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2023 Climate

Aspen Ideas: Climate Excursions and Tours

The greater Miami area is ground zero for climate change, a locus of innovation and adaptation in the face of sea-level rise, intensifying storms, and shifting weather. Aspen Ideas: Climate attendees will have exclusive access to interactive, educational, and inspired experiences in our host city.


We’re thrilled to offer the following excursions and tours. Space is limited and registered Aspen Ideas: Climate passholders will have the opportunity to sign up for excursions in early 2023! 

Don’t miss out! Get your passes today.

Alfred C. Glassell Jr. SUSTAIN Laboratory & Rescue a Reef Lab Tour at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

An exclusive guided tour of the Alfred C. Gassell, Jr. SUSTAIN Laboratory wind-wave tank which can generate Category 5 hurricane force winds. SUSTAIN, which stands for Surge-Structure-Atmosphere-Interaction, provides scientists and engineers access to critical observations within a realistic but controlled environment to study the impacts of hurricane and storm surge events on coastal communities. The University of Miami Rescue a Reef lab uses strong, science-based techniques to grow threatened coral species in land and offshore nurseries to create a sustainable source of healthy coral colonies for use in active reef restoration. These gardened coral populations are also utilized to drive world-leading research in coastal protection, reef recovery, and climate resiliency. 

City of Miami Beach Resilience Tour

Join this exclusive guided tour to discuss the climate challenges Miami Beach faces every day and how collaborative mitigation and adaptation efforts by the City and its residents can help solve it. The tour, led by a City of Miami Beach resilience expert, will start in South Pointe Park and continue to Sunset Harbour, the blueprint neighborhood for sea-level rise adaptation. Visit to learn more about Miami Beach’s climate resilience efforts.

Clean Miami Beach Cleanup

Step into action with your fellow Aspen Ideas: Climate participants by taking part in a beach cleanup hosted by Clean Miami Beach! Clean Miami Beach is a nonprofit founded by Miami Beach resident Sophie Ringel that is dedicated to the protection of the beach and its rich marine wildlife. Clean Miami Beach has organized more than 200 beach cleanups and collected over 60 thousand pounds of trash. 

FIU Boat Tour

The Florida International University Biscayne Bay boat tour takes participants out into the vibrant waters of the bay, where experts from the university will discuss the resiliency and importance of protecting this crucial ecosystem. Attendees will learn about the delicate balance of the bay, as well as the efforts being made to preserve its natural resources for future generations.

Miami Dade College's Earth Ethics Institute - A Tour of Stiltsville: Then and Now

Upon arrival at Bayside, participants will take a boat to Stiltsville, a one-of-a-kind maritime community of fishermen, partiers, and squatters who lived in upwards of 27 structures in the flats of Biscayne Bay. The community, now nearly 95 years of age, and consisting of just 7 homes, is now also part of Biscayne National Park. Let historian Paul George and historian/comedic genius Freddy Stebbins take you through the rich, nonpareil history of Stiltsville from the vantage point of its most ornate stilt home: the fabled A-frame sitting at the eastern edge of the Bay.

Walking Tour of the Underline

The Underline is transforming the land below Miami’s metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and public art destination. While the project is expected to be completed in 2025, passholders will walk The Underline’s first phase, Brickell Backyard, a one-half mile tour of the future 10-mile linear park and trail project. The tour will focus on the resiliency and sustainability features of the project and spotlight multimodal transportation, community features and our art program.

Things to Do in Miami Beach

Members of the public can also enjoy exhibits and activities in and around the City of Miami Beach during Aspen Ideas: Climate. Select museums, galleries, and organizations offer exciting and immersive opportunities to learn more about our changing climate and reflect on ways we can be part of the solution to protect and save our planet.

Please make any ticket reservations directly through the museum or host organization’s website.

Visit Street Shrines at The Wolfsonian 

In Roberto Lugo’s Street Shrines mural exhibit hosted at The Wolfsonian Museum, Lugo transforms historically significant ceramics into contemporary agents of change and disruption. His work highlights the often under-recognized influence of Black and Brown heroes in our modern-day world. In Lugo’s latest mural, he makes The Wolfsonian his canvas by decorating the exterior of the museum in his signature style, celebrating his Caribbean roots in an emblematic effort to connect the Wolfsonian collection to contemporary culture and present-day Miami. Tickets at $12. Open Wednesday-Sunday: 10am–6pm (Friday 9pm).

Tour the Jewish Museum of Florida’s Environmental Art: Fragile Beauty

Environmental Art: Fragile Beauty exhibit, featuring work by local Miami artists that highlight human impact on the environment. This multimedia exhibition celebrates the delicate beauty of Florida’s aquatic ecosystems and highlights how easily that beauty can be lost due to human activity with emphasis on what steps need to be taken to prevent its destruction. Tickets at $12. Open Wednesday-Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm.

Stop by the Holocaust Memorial

South Florida has one of the highest populations of Holocaust survivors in the United States, with many of them residing within city limits. A brochure, available for a suggested $2 donation, leads you on a self-guided tour of the MemorialFree admission. Open daily, 10am - sunset. 

Visit the Bass Museum

Entry Points: Climates is a self-guided tour exploring works in the Bass Collection that highlight climate change. As you enter the museum, locate and scan the green QR codes throughout the galleries and view important works that explore environmental challenges in Miami. Tickets at $15. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 12 - 5pm. 

Check out the Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Pérez Art Museum Miami is Miami’s flagship art museum, hosting a variety of international art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Check out their permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions, including video artist Marco Brambilla’s Heaven’s Gate. This exhibition is a work of “digital psychedelia;” a multimedia experience employing innovative technology, focused on the Hollywood ‘Dream Factory.’ Brambilla explores the contradictions of popular culture by absorbing visitors in a sensory overload that makes us think about the tensions present in modern society. Visitors must reserve timed tickets online ahead of visit. Tickets at $16. Open Thursdays 11am-9pm, Fridays-Sundays 11am-6pm.

Explore the Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Located next to the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a lush three-acre tropical oasis in the heart of Miami Beach, showcasing hundreds of palm species, native plants, and orchids. Explore the different types of palms in the Palm Garden, wander through the serene Japanese garden showcasing an iconic red bridge and lantern pagodas, or marvel at the wildlife which call the Garden home. Self-guided audio tours are available for download via scannable QR codes located throughout the Garden, and a garden map is accessible at the main entrance and welcome center. Free general admission. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9am-5pm.

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