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There are lots of ways to spend a Saturday in Miami, not all of them good for you. On the wholesome end of the scale, there are things like a trip to the zoo or working up a sweat with a nice, long walk or run. Even better: here's a way to knock both of those tasks off your to-do list and earn major feel-good vibes to boot.
This Saturday, the Miami chapter of charitable organization Hand in Hand for Haiti holds its annual 5K Walk/Run at Zoo Miami. If you live in the area or are in town for a visit, it's the best way to start off your weekend. (No one gets out of bed before noon on South Beach anyway.)
It all begins at 8 am and, if you register in advance, you score admission to Zoo Miami immediately after the Walk/Run. The fee is $25, but if you wait until the day of the event it jumps to $30.
Set your DVRs or create an iCal alarm as TONIGHT at 9pm EST The Travel Channel debuts their newest show, "Airport 24/7: Miami." It's only scheduled to run for 6 episodes, but the press release promises that viewers will see behind-the-scenes how airport personnel "fight terrorism, intercept drug smugglers, secure a presidential landing, manage severe weather and much more."
In case you need a little nudge over whether or not it's worth a watch, here's the details on the main people profiled:
Serena seems to prefer to spend her downtime soaking up the sun closer to home, though still in Florida. Serena and her sister, Venus, both live in Palm Beach Garden, FL, about an hour and half north of one of their favorite vacation spots: Miami.
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YES. Excellent news! It is actually happening, and by "it" we mean that TV show that's supposedly spent the last few months filming within Miami International Airport.
We first heard of it all the way back in December, then warned that you could appear as an extra, but it looks like the project has been completed and stuck to a premiere date: October 2, 9pm EST on Travel Channel.
The seriescalled "Airport 24/7: Miami"will only run for 6 episodes and the official press release describes it thus:
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If you’ve ever flown into Miami you probably noticed that there’s kind of a lack of decent public transportation to and from the city’s core. Sure there’s those Deco Bikes, but that’s probably not a realistic option—not to mention they’re not even offered at the airport. There are some bus possibilities, but let’s be honest, that’s kind of lacking when compared to other cities around the country and the world.
However, it’s all about to change as of next week, because on July 28 a new public transportation link is finally arriving at the airport. The construction cones and jersey barriers are coming down, because Orange Line Metrorail service to the Miami International Airport Metrorail Station is almost complete. Basically this means that passengers can now be whisked right into downtown Miami without the need for rental cars, shuttle busses, or taxis. Best of all, it should only take you 15 to 20 minutes, and it’s only $2 per person per way. That’s definitely a deal when compared to other cities.
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Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
There’s a new coach, a couple new quarterbacks, and a brand new playbook heading into training camp for this year’s Miami Dolphins. During the offseason the team was initially in the running for the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, but apparently Peyton just wasn’t interested in bringing his talents to South Beach.
Instead the Dolphins now have rookie Ryan Tannehill—and his wife—who may or may not start in 2012. In the interim, the team will look to Matt Moore or David Garrard to lead them to the playoffs for the first time in a long time.
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Get ready to cheer—or jeer—LeBron James and his crew this afternoon in Miami, as the Miami Heat are set to take to the streets to celebrate their victory in this year’s NBA Finals. We’re thinking that plenty of people will be calling out sick to participate on today’s festivities, especially since the fun is scheduled to begin as early as 11am.
The hubbub will start right around Southeast Eighth Street and Second Avenue near Brickell Village in Miami, and then things will head over the Miami River. Eventually the parade will wind their way through the city, onto Biscayne Boulevard, and then finally end up at the American Airlines Arena. It’s season ticket holders only inside the arena, where the official celebration will continue behind closed doors.
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And now a post about places in the United States, Europe, and Asia where you can visit baby giraffes. So zoos, parks, etc. Note also that we've embedded a couple of especially cute videos at the bottom, because baby giraffes.
Florida's Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay is at the top of the list, with a new baby born last December and then another one born in February. That's two baby giraffes, which you can see on one ticket. Very straightforward.
When she's not at South Beach's style central, The Webster, the boutique's owner and co-founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil is busy soaking up the best her adopted hometown has to offer.
With her new The Webster at Target Collection hitting stores this Sunday, we can now look (almost) as chic as Laure, but how do we get a taste of her fabulous, sun-drenched life? We asked the design guru what she recommends to any visitors hitting up South Beach for a warm-weather weekend.
I love starting my day by riding my beach cruiser along the beach and getting a Cuban coffee at David's Cafe on my way to the South of 5th Street beachalso called 'Brazilian Beach'for a swim. Beach cruisers are just the ideal way to go from one place to the next in South Beach and you can easily rent them everywhere at street stations like in Paris.
Have you decompressed from the Jason Wu for Target hysteria? Yes? Then, you're ready for the next round of designer collabos, right?
What we love about this next round is that it showcases local boutiques across the country. The Shops at Target program, debuting in stores and online May 6, will partner directly with the owners of specialty stores, including candy shops, homewares, pet stores and of course, stylish boutiques like The Webster in South Beach.
The real-life Webster is an impeccably edited den of style, housed in a perfect little Art Deco building on Collins Avenue. We love it but can't afford it so are chomping at the bit to snatch up some of the summery pieces in the Target collection (especially since, unlike some of the highbrow labels stocked at the real boutique, this line includes pieces in plus and petite sizes). But which items to make a beeline for?
We solved our dilemma--and yours--by asking The Webster's super-chic owner and co-creator of this collaboration, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, for her top picks for packing on a summer getaway. You know, to a place as hot and happenin' as South Beach.
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This one's called The Roaring Twenties and Thirties in Miami Beach (they had us at roaring) and it's a collection of vintage photographs by Claude Matlack, who worked in Miami and Miami Beach between 1918 and 1942. During the twenties, his lens was focused on the beauties of the beach, and the gents who hung around them in matching dorky bathing suits.
The series on display, which comes from the Historical Museum of South Florida, is located at MIA's Central Terminal E, level 2, just before and just past the security checkpoint.
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Outside of the times Miami is hosting the buzzy Art Basel fair each December, we don't usually think of the city as particularly artsy. And we certainly don't have art galleries on our mind when we're rushing through the hordes at Miami International Airport to reach our gate.
On a recent spin from Terminal E to Terminal D, however, we were stopped in our tracks--by art.
As you can see, it wasn't the predictable kind either--no vintage black-and-white aviation photos or homespun pieces done by local kids (not that there's anything wrong with either of those...).
No, this was a series of paintings that placed dogs in the context of familiar and famous artworks.