Travel Dispatch: 5 Miami Musts

Gorgeous beaches and swanky South Beach clubs make Miami an insanely good time, but that’s really just the start.

The modern metropolis, popular for its thriving design district and art fairs (Art Basel, for example), is loaded with cultural fun. So we’ve compiled a list of must-dos—including alligator sightings and the coolest game of bingo (with a Madewell gift card as the prize!).

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1. The Denim Bar at Madewell, Lincoln Road  (Of course!)

More than our love for denim (which is obviously very, very deep—deep indigo, in fact) is our love of introducing it to others. At the Denim Bar in the Madewell store on Lincoln Road, meet all our perfect-fit jeans, jean shorts, jackets and vests that will become your forever go-to travel companions.

2. The Standard Spa, Miami Beach  

Sitting on a little island away from the hustle and bustle of other South Beach hotels is the modern, chic and very laid-back Standard Hotel and Spa. After kicking back at the not-to-be-missed infinity pool, indulge in a top-notch treatment like the Hammam Rub + Scrub, inspired by the Bellystones of Turkish Hamams. Don’t forget to flex your skills during Sunday bingo night (July 7, August 4, September 1). The lucky winner gets a $100 Madewell gift card!

3. Miami’s Art Deco District

With the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s Deco architecture on the globe, South Beach’s Art Deco District is worth a tour if you’ve never been to Miami or are a burgeoning architecture buff. Learn all about how these retro-fab pastel buildings came to be and you are guaranteed to be inspired. (Just don’t be surprised if you want to start wearing sorbet shades.)

4.  Wynwood Walls

In downtown Miami, a warehouse district called Wynwood was transformed into an outdoor museum with murals commissioned by famous graffiti and street artists like Shepard Fairey, Futura, Aiko, Ryan McGinness, Invader and Kenny Scharf. Take in good art and food nearby at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar or Joey’s, a thin-crust-pizza joint.

5.  Airboat Ride in the Everglades 

After you’ve had your fill of the spa, sun and shopping, take in some nature and glide over a river of grass with an airboat ride tour of the Everglades. Catch glimpses of local gators, snakes and egrets, then see how the alligators are fed at Everglades Alligator Farm.