North Miami Beach is about a 30-minute drive north of Miami proper. It takes travelers closer to the cities of Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale. The area of North Miami Beach is surrounded by lakes, and the intracoastal waterways that put entire neighborhoods on waterfront property. North Miami Beach is also home to Florida International University’s northern campus, which overlooks Biscayne Bay. Learn about the exciting things to do available in the Miami suburb of North Miami Beach.
1. St. Bernard de Clairvaux
This ancient stone place of worship is centuries old, but was not built in Florida originally. The Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux was first built in Sacramenia, Spain. When the social revolution of 20th Century occurred the buildings were seized, until the 1930s when they were purchased by William Randolph who paid to have the structures dismantled, shipped to the United States. After a few other incidents eventually the buildings were finally rebuilt into the churches we see today. The Monastery today is a functioning church with its own congregation that encourages being a part of an open minded community that benefits everyone. The church is open for tours of its historical hallways, and makes a fantastic setting for a wedding. Tours are available most days and are 10 USD for adults, and 5 USD for students and seniors. The tours are available from 10 am to 4:30 pm with the last tour leaving at 4 pm. The Monastery is a busy place and has varying hours, so they ask that any visitors check their operating hours page on the website to make sure their typical hours have not been changed for filming or some other private event.
St. Bernard de Clairvaux
Address: 16711 Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Website: St. Bernard de Clairvaux
2. Greynolds Park
Right in the heart of North Miami Beach is Greynolds Park, a very large outdoor park on West Lake and near Maule Lake. The park gives its guests the opportunity to go camping, practically in the middle of Miami. The park has been a protected area since 1936, and was a popular location for hippie’s events during the 1960s, and the park plays homage to that time with a “Love-In” event that is held annually. The park is right next to the Greynolds Golf Course, and also has an almost pristine hardwood hammock and mangrove forest. This urban park is a perfect setting for those looking to get some outdoor time at a place instead of the beach.
Address: 17530 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Website: Greynolds Park
3. Dezer Collection
Right off Biscayne Boulevard is the Dezer Collection, a vast auto museum displaying classic cars, scooters, bikes, and automobiles from Hollywood movies. According to its website, it is the largest eclectic transportation collection in the whole world. The collection features cars from all over the world, supercars, and car from movies like James Bond and Batman. The museum is also home to “the largest privately owned Vespa collection in the world”. Admission to the museum is split between its two buildings. Building A holds the classic cars, motorcycles, and military museum; while Building B holds the Hollywood collections, and supercars. Guests can purchase admission for just one of the two buildings or a combination ticket for both. Admission to one building is 25 USD for adults, 10 USD for children (ages 6-12), and 15 USD for seniors. Admission to both buildings is 40 USD for adults, 15 USD for children, and 25 USD for seniors. Children age 5 and under have free admission. Guests can buy their tickets online or in person, but guests should note that military and student discounts are only available when tickets are purchased at the office. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
Address: North Building, 2000 NE 146th St, North Miami, FL 33181
Website: Dezer Collection
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4. North Beach Bandshell
The North Beach Bandshell is about a 20 minute drive south of North Miami Beach along the famous Florida A1A Highway. This MiMo (Miami Modernism) amphitheater on the ocean has been a community gathering spot since it was built. This historic theater is a member of the National Register of Historic Places, and it located near the oldest structure on all of Miami Beach, the Biscayne House of Refuge. The venue asks that guests do not bring outside food or drink to the venue, it has its own bar, and often hosts food vendors. It’s a great place to enjoy the warm Miami evenings under the stars.
North Beach Bandshell
Address: 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141
Website: North Beach Bandshell
5. Gulfstream Park
Gullfstream Park is about a 15 minute drive north of North Miami Beach. The racetrack and casino hybrid makes for a great experience with its adult and family friendly activities. The horseback riding races take place all through the summer months, making it a fun way to spend a sunny afternoon and evening. The horse track has both dirt, and grass tracks; and as a host of the Claiming Crown, is one of the most important horse tracks in the national sport. It is common for live music to perform on the grounds of the venue, and has been host to the Miami Pop Music Festival in the past.
Address: 901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Website: Gulfstream Park
6. Oleta River State
Oleta River State Park is right in the middle of North Miami Beach. This is the largest urban park in all of Florida and is full of lakes and rivers, and is right on the Biscayne Bay. Guests can enjoy many outdoor activities here, but the park is most well-known for being a hub of biking trails. It provides trails for both new and experienced riders so anyone can participate and experience the fun under the Miami sun. Pavilions, kayaks, canoes, bicycles, are all available for rent. There are even cabins available to be reserved for overnight stay.
Oleta River State
Address: 3400 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Website: Oleta River State
7. Calder Casino
Located about a 25 minute drive west of Gulfstream Park is the Calder Casino a large casino right in the middle of the South Florida area. The casino is home to all the classic casino games and events, as well as over 1,100 slots. The casino has 3 restaurants, a buffet, a bar, and a quick bite restaurant. Center Stage at the casino is home to live music most weekend nights. For some late night adult entertainment Calder is the place to go.
Address: 21001 NW 27th Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Website: Calder Casino
8. Haulover Park
Haulover Park is another urban park, this time, located on the shoal that faces the Atlantic. This park has its own sandy beach that runs for he length of the park; that was previously host to a trial for the world record of most people skinny dipping in 2009. The park does have an area that is clothing optional, so be warned if that is not your kind of activity. There is a fee to park here, on weekdays the price for cars is 5 USD, with an extra charge of 1 USD for the North Lot, and Lot #1. For buses or RVs that parking fee is 15 USD. On weekends the price is 7 USD for cars, and 15 USD for buses and RVs. Parking fees can be paid at on-site machines or over the phone. The park also has an off-leash dog park, so feel free to bring any furry friends along.
Address: 10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154
Website: Haulover Park
9. Aventura Mall
About a 10-minute drive north of North Miami Beach is the Aventura Mall, one of the premier shopping locations in all of the greater Miami area. This 3-story mall is the largest in Florida, and 3rd largest in the United States. Even if you don’t plan on shopping at the mall, it is a hub for both the Miami-Dade Transit and Broward County Transit making it a great place to stop in between locations. The mall has numerous luxury stores, encompassing then needs of most demographics. There are 29 individual food stops, ranging from confectioners to fine dining. The mall is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 9:30 pm, and on Sunday from 12 pm to 8 pm.
Address: 19501 Biscayne Boulevard Aventura, Fl 33180
Website: Aventura Mall
10. Hard Rock Stadium
Just slightly northwest of North Miami Beach is Hard Rock Stadium, the home field of the Miami Dolphins football team, as well as the football team of the Miami Hurricanes of the University of Miami. The stadium is often host to events other than football, such as soccer matches, baseball, concerts, monster- trucks, and much more. Guests can take online tours of the stadium, or schedule a tour of the newly renovated facilities.
Hard Rock Stadium
Address: 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Website: Hard Rock Stadium
Miles of Miami
Miami is a big city, and there is more to explore than just the downtown area and Miami Beach. North Miami beach offers several opportunities to see places that are available nowhere else. The St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church is one of the oldest buildings in the western hemisphere, you can mountain bike in the middle of an urban cityscape, find your next dream car in the largest collection anywhere, and see a landmark of a national pastime at Hard Rock Stadium. It’s the perfect place for those wanting access to the whole package of South Florida, while still being able to say they saw Miami.
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