From the spirited nightlife of South Beach attractions to fascinating animal encounters and historic districts, Miami promises a good time for all.
1. South Beach
Renowned for its preserved Art Deco architecture, picturesque beaches, nightlife, and culinary scene, South Beach has been dubbed the “American Riviera.” Start your day off lounging on the white sand beaches, soaking up the Florida sun. When you’re ready to grab lunch and walk around, Ocean Drive offers plenty of outdoor cafes and local Lincoln Road Mall boasts a variety of shopping. Further, guests can enjoy local acclaimed museums like the Bass Museum of Art or the Wolfsonian FIU.
2. South Park Pointe
For those in search of panoramic views, head to South Pointe Park at the southern tip of South Beach. Make sure to bring your camera or smart phone to snap pics of South Beach’s shoreline, Fisher Island, PortMiami’s cruise ships, and the downtown area. Also, the park features walking trails, a kid’s playground and splash park, and numerous eateries.
3. Miami Seaquarium
From dazzling exhibits and animal encounters to fascinating daily presentations, Miami Seaquarium is fun for the whole family. Explore under the depths to see manatees, penguins, seals, tropical fish, and so much more. Set 38 acres, the Miami Seaquarium’s mission is to not only fascinate but educate visitors of all ages. Swim with dolphins during the Dolphin Encounter, breathe underwater in a diving helmet during the Reef Encounter, and enjoy a swim and interacting with seals during the Seal Swim.
4. Art Deco Historic District
The Art Deco Historic District in Miami Beach features over 900 Art Deco historic buildings, the nation’s most expansive concentration of Art Deco architecture. You can take self-guided tours, of course, or you can take a guided walking tour led by the Miami Design Preservation League. Designated as a National Register District since 1979, the buildings reflect Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and MiMo (Miami Modern) architectural styles. Throughout the tour (or if you want to tour on your own), visitors will be lead between 5th Street and 23rd Street as well as along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, and Washington Avenue. Furthermore, the Art Deco Museum providers greater insight into Miami Beach’s cultural and architectural roots.
5. Española Way
Additionally, Española Way’s Spanish style architecture, restaurants, and entertainment present a cozy, Bohemian vibe visitors will enjoy exploring. Located between 14th and 15th Street in Miami Beach, this pedestrian-friendly area is a prime spot.
6. Little Havana
Little Havana serves as the vibrant center of Hispanic culture, particularly Cuban, in Miami. Visitors can find countless Latin-inspired restaurants, cafes, venues, and markets throughout the neighborhood, especially on iconic Calle Ocho (Eighth Street). You’ll see locals playing dominoes in the park, sipping on an afternoon cortado or batido, and sampling ham croquetas. Also, on the last Friday of each month, the neighborhood hosts Viernes Culturales, or Cultural Fridays, to showcase local cultural arts.
7. Wynwood Neighborhood
Wynwood has grown over the years into the center of the arts in South Florida. Once the former warehouse district, you can now find countless murals, street art, and encouraged graffiti, perfect for pictures. Moreover, more than 70 galleries and museums reside within this eccentric neighborhood, as well as dozens of restaurants, bars, companies, and innovators.
While exploring, guests can see attractions like the Museum of Graffiti and the Rubell Museum, film and arts festivals, and a host of diverse eateries.
8. Zoo Miami
While spending time in Miami, you’ll want to carve out time to visit Zoo Miami. This zoo encompasses 340 developed acres with more than 3,000 animals and over 1,200 plants and trees throughout the park. Featuring animals from Africa, Asia, the Amazon, and Australia, you’ll be able to travel the world all in one day.
Guests can not only see exhibits, but also participate in feeding animals such as parrots, giraffes, and rhinos. Additionally, guests can have animal encounters and meet with zookeepers during scheduled talks throughout the day. Moreover, visitors can see the largest Asian-themed aviary in the Western Hemisphere with hundreds of free-flying birds, as well as an abundance of species of animals like gorillas, snakes, koala, meerkats, African Painted Dogs, big cats, and much more.
Even better, Zoo Miami’s Playworld Playground enables kids to burn some extra energy with both aquatic and dry features.
9. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
A National Historic Landmark, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens connects visitors to Miami’s past on Biscayne Bay with its awe-inspiring Gilded Age estate and grounds. Surrounded by ten acres of formal gardens, a mangrove shoreline, and dockland hammock, its architecture and natural beauty presents enough of a reason to visit. However, the Museum also hosts an extensive art collection dating from ancient times through the 20th century. For instance, visitors can see lost Nazi-era works stolen and/or forcibly removed during WWII.
10. Everglades National Park
While other areas in the U.S. showcase extensive everglades and wetlands, visiting the Everglades National Park outside of Miami is a uniquely Florida experience. The National Parks Service states the park is “The largest subtropical wilderness in the nation [,] a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.” Housing a variety of rare and endangered species like the American crocodile, the manatee, and the Florida panther, the park plays an important role in the state’s ecosystem.
While visiting the park, guests can enjoy boating, fishing, paddling, birding, and hiking. Visitors can take their own boats out, or register for boat tours with expert guides. Furthermore, park rangers lead tours throughout the park year-round as well.