Miami offers the ideal climate and plenty of sightseeing for senior travelers. With Miami’s flat sea-level location, you’ll find plenty of sites and entertainment perfect for taking along your portable oxygen concentrator. Let’s take a look at hotspots and fun you don’t want to miss in Miami.
First, head to South Beach, the heart of Miami, with its Art Deco style. Stay in one of many hotels of that era. Check out the famous Raleigh Hotel, with it’s curvy pool, named the most beautiful in America by Life Magazine in 1947. Do you love old Esther Williams movies? Many of them were filmed here! The Delano was Miami Beach’s tallest building when constructed in 1947. It’s still one of Miami’s hotspots, and ranked by the American Institute of Architects as one of the association’s favorites. The Clevelander is located in central South Beach and recently underwent an intensive, expensive overhaul. Park Central is a Deco hotel marked by a gorgeous, brightly lit lobby, just a few steps from Ocean Drive’s nightlife scene. It has a wonderful rooftop terrace, plus a pool located in front of the hotel, in true Art Deco style.
Check out the Art Deco Welcome Center if you’re interested in a walking tour that explains South Beach’s history, architecture, and famous sites. If you’d rather ride, take a boat tour of the bay at the Miamarina at Bayside, from which you’ll see the private island residences of the rich and famous. Another way to tour the area is by the South Beach Local. This is a minibus that will take you to see the major sites of the area, and is wheelchair accessible. You can stop along the way to visit interesting sites, or stay on the bus for a round trip 40 minute tour.
Any trip to Miami is incomplete without a visit to the famous Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This Italian Renaissance style villa, built between 1914-1923, was the winter home of industrialist James Deering. It features elaborate European-styled gardens that incorporate tropical plants.
If you enjoy physically interacting with wildlife, add the Zoological Wildlife Foundation to your list of sites. This private zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation and specializes in intimate guided tours and interaction with various animals.
If you’re feeling even more adventurous, consider a day excursion to the surrounding Everglades National Park. You can take an airboat ride through the “River of Grass,” a wetland ecosystem unique throughout the world, and famous for wildlife and plants found nowhere else on earth.
Miami is home to many art museums, including Wynwood Walls, which features urban art, the Pérez Art Museum, a collection of 20th and 21st century artworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Lowe Art Museum, with a 17,500-object collection.
Finally, you don’t want to miss the Cuban influence in Miami, which is captured in Little Havana, a hotspot of restaurants and boutiques that celebrate this island culture and its ties to the city.
If you want a more personalized experience, Miami is home to hundreds of private tours. Whether you’re a foodie, love architecture, wildlife, or want to see multi-million dollar architecture from beautiful Biscayne Bay, you can book a tour experience by land or water that fits your personal needs and abilities.
Miami is an exciting, multicultural spot for senior vacationers. Its sites can easily accommodate your portable oxygen concentrator and you can tailor your trip from laid-back to adventurous.