Miami has been long known for its weather and style; and we have some fabulous outdoor venues that help us earn that reputation. From gorgeous mansions by the water to modern open spaces with killer views; Miami has something for anyone looking for a safe space to hold their event within the new safety protocols. I have planned events at all of these venues over the years, and know their every pro, con, hurdle, and detail. Here are four outdoor venues that always delight the guests, and are set up in a way that will allow for a socially distant event from start to finish.

  1. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami is an outdoor venue for weddings and corporate events

Vizcaya is a beautiful mansion on the water, once owned by the founding father of Miami, Charles Deering. Even though the inside of the mansion is gorgeously conserved, and houses an interior courtyard with a glass ceiling, it is the gardens and back terrace that most are used for events. The upper garden’s “casino and mound” seems to have been built perfectly for a wedding ceremony. The dramatic entrance is a coral flight of stairs straight to heaven. For receptions and big events, the East Terrace is two levels right on the water that can fit hundreds of guests under the stars. There is plenty of space to keep tables socially distant, and for an extra large dance floor.

Because Vizcaya is owned by the city of Miami, they do have stricter guidelines for events. Make sure to check with their venue coordinator before deciding if this can work for you.

  1. 1111 Lincoln Road
The 1111 Lincoln Road outdoor venue in Miami is modern and gorgeous.

This designer parking garage is perfect for a non-conventional client. The architecture, with it’s insanely high ceiling, and angled columns, is already all the “WOW” you need. Even so, you have a killer view to take things over the top.

The venue is large and open air. This allows for spaced out tables, and comfortable guests. I will say this venue has a lot of logistical hurdles. I highly recommend having a planner that has previously worked there before. You need to avoid some pretty serious problems that could arise if not planned for properly. Otherwise, this is one of my favorite venues in all of Miami.

  1. Fairchild Tropical Gardens
Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami has many outdoor areas they use as venues for weddings and corporate events
Courtesy of Fairchild Archives

No need to bring many flowers in, Fairchild already has them all. These gorgeous gardens are filled with the most interesting and stunning plants, trees, and structures. The walkways will guide your guests and give them an enchanting welcome to the venue. Even though the Lakeside Marquee is the most popular spot for events, it is the Gardenhouse’s lawn that is my favorite. The walkway to the Gardenhouse is flanked with the most gorgeous chihuly glass. And because this area is more remote from the main entrance, you feel as if it is your own piece of the garden for the night.

Fairchild has exactly what you need at this time, an array of outdoor areas to choose from, and the bountiful space that allows your guests to roam.

  1. The Frost Museum
The Frost Science Museum's rooftop terrace is a great outdoor venue that allows for socially distant tables.

If you are looking for a more all-inclusive venue, the Frost museum’s rooftop terrace and observation deck could be a great choice for you. Your guests will have plenty to see and do. The rooftop has a top view of the museum’s 500,000 gallon aquarium, which is filled with stingrays, hammerhead sharks, and other sea creatures. It also has the rivergrass exhibition showcasing some of the wonderful animals and plants of the Everglades. What a wonderful way to welcome guests to Miami.

As for logistics, the Frost’s event department partners with one of Miami’s top caterers, Constellation. Their stellar team (pun intended) will take care of every details for you to make your event a complete success. A covered, outdoor area, with built in entertainment, and an amazing view of Miami’s downtown, what else could you ask for.

Need more venue options? Contact our team and ask for our venue scouting service. We will find great options for you and present you with an amazing deck with all the info you need to make your selection.

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