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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What people are saying about Miami
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!
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
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.
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!
A great tour that gave a really good basic understanding of the city. Filled with jokes that seemed to translate well both into English and Spanish - the tour took us around the city with a stop in Little Havana. The boat tour at the end was a great way to see the island with the added info of which famous faces owned these incredible mansions! The tour was half hour late in starting but that’s the only fault given the price and all round experience