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Discover Domino Park, Little Havana

You don’t need to know how to play the game to experience the magic of Domino Park!

 A Magical Place in Little Havana! Little Havana Dominoes on a game table

Nobody may know exactly when the first domino game was played in Maximo Gomez Park, but its rich history and continued cultural significance to all of the residents of Little Havana have made it one of the most emblematic places in Miami. Maximo Gomez Park, better known as Domino Park, is located at the corner of 8th Street (Calle Ocho to the locals) and 15th Avenue in Little Havana. The area surrounding this Cuban-American touchstone is a variety of attractions from the Tower Theater to the ever popular Azucar Ice Cream Company (or the Sugar Spot). Both bring a little bit of contemporary flair to the area that is surrounded by a variety of stores and restaurants all dating back to the 1970’s.

Maximo Gomez Park is more than a park!

Named after a revolutionary who fought against the Spanish in Cuba in the early 1900’s, the park continues to be an enduring symbol for the Cuban community in Miami, reflecting not only the culture of their island but their identity as Cuban-Americans. This is especially true for the older local gentlemen, who have mastered the game over the years and gather in the park not only to play, but to share with their friends (and the multitude of tourists who visit) the memories and stories of the island that they left behind. But don’t let this sentiment fool you – they play a mean game of dominoes too!

Domino Park is a meeting place for generations!

It may seem like just a free park, open to the public daily from 9AM – 6PM, where older men play dominoes. But these friends are a family with whom they will share their morning coffee along with their worries and deepest fears to their hopes and greatest of joys! It encapsulates the true heartbeat of Little Havana and the undying Cuban culture that makes the Magic City sing.

Words cannot describe the simple magic of Domino Park – it must be felt (not seen) to be believed! If you plan on experiencing it for yourself, make sure you book a stay with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re conveniently located less than five miles away from all of your Little Havana adventures with our friendly staff always on hand to point you toward other places you won’t want to miss!

Photo Credit: GMCVB

Gear Up for the 2019-2020 Football Season in Miami

Football season is here, which means it’s time to start planning your visit to cheer on the Miami Dolphins!

Football and helmet on fieldNew head coach, a battle for the starting quarterback job, it must be the start of football season in Miami! That makes now the perfect time to start planning your next visit to South Florida to cheer on the Miami Dolphins. As always, the Fins will be playing their home games at Hard Rock Stadium, the recently renovated, multipurpose football stadium with 65,000 seats, including 32 four-seat luxury pods.

2019-2020 Football Season in Miami

When it comes to Dolphins football this year, anything is possible! Many, including the sportsbooks in Las Vegas, may be predicting that the team will have the fewest wins in all of the NFL, but as there are so many new changes to the roster and coaching staff, we have faith in the boys in aqua, orange, and white! Preseason is already underway with the regular season set to kick off on Sunday, September 8th when the Dolphins will be taking on the Baltimore Ravens. Yet for many, the season won’t start until the Fins take on one of their AFC East Rivals and current NFL champions, the New England Patriots, on Sunday, September 15th! Check out the list below for a complete schedule of the Dolphins home games at Hard Rock Stadium this year:

  • September 8th – vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • September 15th – vs. New England Patriots
  • September 29th – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • October 13th – vs. Washington Redskins
  • November 3rd – vs. New York Jets
  • November 17th – vs. Buffalo Bills
  • December 1st – vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • December 22 – vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Hard Rock Stadium is Hosting This Season’s Finale!

The Biggest Game in Football is in Miami this year! Yes – even though we can safely say that our beloved Dolphins do not have a good chance of being the first home team to compete in the 54th playing of this championship game, it will take place on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium. The entire Magic City is already preparing to host the most-watched American football game of the year and all of the supplemental events that take place in the weeks leading up to it. 

It’s always a party in Miami, but this football season will be one for the ages! Whether you plan on attending one game, have season tickets, or have your sights set on that February date, enjoy the comfort of upscale accommodations and top-notch amenities near all of the action at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Located only a short distance away from Hard Rock Stadium, book your stay with us and prove that the teams on the field aren’t the only ones making important plays this season!

