Spring is subtle in Miami. If you blink you may miss it. Since flowers bloom all year, you may need to look for other signs that spring has sprung, but it does. Mango blossoms on the tree are a sign of spring.
Spring in Miami is warm, but not too warm to enjoy outdoor activities. It is warm enough that you are reminded that summer could arrive any time, ending another season of glorious outdoor activities. Spring is the time when you realize you have to seize the day and see as much of the outdoors in Miami as possible.
There's tons of fun things to do in Miami and the springtime weather makes them that much more enjoyable. Here are eight things to see or do in Miami to add to your spring bucket list:
1. Visit the Florida Everglades
If you're ever wondering what to do in Miami, the first place you need to check out is The Florida Everglades. The Everglades is a natural area unlike any other and a MUST for any one new to Miami. The "river of grass," as it's called, may at first appear monotonous but an elevation change of just a few inches completely changes its environment. Its unique plants and wading birds make it worth a visit, and spring is a great time to see nature in action here. Everglades National Park, which covers 2,400 square miles, provides three areas to enter the park, and you can camp, kayak, canoe, bicycle or just walk along a path or elevated boardwalk. Nesting season for the large wading birds runs from December through June, and spring is a great time to watch male birds showing off their plumage to attract a mate or chicks still in the nest. Once summer comes, the wildlife is less active – except for the mosquitoes. Yes, there are alligators in the Everglades, and visitors are likely to see one.
2. Pick strawberries and eat cinnamon rolls
Spring is strawberry season in Florida, and you can pick your own at several farms in the Homestead area. The most famous place to pick your own strawberries is Knaus Berry Farm, where two brothers started selling berries from a roadside stand in 1956. Knaus Berry Farm is open November through mid-April, and it's worth adding to your Miami bucket list even if you don't want to pick strawberries. Fans go for the homemade cinnamon rolls and the fruit milkshakes.
3. Celebrate tropical fruit and drink tropical milkshakes at Miami’s famous Robert is Here fruit market
Another South Miami-Dade institution and great thing to check out in Miami in the spring time is Robert Is Here, a giant open-air tropical fruit market. You can buy fruit shakes (the lines can last an hour), jams, jellies and other products, and the stand often features live music and other entertainment. The business is owned by Robert Moeling, who started selling fruit on the side of the road in 1959 as a child. The stand was the first Florida institution to join the National Culinary Heritage Registry and a great activity for Miami natives and new comers alike!
4. Eat local stone crabs
A spring in Miami wouldn't be complete without indulging in some local seafood! Specifically, stone crab. Stone crabs are an odd kind of seafood. You don't eat the whole crab, but only the claw. When the crabs are harvested, fisherman tear off the claw and throw the crab back into the ocean, where it grows a new claw. Stone crab season lasts October through May, and those are the only times you can get stone crabs. The meat has the consistency of lobster, can be eaten cold or hot, and it is traditionally dipped in either mustard sauce or lemon butter. It does NOT taste like chicken. The most famous place to eat stone crabs is Joe’s Stone Crab, which has been serving up the delicacies in Miami Beach since the 1920s. Joe's is also famous for its wait for a table, since the restaurant doesn't take reservations. If you're in a hurry, you can get carryout next door.
5. Go to the Miami county fair
You may think Miami is the last place you'd find a traditional county fair. But we have one. The Miami-Dade Fair, also known as the Youth Fair, has been running every year, for over 67 years. Teenagers flock to the fair for the rides, the shows, and the midway snacks, but the fair also includes agricultural exhibits and farm animals. Since most Miami-Dade residents have never been on a farm, despite the country's significant agricultural business, the farm exhibits are a novelty. The fair takes place in late March and early April and you'll surely want to add this to your list of places to go in Miami.
6. Celebrate Miami gay pride
Miami Beach celebrates its gay and lesbian residents with the annual Miami Beach Gay Pride celebration, usually in the spring. The event includes a parade, street festival, entertainment and more. The MiFo LGBT Film Festival also takes place in April in Miami Beach (and in Fort Lauderdale in the fall).
7. Find an outdoor concert in Miami
Outdoor concerts are everywhere in South Florida in spring, which is usually the end of the outdoor music season. A perfect and effortless addition to your Miami bucket list, an outdoor concert in Miami is sure to please! The New World Symphony broadcasts its concerts free in much larger than life size on the wall of its building in Miami Beach. The Wallcast season ends in March. Many cities also put on free music events, often with foods trucks.
8. Revel in poetry at the O, Miami Poetry Festival this April
Yes, Miami has culture, and the last few years the O, Miami Poetry Festival has celebrated Miami in verse, from ZIP code haikus to more traditional verse. The month-long event, held in April, includes readings, films about literary figures, street festivals, music and poetry slams. The goal is for everyone in Miami to encounter at least one poem during the month. Keep an eye out for the Magic Poetry Bus.