Five Things to Do on New Year’s Day in Miami
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You may now be convinced that you will go home after midnight after the ball falls, but a small part of you knows that you will stay outside until sunrise. It’s New Year’s Eve – getting tough is on the agenda. And this is Miami, the magical city that never sleeps and celebrates long after the last call. Though you might think that a 5am meal at Denny’s counts as post-blown respite, we have some better ideas on how to heal from a long New Year’s Day night.
After watching a few episodes of Netflix’s Cleansing Up with Marie Kondo and drinking a gallon of Sparkling Rush, these great ideas can really help you start a joyous 2019 year
Not finished drinking yet? There is nothing wrong with a small hair of the dog on January 1st. Or maybe you couldn’t go out on New Year’s Eve because you have young children or had to work, but you still want to toast the New Year with some fine champagne. Attend the 2019 Veuve Clicquot Picnic. The event is open to tours at the Wharf on the Miami River. Enjoy specialty Champagne like $ 150 bottles of Veuve Clicquot Rosé while savoring food from the open-air fish market and raw food bar by Garcia, King of Racks BBQ, Cracked by Chef Adrianne, Spris Artisan Pizza, La Santa Taqueria, and most others enjoy delicious mojo donuts. You can bring the kids and dogs with you even before 6pm, as long as everyone (including Fido) is reasonably dressed to impress. New Years Veuve Clicquot Picnic 2019, noon, Tuesday January 1st, at Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami. Visit Eventbrite. Admission is free.
Do you need a good detox? Maybe you got battered and passed out early before the ball fell, or maybe you just made up your mind to start 2019 healthy in a mindful way. Either way, there is some early morning yoga here for you. First up, the Yoga Community of Florida hosts Special New Years Day Beach Yoga on New Years Day. Shortly after sunrise on Fort Lauderdale Beach, yoga teacher Lisa Pumper will help budding and advanced yogis find inner strength, balance and gratitude with 60 minutes of sweaty Hatha Flow Yoga. The lessons are a donation and are open to everyone, including children. Just bring a mat, water, towel, and sunscreen. You are sure to have an amazing year after stretching it all in the sand. New Year’s Day Beach Yoga Special, 9:30 am Tuesday, January 1, at Fort Lauderdale Beach, 870 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, across from McSorley’s Pub on the Sand; facebook.com/FortLauderdaleBeachYoga. Admission is a $ 10 donation.
Run! (Or walk up to her.)
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Make a difference and get moving. This is the Chinese year of the pig and maybe you’ve been as lazy as a little pig lately. We are sure you have your reasons. But in honor of this Pig Year and to raise awareness about Parkinson’s research, you can host or run the New Year Running and Walking Challenge – the Year of the Pig. It’s a virtual race, meaning you can start and stop anywhere, including on a treadmill or in your block, and still receive a medal for completing the marathon. You can complete the challenge between January 1st and February 5th. A portion of the money raised will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. New Year Running and Walking Challenge – Year of the Pig – Miami, 1pm. from anywhere, virtualrunevent.com. Entry is $ 20.
Relax with an Irie gathering. Wynwood Yard may be moving, but it’s still going well as we usher in this new year. On January 1st, classic reggae acts take place in the popular music, chow-down and sauce scene. The Kingston-bred legends that have brought joy to people for 50 years, Inner Circle, will lead the reggae jam. In addition to these “Bad Boys of Reggae” there are Might Diamonds, Mykal Rose, Jo Mersa Marley, LunchMoney Lewis, Daniel Skye, the Ries Brothers and Papayo. The event is family-friendly and children under the age of 12 have free entry. It will be a stress free way to enjoy the first day of 2019. Inner Circle presents the New Years Reggae Jam at Wynwood Yard, Tuesday January 1st at 2:00 p.m., thewynwoodyard.com. Entry is $ 30- $ 35.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.
Photo by Rachael Kangas
Communicate with nature. You may not want to deal with too many people after last night. In fact, the idea of going to Miami Beach scares you. Then grab a Publix submarine and book and head to a park for a low-key New Year’s Day. There is always Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park for a hike, restaurants, or the Cape Florida lighthouse. If you want to get wet, you should go fishing or canoeing. Fortunately, this is a state park and will not be affected by the depressing government shutdown. You can freely enjoy a Miami recovering from a busy 2018. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, 1200 South Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne; floridastateparks.org. Free.
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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamor and of course the Miami New Times. She was the music editor of the New Times Broward-Palm Beach for three years. Now she plays a mean monster with her 2 year old son obsessively obsessing over British secrets.