4 Reasons We’re Headed to Miami (And Beyond) This Summer

While there’s no shortage of things to do right here in Palm Beach County, we’re not afraid to travel a bit when there’s something off-the wall on the events calendar.

Enter Miami, our sister to the south known for being off the wall.

This summer, there’s pop ups ranging from unicorns and Pokémon to Mario Kart and mermaids. So if there was ever a time to make that drive, it’s now.

Mushroom Rally

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If you grew up owning the track in Mario Kart, now you can test your skills on the road. Mushroom Rally, a Super Mario-themed go-kart experience, is making its way to Miami the first two weekends of June. Drivers buy tickets for a two-hour time slot on the go-kart track, and costumes are provided by Mushroom Rally for each group.

June 1, 2, 8 and 9, Mushroom Rally, mushroomrally.com/miami

Unicorn Factory

Last year it was all about ice cream, and this summer Wynwood has gone whimsical with the Unicorn Factory. The temporary exhibit is a self-guided tour through different rooms filled with life-size unicorns, a ball pit, disco balls, psychedelic artwork, gum balls, neon lights and more. An experience for people of all ages, taking photos is highly encouraged.

2600 NW Fifth Ave., Miami; 786/636-6931; unicornfactorymia.com

Mermaid Festival

Mermaids aren’t just for Fantasy Fest, anymore. If your travels take you beyond Miami-Dade and into the Keys, schedule it around Key West’s inaugural Mermaid Festival from July 5 to 7. A celebration of the mythical creatures, there will be pods of mermaid enthusiasts from around world, as well as arts and crafts, body painting, mermaid tails, and a push for ocean conservation.

June 5 to 7, Key West Mermaid Festival, keywestmermaidfestival.com

Pokébar Pop Up

Get nostalgic for Pikachu at this Pokémon-themed pop-up bar coming to Miami, with custom Pokémon burgers, games, cocktails and, of course, hunting for Pokémon. The bar will be split into seven regions, and each $35 session per guest will grant you two hours of hunting. Prizes will be given to the best costume and the best trainer.

Date and location TBD, thepokebarpopup.com