South Florida: A Wonderful Place for Study, Work, and Play

The University of Miami’s main campus is located in the city of Coral Gables, in Miami-Dade County. UM students take advantage of the world-famous climate and attractions that make South Florida such a unique place to live and learn, whether it’s the beaches of South Beach, cultural venues such as Lowe Art Museum on campus or the Perez Art Museum Miami on the shores of Biscayne Bay, or visiting the shops and restaurants along Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile or nearby CocoWalk in Coconut Grove. Enthusiasts of sports, arts and the subtropical environment will all find something within driving distance of the University. Below is just a taste of South Florida.


Fairchild Tropical Garden, Matheson Hammock County Park, the annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art, Everglades National Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in the Florida Keys, Miami Seaquarium, Miami Science Museum, Jungle Island and the award-winning Zoo Miami are just a few of the attractions in Coral Gables and South Florida.

Arts and Culture

Music, theater and art buffs are never at a loss for things to do, and there is a continual flow of performances, concerts and events at the University of Miami and throughout South Florida. On campus, the Bill Cosford Cinema presents a variety of contemporary, classic, and foreign films; the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall is a 600-seat venue used for a variety of events, including Festival Miami; the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre provides an intimate atmosphere for varied stage works; and Books & Books, one of the best-known and most highly respected independent bookstores in the country, partners with the University on various book readings and author appearances.

The Miami City Ballet and the New World Symphony Orchestra all call Miami home. Downtown Miami’s new Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in fall 2006, is one of the country’s premiere venues for music, theatre, and dance. Art museums, including UM’s own Lowe Art Museum, the Miami Art Museum and the more than 100 art galleries in Coral Gables and Miami Beach, make South Florida an art-lovers’ haven. The annual Miami International Film Festival brings the best in world cinema to South Florida. The area’s many concert venues make South Florida a stop on nearly all of the major concert tours.

Outdoor and Spectator Sports

With more than 40 golf courses, 500 public parks and thousands of miles of paths for biking, running or walking and the miles of beaches, South Florida is truly an outdoor lover’s paradise.

For sports fans, the University of Miami features competitive teams in a host of sports, with basketball played in the BankUnited Center on campus, and Hurricanes football at nearby Met Life Stadium, where the NFL’s Miami Dolphins also compete. South Florida is home to a professional sports team for all of the major sports. In addition to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, NBA’s Miami Heat, baseball’s Miami Marlins, and hockey’s Florida Panthers all play their home games in South Florida. Other sporting events come to South Florida on a yearly basis, including major golf tournaments such as The Honda Classic and the Ford Championship, NASCAR and Indy racing at the Homestead Miami Speedway, and championship tennis at the Sony Open. And for a local flavor, try the area’s pari-mutuels – greyhound and horse racing and jai-alai.


With our ethnic and cultural diversity, South Florida is home to many festivals, parades and fairs. UM hosts Beaux Arts Festival of Arts, and the Frost School of Music hosts the annual Festival Miami, which presents 25 to 30 concerts each October that feature international musical guest arts, master faculty artists, and award-winning students ensembles.

Carnaval Miami, a 10-day festival celebrating the many Latin American cultures and the Kwanzaa Festival honoring the African-American community are only two of the larger events. Other events include the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, and the Renaissance Festival.

Shopping and Dining

UM’s Coral Gables campus is just a few minutes away from the Village of Merrick Park, which offers a wide variety of upscale shops. One of the larger shopping centers in Miami-Dade, the Shops at Sunset Place, is also nearby. The multi-level center has a variety of stores and restaurants plus a movie theater and interactive video game themed restaurant. Students can either walk or take the UM HurryCane Shuttle over. There is also an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants along Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile and in nearby CocoWalk in Coconut Grove. South Florida is also rich with restaurants to satisfy all budgets and tastes.

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