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Home Design and Remodeling Show

Summer is coming to a close, making it the perfect time to fall into autumn by changing up your living space for the better. Whether you just need tips on how to declutter your closets or want to do a whole makeover to send off your 2019 in style, now is the time to truly transform your living space from a house or apartment into a home! If you’re looking for some genuine inspiration and guidance, a trip to the Home Design and Remodeling Show will have plenty exhibits, panels, products and professional help to get you started! One Day Pass tickets are available online for $10.00 per adult ($4.00 for children under 11). If you purchase your tickets before the start of the show, you can save $3.00 on each ticket!

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For over 40 years, the Home Design & Remodeling Shows have been held at various venues across South Florida. This Labor Day weekend, Florida’s premier home improvement show is back at the Mana Wynwood County Convention Center. From Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2, you will find everything you need to refresh or completely revamp your living quarters. Capturing the unique flavor of South Florida while also highlighting the best-of-the-best in international products, services, and trendsetting ideas, the broad range of exhibitors and vendors will be covering each and every aspect of home remodeling, from security to plumbing to decor!

Stage Events at the Mana Wynwood County Convention Center

On top of the wide range of products and services that are being exhibited throughout the four days of the show, you’ll also get the chance to learn tips and tricks from industry professionals, local contractors, and even celebrity designers and personalities during the stage events. These can’t-miss seminars include:

  • Closet Envy: How To Organize Like The Pros (Saturday, August 31)
    Get tips on which products can help make the most of any size closet from the Closet Queen herself, Beth Levin.
  • Keeping Your Home Safe (Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1)
    Hosted by Jon Douglas Rainey from Discovery Channel’s It Takes a Thief, learn security advice on how to implement safe choices into you daily home routines.
  • One-Day Room Makeovers (Sunday and Monday, September 1 & 2)
    Design expert Martin Amado will reveal how his 3-step method has helped him create dramatic makeovers for his clients all in just one day!

Coming to Miami for the event?

If you need a temporary home during your stay in the Wynwood district of Magic City, Hilton Miami Downtown offers comfortable and convenient accommodations with all of the upscale amenities you need for a memorable Labor Day weekend. Located less than 2 miles away from the Mana Wynwood County Convention Center, book your stay today and get ready to enhance your quality of life through your home!

Spend Labor Day Weekend 2019 In Miami!

With its warm, sunny days and endless opportunities for fun, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to visit Miami!

Hilton Miami Downtown Rooftop Pool at DuskThe temperatures soar and so does the fun – summer in Miami is something everyone should experience! And as the calendar turns to September this year, it also heralds in America’s unofficial ‘end of summer’ holiday: Labor Day! With so many events and activities going on throughout Magic City, we think you should plan to spend Labor Day Weekend 2019 in Miami! From amazing concerts, delicious local eats at discounts or even new decor ideas for fall, you’ll find something for everyone right here.

The Rolling Stones at Hard Rock Stadium

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, but this Labor Day weekend, music fans will find it i.possible not to get some Satisfaction when these legendary rockers Paint It Black all over Miami as part of their NO FILTER tour. With Latin Grammy winner Juanes as their opening act, this final stop of their worldwide tour will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, August 31

Home Design & Remodeling Show

Before you hit our area’s many beaches for a little fun in the sun, think about what happens when Labor Day 2019 is over. At the largest home improvement and design event in the southeast, this three-day event will inspire you to fall into autumn with a new and improved home. With seminars, demonstrations, celebrity stages and panels, we promise that all you learn in one day here will last longer than that end-of-summer tan!

Miami Spice

We don’t think it’s a coincidence that this two-month dining promotion takes place annually in August and September. With Labor Day weekend always falling in these months, it is a great time for everyone to get out and try one of Miami’s top restaurants at a discounted price. Participating restaurants, including our own Brisa Bistro, offer three-course, prix-fixe menus for $23 during lunch and $39 during dinner.

Whether you plan on attending one event or wish to spend the whole weekend, you’ll find the perfect blend of comfort, convenience, and Sunshine State style at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Kick the weekend off at our 1601 Lounge during Latin Vibe Friday (4PM – 8PM) and be sure to step up to our 7th floor terrace pool for a relaxing end of summer!  Book your room today for a Labor Day weekend that will be exciting, relaxing and, most importantly, fun for everyone.

Florida Track Days - Aug 18 - Homestead Miami Speedway

Get ready to take your motorcycle riding to new levels at Homestead Miami Speedway, August 18th!

