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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

A brilliant experience - well-organised and great fun!

Sawgrass Recreation Park provided a great Airboat experience. We managed to spot 2 alligators even though the high water level made it more difficult. There is also a small collection of animals here - all rescue animals who could not survive in the wild - very intetesting.

Excellent little tour with superb guide!

Segways are a great fun way to see a place without the stop start that you get with busses. You also get closer to the sites. The Art Deco tour was great, including the Holacaust memorial. Definitely recommend this tour.

South Beach Art Deco Segway Tour Reviewed by Nick, 05/30/2017

Cool trip and great place. Definitively would like to come back!

Cool activity absolutely worth seing. Laidback, caribbean style village where the time (at least architectually) has stopped when Ernest Hemingway and pirates of the carribean where still real is a must when visiting Miami area and got time for full day excursion.

Great varity of food cultures in South Beach

Loved the selection of restaurants. Guide explained a lot about history of miami and the art-deco district in particular. Never felt rushed.

Excellent food/architecture/history tour in South Beach!

We enjoyed eating lovely food at locally owned restaurants that we never would have found on our own. Faruk is a wealth of information on the food, buildings, and social justice history in this interesting town. Highly recommended!