Things to do in Miami

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.

Swim with Dolphins in Miami and Other Seaquarium Adventures Dolphins smiling in pool

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.

Rolling Loud Festival for the Hip-Hop Connoisseur Audience cheering at a concert

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.

What's Happening at the Wynwood Life Art Festival 2018

This annual festival in the Wynwood Art District is a little different than others of its kind. Instead of browsing vendor stalls, you get stages with live action. The culinary stage, live art exhibits, and fashion lounge really set this Miami event apart.

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In the Kitchen Lab, Kiji Cuzco will show patrons how to make sushi and Crave Clean has a protein baking demonstration planned. Employees Only and Bitter Truth will battle it out in a bartending challenge.

You won't want to miss the live art demonstrations. Artists like Ernesto Maranje, DaveL, and Jenny Perez will create works of art live on stage.

The Style Lounge has a runway where you can see local designers show off their latest styles. This lounge also offers activities like free haircuts from The Spot Barbershop and DYI fresh flower crowns by Say Sukii.

Music lovers won't want to miss headlining acts like DJ YNOT, Ariel Assault, and DJ LAZ.

Everything You Need to Know About This Miami Street Festival

The Wynwood Life Art Festival 2018 runs the weekend of April 20th through 22nd at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center between NW 2nd and 5th Avenue in Miami. Tickets are free and if you RSVP early you can score a free drink.

Volunteers are welcome and encouraged. You'll be compensated with festival swag and possibly some free beer.

If you're planning to visit the festival, consider staying with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown. We're not far from the festival and just a few miles from South Beach if you need a break from the event.

Celebrate Health and Fitness during Miami Sports and Wellness Month

There’s no better way to celebrate the sports you love or start living your best life than during Miami Sports and Wellness Month (April 2018).

The City of Miami will host a series of events throughout the month that will change your life—and possibly your health, too!

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Feeling competitive? Check out the golf, soccer, and tennis championships. Want to get your blood moving? Participate in a 5k run or walk to benefit Cystic Fibrosis patients.

And if the sun and sea are in your blood, you can sail away to the International Regatta taking place in Coconut Grove.

Get Up and Go to the Miami Sports and Wellness Expo

The Expo is your one-stop shop for all things sports and wellness. Head to the University of Miami Watsco Center on Tuesday, April 24 to experience interactive stations and exhibits.

Meet Miami’s professional sports teams, learn about leisure sports, or visit wellness partners for scoop on the latest health trends.

Have a Lark in Miami’s Parks

From the crystal waters of Virginia Key Beach Park to quirky Flamingo Park in the heart of South Beach, you’ll have plenty of ways to enjoy the perfect April weather in Miami. With more than 18 parks to discover, there’s lots to keep you busy.

Stay Close to the Action

For convenient access to the many events and the Expo, stay with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

In the heart of Miami, just three miles from South Beach, we offer gorgeous rooms and plenty of amenities—like our fitness center and rooftop pool—to help you make the most of Miami Sports and Wellness Month.

The Historical Journey of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Miami is teeming with endless activity and choices for entertainment ranging from pina coladas on sandy beaches to dancing in one of its various nightclubs. Besides these stimulating venues, Miami has a long history and thriving art culture that is captured in its many museums and gardens.

An example of such a representation of Miami’s historical architecture and legacy is the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

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Commissioned by a retired millionaire, James Deering, who’s delicate health required a sunny climate, the building of Vizcaya began in 1914 and was not completed until 1922, well after his death.

Surviving several hurricanes and reconstructions, Vizcaya Museum officially opened to the public in 1953 with private tours of the Main House beginning the following year and continuing today.

With its expansive gardens filled with native Floridian flora and its buildings housing works of contemporary art from the 1900s, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a unique blend of European and American styles with a taste of the Miamian. This has made Vizcaya a popular tourist attraction since the 1950s.

Vizcaya and Community Commitment

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens hosts events ranging from traditional fundraising events to the Baynanza Design Contest and Professional Art workshops.

You can decide to tour the Main House and gardens on your own and take in their grandness and beauty or you choose to take one of its popular guided tours, sharing the experience with others and absorbing the history through the informational presentations provided by a tour guide.

To all those who visit these history laden gardens and buildings we wish an enlightening experience and invite you to stay with us at the Miami Hilton Downtown.

Celebrate Latin Culture with Carnaval Miami 2018

Miami is known for its vibrant Hispanic culture and Carnaval Miami 2018 is a perfect opportunity to experience this heritage. As the largest Hispanic festival in the country, Calle 8 offers 20 blocks and 12 stages of excitement.

Calle Ocho: Arts, Fashion, Food, and Music Carnaval Miami - Calle Ocho 2018

The real star of Calle Ocho is the music. You can watch world-renowned performers this year such as Cuban artist Willy Chirino, Grammy winner Aymee Nuviola, and dozens of international acts.

Get ready to shop because this festival is filled with folkloric artwork and unique handcrafted goods.

As you wander the streets browsing art and absorbing the culture, you can enjoy international dishes and samples. Lovers of Cuban food won't want to miss the Cuban Sandwich Smackdown competition or the El Croquetazo sandwich eating contest.

Kiwanis of Little Havana

The local Kiwanis Club powers this event and the proceeds go to a good cause: the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation.

This festival has raised roughly $40 million dollars over the past 35 years to benefit the lives of children through school supplies, scholarships, and helping with unexpected family emergencies.

Running Now Through June 16th

This annual Miami Latin street festival is a free event running now until mid-June. Some vendors serve alcohol but the festival itself is an excellent family activity.

If you're interested in visiting the area for this event, the Hilton Miami Downtown is in a convenient location. We're a downtown Miami hotel so you can soak up the sun or enjoy some cocktails when you're not strolling through the festival.