Miami Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do in South Beach and Beyond

Miami Seaquarium dolphins
The Miami Seaquarium has a new dolphin show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show Flipper. Photo: Miami Seaquarium
An international melting pot where cosmopolitan chic meets the subtropical beach, Miami offers a pastiche of sights, sounds and flavors to explore on a spring break getaway.

Get the All-Inclusive Treatment: Nikki Beach
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience

Have a quintessentially South Beach experience with Nikki Beach's Sunday brunch party. Grab a daybed in the sand or a table on the patio for an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet ($49.95) featuring sushi, a carving station and pasta and omelets made to order. Champagne and Bloody Marys are on special for $7. Groove on the beach to the beats of their resident DJ, while a live saxophonist makes the rounds and costumed dancers keep the party festive.

Worship Water: South Beach Kayak
A fun water-centric activity

Glide into the tranquil waters of Biscayne Bay on a kayak or standup paddleboard ($15-$30 per hour) with South Beach Kayak. You can rent the equipment and set out on your own or opt for a guided tour with instruction. Navigate around the Venetian Islands, take a dip at Flagler Memorial Island or dock at the Standard Spa Miami Beach for a mid-paddle caipirinha with a view.

Don't Miss the Big Event: Ultra Music Festival
A must-see springtime festival or event

Between Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference, the electronic dance music community descends on Miami every year at the end of March. Ultra, the three-day festival (tickets cost $399.95) in downtown's Bayfront Park attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees from all over the world with headliners like Avicii, David Guetta and Tiesto, as well as underground acts. Winter Music Conference hosts a slew of pool parties and nightclub raves across South Beach for an entire week dedicated to dance.

Closer than Disney World: Miami Seaquarium
A great activity for kids and families

The Miami Seaquarium is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Flipper this spring with a brand new Caribbean-themed Flipper Dolphin Show. The seaquarium was the set of over 80 episodes of the classic 1960s television show and images from the original show will be on display in a special exhibit at the entrance to the stadium. For Florida residents who visit before the end of March, a free annual pass will be awarded with the purchase of regular park admission ($41.95).

Catch Some Rays: The Broken Shaker
A place to eat or drink outdoors

For an expertly mixed cocktail made with premium spirits, homemade bitters and fresh herbs and spices from the onsite garden, head to the uber-hip Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami. You might be surprised that this high-design hot spot is actually a hostel. Backpackers and college kids on a budget mix and mingle with locals who return week after week for some of the most creative drinks in town and the decidedly laidback vibe. Find a seat in the large, lush patio with retro mix-and-match furniture, play a game of Jenga or ping-pong and even take a dip in the pool.

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Shayne Benowitz is a Miami travel expert, reporting on the latest in Miami hotels, events and things to do. Her favorite springtime activities include Winter Music Conference party-hopping and enjoying the beach in her backyard with friends or a good book.
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