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Summer means many things in Miami: bathing suit shopping, a hike in your FPL bill and, inevitably, rainy days. Make the most of the next one with five escapes that can’t be watered down.

Rain or shine, the Biltmore Culinary Academy teaches at-home chefs the ins and outs of cooking all summer long.

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Biltmore Culinary Academy
Ever watch Top Chef and think, “I can do that!” Well, there is a good chance you can’t. Which is exactly why the iconic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables created the Biltmore Culinary Academy. Offering a variety of boot camps, workshops and even children’s classes, the professional chefs who teach here can ensure your next meal is top notch. Visit the website for the summer schedule and class prices. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305.913.3131,

Marlins Park
Recently, the media and locals have had plenty to say about the Marlins—and it’s not good. Team owner Jeffrey Loria opinions aside, the stadium where the team plays is a mecca of amusement. And best of all: there is no such thing as a rain delay here—thank you, retractable roof. Get there early on game day to check out the world-renowned art displayed throughout the venue. If hot dogs and beer aren’t exactly your thing, there are dozens of gourmet food stations to choose from covering everything from a pressed Cuban sandwich to a gluten-free chocolate muffin. And should the Marlins win during your visit, get your game on at the onsite Clevelander bar, which brings the rambunctious spirit of the South Beach original (and all those frozen drinks) to downtown. 501 Marlins Way, Miami, 305.480.1300,

Lucky Strike
Forget bowling as you know it. Lucky Strike brings a party vibe to the game that’s hard to beat. Custom lighting and state-of-the-art lanes make for an evening (or day) to remember. It’s pricier than your average bowling joint, that’s for sure, but extras like a menu of American favorites, a full-service bar, plasma TVs and a resident DJ don’t come cheap. Keep an eye out for regulars Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, who have been known to show off their strike talents (and love for each other) here. 1691 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.0307,

The Dezer Collection
Developer Michael Dezer has three loves: real estate, classic movies and fast cars. One of those obsessions recently became The Dezer Collection, a 260,000-square-foot museum with vintage vehicles galore. On display is the largest collection of James Bond cars in the world as well as submarines, motorcycles, airplanes, helicopters and boats from the 007 movie franchise. We’re shaken and stirred in all the right ways. 2000 NE 146th St., North Miami, 305.532.0307,

The W South Beach
You have heard of a staycation, of course. How about a daycation? The W South Beach can make it happen. Should the weather leave a lot to be desired in the weeks to come, make it a day in at this 33139 favorite. Grab a Scott Beattie cocktail at The Living Room, peruse the art collection in the lobby, get pampered at Bliss Spa and then grab a bite at The Dutch. Checking in and making it a night is entirely up to you. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.938.3000,