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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:

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

Join this trip to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science for an exclusive guided tour of the Alfred C. Gassell, Jr. SUSTAIN Laboratory wind-wave tank which can generate up to 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. 

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, a nonprofit founded by Miami Beach resident Sophie Ringel, 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. 

City of Miami Beach Resilience Tours

Join this exclusive guided tour discussing the climate challenges Miami Beach faces everyday and highlighting the mitigation and adaptation efforts facilitated by intergovernmental and community collaboration. 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.

Tuning into True Nature: Garden Immersion & Writing Excursion

Start your morning with an immersive journey connecting with the natural world and the self at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Together we will awaken our senses, practice presence, and tune into our somatic experience through a slow and meditative visit with nature. Our salutation to the new day will be a mixture of guided exercises, deliberate movement, conscious stillness, and writing exercises to connect to our awareness of our inner and outer worlds. Your guide is Mitzi Rapkin, Integral Coach, Host and Producer of the literary podcast First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing, and former naturalist and environmental educator.

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 experience a guided tour of Phase 1 which is now open to the public and includes the River Room, The Promenade, the Urban Gym, and the Oolite Room.

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 the Bass Museum

Annie Duk Hee Jordan’s I Will Always Weather with You explores the resistance of life in the midst of the climate crisis. Divided into three zones representing land, water, and air, the exhibition engages visitors with video projections and kinetic sculptures, reminding them of life's interconnectedness amidst a changing climate.

Open Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm - 5pm. 

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 Memorial. 

Open daily, 10am - sunset.

Visit The Wolfsonian 

Check out the featured exhibit, Silhouettes: Image and Word in the Harlem Renaissance, which celebrates Black life between the 1920s and ‘40s with a focus on the role of artists and writers.

Open Wednesday - Sunday: 10am – 6pm (Friday 9pm).

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 Marcela Cantuária’s The South American Dream. Frequently incorporating symbols from tarot and astrology, alongside themes reflecting political and environmental activism in Latin America, Cantuária crafts narratives that delve into social dynamics, political affiliations, and spiritual aspirations.

Open Monday 11am - 4pm; Thursday 11am - 8pm; Friday - Sunday 11am - 4pm. 

Visit the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

The Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Florida, is a captivating destination offering a diverse range of interactive exhibits on marine biology, astronomy, physics, and sustainability. A masterpiece of living science, the three-level Aquarium carries you from the surface to the depths of South Florida's crucial aquatic ecosystems and beyond. With nearly 30 aquariums and interactive vessels in the Aquarium, visitors can experience the vibrant and diverse tropical sea. 

Open Monday - Friday, 10am - 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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