With your extra long weekend via the Thanksgiving holiday, get the most out of Miami on these prime days away from work or school. Think great restaurants to celebrate turkey day, best museums and live music, exploring the Everglades, and even scuba diving.
Leave the Cooking & Cleanup to Someone Else
There are a multitude of options in Miami for a Thanksgiving celebration. So if sweating over a turkey in your kitchen is not your idea of holiday fun, here’s a couple of options.
At Bourbon Steak, enjoy a traditional turkey dinner from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, including roasted butternut squash soup, wood-grilled free-range turkey, and garlic mashed potatoes. The price is $95 for adults and $35 for children ages 5 to 12. The restaurant is located at the JW Marriott, Miami. Bourbon Steak is an acclaimed American steakhouse, famous for its butter-poached steaks and duck fat fries.
For those who want to try something more nontraditional this Thanksgiving, venture over to SushiSamba in the Lincoln Road Mall to feast on exotic food. SushiSamba offers a creative twist on your Thanksgiving dinner or a selection from their full signature menu. Choices include turkey or sushi, red wine or sake, pie or Mochi. Take your pick. You get to choose!
Museums and Performances
After feasting on Thanksgiving dinner, skip the crowded shopping of Black Friday and head to the waterfront Museum Park in downtown Miami, where you’ll find two Miami gems, Perez Art Museum Miami and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. In the evening, catch a show or listen to live music. During the entire month of November, Miami Live Arts Month features special access to concerts, dance performances, comedy shows, poetry readings and plenty of great live entertainment.
Hit the Trails
While Miami is not necessarily known as a hiking destination, Everglades National Park has miles of trails to explore, with easy options for those new to hiking, as well as longer routes for the more experienced and adventurous. The 22-mile Long Pine Key trail system offers a myriad of routes to explore on the key, so you can take a short stroll or a long, grueling trek through the unique landscape of the Everglades, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The Everglades also has options for cyclists and paddlers, with several canoe and kayaking routes that showcase the beauty of the national park. Few visitors ever see the heart of the Everglades, and paddling is the best way to get there. Everglades National Park is located a little more than an hour’s drive from Miami, making a day trip possible during your long Thanksgiving weekend.
Try Scuba Diving
Miami, known as a “wreckreational” scuba diving destination, has more than 75 diveable shipwrecks within minutes of the South Beach Divers. Thanksgiving is as good a time as any to scuba dive off Miami waters, which enjoy beautiful diving conditions year round. South Beach Divers offer several diving packages for you and your friends or family over the Thanksgiving weekend. Guides are available for a fee, but must be booked in advance. If you have never dived in the ocean, South Beach Divers recommends taking a “Discover Local Diving Course.” This is the class that will teach you everything you need to know.
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