The Most Exciting Things to Do in Miami Throughout Summer 2022

It may be sweltering outside, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a bevy of exciting things to do this summer—concerts, fruit fests, staycations and spa treatments included. Here are all the things to do in Miami that you need to add to your calendar ASAP.

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1. Indulge In Chocolate And Beer—at The Same Time

Miami’s best chocolate shop (Cao Chocolates) and one of our favorite breweries (Beat Culture) join forces for a pairing event filled with sweets and beer flights. As part of the tasting kit, you’ll receive a box of six bonbons and truffles made with Beat Culture beers for mind-blowing pairings, plus Cao Chocolates’s famous brownie and one mini bar of a new, limited-release chocolate bar made by the duo, “Asocapal-Cucuta.” June 25

2. Attend The Redland Summer Fruit Festival

Savor your way through Fruit and Spice Park’s annual Redland Summer Fruit Festival. You’ll get a taste of South Florida’s best exotic fruits and vegetables. (Ever heard of a star cherry or a custard apple?) June 25

3. Catch A Movie On A Rainy Day

Don’t let a summer rainstorm get you down—wait it out with a movie at CMX in the Brickell City Centre. Take note: This isn’t just any ol’ theater. It’s equipped with a full-service bar and kitchen, luxury seating and a state-of-the-art sound system.

4. Book A Staycation At A Fancy Hotel

Clear your schedule and plan a staycation at that fancy hotel you’ve been eyeing all year long, because Miami Hotels Months is back. Take advantage of discounted rates from June through September at some of this year’s participating properties, including the Mandarin Oriental, the Kimpton Epic, the Biltmore and even Faena. June 1 through September 30

5. Rent A Private Boat

Nothing embodies summer like an afternoon out on the water. Rent a boat through Boatsetter (starting around $150 per hour) and bring the party to the bay. You’ll need to BYOB, but a captain to sail you around is part of the package.

6. Treat Yourself To A *discounted* Massage

There’s really nothing like getting a massage…especially when it’s majorly discounted. Throughout Spa Month, dozens of high-end spas (like the one at the Setai Miami Beach) offer treatments starting at $109 instead of the usual $300 to $500. July 1 through August 31

7. Hang Out At The Annual Mango Festival

There is no such thing as too much mango. At Fairchild Garden’s Mango Festival, you’ll taste mangoes, cook with mangoes, talk about mangoes and maybe even leave with a mango tree of your own. Save some time to explore the gorgeous grounds too. July 9 and 10

8. Make A Splash At Miami Swim Week

It may not be New York, but Miami’s biggest fashion event returns in July with Swim Week. Pencil in a few shows, pool parties and late-night soirees. July 14 to 21

9. Enjoy A Gourmet Meal At Your Favorite Restaurant

Beginning August 1, Miami Spice takes over the Magic City, offering indulgent three-course brunches, lunches and dinners starting at just $28 at some of the city’s swankiest restaurants. In other words: You have two months to visit as many eateries as possible. August 1 to September 30

10. Lounge On A Private Island-style Beach

With 8,436 miles of shoreline—second only to Alaska, which arguably, has less beach-friendly weather year-round—our peninsula has no shortage of beaches. Still, certain areas (South Beach!) get all the attention...and can get seriously overcrowded. Instead, try one of these lesser-known spots that are sure to give you major private island vibes.

11. Drive Down To Key West

With picturesque sunsets, quirky charm, small-town restaurants and quiet beachside hotels, this island chain off the coast of Florida is what beachy dreams are made of. From Key Largo and Islamorada to Duck Key, Big Pine Key and the one-and-only Key West, you seriously can’t go wrong, no matter where you decide to land (or more likely, park).

12. Roam A Museum

We can’t believe we’re about to admit this, but we don’t remember the last time we visited one of our museums. Eek. So take one of Miami’s many rainy summer days as a great time to brush up on your art (and science) history at Perez Art Museum Miami, Vizcaya, Frost Science and the Bass Museum. Look at you, all cultural.

13. Sip Vino At Your Next-door Wine Bar

We’re never one to turn down a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Or a fruity Malbec. Or a chilled rosé. Which is why we’re determined to visit all of our favorite neighborhood wine bars this summer, which boast tasty eats and charming ambience to boot. A glass a day keeps the doctor away, right?

14. Plan A Day Trip To Whitehall

No time to make it to Europe this summer? West Palm Beach’s Whitehall is the next best thing down here in South Florida. The 100,000-square-foot Gilded Age mansion, once owned by oil tycoon Henry Flagler, is like the Versailles of Florida (it’s more than 100 years old). The 75-room palace includes gardens, bedrooms, ballrooms, living areas and dining spaces, which are all open for visitors to explore. What’s more, the Cafe des Beaux-Arts has reopened inside Whitehall’s Kenan Pavilion to offer a Gilded Age-style tea service.

15. Stay At The Best Waterfront Hotel In The Country

Home to the best waterfront hotel in the country (hi, Acqualina Resort & Spa), Sunny Isles is one of our favorite beach towns. Just under two miles long, this slice of paradise offers great places to dine, a healthy dose of adventure and plenty of things to do. The best part? One block north of Sunny Isles, escape towering skyscrapers for acres of open shoreline. Set up shop with a chair, a cooler and a stylish umbrella at Haulover Beach Park, which is one of the only areas in Miami-Dade County with a stretch of public sand and not a building in sight.

16. Book A Glass-bottom Boat Tour

Did you know Miami-Dade County is home to the third-largest park system in the nation? That’s right—there are more than 280 public green spaces ready for a visit. Among them is Biscayne National Park. It’s definitely not your average park, either. More than 90 percent of it lies underwater, preserving South Florida’s coastal barrier reefs. See for yourself with a tour on a glass-bottom boat, which begins at the park’s visitor center. You’ll marvel at manatees, sea turtles, limestone corals and thousands of other sea creatures.

17. Attend An Outdoor Summer Concert

Take your pick of one of the many musical acts making their way down south this summer. From Big Time Rush to Teyana Taylor to the Kid Laroi, dust off your festival gear and get ready to jam.

18. Get Tickets To America’s Short Play Festival

America’s Short Play Festival, Summer Shorts 2022, returns to the Arsht Center for its 25th anniversary. Delight in an exciting new line-up of short comedies, dramas and mini-musicals alongside revivals of festival favorites written by some of the country’s best playwrights, all performed by a talented ensemble of South Florida all-stars. June 1 through July 2

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Clarissa Buch Zilberman is a writer and editor based in Miami. Focused on food, lifestyle, and travel, her work has appeared in Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, and...