Silhouette of man on motorcycle in the sun

Get your motor running and head your bike out on the highway toward the Homestead Miami Speedway this Sunday, August 18, 2019 for this year’s Florida Track Day! Florida Track Days are a special type of Sunday joyride for motorcycle riders. Yet instead of having to worry about speed limits, law enforcement, other automobiles, and long stretches of highway, you get to go full throttle on some of the curviest roads you could ever imagine. This event is structured and overseen by experienced instructors so any rider that can safely maneuver a motorcycle in everyday traffic will be perfectly fine on these fabricated Sunshine State streets!

What You Need to Bring

Any motorcycle that can turn around a corner is eligible to ride on the course. Upon arrival, the instructors will ensure that your bike is prepared, but make sure that any ethylene glycol (anti-freeze) is removed. You will need a leather motorcycle riding suit, but they will be available to rent on-site. It is highly recommended that you preregister ahead of the event date. So…

Before August 18th Arrives…

Make sure you are registered! As with all Florida Track Days, this hybrid of open track and motorcycle school has three groups of riders: Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each group rides for 20 minute sessions all day long! Regardless of your amount of riding experience, each new rider to these events should register as a Novice. More information on each group, including the full schedule is available online.

The venue for Miami’s Track Day is Homestead Miami Speedway. Gates open at 7:00AM and it is advised you get to the track as early as possible! If you’re visiting the Miami area for the event, or just want a comfortable place to rest your head after an exhilarating day on the track, book a stay with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Our Downtown location makes it easy to get to and from the Speedway, as well as explore many of the Magic City’s top attractions.

Enjoy National Golf Month, Right Here In Miami

Searching for the Best Miami Golf Course? There are Many Top Contenders!

You can find a great Miami golf course with a blindfold on. Golf at sunset

Golfing in Miami is a bucket-list experience for golf enthusiasts, attracting visitors from all over the world. It’s also a stop on the PGA® Tour’s World Golf Championships, drawing top competitors to Miami’s fairways. August is National Golf Month, a celebration of the sport that originated in 15th century Scotland. Whether you enjoy playing with a team or as an individual, you can take advantage of enticing discounts at Miami’s 20 unique, world-class courses.

Public Golf Courses in Miami

If you’re near Miami International Airport, you have to schedule a tee time at Melreese Golf Course. The 135-acre course underwent a $3.9 million renovation in 1997, and features five lakes, nine waste bunkers and a cypress wetland.

The Normandy Shores Golf Club, designed by Arthur Miller, is known for its water hazards and picturesque fairways set against Biscayne Bay in North Beach. Make sure to grab a bite at Normandy Shores Golf Club’s restaurant, The Grill, a top dining spot for golfers and non-golfers alike, after you’ve completed your round.

The Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest-designed Miami Beach Golf Club is another top destination, consisting of 18 holes with a par of 72. It also features a fantastic club restaurant that overlooks the greens.

If you’re looking for a place to rest after playing at any of these top Miami golf courses, you should stay at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Take a dip or treat yourself to some poolside drinks and bites on our outdoor, rooftop pool and bar with stunning sunset and skyline views. Book with us today to make the most of your Miami golf trip!

Get ready for Miami Spice Months 2019!

Miami Spice showcases the best of Greater Miami’s diverse cuisine.

Rock shrimp tempuraOne of the top events of the year, Miami Spice is a foodie’s dream. From August 1st through September 30th, 2019, locals and visitors alike can treat their taste buds to a variety of signature dishes from world-class chefs at reduced prices. With three-course meals starting at just $23 for brunch or lunch and $39 for dinner, it’s an unmatched opportunity to explore both regional and international cuisine.

Miami Spice 2019 isn’t limited to a handful of restaurants, either. The annual promotion, similar to Restaurant Weeks, features more than 200 participants, including 21 that are participating for the first time this year. These include Coral Gables’ Ad Lib, South Miami’s Fiola and MiMo’s La Placita. Among the other featured restaurants are Fooq’s Miami, 107 steak and bar, Lure Fishbar, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, and La Petite Maison. It should be noted that every participating restaurant isn’t offering three options, and many do not offer the Spice promotion on the weekend. Please inquire before dining.

If you’re planning on taking advantage of Miami Spice Months 2019, you should stay at the Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re located near many of the participating restaurants, as well as a mix of fun and unique South Florida attractions. Book with us today to eat your way around the greater Miami area!

