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Miami: Everglades National Park Airboat Tour & Wildlife Show

1. Miami: Everglades National Park Airboat Tour & Wildlife Show

Discover the Everglades National Park, a diverse landscape providing crucial habitats for numerous rare and endangered species. Take an airboat ride, and view alligators, turtles, and even the elusive Florida panther.  After paying the park admission fee, immerse yourself in swampland often referred to as the River of Grass. The park known as such because of the endless prairies of sawgrass that rise three to ten feet above the surface of the water. Encounter lush vegetation of the Everglades which also includes mangroves, cypress, palms, pines, and hardwood hammocks (small islands). The sawgrass is often so dense that travel is only possible through natural water passages. Ride on an airboat, which is designed to operate well in shallow water and marshlands. Propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine, have a fast and fun journey. Complete your visit with a wildlife and alligator show. Get up close with these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat.

Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

2. Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

Relax on a fully narrated sightseeing cruise through Biscayne Bay in Miami. Relax on the shaded top deck as you see the best of Miami the way people from Miami love to see it - from the water. Board the boat at Bayside Marketplace in the heart of Downtown Miami or select the option with hotel pickup to enjoy a comfortable ride to the ship. Relax in luxury on a bi-level boat with open windows and a shaded deck. From Downtown, you will cruise through the islands on Biscayne Bay. Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, Star Island, Sunset Island, and the famous Venetian Islands are all home to many celebrities and their luxurious mansions. Keep an eye out for the homes of Gloria Estefan, P. Diddy, Shaquille O'Neal, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins, Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Matt Damon, Al Capone and more. Your experienced bilingual tour guide will point out all the famous homes and landmarks. Next, cruise past vibrant South Beach, exclusive Fisher Island and the busy Port of Miami before you head back towards Downtown Miami. Downtown Miami has one of the most exciting skylines which is constantly being updated and features many iconic buildings. See the luxurious condos and hotels in Brickell and Brickell Key and enter the mouth of the Miami River. before heading back to Bayside Marketplace to end your cruise. Choose to add more adventure to your day with the double-decker bus combo option, where you can hop on and hop off as you like as you encounter Miami from the land with stops at South Beach, Bayside Marketplace, Little Havana and Wynwood Walls. You can also add a 4-hour Everglades airboat tour that includes return transportation from South Beach to the Sawgrass Recreational Park for a 30-minute guided airboat tour, a live exhibit of rescued reptiles and mammals, and the “Meet a Baby Alligator” experience.

Miami: Everglades Airboat, Wildlife Show, & Roundtrip Bus

3. Miami: Everglades Airboat, Wildlife Show, & Roundtrip Bus

Embark on an unforgettable journey from Miami to explore the wildlife of Florida. With skip-the-ticket-line entry and a free photo of your group included, your adventure begins at Everglades Holiday Park where you'll enjoy a thrilling 45-minute airboat ride and an educational wildlife show. Let our expert guide take you on a cruise through the Everglades, where you'll witness the beauty of native wildlife in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators, soft-shelled turtles, and birds as your guide shares fascinating insights about these magnificent creatures. Experience a heart-pumping wildlife show and get up close with alligators. Discover how these captivating reptiles, once on the brink of extinction, made an incredible comeback in numbers. And don't forget to snap a photo of your group before entering the airboat. As the tour comes to an end, board the bus back to Miami, filled with unforgettable memories of your wildlife adventure.

Miami: Half-Day Open-Top Bus & Millionaire's Row Boat Cruise

4. Miami: Half-Day Open-Top Bus & Millionaire's Row Boat Cruise

Experience the vibrant culture and stunning sights of Miami like never before. Embark on an unforgettable journey through the city's bustling neighborhoods and iconic districts on an open-top sightseeing bus. Admire the eclectic architecture, indulge in delicious local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Miami's famous pedestrian street, Lincoln Road. But that's not all. Take your adventure to the next level and explore the breathtaking beauty of Biscayne Bay on a 90-minute boat tour with English and Spanish commentary. Marvel at the lavish homes of the rich and famous and soak up the stunning views of the Bay from the open-air deck or air-conditioned interior. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to discover Miami in style. Book your tour today and witness the magic of this vibrant city for yourself!

