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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
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

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
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

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
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

Good but it takes longer than they list.

The tour was a nice but they showed in print that it was a duration of 4 hrs when in fact from the 11:30 start time at their tour office until we got back to the dock at 4:30 was 5 hours and then we had to walk back to the bus drop off point to get the bus back to the tour office starting point. The first bus that pulled up could not fit everyone so they told us we had to wait for the next bus. We needed to go back to our hotel and then go immediately to the airport so we ended up taking a Lyft back to save time and it was hot waiting for the bus in the sun. The bus tour was a short tour around Miami with a half hour stop in Little Havana. It would be better if they gave us ear phones and allowed you to pick your preferred language to listen to rather than a guy speaking over a microphone in English and then Spanish. Sometimes the sound was not very clear. After the bus they bring you to a restaurant next to the boat pier hoping you’ll eat there, we had from 1-3 before the boat left.

Excellent trip for a first timer in usa and in particular Miami

Excellent trip for a first timer in usa and in particular Miami, Florida. My family and I did enjoy this trip, we where on the bus quickly and belted in. There where few people on the trip although we did stop by some pickup points, like hotels etc along the way. It did take around an hour to get there and once we arrived where given clear information on the pickup times 3 to be exact, then allowed to go about the mall ourselves as we wanted. This is a big mall and a lot of the stores are high end so bring a lot of spending cash/cards, there is quite a few discount stores here as well so you won't be completely out of pocket. The discount passport book they give you is good but we found few opportunities. While there we did visit a few stores we also visited a food establishment called yard House the food was amazing and a good selection of beers on tap. This mall has a lot to offer I would highly recommend it to anyone who visits Florida and in particular Miami or Orlando

Sawgrass Mills Mall Shuttle Reviewed by Jonathan, 09/08/2019

Good way to see some highlights of Miami

Was a quick tour of the city, combined bus and boat. All went relative quick, albeit wait between bus and tour was relatively long - almost 2 hours! Time could be killed at restaurant, and/or shopping center. Liked the quick stop in little Havana, but was more a stop to buy cigars/ souveniers, whereas I felt that rest of bus tour was rushed.

Half-Day Double Decker Bus and Boat Tour of Miami Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/06/2019

Great to see the highlights in Miami in less than a day!

We had a nice time wandering by the city highlights. It was hot so if you book this in the summer period: bring sunscreen. But the tour guy was really nice and told a lot aboutt what we saw. After the bus tour we had great food. Then we went to the boat tour wich most of it is going by celebrities homes. Nice to see though.

Half-Day Double Decker Bus and Boat Tour of Miami Reviewed by Hendrik, 07/24/2019

Our guide was AMAZING and did an excellent job! Angel was his name.

We were disappointed in the stops. We were told the bus would stop at other locations on the map that was given to us. The bus did not stop at any of those locations. We really wanted to go see coconut grove but was told that was not part of our tour.

Miami Double Decker 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/09/2019