List of the Best Places to visit and Things to Do in Miami
Miami is a truly vibrant place in a warm subtropical location with a balmy weather and world renowned beaches. Travelers are drawn towards the sheer energy and world-class cosmopolitan culture famous for carefree vibes, designer bikinis, suntans, and fantastic pool parties year round.
The stunning oceanfront vistas of Sunny Isles Beach are quite popular for its rich diversity and upscale shopping experience. From a boat tour of the rich and famous neighborhood of Biscayne Bay to kayaking through the mangroves, walking tour of the colorful Deco designs seen on South Beach and a heritage tour of Little Haiti and Little Cuba, there’s plenty to explore in Miami.
Shop till you drop at the Miami Design District that lists the most famous upmarket bars and eating joints, art galleries, fashion retails and more.
Enjoy best pool parties at the plush south beach hotels that kick-off in the day and last till late. Lavish decks, VIP cabanas, and unlimited food accentuate the overall beach adventure.
Here’s a list of the best place to visit and things to do that everyone must experience in Miami.
Miami Design District
The nostalgic spaceship-like architecture of the 1920s era buildings provides a window into its formative years. Visitors just love to take a stroll through the district and are tempted to stop at one of the beautiful outdoor lounges or a restaurant on the way. Beautiful hotel lobbies and pool areas are equally interesting.
There are many Courts and Paradise Plazas, rows of trendy fashion boutiques along with great galleries and museums and a handful of art sculptures and art installations like the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Get an expansive view of the massive Port of Miami – the busiest cruise port in the U.S. – and Miami Beach; don’t miss the Museum Park Baywalk along Biscayne Bay.
Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park, the largest marine park has over 170,000 acres covered underwater and on the remaining land above water, there are ample options for camping and a walk along the nature trails.
Enjoy a rare combination of the vibrant coral reefs, aquamarine waters, and emerald islands.
The underwater portion is good for snorkeling and scuba diving, glass-bottom boat tours of the Boca Chica Key, sunset cruises, and for cannoning amidst the mangrove forest. Biscayne National park is extremely popular and on top of the list of things to do in Miami.
The culture walking and food tour of Little Havana is another top attraction of Miami. The super-vibrant neighborhood is flanked with many traditional eateries, cigar bars, and street performers. Little Havana is closest that most Americans could get to experiencing Cuba which is also a home to a huge population of the Cuban expat community.
There are many cigar stores throughout Miami, but visiting the Little Havana Cigar Factory is a must when in Miami!
Nothing beats the ambiance and the interesting selection of cigars out here. Watch cigar rollers make cigar with decades-old technique to create world famous finest cigars. While in the neighborhood, savor a hot home-style meal and sample a classic Cuban sandwich washed down with freshly pressed tropical fruit juice or try the unique brew of the fresh Cuban coffee.
Miami Beach is a separate city on a barrier island and arguably the glitziest, and probably the rowdiest part of the Miami. Although stay here is quite expensive, yet one can try to grab a deal at a local hotel and spend some time exploring the Art Deco architecture along the Collins Avenue and take a walk on the cat-infested boardwalk or just bask in the sun at the beach ideally.
Miami Beach South (South Beach)
The quintessential Miami hot spot is a prolific beach with well known for a trendy locale. The place is renowned for partying and shopping and is great for crowd watching. Generally, the tides are high and swimming a few dozen yards offshore one can get a glimpse of the Deco hotel clearly visible from here.
There are volleyball courts, weight machines, spas around in Brickell. Depending on your taste, you can explore the scenic art deco architecture and the ruins of the ancient Spanish monastery or shop for the best brands at the mile-long Lincoln Road Mall or attend ravest night parties.
Miami Beach North
The North Beach Bandshell is a great place to hang on the beach and catch evening performances. Just off the beach are many reasonably priced eateries and lounges. The Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux, dismantled and shipped from Spain makes for a fantastic settings for congregations.
The largest eclectic transportation collection at Dezer Collection displays classic cars, scooters, bikes from Hollywood movies really muses visitors.
Oleta River State Park full of lakes and rivers is well known for biking, kayaking, and canoeing. The Hard Rock Stadium here often hosts popular football, baseball matches, monster truck racing, and concerts.
Try your luck at the Calder Casino which has over 1,100 slots machines.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
This wildly extravagant spot sits on 10 acres of prime real estate and is quite implausible and bizarre, but an utter delight to watch. The Italian Renaissance-style villa and gardens on Biscayne Bay are famous for its European antique display and works of art from 16th to the 19th centuries.
