Thursday, November 19, 2015

Our picks for enjoying this fair-weather city
after Thanksgiving is over.
If you're in Miami for Thanksgiving weekend, the
official start of the city's high season, braving the bargain-bedazzled
hordes at the nearest mall may be the last thing any sensible lover of warm
weather would want to do.
Another, far wiser option is to take the day and
explore the best of Miami.
1.
Art at the Wolfsonian-FIU Start in the heart of South Beach at the
Wolfsonian-FIU, a first-rate museum.
Curator Matthew Abess has brought
together work from a wide array of artists—spanning Lewis Hine to Herbert
Bayer—for the exhibition "Margin of Error," a study of cultural
responses to such manmade disasters as the sinking of the Titanic.
The show is
on view through May 8, 2016, and includes such gems as a mid-1930s Royal Air
Force photograph album with images of crashes whimsically captioned "Error
of Judge-ment." 2.
Lunch in Pinecrest Then head about a half hour
south to Pinecrest, a quiet residential neighborhood, for lunch at Pinecrest
Wayside Market, featuring sandwiches, baked goods, and fantastic tropical
shakes made with mamey and mango.
3.
Explore Pinecrest Gardens While you're in the neighborhood, stroll
the grounds of the former Parrot Jungle tourist attraction, now the lush
Pinecrest Gardens, a 20-acre park that's also the site of art festivals and
a weekly farmer's market.
4.
Visit the Coral Castle In Homestead, about an hour south of Miami,
take in the fantastical Coral Castle, a massive coral rock fortress
single-handedly built in the 1920s by Edward Leedskalnin as a tribute to his
lost love.
5. The Everglades and Coconut Grove In Florida City, a few miles south,
walk the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park, overlooking alligators,
great blue herons, and egrets.
After a dose of nature, head north to Coconut
Grove for a bit of Old Miami at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a circa-1914
Italian Renaissance-style mansion built by James Deering and, forever onto
end, the most beautiful place in Miami.
6.
Check in on Pelicans in Recovery Just off the 79th Street Causeway
leading to Miami Beach is an institution that every Miami native loves, the
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station.
There's no charge to walk among the cages
and see hundreds of injured and orphaned brown pelicans being nurtured back to
health, but the center gratefully accepts donations.
Since 1980, they've
helped some 200 species of birds.
7. Kayak or Paddleboard Biscayne Bay To work up an appetite for dinner,
head to South Beach and rent a kayak or a paddleboard at South Beach
Kayak.
The two-hour Sunset Paddle ($65 per person) is a true workout,
accompanied by the stunning backdrop of the sun setting over Biscayne Bay.
8.
Dinner at a New and Notable Restaurant For an early dinner, try one of
two shiny new restaurants nearby.
In Bal Harbour, Le Zoo is Stephen Starr's
latest Miami restaurant (bringing the grand total to four).
Le Zoo, featuring
the talents of chef Craig Wallen, is all about old-school French fare, from
steak tartare to scallops nicoise, and the decor is inspired by the romance of
the long-ago French Riviera.
On Miami Beach, the new Talde Miami Beach—launched by Top Chef vet Dale
Talde, who also has outposts of the restaurant in Brooklyn and Jersey
City—serves creative, fun plates with an Asian spin, such as the crispy
oyster and bacon pad thai and lemongrass pork chops.
9.
A Broadway Thanksgiving For a performance not to miss, get to mainland
Miami for A Broadway Thanksgiving at Ted's performance space in the
YoungArts Tower.
The cabaret performance features Grace Martini, Hannah
Richer, and Miguel Luciano of Talia in The Kitchen.
If the show works up your
appetite, dinner is available in the space by STARR Catering Group.
Tom Austin is based in Miami and covers the Florida beat for Travel +
Leisure.
Follow him on Twitter at @TomAustin__.
On this free day following Thanksgiving, skip the shopping
crowds: Read on for our picks for what to do in Miami on Black Friday instead.

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