One Identity UNITE 2023 | Miami will be here before you know it! There are plenty of professional reasons to attend UNITE:
- Accelerating your organization’s identity security
- Strengthening your cybersecurity
- Providing input on how One Identity can enhance our products
- Networking with identity security product and technical experts
But let’s be honest, shall we? When you heard this year’s UNITE was in Miami, you automatically thought, “Beach vacation opportunity!” And you’re right! There is so much to do during your free time while in Miami. Let’s cover just a few.
Come Early and Stay Late with Our Reduced Room Rate
There is so much to do in Miami, and much of it takes place during conference hours. That’s why, even though the conference is only March 14-16, our special room rates at Hilton Miami Downtown are available from Monday, March 13, through Friday, March 17. Take advantage of the extra days to spend more time exploring all Miami has to offer.
In mid-March, Miami rarely drops below 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, Daylight Savings Time will have just given us an hour back in our days on March 12, 2023. March is also not a particularly raining month in Florida. So, the days are typically nice, long and warm. The ocean will have warmed up by then too, so go ahead and pack that swimsuit!
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Florida? Probably the ocean and/or beaches, right? Well, the miles of sparkling water Miami Beach offers are right down the road from Hilton Miami Downtown! On the southern portion of Miami Beach, you’ll find Lummus Park Beach, boasting 74 acres of soft, white sand and grassy areas to relax on. If you’d like to be more active, near the southernmost tip lies South Pointe Park Beach, offering activities such as surfing, paddleboarding and beach volleyball. For swimming, you should check out 85th Street Beach and its calm waters and soft ocean floor.
After a day on the beach or at UNITE, you’re going to be hungry! Miami is full of restaurants just waiting to be discovered by you, many specializing in Latin and Caribbean flavors. From Hilton Miami Downtown, you can walk to seafood restaurants, such as Casablanca on the Bay, Catch Grill & Bar and Klaw Miami, as well as grab Italian food at Pinocchio on the Bay or Hawaiian and Caribbean fare at Esotico Miami.
If you don’t mind grabbing an Uber, you can also head to nearby restaurants such as La Mar by Gaston Acurio for Latin American food, Cvi.Che 105 for Peruvian and seafood or Zuma Miami for Japanese food and sushi.
After dinner, are you ready for a night out on the town? There are numerous nightclubs throughout Miami you can choose from. Mango’s Tropical Café on Miami Beach will transport you to pre-revolution Havana with its décor and entertain you with a Caribbean cabaret, belly dancers and more. Want to show off your dance moves? Story in Miami Beach has a HALF-ACRE dancefloor for you to do just that, with the music genre changing every night. No matter where you end up going, just make sure you check the dress code in advance!
Looking for a more relaxed evening? There are plenty of bars you can check out, such as Mike’s at Venetia sports bar near Hilton Miami Downtown, or travel farther into the city for a laid-back cocktail at The Broken Shaker or explore the extensive wine offerings at Lagniappe House.
Hilton Miami Downtown is directly East of the famed Everglades. It’s about a 40-minute Uber ride, but you’ll get to experience the largest subtropical wilderness in the entire U.S. There are various tour types available (airboat, canoe, car, walking, etc.) you can sign up for or you can go by bike to explore as much of the diverse landscape as you want, including wildlife such as alligators, turtles and herons.
Biscayne National Park is about an hour directly south of Hilton Miami Downtown. Yes, that means it’s underwater. It’s the largest marine sanctuary in the National Park Service and offers multiple tours. One is a paddleboard tour of Jones Lagoon, which even though it’s only inches deep, will get you up close and personal with juvenile sharks, stingrays and turtles. Another is the chance to scuba dive or snorkel through shipwrecks throughout the Maritime Heritage Trail. No matter which tour you choose, you’ll be in for an adventure.
Along with all the native wildlife you’ll encounter at the parks, Miami offers even more ways to get closer to animals at the largest zoo in Florida. Zoo Miami is the fifth largest zoo in the nation and is the only sub-tropical zoo in the U.S., which allows it to comfortably host more than 500 species from Asia, Africa, Australia and North and South America. Get up close and personal with giraffes, parrots, hippos, kiwi birds and more.
At Miami Seaquarium, you not only get to see exhibits with marine life such as manatees, turtles, rays and more, you can also upgrade your ticket to hang out with them. Whether you want to swim with dolphins and harbor seals, interact with penguins and rays and take an underwater walk through a tropical reef, or just catch a marine-life show, you can do it all here.
Did you know that Florida is more than just beaches, Disney World and people who punch alligators in the face? There’s a lot of history to check out too. On Miami Beach, you can visit The Ancient Spanish Monastery, built in 1953 in Miami from the stones of the outbuildings of the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux built in 1133 AD in Spain. The Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is also located on Miami Beach, inspired by a committee of Holocaust survivors. There are also several churches, cathedrals and temples you can visit around the area, as well as various cultural art exhibits and museums.
The Miami Art Deco District, tucked between 5th Street and 23rd Street along Miami Beach, is the U.S.’s largest concentration of art deco architecture. The 800 or so buildings that make up the district reflect architectural styles from throughout the city’s history, with features such as neon lining, terrazzo floors and more. You can book a tour to get more information about the buildings and style, or just take a leisurely walk to take in the style for yourself.
Miami is home to many museums, so your options are only limited by your time and interests.
When it comes to art museums, a must-see is the Perez Art Museum. Perez features a permanent collection of about 3,000 pieces that highlight the cultural diversity of Miami, including Latin American, Caribbean and African diaspora artwork. Or you can immerse yourself in the outdoor street art of the Wynwood Walls open-air museum. There is over 80,000 square feet of walls graffitied by artists from all over the world to take in (and take the perfect picture with).
Speaking of picture-perfect opportunities, the Museum of Illusions is FULL of them. Pose next to over 40 3D illusion art to show your friends how you scaled a skyscraper, narrowly escaped being eaten by dinosaurs or fought off a hoard of zombies.
Is history more your thing? You’ll learn all about Miami’s past at History Miami Museum. The museum’s collection of artifacts spans from prehistoric archaeological finds to 20th century Afro-Cuban folk pieces. You can also check out the various cultural museums scattered throughout Miami, including the Haitian Heritage Museum, Jewish Museum of Florida and the Cuban Museum.
Science more your thing? Miami has got you covered there too. The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science houses a planetarium, three-level aquarium and an array of exhibits, including themes such as dinosaurs, the power of science and food.