Family Fun in Miami for Summer 2018

With a variety of free and fun family attractions, like Wynwood Walls, Miami is the perfect destination for your summer vacation.

When booking a family vacation, it’s important to choose a destination that offers plenty to do and
see. Nothing is a bigger bummer than discovering there aren’t enough activities to fill your free time. This certainly isn’t a concern in Miami, where families have a diverse selection of sights, smells and sounds to choose from, including gorgeous beaches, engaging tours and excursions, water sports, fun parks, great food and much more. Family laughing under a blue sky

Zoo Miami

The largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, Zoo Miami allows families to see a wide variety of animals from all over the planet, up close in an engaging and pleasant open-air setting. It’s truly unlike any other zoo experience in the country.

Wynwood Walls

A free outdoor museum showcasing large-scale murals by some of the world’s top graffiti artists, Wynwood Walls is clearly one of the most unique museums you’ll ever visit. You won’t soon forget these stunning and cutting-edge pieces of art.

Miami Children’s Museum

The Miami Children’s Museum is a must-see attraction for families with its interactive programs and exhibits related to the arts, culture, community and more. It’s fun, educational and engaging.

Free Things to Do In Miami

Family-friendly Miami offers plenty of free indoor and activities, as well. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum allows kids to ride on a variety of model trains, and kids aged 8-12 can tour Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits that allow them to learn by painting, drawing and sculpting.

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable family vacation to Miami this summer. Book your stay with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown today.


Weddings at Hilton Miami Downtown: The Perfect South Florida Venue

With our variety of menu choices, floor plans and customization options, it’s no secret why the Hilton Miami Downtown is the top Miami wedding venue.

Considering all of the time that goes into planning the perfect wedding, it’s a relief when some decisions are easy to make. With so much to offer, selecting the Hilton Miami Downtown as your wedding and reception venue is simply a no-brainer.

 Menu Options Hilton Miami Downtown Ballroom Weddings

 The Hilton Miami Downtown provides a fantastic selection of menu options for Miami weddings, and the ambiance of your reception can be enhanced by specialty linens, theme decor packages and more. Our guests can start with chilled and hot hors d’oeuvres, and choose from a variety of seafood, vegetarian, mediterranean, asian, american and pasta options, or you can pick from a selection of plated dinners. Speciality, cash, package and host bar options are also available.

 Floor Plans

 With the largest ballroom in all of Downtown Miami, we can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. You can customize your experience based on the size of your party, and your personal taste and style, to create the perfect atmosphere for your reception.

Located on Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, the Hilton Miami Downtown is an easy choice for your Miami wedding venue with our convenience of accommodations for overnight guests, close proximity to Miami Beach’s top attractions, surrounding beauty and stylish modern decor. Weddings at the Hilton Miami Downtown are simply unmatched.


What’s Happening For Miami Film Month - June 2018

June is Miami Film Month, which means cinephiles can attend special events and take advantage of great discounts.

Looking for an excuse to escape the heat this June? Don’t sweat it, Miami Film Month will be in full swing! With various film festivals and special events taking place every day, it’s the perfect time of the year to celebrate the city’s diverse and proud arts scene.

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Special Discounts

During Miami Film Month, participating art cinemas will be offering movie-goers with $8 films. 2018 participants include Coral Gables Art Cinema, O Cinema in Miami Beach and Wynwood, Bill Cosford Cinema and Miami Beach Cinematheque.

Miami Film Festivals

You can also check out some of the fun and enlightening Miami Film Festivals taking place, including the Miami Short Film Festival, the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, Miami Fashion Film Festival and the Miami Independent Film Festival. With 21 festivals in total, there’s something for everyone.

Miami Film Month - June 2018 Special Showings

This June in Miami, you will be able to attend special showings of films, as well. Events include the I'm Not Gonna Move to LA screening at O Cinema in Wynwood, a free outdoor screening of The Last Dragon at Gibson Park, and much more.

No matter what film festivals or events interest you, the Hilton Miami Downtown is the perfect starting point for your cinematic adventures. With a serene rooftop pool overlooking the city, it's a great pot to end the day, too.


How to Celebrate the Fourth of July 2018 in Miami

The Fourth of July 2018 in Miami is the perfect time and place to celebrate America's independence with friends and family. If you're getting ready to plan your holiday getaway, check out all the activities Miami has to offer.

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Don't miss America's Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park for the largest fireworks display around. This festival has plenty of food and music to keep you moving. Adults can enjoy a beer garden while kids hang out in the Kids' Zone. America's Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park opens at 10 AM on July 4th with fireworks starting at 9 PM.