A Look At Wynnwood

Miami’s art-filled neighborhood is as unique as the murals that line its streets.

Wynwood WallsWhether you’re a local or simply stopping by for the day, Wynwood is undeniably one of the top places to visit in Miami. The former warehouse district has quickly transformed into a must-see destination, offering an unconventional mix of outdoor art, fantastic dining, great shopping and more.

Wynwood Walls

Wynwood is best-known as the arts hub of South Florida. Although it started with murals, street art, and graffiti, the area has become much more than an outdoor art exhibit. Since the introduction of the Second Saturday Art Walk and the arrival of Art Basel, Wynwood has developed into a world-famous destination for art, culture, innovation, and creativity. With 200-plus street murals from well-known artists and up-and-comers, Wynwood Walls is something you need to see up close and personal to truly appreciate. You don’t need to attempt to absorb it all by yourself, however, as official walking tours of Wynwood Walls are offered daily.

Dining and Entertainment

Taking in all of that artwork on an empty stomach would be challenging, but you certainly don’t need to wander far to do so. You can treat your taste buds to a variety of international dining options, including Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, a Latin and Asian-inspired restaurant, and Joey’s Italian Cafe, a popular pizza spot and the first restaurant to open in the Wynwood Arts District. With 30-plus eateries, there’s something for everyone!

There are plenty of opportunities for shopping as well, with everything from thrift stores to boutiques, jewelry stores, fashion houses, antique shops and more. You definitely don’t want to miss The Wynwood Walls Shop, which contains a curated collection of gifts, books, prints, and more inspired by Wynwood Walls, either.

If you’re visiting Wynwood for an event like Second Saturday Art Walk or simply to check out the murals, you should stay at the Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re conveniently located near the neighborhood, as well as a variety of other fun Miami attractions. Book with us today to discover all that Wynwood offers!

International Ballet Festival Of Miami

One of the world’s most acclaimed ballet festivals returns to Miami this summer.

Ballerina legs  outside venueFor the past 23 years, the International Ballet Festival Of Miami has been one of the highlights of summer in South Florida. This will be the case yet again this year, as the must-see festival invades Miami from July 27 through August 28, 2019. 

One of the most ambitious ballet projects, the festival captivates the resident and tourist audiences of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, as well as Miami Beach. With ballet companies from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the USA, it's a stunning collaboration between renowned national and international ballet companies. Featuring spectacular performances, a dance film series, art exhibits inspired by dance, book presentations, workshops and master classes, it’s essential to the development and education of audiences in the appreciation of dance.

This year’s International Ballet Festival Of Miami will take place at various venues throughout Miami, including Manuel Artime Theater, Wynwood Walls, Lincoln Road Mall / Euclid Circle, The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, The Fillmore Miami Beach, and The Miami-Dade County Auditorium. You can purchase tickets now for specific performances, workshops, classes, and more.

If you’re planning on attending the festival, you should stay at the Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re conveniently located close to several of the ballet festival's host venues, including Lincoln Road Mall and Wynwood, and provide our guests with unmatched customer service and first-class accommodations. Book your stay with us today to make the most of your International Ballet Festival Of Miami experience!

Birth of The Piña Colada - Invented at a Hilton Hotel

Did you know the refreshingly cool, classic cocktail, Pina Colada, was originally created at a Hilton hotel?

Pina Colada and pineapplesThere’s no denying it - the Pina Colada’s status is one of the top frozen cocktails ever invented! It’s refreshing, tasty, and just about everyone has enjoyed one - with or without the alcohol! The Pina Colada has also played a role in the history of Hilton Hotels, as it was invented at Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The perfect mix of pineapple juice, coconut cream, and rum, this special cocktail was created by hotel bartender Ramon Monchito Marrero in 1954. After experimenting with the drink for three months, Marrero settled on the famously icy recipe that the frozen drink’s fans still enjoy today. He served the drink to guests of the Caribe Hilton for 35 years and, in 1978, Puerto Rico officially named the Pina Colada its official Island drink.

What makes the Pina Colada such a special drink is that it’s equally tasty with or without rum. If you’re looking for the perfect destination to celebrate this delicious drink on National Pina Colada Day, visit us here at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Take in the picturesque views of Downtown Miami, and enjoy some time at our 1601 Lobby Lounge and CityVu Pool Bar with a delicious and refreshing Pina Colada. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!