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.
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.
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).
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.
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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