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Miami Celebrates Memorial Day

A Weekend's Worth Of Family-Friendly Fun

Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-31) is the first major holiday where fully vaccinated friends and family can get together safely. After a long year, it is a welcome reprieve, and most Americans can't wait to squeeze their loved ones. Celebrate Memorial Day in the Miami sunshine and try out some of these family-friendly activities.

Hyundai Air And Sea Show

Head to Miami Beach on Memorial Day Weekend for a salute to our nation's heroes. The Hyundai Air and Sea Show showcases state-of-the-art military technology and dynamic sea events. Along Ocean Drive, interactive displays will be set up for people to immerse themselves in the event. Witness fly-bys from B-2 Spirit stealth bombers, demonstrations from the Black Daggers parachute team, a pararescue special ops demo, or go to Action Village to watch monster motocross. There are a variety of ticket packages available depending on how lavishly you want to spend the weekend. A basic, single-day ticket is only $40 or $75 for the whole weekend. On the other end of the spending spectrum, the Sky Suite 16-ticket package is $10,000 for a single day and $20,000 for the whole weekend. This deluxe package includes a fully catered and air-conditioned suite with rooftop viewing and a private patio with beach chairs and umbrellas.

Beyond Van Gogh

Step inside some of Van Gogh's most famous works at the Beyond Van Gogh experience at Ice Palace Studios. Talented audiovisual engineers used cutting-edge projection technology to create a fully immersive journey into the world of Van Gogh. His paintings, now free from frames, wrap visitors in a swirl of light and color. Art lovers can finally feel as though they're walking through the cafes and flowering fields of his masterpieces. The piece's narrative follows Van Gogh's words and dreams set to a symphonic score that takes the experience to new heights.

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Experience Van Gogh like never before (Courtesy Beyond Van Gogh)

Snorkel The Keys

Beneath the turquoise Caribbean waters is another world teeming with life. Book a snorkeling tour with Snorkel The Keys to get up close and personal with a myriad of fish, turtles, and other marine life. There are two private tour offerings with a maximum of six participants. The 2.5-hour tour goes to one location, while the 3.5-hour tour takes guests to two different snorkeling sites. Both tours include all your gear, a photo package, drinks, snacks, reef-safe sunscreen, and freshwater showers on the boat with shampoo and conditioner. There are also eco-tours available to go snorkeling amongst the Florida mangroves. Make an evening of it and book a sunset cruise around the bay that goes out over National Everglades Park. Custom tours are available to meet your family's needs best.

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Snorkeling ( ©Sebastian Pena Lambarri)

Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls is an urban art lovers paradise. World-class graffiti artists like UK-based Dan Kitchener and American Kelsey Montague are commissioned to create imaginative (and often thought-provoking) mural masterpieces. And best of all? It's totally free to walk through and view all the art on your own. However, if you want a more in-depth understanding of all of the murals, book an official tour led by a Wynwood Walls tour ambassador. Tours last approximately 50 minutes and include a history of the walls, artist profiles, and the behind-the-scenes concepts that helped shape the piece's evolution. The area surrounding the walls is very trendy, so there are plenty of hip spots to grab a bite or a drink.

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Mural by Dasic Fernandez (Courtesy Wynwood Walls)

Visit The Everglades

Florida has so many unique eco-systems, but none is more iconic than The Everglades. There are plenty of ways to experience this one-of-a-kind landscape, including Shark Valley Tram Tours, which are 2-hour tours in open-air trams hosted by naturalists that give insight into the eco-systems and the creatures hiding in the grasses. Take to the water in a boat tour from Everglades Backcountry Whitewater Bay Tours and enjoy a 90-minute paddling excursion led by a naturalist who will highlight the plant and animal life you'll encounter. Or, simply explore the park yourself on the miles and miles of hiking and biking trails. Canoe rentals are available as well.

Zoo Miami

The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, a.k.a. Zoo Miami, is the largest zoo in Florida and the only sub-tropical zoo in the U.S. The warm Florida climate allows them to house a plethora of animals from Asia, Africa, and Australia out in the open air. Due to limited capacity, reservations are still required but not difficult to arrange. While walking through the park to see all the exotic animals is fun; why not make the experience more intimate and schedule an encounter. Giraffes, rhinos, and camels are just a few of the animals guests can interact with and hand-feed. The wildlife carousel is great for families with young children, and Lostman's River Ride is perfect for thrill-seekers.

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Walk on the wild side (Courtesy Zoo Miami)