Miami: Evening Cruise on Biscayne Bay

5. Miami: Evening Cruise on Biscayne Bay

Enjoy the waters of Miami and the city lights from Biscayne Bay aboard a cruise boat. Watch the city come to life at night when the sun goes down and the city lights come on. Thousands of lights illuminate the incredible high-rise buildings and city skyline around the bay. During your tour, sip on your beverage of choice which you can purchase from the onboard bar. Take in sights such as Millionaire's Row, Bayside, and South Beach. Finish your cruise with a moon-watching activity and admire the moon's reflection on the water below you. Choose to add more adventure to your day with the double-decker bus combo option, where you can hop on and hop off as you like as you encounter Miami from the land with stops at South Beach, Bayside Marketplace, Little Havana and Wynwood Walls. You can also add a 4-hour Everglades airboat tour that includes return transportation from South Beach to the Sawgrass Recreational Park for a 30-minute guided airboat tour, a live exhibit of rescued reptiles and mammals, and the “Meet a Baby Alligator” experience.

Miami: 'Superblue Miami' Immersive Art Experience Ticket

6. Miami: 'Superblue Miami' Immersive Art Experience Ticket

Discover Miami’s most exciting immersive art experience at Superblue. Explore a breathtaking mirrored sculptured maze, interact with awe-inspiring digital worlds immersed in seasonal flowers and waterfalls, see your own heart beat to the glow of 3,000 lights, and so much more — all in the same visit. Audiences of all ages will find creative, enlightening, and surprising moments as they journey through Superblue’s 50,000 square feet of art experiences. Superblue is created by ambitious artists and completed by your participation. Engage with cutting-edge technology, delve into timely world issues, and unearth a sense of wonder that will leave you asking—“how did they do that?”

Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Activities

7. Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Activities

Get ready for fun in the sun on a day trip from Miami to Key West. Choose to take a glass bottom boat cruise through a maze of mangrove-canopied canals and streams, parasail on the coast, ride a conch train, or jump into the water for a snorkeling session above a coral reef with diverse marine life. Start your day on an air-conditioned bus from Miami Beach to Key West with a 4-hour drive. Watch as your tour guide points out the famous 31 Caribbean Islands along the drive known as the Florida Keys. Cross 43 bridges as you travel through the Keys to Key West. See the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico while driving by the coastline. Key West is the most southern point of the USA and only 90 miles from Cuba. Once you arrive in Key West, get 6 hours to explore the island at a leisurely pace, stroll the artistic streets, or relax at outdoor cafes and restaurants. Upgrade your day trip by choosing an option that includes one of the following inclusions: Hop-on Hop-off Conch Train All-Day Ticket. This 70-minute narrated tour around Key West is one of Florida’s Top attractions, covers over 100 points of interest, and includes 4 Hop-on Hop-off stops around town. A 3-hour snorkeling adventure at North America’s only living coral reef. Travel on a state-of-the-art Catamaran, receive professional instruction, use top-of-the-line snorkel gear, and enjoy an open bar on the way back (including sodas beer, wine, champagne, margaritas, well-mixed drinks)  A 2-hour cruise on a glass-bottom boat where you can witness the wonders of North America’s only living coral reef, maybe spotting sea turtles and rays. Fun for all the family, you also get great views of Key West from the sea. A 7-12 minute parasail off the coast of Key West on a 1-hour parasailing adventure. Enjoy the tropical vibe of the Keys as you are helped into your parasail harness before being slowly raised in the air until you are flying high above Key West. A 3-hour Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour where you can watch bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat on this dolphin-watching tour from Key West. Cruise to the backcountry waters and enjoy some snorkeling fun of your own as you admire marine life. Enjoy an open bar on the way back (including sodas, Bud Light, and Cat 5 Key Lime Lager; and rose or chablis wine). Make your way back from Key West to Miami Beach at 5 PM.

Miami: Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach

8. Miami: Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach

Take a break from the bustle of Downtown Miami and watch the sunset from the water. Cruise across Biscayne Bay and admire incredible views of the city skyline. Select the option with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket to also explore Miami by bus. Relax on a luxury yacht with open windows and shaded deck, as you listen to commentary from your guide. Sail past famous islands, catch a glimpse of Al Capone’s mansion, and cruise down to South Beach. Enjoy refreshments along the way, available for purchase from the onboard bar. Head back to shore at the end of a beautiful evening.

