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Miami is one of the most culturally-rich cities in the world. It should come as no surprise that there’s much more to do there than sit on the beach and hit the most famous clubs. Miami boasts all sorts of hidden gems for anyone looking to avoid the crowds and see the best the city has to offer. Here are five low-key attractions you take the time to see.

 

Coral Castle

 

If beautiful artwork with a wacky backstory is your kind of thing, then you can’t miss this one-of-a-kind attraction in Homestead. The “castle” consists of a series of massive sculptures, all carved from coral rock by an eccentric Latvian immigrant in memory of a long-lost lover.

 

Spanish Monastery

 

Did you know you can visit a Spanish monastery built in the twelfth century during your visit to Miami? It seems impossible since the Spanish didn’t arrive in the “New World” until over three hundred years later, but it’s true. This remarkable piece of architecture was dismantled and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to Florida, where it now stands out as a truly unique piece of architecture.

 

Monkey Jungle

 

Monkeys might not be native to the Sunshine State, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see plenty of them during your trip to Miami. This unique attraction offers you an immersive experience among over 400 monkeys, all of whom are given plenty of room to roam and engage in natural primate behavior. The “jungle” also engages in crucial conservation work, so you’ll know the price of admission is going to a good cause.

 

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

 

You might not be able to ride in Air Force One during your visit to Miami, but you can check out a railcar used by presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Reagan. This famous car is just one of the exciting attractions at the railroad museum, a place that’s just as fascinating for adults as it is for children.

 

Venetian Pool

 

Florida and Italy are both peninsulas, so it makes sense that there’s classic Italian-style architecture on display in Miami. The Venetian pool combines fun with history since it was a favorite among actors and other celebrities for decades.