Top 10 Things to do in Miami — with video

by GO GlobeHopper

Miami is a vibrant and bustling city that attracts millions of tourists each year. Known for its warm weather, pristine beaches, and lively nightlife, Miami is a popular tourist destination for those looking for a fun and exciting vacation. With a variety of attractions, here are our picks, in no particular order, for the top 10 attractions in Miami that you shouldn’t miss.

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South Beach

No visit to Miami is complete without experiencing the iconic South Beach. This world-famous stretch of sand is lined with trendy restaurants, luxury hotels, and glamorous nightclubs.

Soak up the sun or explore with a tour so you don’t miss the retro charm and iconic hotels of the Art Deco District on Ocean Drive. This visually captivating area harkens back to the glamorous 1920s and 30s and is characterized by art deco architecture and bold pastel colors of mint, coral pink, and baby blue, which appear neon when illuminated at night. It’s the perfect place to sip a refreshing cocktail, people-watch, and soak in the pulsating energy of South Beach.


Everglades National Park

This expansive wilderness is home to a diverse range of ecosystems, including marshes, mangroves, and sawgrass prairies. Embark on an exhilarating airboat ride to explore the vast wetlands and spot iconic wildlife such as alligators, turtles, and wading birds.

Take a guided nature walk or paddle through the waterways for a closer look at this unique and fragile ecosystem. Discover the park’s rich biodiversity and learn about the importance of preserving this UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information, visit the Everglades National Park website HERE.


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Escape the urban bustle and explore the enchanting Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This Italian Renaissance-style villa was once the private residence of industrialist James Deering and is now a National Historic Landmark.

Wander through the magnificent gardens, adorned with fountains, sculptures, and intricate landscaping.  Step inside the opulent mansion, featuring an impressive collection of European art and furnishings.


Jungle Island

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, head to Jungle Island, a lush tropical park featuring exotic animals from around the globe.

Marvel at fascinating animal shows, get up close and personal with friendly parrots and witness thrilling encounters with the park’s resident big cats.

And don’t miss the chance to hold a sloth or feed a kangaroo, making this a perfect destination for families. Find out more about Jungle Island HERE.


Bayside Marketplace

For a vibrant waterfront shopping and entertainment experience, head to Bayside Marketplace. Located in downtown Miami, this lively atmosphere has a stunning view of Biscayne Bay. Explore a variety of shops offering everything from clothing and accessories to unique souvenirs.

Enjoy live music performances, street entertainers, and cultural events along with a wide range of dining options. Take a relaxing boat tour or hop on a water taxi to explore the picturesque surroundings and catch glimpses of the city’s skyline.


Little Havana

Transport yourself to Cuba without leaving Miami by visiting Little Havana. This vibrant neighborhood pulsates with Cuban culture, from the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to the rhythmic sounds of salsa music.

Explore Calle Ocho (Eighth Street), the heart of Little Havana, and indulge in authentic Cuban cuisine at family-owned restaurants. Don’t forget to visit Domino Park, where locals gather to play dominoes and share stories.


Wynwood Walls

Immerse yourself in Miami’s thriving art scene at Wynwood Walls. This dynamic open-air gallery showcases stunning street art murals created by renowned artists from around the world.

Stroll through the vibrant streets, marvel at the captivating artworks, and visit the numerous art galleries and trendy shops that have transformed this formerly industrial neighborhood into an artistic hub.


Crandon Park

Nestled on the southeastern coast of Miami, Crandon Park offers a picturesque escape where pristine beaches and natural beauty converge. Soft, powdery sands meet the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean, inviting visitors to swim, snorkel, or simply soak up the sun. Nature enthusiasts will be captivated by the park’s lush coastal dunes, mangrove forests, abundant wildlife, and birdwatching opportunities. Take a leisurely stroll along the scenic boardwalk or rent a kayak to paddle through the tranquil waters of Bear Cut Preserve. With picnic areas, playgrounds, and even an amusement center, Crandon Park is a haven for families and adventurers seeking Miami’s natural wonders.


On the Water — Boat Cruises, Watersports, and Deep Sea Fishing

Miami offers an abundance of thrilling watersports and activities, from snorkeling and scuba diving the region’s coral reefs to exploring Biscayne Bay on a jet ski and parasailing high above the Atlantic Ocean to paddleboarding through the mangroves.  There’s windsurfing, kitesurfing, flyboarding, sailing, and banana boats, as well as kayaking or canoeing adventures on the rivers.

Boat cruises are a fantastic way to soak up the sun and enjoy the coastal scenery, and there are several types available to choose from – everything from thrilling speed boat tours and dolphin tours to sightseeing around Biscayne Bay and Star Island, and sunset cruises. Deep-sea fishing charters cater to fishing enthusiasts, with prized catches like sailfish, marlin, or mahi-mahi. With its diverse range of watersports, Miami ensures that travelers have an unforgettable aquatic adventure.


Day Trips

Miami serves as an excellent starting point for a variety of unforgettable day trips. Explore the picturesque city of Coral Gables, where travelers can visit the enchanting Venetian Pool, and the Biltmore Hotel, or wander along the vibrant Miracle Mile. Head 40 minutes north to explore Fort Lauderdale. Venture to the Florida Keys, where Key Largo is perfect for snorkeling in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Islamorada features world-class fishing, and Key West offers a lively atmosphere with historic sites and sunset celebrations.

For an international adventure, hop on a ferry to Freeport, Bahamas, where pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and the captivating Lucayan National Park await, along with opportunities for duty-free shopping, savoring Bahamian cuisine, and trying your luck at the casino. Hop on a ferry to Bimini to dive into underwater caves and explore numerous shipwrecks.



Photo Credits:
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South Beach – Pixabay
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens – Pixabay
Jungle Island – Unsplash
Everglades National Park – Unsplash
Bayside Marketplace – Wikimedia by Chris6d – License CC BY-SA 4.0
Little Havana – Wikimedia by Sharon Hahn Darlin – License  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
Wynwood Walls – Pixabay
Crandon Park – Pixabay
On the Water – parasailing – Pixabay
Day Trips – Key West Southernmost Point – Pixabay


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