Miami Combo: Panoramic Bus Tour, Bay Cruise, & Everglades

9. Miami Combo: Panoramic Bus Tour, Bay Cruise, & Everglades

Experience the vibrant city of Miami like never before with our 3-part tour package. This is your chance to see all the top sights of Miami, from the exotic wildlife of the Florida Everglades to the luxurious mansions of Miami Beach. Start your adventure with an exhilarating airboat ride through the Everglades, where you'll witness a rich array of wildlife and enjoy a wildlife show complete with the opportunity to hold a baby alligator. After your airboat ride, dive into the city of Miami with a guided tour of all the major spots, including Wynwood, Miami Beach, and the Art Deco District. You'll see the homes of movie stars and millionaires, and hear stories of love, passion, betrayal, and even murder. But that's not all - we'll take you on a sightseeing cruise of Biscayne Bay, where you'll see the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, and "Millionaire's Row" - a luxurious stretch of real estate home to the elite of Hollywood, politics, sports, and business. With our flexible scheduling, you can enjoy these three amazing experiences on different days based on your schedule, giving you plenty of time to take it all in. Don't miss out on this unforgettable adventure in Miami - book your tour today!

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

10. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

Embark on a real adventure with an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades and entry to the alligator and reptile exhibit. Explore this fascinating natural wonder, hear the history of the Seminole people, and learn about the wildlife you sport from your captain. Board your airboat and glide out into the Everglades. As you cruise, listen to fascinating historical and ecological facts from your captain. Listen to tales of how the Native American Seminole people and panthers once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Keep an eye out for rare and endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water, through grassy rivers, and over the tropical marsh. After your airboat tour, head into the alligator and reptile exhibit. Get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin and learn about these formidable predators.

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What should I do on my first trip to Miami?

Miami is a city of contrasts and is easily one of the most dynamic American cities. If you're visiting for the first-time, you will definitely want to check out the Art Deco buildings in South Beach. Not only is South Beach home to these renowned buildings, but the area is also famous for its vibrant nightlife! If you're into art and color, check out Wynwood, a neighborhood famous for its Wynwood Walls... but it really has so much more to offer. You can find delicious food, cultural centers, and more there. And one of the best things to do in Miami is actually to take a day trip to the Everglades! This unique eco-system is home to alligators, snakes, crocodiles, birds, and more. You can hike in the park, or even take an airboat ride just outside of the US National Park.

What are some hidden gems to see in Miami?

Many people that visit Miami get stuck on the beautiful beaches of the city (not a bad thing at all) but there is so much more to explore, starting with the food scene of the city. Head to Little Havana and grab a coffee and sandwich at a small, family-owned business there. Then find the best ceviche place near you on a map and check it out. The city has a remarkable food scene with its many Caribbean, Central American, and South American transplants to the place. Another place that many people fail to visit when there is Key Biscayne National Park. This US National Park is mostly water and you can catch a boat out there and enjoy the unique place! While Key West is a popular day trip from Miami, the Florida Keys have a lot more to offer than just Key West. Spend a morning at Bahia Honda State Park in the keys and you will quickly see for yourself.

How much time should I spend in Miami?

If you are not slotting aside time for the beach, you can see the main highlights of Miami in 3-4 days. However, a week will allow you to explore beyond the city limits and take advantage of some of the cool places nearby (like the Everglades!). You can also take a day trip to Key West, or even the Bahamas. A full week in Miami will give you the flexibility to enjoy a lot of what the South Florida city has to offer.

What food is Miami known for?

You will find Cuban food ever-present in the city, but also be on the lookout for Haitian, Jamaican, Venezuelan, Peruvian, and more. Venezuelan arepas are a quick and easy eat for lunch and Peruvian ceviche makes for a nice, sit-down dinner. The food truck culture is alive in Miami, as well, and you can find a variety of dishes at your fingertips. If you're into fine dining, don't worry, Miami has that as well. Spend a night and head to Joe's Stone Crab in South Beach where you can get local, seasonal stone crabs from October until May. It is one of the most famous places in the city.

What is the best way to get around Miami?

Miami has remarkably good public transportation for a US city (in my opinion). The Miami Metrorail is a 25-mile rail system that runs from the Miami International Airport to downtown Miami (and further to Kendall). This is a quick and easy way to get into the city where you will have additional options from there. Once you're in Miami, you can use the Metromover, a free public transportation service that conects Downtown Miami and Brickell. You can also hop onto a Metrobus which will take you to various other parts of the city. Other options for getting around are the trolley system and taxi apps."

What are the best months to visit Miami?

