That’s what this season in Miami can feel like—in August especially. But there’s no need to hole up in the house next to your AC vent. There are plenty of ways to beat the heat and still have fun, and we’ve got 10 of them for you right here.
iFly Indoor Skydiving
There are so many reasons to do this, not the least of which is that it’s so much safer than hurtling from 30,000 feet above the earth from a plane. There’s also the fact that it’s indoors and that everyone between the ages of 3 and 103 can do it (given they’re in reasonably good health). iFly is the original creator of indoor skydiving—it’s been around for 18 years—and today it’s more popular than ever. Not only is it a blast to go with a friend or as a family, but party packages are available for groups or to celebrate an event in a most original way. Information, pricing and reservations are available on the website at iflyworld.com.
Check out Miami Spa Month
Is there any indulgence more decadent, more soul-nourishing, more rejuvenating than a spa treatment (or better yet, a spa day)? We think not. That’s why we wait all year long for Miami Spa Month to roll back around. Although it really should be called Miami Spa Months, because it starts in July and runs throughout August. This, if you don’t already know, is your chance to try out a bunch of the best spas in South Florida at a great price. Some of our absolute faves: the Acqualina Spa by ESPA, a 20,000-square-foot two story slice of paradise; the newly renovated and expanded Âme Spa & Wellness Collective at Turnberry Isle in Aventura; and Tierra Santa Healing House at Faena Hotel in Miami Beach, where we recommend you treat yourself to a Bathing Ritual & Tierra Santa Deep Tissue Massage (80 minutes for $199). For more information on which spas are participating, visit miamiandbeaches.com.
Art of Crudo Class with Chef Paul Qui
Crudo is always cool and refreshing, especially in the South Florida summertime. Let the master, Chef Paul Qui of Pao at Faena, teach you how to sate your own craving by creating a batch yourself. His Art of Crudo Class on August 20 includes freshly muddled cocktails for sipping as you learn the art of slicing, marinating and curing fish to prepare yummy dishes like ceviche, sashimi and carpaccio, among others, which you’ll then enjoy for lunch with your fellow students. Tickets are $125 per person; for reservations, call 786.655.5600 or visit faena.com.
Rock the Mic at Faena Theater
Channel your inner rock star for an unconventional karaoke experience at Faena Theater on August 17 for “Rock the Mic,” where the live band Higher Ground serves as your backup and plays with you as you sing. Afterwards, you’ll get a full-length video of your performance shot from four different camera angles and edited right there so you can start showing it off to all your friends within minutes. Start time is 10 pm; to book, call 786-655-5600 or visit faena.com.
Let go of that pent-up energy—what’s that, you say? You don’t have any pent-up energy? Well, then get some: rev yourself up over a few hours spent bouncing around, doing air flips, playing Ultimate Dodgeball and diving into the Foam Zone at Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park with two locations in Miami, one in Cutler Bay and one in the new CityPlace Doral. Do it for fun and get the fitness benefits at the same time, blow off some steam and laugh it up with friends—all while avoiding the astronomical temperatures outside. Winning! Tickets are available on the website at skyzone.com.
Check out the Miami Figure Skating Championships Aug 11-13
If you’re a figure skating fan and you like a little winter sprinkled into your summer (and who among us wouldn’t?), head to Kendall Ice Arena (10355 Hammocks Blvd., Miami) August 11-13 to watch the graceful competitive skaters from not only around the US but also South America and Europe swirl around on the ice and compete in the Basic Skills, Solo Dance, Pairs, Juvenile and Senior categories. It all starts at 3 pm on August 11 and runs through 6 pm on August 13. For more information, check out miamifsc.com.
Remember when bowling outings involved corny shoes, hot dogs and Cokes, pen-and-paper scoring and even a jukebox? Those were the days…it was a lot of fun. But you haven’t loved a bowling outing until you’ve been to a Kings Bowl. There’s a number of locations across the country—many of which have been enjoyed by celebrities and pro athletes, like Jon Hamm, Garth Brooks, Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade—including one right here in our midst at CityPlace Doral. Make reservations and enjoy a night out with friends or family, dining on high-brow fare that includes everything from Avocado Toast with Grilled Pineapple, Serrano Peppers and Queso Fresco to award-winning chicken wings to gourmet pizzas, delish burgers and sandwiches, ribs, chicken, seafood and fresh salads. Then get your game on, whether it’s bowling, pool, shuffleboard, foosball or air hockey. (After 8 pm, you must be 21 or over to enter). It’s a perfect place to do something different and fun; check out the details at kingsbowlamerica.com.
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum
You may have read the piece on the long-anticipated, newly debuted Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum in our June issue, but it bears repeating: go. Especially during the dog days of summer, the absolute best time of year to take advantage of indoor activities. And on August 9, from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, the monthly after-hours series LATE—which takes a deeper look at the scientific wonders within the museum and includes special guests, live performances, cocktails, interactive installations, discussions and panels—will present SEEING 003, an exploration of “Waves” that poses the question: Is sight essential to seeing? Sound waves and echoes are used by some animals to navigate the space around them; can echolocation possibly help the blind see? Admission is $8 for adults, Frost Museum members get in free, but space is limited. The event also includes admission to the museum’s SEEING exhibition in the West Wing. For more information, visit frostscience.org.
Dine-in, lie-back movie theaters have become all the rage in the past few years, but if you’re going to indulge, why not do it at one of the coolest, newest of its kind, and in the dead of the afternoon heat? Hit up a matinee at CMX Brickell City Centre. The extensive menu includes beer, wine and cocktails—oh, and non-alcoholic beverages, too, of course—snacks that range from tuna crudo to chicken tenders and Cuban egg rolls, healthy salads, pizzas and sandwiches, and desserts such as strawberry shortcake parfait and piña colada cake, which beats a box of Milk Duds any day (but you can get the traditional popcorn and candy here, too). You’ll probably love it so much you’ll want to sign up for a Rewards card so you can earn points and get discounts on future tickets. To see what’s playing and more, visit cmxcinemas.com.
Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream
Ice cream is a ritual of summer whether you’re still in elementary school or long retired, but if you’re going to blow your diet and indulge, make it count: head to Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream. Founder Luisa Santos, a Colombian native who’s lived in Miami since she was 8 years old, discovered the power of liquid nitrogen during her studies at Georgetown University (where she earned a degree in political economy with a minor in education, inquiry and justice). She’s used it to create this crazy-good spot where she uses only the best ingredients, like milk from grass-fed cows from a Florida dairy, to make ice cream in flavors like Honey Lavender, Cinnamon and Pistachio in addition the universal favorites such as vanilla, coffee, strawberry and more. The waffle cones and cups are homemade, too. Jump in the car and log in the following address: 2001 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, or for more information, visit lulus-icecream.com.