The view of Vizcaya’s idyllic landscaped gardens with greenery, fountains, maze, pools, and a casino is simply enthralling.
The place serves as a trendy venue for galas and other entertainment events.
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
This is Miami-Dade’s flagship museum located in Downtown Miami’s Biscayne Bay Museum Park. Get a spectacular view of the Biscayne Bay from the south side hanging garden. The museum displays international art dating back to the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum has state-of-the-art facility program space, education complex, galleries, a unique gift shop, and Verde waterfront restaurant and bar. You can pick up a unique collection of furnishings and homemade items.
There are hands-on activities for children and adults along with guided tours and occasional performances by guest artist.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
This is Miami’s foremost contemporary art institution and has a collection of what’s described as both “provocative and innovative”. This is one of the greatest free art museums in the world that boasts experimental; sometimes bizarre work of art. You can spend the afternoon here relaxing amidst the lush sculpture garden.
The place has an interesting collection of unique Thai art from different eras. There are enough surprises here to keep the visitors engaged.
Stroll the Hollywood Beach boardwalk
Located south of Fort Lauderdale this boardwalk has been named one of America’s best boardwalks in America. The brick clad promenade is always bustling with joggers and cyclists. The area is flanked by sidewalk cafes, appealing shops, cozy restaurants, and playgrounds. The funky boardwalk is filled with bars, ice cream parlors, and taco spot that serve best Mexican food in South Florida.
Tickle your taste buds in Little Haiti
The cultural heart of the Jewish diaspora celebrates all things that are the Caribbean which is evident in its galleries, museums, and restaurants. The permanent collection, as well as the rotating exhibition, highlights various interesting moments of migration of Jews in the ’80s, to pan-Caribbean communities, some famous former residents, and artistic movements.
Wynwood Walls – Admire the Art in Wynwood
Miami’s famed Wynwood neighborhood rose to fame very quickly as a hot spot for graffiti and street art. The area is marked by trendy boutiques, restaurants & bars and galleries. The Wynwood Walls showcases 40 murals from some of the world’s best street artists. Splashed upon by light, the walls of industrial buildings have incredibly detailed murals displaying surreal patterns and forms that tend to cross the fine line between street art and fine art making it one of the most impressive collections in the world.
Check the world-class private contemporary art collection at Rubell Family Collection which is simply captivating. There are galleries offering original art for sale as well here.
Everglades National Park
This park is the ecological crown in form of protected everglades that cover expansive 1.5 million acres of swamps and sub-tropical jungles which protect thousands of species including 14 rare and endangered ones like the Florida panther, the threatened American crocodile, and the lovable manatee. Watch the blue heron fly overhead and the gators basking in the sun.
The subtropical wetland has a thronging habitat of sawgrass prairies, saltwater marshes, and a massive slow-moving river. If you have any time to go out of Miami, the Everglades is a must visit.
Some parts of the park are primitive and explored only by adventurists or researchers, however, there are ample opportunities to camp Inside the park, maneuver through mangrove estuaries on stand-up paddleboards or kayaks, canoe in the natural backcountry wonderland, hit the tranquil lagoon beach or go fishing. It also has 15 miles of prime mountain biking trail.
Snorkel in the Keys
The keys have the 3rd longest barrier reef in the world which includes key largo, key west, and the middle key which offers a fantastic snorkeling experience in the world.
The keys have some of the best sites to behold attracting both experienced snorkelers and beginners. Off the water, there are many cafes and natural trails. One can enjoy the fantastic views of a shipwreck, enjoy the ecology of coral reef and explore a vibrant sea life consisting of barracudas, parrotfish, stingrays, in an average depth.
Coral Gables is nicknamed as City Beautiful for being Florida’s most beautiful and expansive cities. This is one of the most sought-after destinations and a must visit places in Miami. It has some of the best art museums, Actor’s mansions, and the famous Baltimore Hotel.
The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden here situated in 83 lush acres exhibits rare plant, butterflies, and various other aquatic displays. The garden is also famous for having the biggest collection of palms and cycads in the world.
There is a vast 820,000-gallon natural swimming pool fed by underground aquifer created from a coral rock quarry. The place is fringed by palm trees and has picturesque caves and a fascinating bridge making it the most unique swimming destination.
Best time to Visit Miami
The tropical monsoon climate is marked by a wet and dry season with persistent humidity and year-round warmth. Mid-spring season is highly unpredictable.
Summer is oppressively hot and humid.
The best time to visit Miami is November through May as the temperature is milder with fewer chances of rain. The worst time is the rainy season of course which is between August and October.
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