Make it a Friendsgiving
Although The University of Miami is officially closed from November 23rd- December 1st, 2019, not all students will be going home for the holiday. Flights can be incredibly expensive around this time. Some students may have to work and others may go home with a local friend for a little turkey dinner. Perhaps, instead, you’ve decided to switch things around a bit and stay in Miami for Thanksgiving. Whichever way it works out; there is plenty to do if you are going to be at UM for Thanksgiving this year.
Let Someone Else Do the Cooking!
Restaurants – Many restaurants put together a great traditional meal for Thanksgiving. Some are less traditional but sound delicious. Check out some of these:
Seasons 52 – 321 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134
Serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, like traditional herb stuffing and Yukon mashed potatoes. And finish your experience with a Pumpkin Pie Mini Indulgence, or two. Now accepting reservations.
Rusty- Pelican- 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway Key Biscayne, FL
Boulud Sud Miami – Mediterranean option. 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131
Join Boulud Sud for a Mediterranean Thanksgiving Feast! The three-course prix-fixe menu features seasonal favorites like Pumpkin Agnolotti and Roasted Turkey with all the fixin’s. $75 per person; $25 for children under the age of 12.
Christy’s – 3101 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Coral Gables, FL 33134
Gather your family for a feast of a traditional 3-course Thanksgiving meal for $42++ per person and $22 ++ for children under 12. Open from 12 pm – 8 pm. Reservations strongly suggested.
La Centrale – 601 S Miami Ave Ste 181-C Miami, FL 33131. Offering a traditional Thanksgiving feast for $65.00 per guest.
Smith-Wollensky Steakhouse – 1 Washington Avenue S. Pointe Park Miami Beach, FL 33139
Traditional prix fixe Thanksgiving Dinner Menu offered all day on the holiday. Regular Dinner Menu will also be available.
Jaya-at-the-Setai Brunch option – Brunch option: 2001 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139
Celebrate Thanksgiving at Jaya with a themed Brunch Buffet and bottomless Champagne. From 11:30 am to 4 pm – $125 plus taxes and service charge / $63 per Children (5-12 years) plus taxes and service charge.
Dolce Italian – 1690 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
Enjoy an Italian Feast this Thanksgiving at Dolce Miami Beach. Dolce will be serving its signature a la carte menu.
Shula’s 347 – Grill – 6915 Red Road Coral Gables, FL 33143. Will be serving a special Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner.
Devon Seafood – Steak- 11715 Sherry Lane Miami, FL 33183
Plated 3- course Turkey Dinner (reg. menu also served) starting at 11 am
For Students Who Are Staying for Thanksgiving
Maybe your student will plan a Friendsgiving with some of their friends who decided to stay at UM. Cooking a turkey meal is ambitious so don’t be surprised if they call home to have mom help them out (or they can call 1-800-Butterball). Have each person make a dish or order a turkey and sides from Publix or Whole Foods and decorate the table (Pinterest has some great suggestions for decorating on a budget). They can grab some great disposable tableware at Party City, making clean up a breeze!
There is always Football and other fun sporting events
Miami Hurricanes vs Duke on Saturday, Nov. 30th, 2019.
If you are staying in Miami, check out these holiday events:
Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville– November 19 -December 1, 2019, at the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Hit the Boardwalks and Trails in the Everglades
Take an Airboat Ride, Rent a kayak and explore the Miami waterways.
Relax on the beach, rent a bike or bring your longboard.
Take a cruise on the Bay, Get Out of Town: Bahamas, Key West, Disney World, Florida’s Space Coast
For more suggestions, read our blog on Nature vs Nurture.
Perhaps you prefer to spend your Thanksgiving giving back to the community. There are many organizations, churches and synagogues, and homeless shelters that would be happy to have your help. If you are affiliated with a religious organization in Miami, you may want to start by asking if they have any plans; if not, perhaps you would like to read our blog about local Places of Worship.
Housing is Open
School is officially closed, but the housing communities will remain open for Thanksgiving. If your student will be staying on campus and has a meal plan, dining centers are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.