Miramar is a small city in Broward County, Florida. Serving as a commuter town to Miami, Miramar is an attractive, palm-lined destination that offers respite from the big city tourist spots. Yet it’s also within easy reach of many of Florida’s main sights, including Miami, Key Biscayne and Fort Lauderdale, meaning you can combine relative tranquillity with world-class tourist attractions. Other visitor hotspots within easy reach of Miramar include the Villa Vizcaya, the Miracle Mile shopping strip, the Perez Art Museum, Jungle Island, the Miami Seaquarium, Zoo Miami and the stunning green spaces of Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Miramar is also home to a campus of the Florida International University.
Where to stay in Miramar
Miramar has a range of shopping areas, eating places and outdoor spaces to enjoy. In particular, the areas around Miramar Parkway and Red Road have a variety of restaurants to choose from, so you may want to choose a Miramar hotel in one of these areas. Alternatively, you could stay in a nearby Greater Miami destination such as Pembroke Pines, Miami Lakes, Hialeah, Weston, Plantation or Hollywood, all of which have a range of hotels. Or, if your trip is going to be short, you could stay in a hotel near the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll be in easy reach of the top resort cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Accommodation choices in Miramar
There are a range of Miramar hotels to suit different budgets and preferences. For a luxury choice, consider the 4.5 star Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, a 13-mile journey away in Hollywood, Florida. This fun, rock music-themed hotel is a gleaming white entertainment palace set in an 87-acre complex, and includes a lagoon-style swimming pool and water park, plus a casino, gym, spa and various restaurants. A mid-price option within Miramar itself is the 3 star Hilton Garden Inn, which offers a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool and fitness centre. For a budget choice, consider the 3 star Courtyard by Marriott, which includes a restaurant, outdoor pool, lounge bar, snack bar and coffee shop. Whatever your budget, you’re bound to find a Miramar hotel to suit you.
What to do during your stay in Miramar
Top attractions in pleasant, peaceful Miramar include the popular CB Smith Park which includes a water park, the Miramar Regional Park which includes an aquatic complex, the scenic Pineland Park and the popular bird-watching enclave of Snake Warrior Island. Miramar is in Brevard County, which has a number of excellent visitor attractions. These include Brevard Zoo, which offers giraffe feeding and zip-lining, the iconic Kennedy Space Center, which is one of NASA’s primary launch centres and is open for visitors, and the Canaveral National Seashore, a wildlife-rich coastal park that includes swimming, fishing and a wooded trail. Other visitor highlights of the county include the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, the Liberty Bell Museum, the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame, and the Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science.
Miramar is also close to many key Florida attractions, from historic houses such as the stunning Vills Vizcaya and Bonnet House, to premier shopping areas like Miracle Mile and Lincoln Road Mall, to world-class museums such as the Perez Art Museum, and the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science.
Family attractions include Jungle Island, an interactive zoo park on Watson Island; the Miami Children’s Museum, Monkey Jungle Island, the Miami Seaquarium and also Zoo Miami, the only tropical zoo in the US. Nearby parks, nature preserves and outdoor spaces include the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, the Big Cypress National Preserve, the Everglades National Park and the Biscayne National Park.
The resort city of Fort Lauderdale is also nearby, and is known for its legendary nightlife, gorgeous beaches, Venetian-style waterways and excellent dining scene. Make sure to head down to the city’s Port Everglades seaport to watch some of the world’s biggest cruise ships departing on their travels.
Orlando, in Florida’s Orange County, is also within convenient travelling distance of Miramar, and is perhaps the world capital of theme parks. Highlights include the Walt Disney World Resort (encompassing Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom), Universal's Islands of Adventure, Discovery Cove, Kennedy Space Center, SeaWorld Orlando and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Other key attractions include the Orlando Science Center, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and the Harry P Leu Gardens. Whatever you decide to do on your visit to Miramar, you’re bound to find plenty of entertainment in this vibrant area of Florida.
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