Miami - Beyond the bleachers

Miami's art deco district is a must-see.

Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
Published: Friday, January 2, 2009 at 12:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 2, 2009 at 12:01 p.m.

Going to Miami for the big game? Looking for something to do before or after the championship is decided?

Here are some non-football attractions:

Art Deco Historic District:

A variety of tours, both formal and informal, are available for people who wish to learn more about the art deco, Mediterranean revival and Miami modern (MiMo) styles found on Miami Beach.

This is the nation's largest 20th century National Register Historic District, according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach: 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach,

Even if you aren't staying there, this classic hotel, fresh off a major renovation, is worth strolling past. It has more than 1,500 rooms and suites and 11 restaurants.

Joe's Stone Crab: 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach,

This famous restaurant opened in 1913 and is a required, if pricey, stop on any Miami visit. Fans say the meal is worth the money if you love stone crabs

Lincoln Road Mall: Lincoln Road at 16th Street, Miami Beach

This is a pedestrian street mall with specialty shops, restaurants and other attractions.

Also worth considering ...

Historical Museum of Southern Florida:101C W. Flagler St., Miami


Miami Metro Zoo: 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami


Miami Science Museum and Planetarium: 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami

305-646-4200 Museum

305-646-4400 Planetarium

Miami Seaquarium: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami


Monkey Jungle: 14805 SW 216th St., Miami


Ancient Spanish Monastery: 6711 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach


This is well north of Miami. The monastery was built in Segovia, Spain in 1141 and is the oldest building in the western hemisphere, according to the visitors bureau.

"William Randolph Hearst brought the pieces to America, and in 1952 Miami developers reassembled the monastery on its current site," the bureau's Web site says.

Tours are self-guided tours; guides must be arranged ahead of time, and the party must be 12 people or more.

Call ahead to check on operating hours, since the monastery might be hosting an event.

The hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (last admission at 4 p.m.) and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays (last admission is 4 p.m.)

The price: Adults, $5; children 12 and younger, $2; seniors (65 and older) $2.50; students with valid I.D., $2.50.

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