scottish remixer Drew McDowell to its rooftop. The following Friday, the Museum of Contemporary Art, in North Miami, hosts the July installment of its Jazz at MOCA series: Rose Max and Ramatis, who play and sing Brazilian bossa nova and samba out in the museum’s courtyard, rain or shine.

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3. Combine the two above strategies at the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum, which is throwing an opening reception for its Donald Sultan exhibition from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 29. See the art, learn about the artist in the gallery talk, and bask in the coolness (in every sense of the word).

4. Doesn’t the very idea of Marine Gardens sound cool? Head down to Vizcaya to tour the just-reopened (in June) southeastern corner of the mansion-museum’s grounds, which was devastated by Hurricane Andrew nearly 25 years ago.

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5. Unfortunately, you can’t swim in the Marine Garden’s pools. Fortunately, Coral Gables’ famous, and gorgeous, Venetian Pool isn’t far away, and you can swim in that 1920s masterpiece.

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