Miami is located in the South of Florida and has a pretty desirable climate all year round! However, it is cooler and far less rainy during the winter months (after fall when the tropics are active). You will experience fewer mosquitoes and evening storms during this time, making it easier to maximize your time without weather playing a factor. During the summer months, it is hotter and stickier as the air is more humid and you will experience more rain. Nevertheless, there is not a 'bad' time to visit Miami.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

Miami is full of exciting (and diverse) neighborhoods. One can't-miss location is Little Havana. You can take a guided tour of the neighborhood to learn its history and see the best of Calle Ocho, the most well-known street in the area. South Beach is iconic for its Art Deco and nightlife and it is worth a visit. Be sure to also check out Wynwood, which used to be a warehouse district. Today, you can find cool concept shops, delicious eateries, and a lot of vibrant street art (including the famous Wynwood Walls). Miami's Design District is famous for its art galleries and high-end fashion boutiques and is a great place to go shopping. Coconut Grove and Coral Gables are two other neighborhoods to put on your Miami itinerary.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

Miami is a shopping paradise and you will find some of the nation's best shops and boutiques in the city. The Design District and Bal Harbour are great for those looking for designer pieces. Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach is also a good place to explore for your standard finds, but it also is home to some art galleries and museums. If you're an outlet shopper, check out Dolphin Mall where you'll find the largest outlet mall in Miami.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Miami?

Miami has a plethora of neighborhoods to stay in and while it is touristy, it really is fun to stay in Miami Beach on your first trip to the city. You will be near many historic hotels and things to do and it is what most people think of when they think of Miami in the first place. Espanola Way is a pedestrian street in Miami Beach that is located between 14th and 15th Street and the area has some boutique hotels worth checking out. Not only will you be located near a lot of the nightlife and things to do, but you're also only a stone's throw from the beach.

What's are 4 best tips for a person traveling to Miami?

1) Plan your trip ahead if you're not renting a car. Miami can be expensive to get around if you rely on taxis! Either rent a car or get familiar with the public transportation system and allow yourself enough time between activities and attractions to get there if you go this route! Miami is a great place to take tours, as well. This helps maximize your time without having to ride around on transit too much.

2) Miami Beach can be expensive if you're staying close to South Beach. So, if you're on a budget, stay a little further north. You will still have beautiful beaches and delicious restaurants, but North Beach offers cheaper prices (and it is a pretty easy connection by bus to South Beach).

3) Plan more days than you think you'll need! Especially if you're renting a car or wanting to take tours. You can see so many amazing things from Miami on day trips - the Everglades, the Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale, Key Biscayne National Park, and even the Bahamas.

4) Chat with the locals. Miami has a reputation for being flashy, but the city's energetic vibes come from its residents. They are so friendly and hospitable and they all have a story to share.

What should people avoid doing in Miami?

Avoid going into areas of the city that are not deemed safe. Before your trip, do a little research to see which neighborhoods are currently unsafe or ask locals once you arrive. Also avoid chain restaurants in Miami if you can help it. The food is fabulous and you can find a lot of unique spots, including many family-owned restaurants. "

What are your top 5 favourite GetYourGuide experiences in Miami?

1) Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

2) Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

3) Miami: South Beach Private 30-Minute Guided Flight Tour

4)From Miami: Key West Bus Tour

5) Miami: Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

What is one thing that surprised you about Miami?

Miami seems so far south and like it kind of just hangs out by itself down there - but there is so much to do! While I discussed it above, the city has SO many amazing day trips and day tours that it is essential to plot a few extra days in the city to take advantage of this. It actually surprises me every time I head down there as I discover something new near the city.

What are the best beaches around Miami?

Miami is world-famous for its beaches and some of the top ones to add to your itinerary are South Beach, Surfside, Virginia Key Beach Park (super underrated!), Crandon Beach Park, North Beach, and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Beach.

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My wife Surprised me booking the flight tour and we had such a great time. It was a great Experience and our pilot Sergio was amazing and professional.Very friendly I definitely recommend these guys!!

Amazing flight.Smooth.The pilot, Eduardo, was wonderful.I would do it again in a heartbeat. planning to come go again soon Highly recommend it !!

Great way to experience the bay and surrounding islands and the architecture of Miami. Tour in Spanish and English and well done.

Our tour guide was amazing! Best tour we’ve been on yet. we learned a lot about ocean drive and the shop we ate at are adorable.

The pilot was very informative and patient. Wow what a great tour. I was a bit nervous but definitely enjoyed the tour.