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Top 10 things to do in Miami

With a relaxed beach life and Cuban-bred passion for partying, this Floridian metropolis is a pastel paradise for people watching. And animals too! Here are Miami's top 10 attractions.

Fisher Island

Fisher Island

Home to superstars and the mega-rich, the most affluent corner of the US isn't open to just anyone, but you can get pretty close to Fisher Island on a boat tour of the bay.

Miami Seaquarium
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Miami Seaquarium

"Flipper" was filmed at the US' oldest oceanarium on Virginia Key, but there are more creatures at the Miami Seaquarium than just performing marine animals – aquatic and otherwise!

Gator Park

Gator Park

Gator Park is the place to go if you want to see alligators, of course, but take an airboat tour of this Everglades attraction for snakes, turtles, and exotic birds too!

Miami Museum of Science

2015 sees the grand reopening of Miami's leading science museum, but this is Miami so there are animals here too. Check out the bird of prey center!

South Beach

South Beach

Home to the famous Ocean Drive, the first part of Miami to be developed is arguably still the most... well, Miami-ish. South Beach remains one of the city's best beaches too.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Once known as Villa Vizcaya, this opulent estate is now open to the public to walk around and think about moving there upon winning the lottery.

Miami Children's Museum
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Miami Children's Museum

With exhibits catered to the young (and young at heart), this is a great place to take the family, especially if your children are averse to regular museums!

Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami

Miami's climate makes it the ideal location for the only tropical zoo in the US. For a small fee you can even feed the giraffes!

Miami Beach Architectural District

Miami Beach Architectural District

This historic district of Miami Beach is sometimes referred to as the Art Deco District. No prizes for guessing which style of architecture dominates its postcard-perfect streets!

Bass Museum of Art
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Bass Museum of Art

With art from the Renaissance to the present day, the city's leading gallery occupies Miami Beach's old public library building.

Planning Your Miami Visit

When to go?

The city's basketball team is called the Miami Heat for a reason. The tropical monsoon climate means it's always hot, although you can expect thunderstorms in summer and hurricane season runs for as long as June to November. Nevertheless, it's perfect for sunbathing in winter!

How many days?

Most of Miami Beach's best attractions can be covered in 3 or 4 days, but book at least a week if you want to see more of the city and/or go to the Everglades.

How safe is it?

Despite its depiction in movies, much of Miami is pretty safe. Like most cities though, it has parts tourists would be smart to avoid. High-crime areas include Biscayne Boulevard, Liberty City, Opa-Locka, and Overtown. Unlike the others, you might have reason to go to Miami's Downtown district, but stay alert, especially after dark.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring

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What people are saying about Miami

Facility very nice, guides knowledgeable and had good humor!

A worthwhile stop while touring southern Florida.The boat ride was fun and productive in seeing wildlife and learning about the animals habits. The “gator” show was very entertaining and informative. I think everyone will remember what was said due to the fun way it was presented. Job well done to all!

Enjoying the scenic beauty of the road, it’s an exciting trip for us.

Enjoying the scenic beauty of the road, it’s an exciting trip for us. We came from Myanmar and this trip was one of our extravagant voyages in the US. Highly recommend!

From Miami: Day Trip to Key West by Shuttle Bus Reviewed by Sai Bo Bo, 15/05/2019

Sit on the top deck of the bus for the best view and adventure

This is a good tour to see a few highlights around Miami and Miami Beach. Sit on the top deck to have the best views and make sure you pay attention to the very low tree branches or you'll get wacked if you don't duck in time. Also, hold on to your hats and sunglasses or you might lose them with the strong winds. The tour guide gives you ample warnings in between his explanation of the sights so just pay attention and all is good. This actually made the tour more fun. The bay tour was very interesting. Got to see the very large yacts of Mark Cuban and Alicia Keys, as well as their homes and the homes of Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Tiger Woods, J Lo, and many more celebrities. We parked around the corner from the bus meeting spot for $10 and then walked down Lincoln Street to see the shops and restaurants. I recommend this tour

Half-Day Double Decker Bus and Boat Tour of Miami Reviewed by Thomas, 14/05/2019

EXCELLENT, I was so impressed with Jasmine and her people skills.

This was a last minute impulse experience I scheduled. Jasmine made it Perfect! Her knowledge, humor, and kindness to share was a pleasure. I have told so many about the opportunity. Great Tour, Jasmine made it even Better.

South Beach Art Deco Segway Tour Reviewed by Cynthia, 08/05/2019

Well worth doing if you have a spare afternoon!

The tour consists of a half hour drive by coach out to the Everglades. Once you’re there you get on an Airboat with about 15 others and get a tour of the Everglades. This was great and we saw Alligators in the wild as well as an informative and fun tour. You’ll be in the air boat for around 45 minutes. We were given earplugs but make sure you take sun cream and a hat, it’s hot out there! Following this there was a 20 minute show where we saw alligators up close. Really fun and engaging part of the tour. After this, you have a bit of free time where there isn’t a great deal to do other than go to the cafe and gift shop before heading back to Miami Beach. It’s definitely worth doing If you’re in town!