If you want to keep things traditional, head to the Barnacle Old Fashioned Picnic at Coconut Grove on July 4th. You can either bring your own food or purchase grilled hot dogs and burgers. Kids will love the variety of activities at Coconut Grove including a scavenger hunt and kite making. This party runs from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 If you're celebrating on a budget, check out the free Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival. There are plenty of fun activities to keep you busy including yoga, live music, and food (although not all are free). The Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival starts at 11:00 AM with fireworks at 9:00 PM.

Plan Your Trip to Miami for Independence Day

Parking in Miami isn't easy – especially during holidays. Why not book a stay at the Hilton Miami Downtown and make parking simple? We have a beautiful seventh-floor rooftop pool, so after spending time enjoying the festivals, you can come back to our hotel and relax.


Don't Miss Coral Gables Restaurant Weeks 2018

If you're a self-proclaimed foodie, Coral Gables Restaurant Weeks 2018 is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the best dining in Miami at an exclusive price.

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Make sure you show up hungry – each restaurant participating in Coral Gables Restaurant Weeks offers a three-course meal for one reduced price. The different lunch and dinner menus at each location make it easy to visit multiple restaurants in one day.

Which Restaurants Are Participating in Coral Gables Restaurant Week 2018?

Bread + Butter Counter celebrates the diverse flavors of Miami with Cuban-inspired ingredients. For lunch, enjoy a first-class Cuban sandwich with house-cured pastrami and roast pork. Dinner offers a choice between chicken fricassee and braised short ribs.

Bulla Gastrobar offers a large selection of appetizers and entrees. Treat yourself to an extravagant starter like Huevos Bulla, an organic egg with Serrano ham, potato foam, and truffle oil.

Cafe Vialetto has two menus filled with unique flavor combinations. You'll probably have a difficult time choosing between the three lunch entrees: rigatoni lamb sausage, Japanese eggplant parmesan, and veal apricot.

Plan Your Trip to Miami for Restaurant Week

Coral Gables Restaurant Weeks 2018 run from June 10th through the 30th at participating restaurants. The three-course menu selections offer roughly a 20% discount from standard prices – dining in Miami has never been easier.

If you're planning a trip to Miami for these restaurant weeks, consider staying with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown. We're close to many interesting Miami attractions and not far from Coral Gables.


Fun in the Sun at Miami Seaquarium

How would you like to have a fun and an educational experience this summer? Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, if you’re planning a trip to Miami this summer, make sure to check out the Miami Seaquarium.

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One of the most popular attractions at the Seaquarium is being able to swim with the dolphins in Miami.

But there’s much more to enjoy there.

Besides getting up close and personal with a variety of sea creatures, you’ll be able to attend educational shows. You’ll learn about the animals and vegetation of the sea, and how to protect them.

Here are just two attractions that will teach you more about wildlife conservation:

Rescue a Reef

Coral reefs are dwindling. The reasons for this are numerous, including over-fishing, using dynamite to fish, pollution, and more. We need to do all we can to protect our reefs because they do so much for life on this planet. They contain one of the most diverse ecosystems and protect our shorelines from waves and storms. At the Seaquarium, you’ll learn what you can do to protect this precious natural resource.

Conservation Outpost

If you and your family are interested in learning more about ocean conservation, the lovely people at the Seaquarium can help. This exhibit provides a timeline of conservation achievements accomplished by the Seaquarium over the last 60 years.

Hilton Miami Downtown: Your Summertime Vacation Destination

When you come to Miami to see the manatees and swim with the dolphins, we hope you’ll stay with us. The Hilton Miami Downtown is one of the most stylish hotels in Miami. It’s also one of the most comfortable. We’re positive that a stay with us is a great way to round out your fun-filled trip to Miami this summer.


What's Happening For Miami Museum Month - May 2018

May in Miami is the perfect time to patron some of our city's world-renowned museums. Here's what's happening for Miami Museum Month - May 2018.

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Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami has big things planned for May. Andy Warhol fanatics won't want to miss his Mao series (1972) on display.  You can also enjoy Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure (1957) and several permanent exhibits like the new 150-piece glass display.

The Little Haiti Cultural Center will be full of excitement in May. Take advantage of Sounds of Little Haiti: a free night of live music, Kreyol cooking, dancing, and handcrafted goods.

The Coral Gables Museum is a work of art in itself – a historical coral stone building. This museum focuses on urban design and city planning with original exhibits and Saturday morning bike tours.

