Miami isn’t the only place to go for amazing arts and culture. Check out these suburbs!
Miami is known for its colorful Art Deco buildings, thriving music scene, and endless museums, galleries, dance performances, and more — but leaving city limits doesn’t mean you’re leaving the scene. South Florida is jam-packed with world-class arts and cultural events, experiences, and activities, from amazing concerts to Broadway-caliber theater to art galleries and much, much more. Check out these suburban hotspots, if you want to keep close to arts and culture.
#1. Delray Beach
Delray Beach is known as “The Village by the Sea,” with a decidedly laid-back vibe paired with a thriving downtown. Residents and visitors love strolling on Atlantic Avenue and exploring its shops, restaurants, music venues, and bars — a few minutes here and you’ll quickly understand why this town was voted the Most Fun Small Town in America.
Just off of Atlantic Avenue you’ll find the Pineapple Grove Arts District. Dotted with murals and sculptures, Pineapple Grove is home to tons of art galleries plus the music and theater venue known as the Arts Garage. Next door is the Old School Square campus which includes the Cornell Art Museum and The Pavilion, where you can catch free outdoor concerts.
#2. Boca Raton
There’s more to Boca Raton than beaches and A-rated schools. For arts and cultural buffs, check out the Boca Raton Museum of Art, which locals call the “Cultural Heart of the City.” Here, you’ll get a taste of the town’s thriving art scene and rich heritage, plus have a chance to sink into a variety of global exhibits and influences. Coming next: “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru,” which is expected to draw visitors from all over the world. Want to explore your own creativity? Both kids and adults can sign up for workshops at the Boca Raton Museum of Art School.
Combine your visit to the museum with a stroll along Plaza Real at Mizner Park. In addition to eateries and shops, this park hosts events like Broadway summer camps for kids, concerts and magic shows.
This coastal town is known for its beautiful beaches, state parks and laid-back lifestyle. But, there’s also plenty of culture if you know where to look.
Before taking in the amazing sunsets over the Jupiter Inlet, head to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum to learn about the lives of early lighthouse keepers and Native Americans. This space also hosts sunset tours, twilight yoga, and storytime and crafts for the kids.
If you’re planning a date night on the town, book tickets at the award-winning Maltz Theater. This regional theater is undergoing a major renovation (but is expected to be open in October 2021) to create a space for Broadway shows. Picture the amazing weekends to follow: a pre-theater meal at a waterfront restaurant in Harbourside Place or the new Charlie and Joe’s Love Street Complex, then taking in an incredible performance.
#4. Palm Beach Gardens / West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Gardens is known as being home to the Professional Golfer’s Association of America (PGA) — but there’s a thriving arts and cultural scene you can’t ignore, all just minutes away.
While Palm Beach Gardens has plenty to do from soaking up the sun in nearby Juno Beach or shopping at The Gardens Mall, residents are less than 15 minutes from West Palm Beach, a sought-after city for arts, culture, and history.
In West Palm Beach you’ll find the Artist Showcase of the Palm Beaches featuring works by multicultural artists. From there, you’re close to the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, perfect for a stroll any time of year. Look for murals created by world-renowned street artists along Clematis Street before making your way to the Rooftop at Restoration Hardware close to Rosemary Square for a perfect pre-theater meal. Afterward, walk to the Kravis Center for a play, musical, opera, or symphony performance, depending on the day.
A popular Miami suburb, Pinecrest’s arts and cultural scene is anchored by Pinecrest Gardens. This botanical garden-meets-cultural arts park is dedicated to research, conservation, and education — and is one of the most stunning locations in the greater Miami area. The jungle-inspired garden spans 14 acres and includes a number of permanent and temporary art installations, including works by Thomas Dambo, Xavier Cortada, Alice Pittaluga, and more. The gardens is also home to a weekly farmers market, outdoor jazz series, kids’ theater, opera, dance, and other events and activities.
#6. Coral Gables
At the center of Coral Gables is the legendary Biltmore Hotel. In its heyday, this iconic hotel hosted everyone from FDR to Judy Garland to Al Capone. Today, the hotel is home to the GableStage where you can enjoy modern and classical theater performances.
But the Biltmore Hotel doesn’t monopolize the town’s art scene. Head to the Miracle Mile for boutique shops, art galleries and a live theater. You can also check out an indie film at the Coral Gables Art Cinema or attend a performance at the 600-seat Maurice Gusman Concert Hall on the University of Miami campus.
#7. Coconut Grove
This bohemian neighborhood was an artists’ haven in the 70s and 80s. Today, it’s a family-friendly community and quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of Miami. But don’t let the relaxed pace fool you — there’s always something to do in Coconut Grove.
Every President’s Weekend, Coconut Grove plays host to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. But until then, head to one of the many established and emerging art galleries in town to get your cultural fill. The lavish Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will take you back to Florida’s Gilded Age.
#8. Coral Springs
Coral Springs is one of the first planned cities in Florida. This community offers a family-friendly atmosphere, great parks, and top-rated public schools — and it’s also home to the Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs Center for the Arts, as well as the upcoming Coral Springs Festival of the Arts, happening in March 2022.
And when you are looking for a big city vibe? You’re just 20 minutes from Fort Lauderdale. While this city may be famous for its beaches and boating communities, it’s also an arts and culture go-to. In fact, there’s an entire district in town dedicated to the arts. The Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District spans 22 blocks and includes restaurants, movie theaters, green spaces, and shops.
While you’re here, see what’s showing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Fort Lauderdale is home to other cultural hotspots like the Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and Bonnet House Museum and Gardens.
Naples is more than just a relaxed beach town. Here you can do it all — spend the morning playing volleyball or collecting shells at the kid-friendly Lowdermilk Park before venturing to Third Street South, considered the birthplace of Naples. Here you’ll find everything from amazing food to live performances, shopping and more.
While you’re visiting — or post-move — be sure to check out Artis Naples. This is the place for visual and performing arts. Here you can attend comedy shows, lectures, performances by the Naples Philharmonic, or admire fine art at the Baker Museum.
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