Lincoln Road Mall#5 in Best Things To Do in Miami Beach
Located on Lincoln Road, between Alton Road and Washington Avenue, the Lincoln Road Mall is a mile-long, can't-miss pedestrian shopping area. Originally designed in the 1950s, the Lincoln Road Mall received a makeover in 1997 that lead to a resurgence in popularity. In 2011, the Lincoln Road Mall was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Shoppers can expect to find everything from Banana Republic, Gap and Macy's to Lululemon Athletica, Apple and Madewell. In addition to several stores and restaurants, the area hosts a farmers market on Sundays, morning yoga classes throughout the year and outdoor concerts.
There's pretty much something for everyone here. Grab some scrumptious sushi and cocktails at SUSHISAMBA before catching a flick at the movie theater. Afterward, drop by one of the art galleries or sample some magnifique French macarons at Ladurée. Travelers agree that a stroll through the Lincoln Road Mall is a must when visiting Miami Beach. Recent visitors were delighted with live music and the restaurants that cater to pedestrians. However, some reviewers did express disappointment in the amount of chain stores and homeless people wandering the area.
Check out the Lincoln Road website for a convenient directory and for more information on what you can find here. Keep in mind that although the mall is officially open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, each store and restaurant keeps its own hours. There's parking available in nearby garages, for a fee, and several bike-share stations are within walking distance. While in the area, make time to behold Frank Gehry's radically designed symphony hall, the New World Center.
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With nicknames like "America's Riviera" and the "Art Deco Playground," it's no wonder so many people flock to South Beach. Travelers see South Beach not only as one of the best vacation areas in Florida, but as one of the best in the country. Popular perception has somewhat pigeonholed the area as being reserved exclusively for the young and beautiful and 24-hour partiers, but that's not necessarily the case. The truth is that South Beach welcomes anyone looking for pristine sand, amazing food and yes, a buzzing nightlife.
The options are limitless: you can spend the whole day shopping at boutiques, getting pampered at an opulent spa or just strolling along Ocean Drive. Families can take the kids over to see the animals at Jungle Island or to play at the Miami Children's Museum for some educational fun. South Beach also hosts numerous festivals and events, including volleyball tournaments, Art Deco Weekend and music and art shows.
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