From Wynwood to Little Havana, Miami is home to some of the most historic and unique points of interest in the world. Be that as it may, there are some incredible and unconventional things to explore beyond the Top 10 travel guides. Some are quirky, some are fascinating, and some are just plain mind-boggling. If you’re headed to Miami and want to get a little weird, here are five ways to do it.
1. Satisfy your Sweet Tooth at Azucar Ice Cream Company
For weird and oh-so-wonderful artisanal ice cream flavors, visit Azucar Ice Cream Company in Little Havana. The homemade Cuban ice cream joint is always packed with tourists and locals alike. Try their signature Miami-inspired favorites like Café con Leche, Platano Maduro (Sweet Plantain), Key Lime Pie, or Coconut Flan and keep an eye out for their whacky seasonal Sweet Potato Ancho Chile Chocolate Chip and Red Hot Lover (Banana & Red Hots). Open Monday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. 1503 SW 8th St, Miami
2. Wander the World Erotic Art Museum
Founded in 2005, the World Erotic Art Museum in SoBe is dedicated exclusively to fine erotic art. Its collection includes over 4,000 works of international art, with some works dating back to 300 BCE. From a gallery dedicated to the work and collection of a German sex researcher persecuted by the Nazis to never-before-seen mainstream sex culture artworks, the World Erotic Art Museum is the perfect stop for the ultra curious. Open Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - midnight. 1205 Washington Ave, Miami Beach - only one block north of Washington Park Hotel!
3. Pick up Unique Gifts at Stone Age Antiques
We’ve praised Stone Age Antiques before in our guide to Miami’s vintage shopping scene, and we’re here to do it again. If you’re in the mood for a treasure hunt upon stacks of antiques, unusual objects, collectibles, and vintage nautical gear, visit the off-the-wall warehouse that has been in business for over 50 years. It truly is a feast for the eyes. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, closed Sunday and Monday. 3236 NW S River Dr. Miami
4. Explore the Coral Castle
Not exactly in Miami, but the hour drive southwest to the town of Homestead is worth it to see the historic Coral Castle. The enchanting coral rock sculpture garden was built by one man, Edward Leedskalnin, from 1923 to 1951. The weirdest part - no one ever witnessed Ed’s construction of the Coral Castle, a mystery that alludes people to this day. Visit the enchanting 1,100 tons of coral sculptures daily. Open Sunday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 28655 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead
5. Join a Drum Circle on the Beach
BYOB (bring your own bongo) to the Full Moon Beach Party Drum Circle on the shores of North Beach. Every full moon, people gather in masses at dusk to bang on some drums, eat, drink, and dance in the sand. Recharge you energy, pulse to the rhythm, and feel the groove. The party lasts until midnight. Enter the beach through the North Shore Open Space Park at the 81st street entrance to join the group. Check the drum circle’s official Facebook page for rules and a schedule.
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