Weekend in Miami

Disclosure: I was comped rides to the airport from Blacklane and a boat tour from Get Your Guide.

Weekend in Miami

I can’t believe it’s been a full month since my weekend trip to Miami! I’ve mentioned in various parts of the internet how special this trip with my parents to Miami was.

One thing I appreciate about adventuring with my parents and especially my mom is that they are easily pleased. Because they spent much of their last few decades working from early mornings to late nights including weekends, it didn’t leave a lot of time to experience much else. I’ve enjoyed introducing them to new experiences however small or large. For instance, I was given complimentary luxury rides to and from the airport from Blacklane, and my mom was floored that a chauffer was taking her to the airport in a Town Car. She was wide-eyed and tickled that a man in a suit held the door open for her.

Weekend in Miami

This trip aligned with my dad’s 72nd birthday. My thoughtful friend and our hostess Nazanin bought a birthday cake for my dad. She is like a sister to me and by the time the weekend came to a close, she had further and forever endeared herself to my parents. This photo is one of my favorites from the weekend!

Now what’s a travel recap without a list of our sights and activities?

Island Queen Cruises

Weekend in Miami
I booked a 90 minute boat tour with Island Queen Cruises through Get Your Guide and it was the perfect activity for my parents. My dad’s stamina isn’t what it was, so being able to sit and relax on a boat and admire the sunset was a treat for us all. The tour guide gave us juicy details of sprawling celebrity mansions. There were some jaw-dropping homes! One such home had an outdoor AC system! Finally, I loved how the downtown skyline twinkled and reflected in the water after dusk.

Books & Books

Weekend in Miami

265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

It is customary for me to visit bookstores when I travel. I collect these visits to bookstores as my mental souvenirs. My dad and I are both avid readers so I also had him in mind. I’ve seen Books & Books in Coral Gables listed on a few travel sites. It was the first time I browsed a book store with both my parents and I relished it. I liked how we separated and merely smiled at each other if our perusing crossed paths. Even my mom who doesn’t enjoy reading found herself lost in the cookbooks. I bought A Tale for the Time Being.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Weekend in Miami
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129

Nazanin and I stayed up late gossiping and thus overslept the morning we planned on taking my parents to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens before our lunch reservations. Oops! We ended up only having an hour and a half at Vizcaya. I paid extra for the house tour which I didn’t realize would take a full hour just to cover the first floor of the mansion! It ultimately worked out since it was so hot and humid outside in the gardens that by the time it was time to leave, everyone was done. I recommend setting aside more time. The house tour only covered the first floor but guests were free to explore the additional floors on their own. The gardens were breathtaking! It reminded me of the Biltmore in North Carolina.

Miami Beach

Weekend in Miami

You can’t visit Miami and not visit the beach! Especially if it’s the inspiration of your trip. It was cloudy. It was cloudy a couple of years ago when I last visited Nazanin too. I prefer cloudy days at the beach though. It feels romantic and moody. Nazanin and I laid out and gossiped some more while my parents walked the beach.


Weekend in Miami

I can’t recap a trip and not mention the food! You can read about the restaurants we sampled in Miami on my food blog.

Question: Have you been to Miami? What were some of your favorite sights and activities?

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  • San

    I haven’t been to Miami, nor do I have a desire to visit… ha!… but I love, love, love that you were able to take your parents and make it possible for them to travel and see some parts of the country! <3

  • lisasyarns

    Your parents are so adorable!! I love that photo of them with the birthday cake! I think we should all strive to be easily pleased. I think it’s a better way to go through life! My parents are the same way as they have not traveled much and have worked so hard so when they take vacations, it doesn’t take much to please them.

    We were in Miami for a girls trip in October but we did not do all that much sight-seeing. We did a city tour and got to see little Havana, and did a boat toured and were impressed by the huge mansions! Besides that we just stayed around the South Beach area. We do a girls trip every 2 years and try to go to a different place each year, but the trip is more about spending time together and relaxing so the pace of the trip is definitely different than what I would do if I was on my own or with Phil. But I recognize that my mom and sister/sisters-in-law with kids really just want to relax!

  • Funny thing – I’ve never been to Miami! I’ve always wanted to visit, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Maybe someday soon!

    • I totally thought about how relatively closer I was to you vs. when I’m in Texas!