Get Ready for May in Miami

Miami Museum Month runs all May long. Simply check the list of participating Miami museums to see what your favorites have planned. Many museums will host unique exhibits with special deals to make patronage extra accessible for the general public.

Several high-profile museums are participating in the Join One Museum, See Them All program which provides access to all participating museums by purchasing membership to just one. Some are also offering a Buy One, Get One Free admission program.

Whether you're a Miami local or planning a trip from out of town, consider staying with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown. We're centrally located in the heart of downtown Miami near many museums and just three miles from South Beach.


Hip-Hop Over to the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami

Ready to jam with some of hip-hop’s greatest names? Head to Miami Gardens from May 11-13, 2018 when Hard Rock Stadium will be bumping with sounds from J. Cole, Young Thug, and more.

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The Rolling Loud Festival is a three-day music extravaganza featuring some of hip-hop’s most well-known performers.

For over ten hours a day, rap and hip-hop fans chill to a mix of both established and up-and-coming artists. This year’s lineup features Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Post Malone, Kodak Black, and Lil Yachty, among others.

Tickets start at $299.99 for general admission and $699.99 for VIP and VIP/Skyloft admission.

Things to Know Before You Go

This is a well-attended outdoor event, so be prepared before you go.

  • No professional cameras
  • Food and beverages are available on-site
  • All ages welcome in general admission; only 18+ allowed in the VIP area
  • You can only enter the venue once per day
  • No pit tickets are available this year — arrive early to get close to the stage

Where to Stay

Staying with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown offers fans a quick, 20-minute drive to the Hard Rock Stadium to make the most of your time at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami. We’re just 15 minutes from the airport, too, so you’ll be able to jet in and out with little fuss.

Plus, we're just right for tired concert-goers, with exceptional concierge service for those times when you roll in too tired to confirm your flight or dinner reservations. We look forward to welcoming you!


There's Lots to Do over Memorial Day Weekend 2018 in Miami

Memorial Day honors all the individuals who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. For many Americans, this holiday is also the unofficial beginning of summer. If you're looking to get out and enjoy the weather, there's no shortage of fun events over Memorial Day Weekend 2018 in Miami.

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Don't miss the Miami Air & Sea Show on Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th, 2018 between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM along Miami Beach. Jets will fly overhead while you watch extreme water sports, a simulated U.S. Marine Corps invasion, and power boat racing from the beach. The best place to watch the Miami Air & Sea Show is between 11th and 15th street.

The Flamingo Gardens Memorial Day Kidzfest is an annual event hosted by Nicklaus Children's Hospital Broward Outpatient Centers. Kids will love the pony rides, butterfly encounter, bounce house, activities, games, and plenty of surprises. The Flamingo Gardens Memorial Day Kidzfest runs from May 26th through the 28th from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Adults can let loose at the annual Urban Beach Week which hosts thousands each year. You can enjoy live music, celebrity pool parties, fashion shows, contests, and cocktails from May 25th to the 28th throughout all of South Beach.

Plan Your Visit to Miami for Memorial Day Activities

If you're planning a visit for Urban Beach Week or Memorial Day Weekend in Miami, don't count on finding parking spots downtown. Instead, consider staying with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown. We're in a convenient location just three miles from South Beach.


Your Options for Dining at Hilton Miami Downtown

The Hilton Miami Downtown has several diverse dining options to fit whatever taste you're in the mood for while visiting Miami.

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Enjoy unique and exotic dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Brisa Bistro. Our skilled chefs combine flavors from cultures throughout South America, Europe, Southern Florida, and the Caribbean to create an interesting fusion of flavor in every plate.

Our 1601 Lobby Lounge provides quality meals, cocktails, and appetizers in a convenient yet relaxed setting. Here you can enjoy our Bimini Bliss Happy Hour every Thursday, from 4PM to 8PM, which includes a variety of Caribbean-themed cocktails and delights and a chance to win many great prizes.

If you plan to spend a relaxing day at the pool, our CityVu Pool Bar has you covered. CityVu Pool Bar provides a variety of tasty sandwiches, appetizers, and your favorite drinks on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Our Carpe Diem Wine Room is the perfect place for gathering with groups of up to 16 in a private setting. This private dining option offers fixed lunch and dinner menus with a variety of choices as well as wine pairings. Our Carpe Diem Wine Room is available by reservation.

You don't have to leave your room to enjoy elegant dining. Take advantage of our in-room service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day from 6 AM to 11 pm.

Turn Your Night Out into an Extended Weekend

Enjoy a weekend out with friends (or by yourself). Stay with us and you can head up to your room after elegant dining at Hilton Miami Downtown.