Sun Life Stadium -- Miami

Updated: February 3, 2010, 1:51 PM ET
Special to ESPN SportsTravel

Sun Life StadiumAP Photo/David J. PhillipMiami is a city where what happens before and after the Super Bowl are just as fun as the game itself.
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SUPER BOWL XLIV: COLTS vs. SAINTS, FEB. 7, 2010, 6:28 p.m. ET

THE BASICS

• Stadium name: Sun Life Stadium
• Address: 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, FL 33056
• Home teams: Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins, Miami Hurricanes
• Capacity: 75,192
• Opened: 1987
• Surface: Grass
• Tickets: Buy tickets
• Distance from downtown Miami: The stadium is located 15 miles north of downtown.
• TV: CBS
• Web sites: Super Bowl | Stadium | Seating chart | Directions | Parking | Twitter | Facebook
• City Guide: Miami

FOOD & DRINK
Seafood
Joe's Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-673-0365 | Web site
Joe's is only open during stone crab season from mid-October to mid-May, so maybe that is why so many people don't mind the wait. And what a wait it is: sometimes two hours or longer for this landmark restaurant that is first-come, first-served. Joe's offers a full menu of stone crab claws, as well as other seafood, and a variety of steaks, ribs and chicken.

Sidewalk Cafe
News Cafe
800 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-538-6397 | Web site
Open 24 hours, this is a laid-back, yet trendy spot on South Beach. News Cafe opened in 1988 with a few tables, a couple of bookshelves and a newspaper kiosk; today it boasts a sprawling sidewalk business with an inviting newsstand and gift shop.

Late night
Versailles
3555 S.W. Eighth St.
Miami, FL 33135
305-444-0240
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Versailles offers authentic Cuban food in a jovial atmosphere right in Little Havana. Several sandwiches are less than $6 and many entrees go for less than $12. Celebrities and local politicians also have been known to inhabit Versailles, which stays open until 4 a.m. on weekends.

Steakhouse/sports bar
Shula's Steakhouse
6842 Main St.
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
305-820-8047 | Web site
NFL Hall of Famer Don Shula's signature restaurant has an elegant look, yet it's an odd experience in which one orders from a menu printed on a football that is positioned at your table on a kicking tee. Certified Angus beef doesn't come cheap, and the sides are priced a la carte. But the nationally renowned steakhouse always finds a way to make the cut for those willing to pay for quality.

Sports bar
Little Hoolie's
13135 S.W. 89th Place
Miami, FL 33176
305-252-9155 | Web site
OK, if you are looking for your typical South Beach establishment, keep looking. Little Hoolie's is more for the locals, especially those middle-agers who haven't stopped listening to 1980s classic rock. Little Hoolie's has several drink specials and a happy hour from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live, loud music, cheap drinks and sports on TV. What else do you need?

ATTRACTIONS
Art Deco Historic District
Welcome Center at 1001 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-672-2014 | Web site
The hub of Miami Beach is South Beach (SoBe, to anyone but locals), and the hub of South Beach is the Art Deco District. New high-rise buildings and hotels spring up quickly, and clubs open and close with dizzying speed. The area features a variety of architectural styles and more than 800 historic buildings erected during the 1920s, '30s and '40s.

Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328th St.
Homestead, FL 33033
305-230-7275 | Web site
This vast marine national park is about 35 miles south of downtown Miami and features a famous glass-bottom boat ride. Activities include exploring coral reefs and snorkeling. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily boat tours are given from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Water Taxi
1850 S.E. 17th St., Suite 106A
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
954-467-6677 | Web site
Fort Lauderdale is known as the "Venice of America" because of its waterways, and taking a tour by water taxi is one of the best ways to see the city and Broward County. Tickets are good for any of the 13 stops. Families can get a discount and if you are staying in Fort Lauderdale, there is an express service to South Beach Friday through Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and returning approximately four hours later, according to the Web site.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
One Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314
954-327-7625 | Web site
This is not Las Vegas, but it does have thousands of video slot machines and dozens of poker tables, plus a 4.5-acre lagoon-style pool similar to the one at the Hard Rock in Sin City. The entertainment complex has two clubs that are open around the clock, along with restaurants and stores. Blues legends B.B. King and Buddy Guy will perform here Feb. 2.

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