You may recognize Lummus Park from its cameos in various TV shows and movies like "Burn Notice" and "Miami Vice." This photogenic park in South Beach, Miami, Florida, sandwiched between Ocean Drive and the actual ocean, is a favorite for many Miamians as well as visitors to the city. Not only is it beachfront, with beach access paths spaced out conveniently, but it also has sidewalks perfect for walking, biking, or rollerblading. There's a lot to do here, whether you just lounge around and breathe in the salty air or head to some shops and restaurants for an authentic taste of South Beach, day or night.
When to Visit Lummus Park
The park is open sunrise to sunset so anytime the sun is out, you’re good. Always check the weather in Miami if you plan to spend the day outside. Torrential downpours aren’t uncommon but happen more regularly in the summer months. Don’t let a little rain scare you off; it usually stops as fast as it started so if you have a place to seek shelter from the storm—or somewhere to people watch with a roof over your head and a cocktail in your hand—you should be absolutely fine.
What to See and Do There
There are countless activities and things to do at Lummus Park no matter your age or activity level. The park features open field space and two outdoor gyms. Encompassing more than 25 acres, there are playgrounds (Tot Lots) for small children ages 2 through 5, playgrounds for the bigger kids ages 5 through 12, 18 volleyball courts, walking trails, and Muscle Beach South Beach: an outdoor exercise area conducive to gymnastics and weight-lifting. Muscle Beach features not one but two nature-inspired installations; MyEquilibria’s Leopard Tree and MyBeast feature over 30 workout components, which makes this the first outdoor workout area of its kind in the country. A mobile app for this particular location allows locals and visitors alike to get their workout on, with training and exercise tutorials available, literally, at the touch of a button.
Events at Lummus Park
Lummus Park hosts various free and paid events throughout the year including concerts, marathons, festivals, beach parties, and more. In April, there’s the Miami Beach Pride Parade and in February, the famed South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The South Beach Mango Festival goes for three days in July and showcases South Florida’s favorite sweet, juicy, tropical fruit. The South Beach Triathlon, which benefits Save the Children, begins with an ocean swim near Lummus Park.
How to Get There
Lummus Park isn’t difficult to get to; it’s under half an hour by car from Fort Lauderdale Airport and just 10 minutes by car from Miami International Airport. A rideshare is an option, as well as taxis, the Line 7 bus (which can take up to an hour and a half) and, of course, walking or biking—or hopping on a scooter—if you’re already beachside. Just pop the directions into your smartphone’s GPS and get going. The earlier you head out, the longer the time you get to spend here.
Things to Do Nearby
Grab some tacos, snacks, and Mexican beer at the cozy, small Taquiza. This spot is open noon to midnight daily, great news if you crave tacos all day, every day. Want something sweet to compliment the savory? A cone of your favorite flavored ice cream at Icy-n-Spicy might be just the thing you’re looking for. Also, is there anything better than devouring ice cream on a sticky, sweaty South Beach day? One of the perks of vacationing or living in the tropics is that any time of year is appropriate for eating frozen treats.
Get to know the city better with a critically-acclaimed Art Deco walking tour led by the Miami Design Preservation League. Founded in 1976, the Art Deco Museum is located right on Ocean Drive and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. Visit to understand better the architectural heritage, history, and community culture of Miami Beach. Walking tours begin here.
Built in 1942, The Betsy Hotel is an absolute must to visit when you’re at or near Lummus Park. The new Betsy, which was renovated a few years back and is now connected to the former Carlton Hotel, has 130 rooms and suites, two pools, two restaurants, a library, and more. Even if you’re not staying there, pop in for a snack or a drink at the Lobby Bar, the Alley or LT Steak & Seafood; if you are staying there, take advantage of the pool. The Betsy also hosts Latin music nights and art tours, as well as Spanish lessons, yoga, live music, Sunday jazz brunch, and a weekly “Meet the Artist” event.
If you hang around Lummus Park into the evening or happen to be staying nearby, you won’t want to miss Twist South Beach. The world-renowned gay club has seven unique bars, DJs spinning, drag queens hyping up the party, and doesn’t close until 5 a.m. daily. Another South Beach party staple is Palace Bar. For over three decades, this gay bar on Ocean Drive has hosted weekend drag shows and all-day breakfast and bar-food menu.
Get your culture on at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. The museum, which opened in 1936, is home to two restored, former historic synagogues and includes permanent and rotating art exhibits like MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, with photos and artifacts of the Florida Jewish experience dating back to 1763. Members of the museum and kids under the age of 6 are welcome free. On Saturdays, the museum offers free admission for everyone. Check the museum’s website for the cost of the weekday entrance.
Save room for a meal at the famous Joe’s Stone Crab on Washington Avenue. For over 100 years, this place has been serving up the freshest shellfish and seafood dishes in the country.
Where to Stay Nearby
There are a variety of hotels in different price points near Lummus Park and you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for your needs. The Clevelander South Beach Hotel and Bar is known for its parties, so do book a room here if you plan to have a wild time. Dream South Beach has Art Deco style, a rooftop pool, and a Mexican restaurant. For something a little more Mediterranean chic, the Blue Moon Hotel (part of the Autograph Collection) features all white and blue decor, a decent menu, and a pool too.