What to Do When it Rains in Miami
August 7, 2017
Cover photo: loe.org
Although summer might be (slowly) coming to a close, we know that the rains happen anytime of year, no matter the season. Whether it’s an intermittent shower kind of day or one of those ominous deluges that keep you on house arrest for multiple hours, we all know a damp afternoon can affect how much fun you can have in this city. In case it’s raining cats and dogs or just a particularly scorching afternoon, here are some of our favorite things to do aside from the usual Netflix binge:
Cuddle up to a Latte
Going to a coffee shop is pretty much a given when it comes to rainy days. Those big comfy couches and stellar musical vibes are really all you need to get some much-procrastinated work done or just escape the office. But pair that with some locally roasted beans or high-level coffee and you’re golden.
Our favorites: Small Tea in Coral Gables with their endless selection of the dried leaves and their dark corners. All Day in Downtown for their delicious grub and trendy atmosphere. Brew Urban Café in Fort Lauderdale for their speakeasy-esque look and delicious, well, brew.
Get lost in a book
And by that we mean dig your nose in a good book and read. Right after a coffee shop comes the image of being curled up on an oversized chair with a literary escape in your hands and Miami’s got some of the most magical independent reads around.
Our favorites: The Bookstore in The Grove for their exceptional culinary program and light-filled store. Books & Books (any location) for being the O.G bookstore in the city and having a staff unparalleled in book knowledge. Big Apple Books in Fort Lauderdale for being the largest non-corporate bookstore in Broward with affordable prices.
Go to the movies
You can take the binge off the couch and into the theater with Miami’s ever-growing selection of art house cinemas and indie-plexes. From midnight showings to weekend marathons, our city’s movie theater game is getting stronger by the Rotten Tomatoes rating.
Our favorites: Coral Gables Art Cinema for its millimeter projections and cult showings for the whole family. O Cinema (any location) for their unique collection of docs and local filmmaker support. Tower Theater in Little Havana with their historical movieplex and Miami International Film Festival perks.
Discover a new musical find
Although Miami once housed the largest Virgin Megastore in the country, it still has some pretty powerful music houses filled to the brim with your next musical obsession. If you play it with a needle or plug some headphones in for a jam, going to a record store should be at the top of the list for a rainy day.
Our favorites: Sweat Records in Little Haiti for its enlightened staff and local music sections. Radioactive Records in Fort Lauderdale for its classic record store vibes and extensive selection.
Align Your Chakras
Working out might be the exact opposite of what you want to do on a rainy day, but it sure does help kill time. With the current onslaught of boutique studios and training centers, you have quite a great group of options to get in a good sweat to avoid becoming a potato.
Our favorites: Inhale Miami in Little Haiti for its spacious studio and community-friendly events. Tropical Vinyasa in Sunset Harbor for its intimate classes and loving teachers. Love Life Yoga Studio in Wynwood for its extensive program and educational take on good nutrition.
Try some local beers
In Miami we look for any excuse to turn a storm into a party, hurricane or sun shower. And now that Miami’s brewery scene is booming, there’s all the more reason to make a rainy day a boozy one. From Wynwood to Doral, sip on local beers and taste your city’s best barley & hops.
Our favorites: M.I.A Beer Company in Doral for literally our favorite beer in Miami: the Megamix. The Tank Brewing Co by the airport for their spacious outpost. J Wakefield in Wynwood for their pop culture references and central location. Boxelder Craft Beer Market in Wynwood for a pretty sweet selection of local beers.
Get intellectual at a museum
Whether you’re in the mood to take in some art, history, or get scientifically educ-ma-cated, the museum selection in Miami is there for you. Of course we could name the current Instagram famous science museum, but it’s time to shed light on some other great stops.
Our favorites: The Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami for its beautiful location and rotating world-class exhibits. Institute of Contemporary Art in the Design District for its top-level modern installations and current home at the Zaha Hadid design Moore Building. Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami for its traveling expositions from around the world. Or you could just watch the storm over Biscayne Bay from the decks at the PAMM.
Get relaxed at the Turkish Baths
Considering the fact that we’re in a hotel-ridden town, you can turn a rainy day into a spa day real quick. But we suggest to avoid the crowds at hotspots like The Standard and head to the Russian & Turkish Baths on Miami Beach where you can sit under a jet of salt water for what feels like eternity, swim in an Olympic sized pool, or peruse the different steam rooms depending on you aromatherapy tastes.
Photo by Thrillist.