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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

I enjoyed the tour very much; excellent!

The tour was excellent! It was everything I hoped it would be. It was a lot of fun riding on the upper deck of the tour bus; such a great view. The 3 parts were very well-coordinated, and the people were great, very friendly. I would recommend it to anyone.

It was a great tour, just a couple of small changes & would be perfect

Boat tour was 90 minutes long could have been an hour and be just as good. Good to have lunch before boat tour. Little Havana was fun stop. ticket agent was very good and flexible, as we missed our original time slot but able to take next tour an hour later.

All you want to know about Miami in 1/2 day. Nice in English/Spanish

Learned a lot and half day. The double Decker bus was nice but we had to sit above and at times could not hear what the person was explaining or saying about the area we were visiting. The noise level was just too high. When we arrived at one of the sites, Calle 8. A Cigar shop,it only had two bathrooms and both were out of order. Better care needs to be taken by the owner if this is one of the spots selected for a stop for the tour. But the visit was interesting and colorful shops.

Half-Day Double Decker Bus and Boat Tour of Miami Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/21/2018

Captain KC was knowledgeable and personable

Captain KC explained different plants and their uses for the native american tribes residing in the area. As a person that enjoys native plant wisdom, I appreciated her sharing. We saw 4 alligators, which was awesome! Along with a rare siting of a bird that she says is going extinct (sorry forgot the name). I think I learned more about the wildlife during this short visit than at any other venue during my visit.

Everglades 60 Minute Airboat Tour & Gator Show Reviewed by Lucy, 10/10/2018

Funny guide, saw lots of alligators, well worth the trip and money!

Amazing time but all of the guides pushed for tips, even the driver that just picked us up and dropped us off. The activity was incredible but tainted by everyone asking for tips.

Everglades 5-Hour Alligator and Airboat Tour Reviewed by Ashley, 09/21/2018