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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

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.

Photo: LEONARDO DASILVA@ Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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 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

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

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.

Photo: Marc Averette @Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)

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

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

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!

Photo: Phillip Pessar @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

Amazing! A half hour HIGHLIGHT of our trip!!!!!

Very well organized and run, fantastic, well versed guide, and the most amazing, close up, real view of alligators and turtles in the wild. We will talk about this forever.

Great experience, great tour guide Alex.

Had an amazing time. Alex was our tour guide and he was extremely knowledgeable. He was a great teacher and made the experience easy and enjoyable.

Miami Beach 1-Hour Segway Tour Reviewed by Brandon, 12/01/2017

Mike is a knowledge guide and knows all about Miami's celebrities

Mike showed us all houses of celebrities (from the waterfront) and explained a lot of histories about them and there owner. We recommend to hire him / his service - its interesting and great fun.

90-Minute Guided Speedboat Tour of Miami Reviewed by christiane, 11/12/2017

We liked it but could be better if the promised water materialised.

It was a unique experience, especially the breezy airboat ride through the grassy glades which could had been given more time rather than the waiting for the wildlife to appear. We also wasted 45 minutes at the Port of Miami for reasons that have nothing to do with the tour. The staff are all niçe, though. Thank you.

Get up close to the gators in their natural habitat

We saw 4 alligators during the trip. Bob our captain told us all about the history and environmental issues of the Everglades and its inhabitants. Amazing trip and you get the chance to hold a baby gator in the exhibit area for a small donation. Ear defenders not supplied like other tours but earplugs are provided.