Top attractions in Miami
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.
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. 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!
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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!
8. 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!
9. 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!
10. 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 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.
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What people are saying about Miami
first I want to say that the communication was very bad. they don't tell you what stop to get off for the boat tour..or where to go when you get off and they don't answer your questions when you email so you need to figure it out yourself. Luckily I had read some bad reviews and knew that it would happen...when I saw water at a stop we asked and driver said yes off. we had no idea we needed to get another ticket for an undisclosed ticket office we were told when we finally found the boat (Bayside Marketplace is the stop and the boat company is Island Queen. fyi, your online OR printed vouchers are NOT good for this trip...you DO have to show your printed BUS ticket to get a new boat ticket THEN get in line for the boat. all of this mess aside. The Boat tour was REALLY GOOD and we tipped $20 the guide was so good!! and funny too. JB was his name. the bus tour was good but there was NOT A GUIDE so you are on your own to figure it all out. put in your headphones asap and listen.
Could use a bit more direction when getting off the bus and moving to the boat tour - the bus tour itself was in need of a little updating on the audio and did not quite match up with the timing at times (probably due to traffic) - but was good history (and several times repeated itself to an extent) - the boat tour was good (speaker was excellent) but it would have been nice to be a little less crowded - should have used the bigger boat! Great weather!
Loved the experience! It was super fun and entertaining! The hotel pickup, the tours and the tour guides and drivers. Our airboat tour guide Chris was as excited as us to see the Aligators. Only thing I wish they improve is the tipping jar and digitalize it, specially post covid. venmo/apple pay/ cash/ paypal for tips would be really great for the people that work hard for this!
Hans was a fantastic guide he was very knowledgeable and on time to our appointment. The scheduling was a bit strange as it showed the time for midnight but it was actually 8 am. He called to let us know. I 100% recommend a tour through banana joes!
One of the best tour I have ever had. Our guid Ashley was amazing. She was very passionate to describe Cuban food and culture. She is very attentive and made sure everyone had a great time. I would rate her 10 stars if that’s possible :)