Top attractions 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.
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.
"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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
With art from the Renaissance to the present day, the city's leading gallery occupies Miami Beach's old public library building.
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!
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.
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.
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We are locals and over the years we have had many visitors who we have taken out to the Everglades for "air boat tours." If only we had known sooner that there was SUCH a dramatic difference between Everglades Nature Tours (ENT) and all the others. First, the personal service was assuring and they were all so kind and welcoming (even spoke to a person by phone to confirm we were in the correct meeting spot and she stayed on the phone until our host, James, arrived). Second, the smaller airboat meant that we were not in a group of 12 to 20 or more but on our own boat that fit six or seven at most (we had the boat to ourselves with a group of 5). Third, our tour guide, Lorenzo was AWESOME! He knew just where to take us as he had been spotting for wildlife all day already. He shared his extensive knowledge about plants and animals in a friendly and interesting manner--he was just himself! I will book this tour again in a MINUTE. None in our group wanted the tour to end. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
It was an early start but worth it. They stop off for breakfast along the way and then head straight to Key West from there. It's an amazing journey and very relaxing. We had over 6 hours in Key West and I loved every minute of it. Excursions are offered which can be booked from the coach (but not connected to the coach trip) so if there are things you want to do they are easy to arrange. You are also provided with a map of Key West which was very helpful. There is plenty of time to take in the atmosphere, enjoy a meal and what Key West has to offer. All in all it was a very relaxing and very enjoyable day which I would recommend.
Very cool way to see parts of Miami you otherwise would not be able to. Breathtaking sights of the homes and Miami skyline. Very friendly staff and very knowledgeable about the area. Enjoyed the trip!
Tom is an excellent guide and it was a huge pleasure walking with him through Wynwood. We learned a lot and enjoyed the tour! Can only recommend this tour to everyone!
I loved the tour! Imthe transpotation from Miami was clean and efficient. Our guide was sweet and accommodating and it was all a very reasonable price. Don’t forget to bring cash to tip your drivers!