Miami Weekend Itinerary: Fun Things to do in Miami

Fun things to do in South Beach Street Art Miami

I had the chance to visit my best friend in Miami for a weekend trip without our kids (GASP). I love traveling with my son, but it’s also nice to travel with my friends – it keeps the pace more mellow and you can experience a city in a whole different way. I put together our itinerary for the weekend – these are all things that could be done with kids, and we’ll probably check them out again WITH our kids the next time we’re in Miami.

Where to Stay: South Beach Miami Hotels

We stayed at the Impala Hotel, right on Ocean Drive. This is a super cute hotel a block from the beach and walkable to Lincoln Road. It was clean and quiet, even though it was right near restaurants and the busier area of South Beach. I would definitely stay here again on our next visit!  

I booked the hotel on United Airlines’ hotel partners site to earn miles on my stay. The hotel itself doesn’t appear to have a website, but you can get an idea of the location but you can see the listing here.

courtyard at night with patio lights

Miami Weekend Itinerary: Things to do in South Beach

Friday Night: I arrived from Philadelphia around 7pm. We checked into our hotel and went to Planta South Beach for dinner. We loved our meal at Planta so much that we made a reservation for the next night while we were waiting for our dessert course.  

Planta is a plant-based restaurant and they have some really creative meal options, like a watermelon ahi tuna roll. Since we were there both nights, we were able to sample a lot of the menu items. Their dessert is phenomenal as well – I loved their charcoal soft serve with coconut.

We were lucky enough to try a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie that was on special the night we were there. It was so good it sold out by the next night – but if it happens to be on the menu when you’re there, DEFINITELY try it.

After dinner, we headed back to our hotel to get some rest for the next day. 

Fun Things to do in Miami: Wynnwood Walls and the Miami Art District

Saturday Morning: We grabbed coffee at the Starbucks near our hotel and then headed straight for the beach. The Impala Hotel is only a block from the beach, so we just walked. We hung out there until we had to leave for our brunch reservation at Plant in Downtown Miami.  

Plant is also plant-based, with a lot of amazing options. We split a Forbidden Roll and got the Rain Bowl Grain Bowl. The ambiance is super chill and there is indoor and outdoor seating available. For the menu and more information, see their website.

vegan sushi
vegan grain bowl
yellow sign that says "love yourself" next to a green bush and blue sky

After our brunch, we took a walk down to Wynnwood, Miami’s Art District. There’s a lot of great murals and graffiti art on the buildings and the sidewalks. There’s also a lot of artsy shops and good restaurants. We did some shopping and got  donuts at the Salty Donut and ice cream at Dasher and Crank – both places have delicious vegan options (see my post on vegan eats in Miami for more).

railroad tracks next to street art in wynnewood
street art in Wynnewood: Frankenstein that says "Run" and the word Love next to it.
street art that says "RIP Love"
street art that says "Risk Love" in Pink
street art: Blue Envelope with a Pink Paper that says "Care too much."
wynnwood walls miami

After, we headed back down to South Beach to spend the rest of the afternoon on the beach before dinner. 

Saturday Night: We went BACK to Planta for dinner. So good.

Miami Weekend: South Beach and Lincoln Road Mall

Sunday Morning: We went for breakfast at Joe + the Juice, which was near our hotel. They have fresh juices and açaí bowls. Then back to South Beach, where we hung out until lunch time.

organic juice and açaí bowl
footsteps in the sand on south beach

For lunch, we headed over to Lincoln Road Mall. We did some shopping and went to Books and Books, an independent book seller and outdoor cafe, for lunch. Lincoln Road Mall has a great vibe, and it’s fun to people watch while you eat!

After that, we headed back to my friend’s house so I could get ready to head to the airport and head home! All in all it was a GREAT weekend.

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Best Places to Stay in Kauai for Families

Hotels Near Lihue Airport Kauai

Kauai is small compared to the other islands, but there are optimal areas to stay depending on where you’re planning to explore. Here are my recommendations on where to stay:

Where to Stay on the North Shore of Kauai?

The north shore of Kauai is a perfect place to stay if you’re planning to hike the Na’Pali coast via the Kalalau trail. The most popular places are Hanalei and Princeville and there’s lots to do beyond Na’Pali (See my guide to what to do with kids on Kauai’s north shore). 

We stayed at one of the resort complexes in Princeville. It was reasonably priced, clean, with a kitchen and laundry. The location was also convenient – about 10 minutes from Hanalei Bay and 15 minutes to Kilauea Lighthouse.

You can learn more here.

Where to Stay on Kauai’s South Shore

If you want to be near the beach and also accessible to Waimea Canyon, you should stay in Poipu. The famous Glass Beach is nearby as well as the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail (learn more on my favorite Kauai hikes for kids).

We didn’t stay in Poipu – we opted to do a day trip from our hotel in Kapa’a to Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail (which took about 30 minutes).

Best Places to Stay in Kauai for Families: Kapa’a

pink orange and yellow hibiscus

Kapa’a is the best place to stay if you’re trying to “see it all” and you don’t want to switch hotels. This works well if you don’t mind a little extra drive time to your day time excursions. 

You’re really close to Wailua River State Park and Wailua Falls. This is a quick overlook hike you can squeeze in.

wailua river
wailua falls

We stayed at the Aston Islander on the Beach. It was very convenient to our FAVORITE Kauai Beach and some great vegan restaurants.

This hotel didn’t have a lot of frills – it’s a little bit dated. But it was clean, convenient and it fit our budget!

Click for Aston Islander on the Beach’s website.

Unique Places to Stay in Kauai: The Garden Island Inn in Lihue

This was by far the cutest place we stayed on Kauai. The Garden Island Inn is located in Lihue and it’s very close to the airport.

I chose this hotel at the last minute – our flight got in late so I wanted to stay close to the airport the first night after a long day of traveling. It only took 10 minutes to get the hotel from the rental car lot.

The grounds of the hotel are beautiful. There’s lots of flowers and trees, little sculptures and artwork. When we arrived, our room had fresh plumeria flowers in it, which smelled so beautiful, especially after being in an airport all day. 

door painted with plants and beach theme
pink bromeliad with water
pink and white flowers in hawaii garden
turtle tile in rocks

We woke up before sunrise and walked about five minutes down to Kalapaki Beach to watch the sunrise and jump some waves before breakfast. 

palm tree silhouette at nawiliwili beach
kalapaki beach

The Garden Island Inn also has a complimentary breakfast, with homemade baked goods, fresh fruit and local coffee. I’d stay there again for sure.

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