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Indoor Activities to do in Miami this summer

Written by Teresa Mears

It's the dead center of a languorous Miami summer, and what you can do? It's hot all day, every day, and it stays hot at night. When the sun isn't beating down and baking everything in its path, we're being whipped with torrential rain.

That makes summer a great time for enjoying Miami's indoor pleasures. Miami has museums, movies, theater, restaurants and music venues galore, and this is the time of year you really appreciate places with air conditioning.

Here are 15 indoor activities you should do in Miami this summer:

Visit Miami Museums

Whether you're into art, science or history, Miami has the perfect museum to provide you and your family with a fun rainy day activity.

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Visit the new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

This is Miami's newest museum, opened in May 2017. The 250,000-square-foot facility downtown includes a planetarium, aquarium and science museum.

See the Perez Art Museum Miami.

PAMM, as it's known, showcases art of the 20th and 21st centuries. It relocated in 2013 to its current building along Biscayne Bay. PAMM has a free family day the second Saturday of every month, with activities for children, and the museum is open free the first Thursday of the month, with special evening activities and extended hours until 9 p.m.

The Wolfsonian-FIU.

This museum showcases U.S. industrial culture from about 1850 to about 1950, with posters, artifacts and more. It's open until 9 p.m. on Fridays, with free admission and a free tour starting at 6 p.m.  Check for special events.

HistoryMiami.

Adjacent to Miami's main library, this museum showcases the history of the city itself, with both permanent and temporary exhibits. Admission is free the second Saturday of the month with special programs for children. The museum also puts on lectures and special programs that will help you learn more about your new city.

Go to a Movie

If you're looking for things to do inside, head to one of Miami's movie theaters. Whether it's too hot outside or you're looking for a rainy day activity, you won't be disappointed by the indoor options!

Summer children's movies.

Regal and Cobb theaters both have a special summer series of movies for children, shown on weekday mornings. The Cobb series is free, and the Regal series cost $1 per admission. The Coral Gables Art Cinema has a special children's movie the second Saturday and Sunday of each month as part of Family Day on Aragon.

Late-night movies.

The Secret Celluloid Society screens cult classics during a late-night movie series at O Cinema in Wynwood on Saturday nights. The Coral Gables Art Cinema also has a weekly Saturday late-night classic. Take a trip back to the post with your fellow night owls.

Matinees.

Where better to hide form the summer heat than in a cool, dark cinema? Many of Miami's movie houses offer matinees, often at a discount. What better way to while away a stormy afternoon than visiting other worlds through cinema?

Engage in Indoor Sports

Yes, you can ice skate in Miami. You can also roller skate, bowl and use a trampoline, all indoors and great rainy day plans. There are also indoor arcades for all ages and indoor playgrounds for kids.

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Bowling.

Miami has both old-fashioned bowling allies where you can take your kids and "nightlife" more upscale bowling experiences.  The national Kids Bowl Free promotion gives kids two free games of bowling every day all summer at participating venues.

Ice Skating.

If you thought moving to Miami meant hanging up your ice skates, think again. Miami-Dade County has two ice skating facilities. The Kendall Ice Arena offers public skating, lessons, hockey programs and more. The City of Miami Beach also has an ice rink at the Scott Rakow Youth Center, with public skating, lessons and hockey.

Roller Skating.

Super Wheels Miami offers indoor skating year-round, with special skate times for families, adults and others. Roller skating has come a long way since you wheeled round the rink in middle school with your eyes on your teenage crush.

Trampoline Parks.

Miami's indoor trampoline parks offer programs for all ages, whether you're looking for fitness activities or family fun.

Learn Something New and Show Off

You've got a number opportunities to get in front of an audience in Miami, whether you're a musician or a comedian. Karaoke venues abound, as do open mike nights. Before you show up, take some opportunities to improve your skills at one of these indoor activity options.

Study Improv.

The Cutler Bay Community Theater offers a free improv workshop every Monday night. You can indeed once or often to home your comedy skills.

Play the drums.

The South Florida Center for Percussive Arts offers a free community drum jam every Friday night for all ages and all skill levels at its studio in West Kendall. You can pick up some pointers from more accomplished musicians or just enjoy making music. All-instrument jams on Thursday night are $5.

Learn to dance.

If you're new to Miami, you may not know how to dance salsa and merengue. You need to know because there is a salsa set at every party. The Meetup group Miami Salsa Events lists dance classes, shows and social dance events throughout Miami-Dade County. You may be inspired to learn tango and other Latin styles as well.

Listen to an author talk.

Books & Books in Coral Gables, Miami's premier independent bookstore, has free author presentations nearly every day, and there are also occasional presentations at its other stores as well as at other Miami bookstores.

Teresa Mears

Teresa Mears is a website publisher, writer, blogger and editor in South Florida who was raised to be frugal. After working as a newspaper reporter and editor, she moved her career online. In addition to running Miami On The Cheap, Florida On The Cheap, Fort Lauderdale On The Cheap, Palm Beach On The Cheap, Living on the Cheap and other websites, she writes about personal finance for U.S. News & World Report and other publications.

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Teresa Mears

Teresa Mears is a website publisher, writer, blogger and editor in South Florida who was raised to be frugal. After working as a newspaper reporter and editor, she moved her career online. In addition to running Miami On The Cheap, Florida On The Cheap, Fort Lauderdale On The Cheap, Palm Beach On The Cheap, Living on the Cheap and other websites, she writes about personal finance for U.S. News & World Report and other publications.