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Things To Do In MIAMI by Chris

21 May

(Digital photo taken by Marc Averette; Found on Wikipedia)




  • If you happen to be in Miami on the last Friday of the month (check the website to be sure of the date:  http://www.viernesculturales.org/ ), then go to Little Havana’s monthly street festival called Viernes Culturales.  It’s a festival with live salsa bands, live cuban folk bands, live contemporary bands, artists selling paintings/crafts on the street, street vendors selling food, coffee, etc.  People dance in the street, sing to their favorite songs, restaurants stay open later than normal and you get to see the best in Cuban and Cuban-American art, crafts, culture and politics.  Absolutely amazing experience and it ends by 11pm/12pm so you ca still hit up bars and clubs afterwards.  It’s 100% cuban culture and something that can only be seen in Miami.  Also, it’s free, costs about $5 to park just off calle ocho.

White House Garden Tours

1 Apr IMG_6245

Every spring and fall the White House’s gardens and grounds open to tourists.  Tickets are free and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The tickets are timed and are distributed by the National Park Service at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion the day of the tour.  I have had the opportunity to visit the gardens (see photos below) and I believe that is a MUST DO if you are in Washington, DC, the weekend of the gardens and grounds tour.   I was unable to find the dates for the 2012 spring tours, but the tours tend to be in April so continue to check online for the 2012 schedule.

DC MUST DO: Cherry Blossoms

1 Mar Cherry Blossoms

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC is later this month: March 20-April 27, 2013.  There are a lot of events around DC, e.g., special exhibits, screenings, etc. – some of which have already started!   Many events are free so check the website for details.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival website states that the mean date of blooming is April 4.  That of course depends heavily on weather and other conditions.  However, if I were to plan a trip to DC, I would plan it around then and/or the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.  You can check the blooming status on the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s “Bloom Watch” site.

My favorite location for the cherry blossoms is the Tidal Basin (the area where the Jefferson Memorial is).  If you can go paddle boating, I highly recommend that.  I also recommend bringing a picnic and eating under one of the trees.

Cherry blossom season in Washington, DC is a MUST DO.


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