The beach is not an option this Memorial Day in Miami, but here are things you can do

Memorial Day 2020 is going to be different this year in Miami.

There are no concerts or parties. Bars are closed. No massive air and sea show on Miami Beach. In fact, you can’t even go to the beach — as retail and restaurants reopen, beaches are still closed for the holiday (though Miami Beach has voted to reopen June 1).

Even the beachfront South Pointe Park, where you can walk as long as you’re wearing a mask, is only open Monday through Friday.

But there are still ways to entertain yourself this weekend. Here are a few of them:

Visit Vizcaya

The gardens are open at Vizcaya; the museum is not.
The gardens are open at Vizcaya; the museum is not.

The museum remains closed, but the 10 acres of outdoor gardens are open. On Friday, May 22, there are special extended hours, from 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Otherwise hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday; tickets must be purchased ahead of time online at www.vizcaya.org

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

The 83-acre garden is now open to non-members as well as members (you can still become a member, and if you do so this weekend it’s 20 percent off). Indoor exhibits and cafe remain closed, and tickets must be purchased online ahead of time at www.FairchildGarden.org

Drive to the Everglades

The Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park.
The Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park.

The main visitors’ entrance in Homestead is open, and visitors can now rent canoes and kayaks at the park. Some areas are open for picnics and other recreational activities, including the Anhinga and Lone Pine Key picnic areas and trails. The Guy Bradley Trail and day use area at Flamingo are open. Shark Valley and visitor centers remain closed. Stop at Robert is Here on the way — but expect a line.

Visit a city park

The City of Miami has reopened some of its parks with new rules. Other cities have different rules (Hialeah, for example, is keeping its parks closed on weekend and holidays).

What you can do: walking, jogging, biking, roller skating, singles tennis and solo racquetball.

What you can’t do: parties, organized sports, picnics, doubles tennis; playgrounds, fitness zones, dog parks, basketball and volleyball courts and sports fields remain closed.

Go boating

All county marinas and boat ramps are open; gathering for a party on the sandbar is still prohibited.

Golf

Golf courses are open with special restrictions, including facial coverings before players get to the first tee; players must bring their own equipment; one player per cart allowed.

Walk on the Hollywood Broadwalk

Walkers on the Hollywood Broadwalk.
Walkers on the Hollywood Broadwalk.

Hollywood has opened its 2.5 mile Broadwalk for walking and biking, but you can’t go on the beach itself, so leave the towels and umbrellas at home. Note: bike riding is forbidden from 2 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Monday between Harrison to Carolina streets to allow for a Temporary Cafe Zone, so restaurants can expand their dining areas by using outdoor spaces.

Watch interactive theater

You don’t have to leave your house to see “Long Distance Affair,” the virtual interactive theater experience from “Miami Motel Stories” producer Juggerknot Theatre Company in conjunction with the New York-based theater company Pop-Up Theatrics. Miami joins five other cities (Paris, Singapore, London, Madrid and New York) to bring together 18 artists from around the world to tell 10-minute stories. $15 per story or $40 for three cities; May 23-30; longdistanceaffair.info

Shop

Shopping spots like Wynwood and the Design District, as well as malls like Dadeland, are reopening under the county’s new rules.

Eat barbecue

Alabama BBQ pulled chicken salad sandwich from Society BBQ.
Alabama BBQ pulled chicken salad sandwich from Society BBQ.

Picnic areas and beaches are closed, so you’re going to have to adjust your grilling options. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Pollo Tropical is selling ready-to-grill meal kits at all locations from May 22-24 with citrus marinated chicken ($15) or marinated churrasco steak ($27) with tomatoes, onions and peppers for vegetable kabobs, one of Pollo’s signature sauces and a recipe card. Kits serve four people.

  • Society BBQ in The Citadel Food Hall is offering Memorial Day specials including sweet and spicy baby back ribs ($4 per bone) and a smoked Alabama BBQ pulled chicken salad sandwich ($12) from noon- 9 p.m. Order online at https://www.toasttab.com/sakaya-kitchen-the-citadel/v3

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