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Things to do in Miami

Things to do in  Miami

Welcome to Miami

Idyllic beaches, vibrant colors, art deco architecture, Cuban-inflected enclaves, abundant nightlife—turns out, Miami is way more than just a sunny getaway.

Top 10 attractions in Miami

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Bayside Marketplace

Bayside Marketplace

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Bayside Marketplace, a vibrant waterfront mall in downtown Miami—and the city’s most-visited attraction—sits above Biscayne Bay and features many shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The open-air market has more than 100 shops ranging from apparel to bath products to electronics, and often live performers are on hand to keep shoppers entertained.More
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South Beach

South Beach

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Miami's South Beach neighborhood features 10 miles (16 km) of beaches with a buzzing, carnival-like atmosphere. With a trendy Caribbean-chic café culture and an impossibly hip and sexy nightlife scene, the area is a non-stop people-watching mecca.More
#3
Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium

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Miami Seaquarium® is a world-class marine-life entertainment park located on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, Florida. The 38-acre (15.4-hectare) tropical paradise features a variety of marine life such as dolphins, killer whales, sea lions, endangered sea turtles, manatees, stingrays, and much more. With more than a dozen interactive and educational exhibits, the Seaquarium is guaranteed fun for the whole family.More
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Little Havana

Little Havana

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Vibrant Cuban culture permeates every aspect of the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Florida—you’ll find it in the colorful murals, the monuments to heroes past and present, the residents facing off in the domino park as they discuss politics, and in the cigar rollers at work amidst the ever-present aroma of Cuban coffee.More
#5
Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls

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Wynwood Walls is an art exhibition that spans 80,000 square feet of wall space. Located in Miami’s Wynwood district, the “outdoor museum” boasts a constantly changing collection of murals by some of the world’s top graffiti and street artists.More
#6
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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Miami is often called the Magic City, and if it truly is, this opulent Italian Renaissance-style villa, the housing equivalent to a Fabergé egg, is its most fairy-tale residence. Built for industrialist James Deering in 1916, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens brims with 15th to 19th century furniture, tapestries, paintings and decorative arts.The poetic seaside grounds, which front Biscayne Bay, are full of splendid gardens (including a secret garden), beautiful fountains, sculptures, elegant pools, a charming Florentine gazebo, canals running everywhere and lots of trails. The landscape and architecture were influenced by Veneto and Tuscan Italian Renaissance models and designed in the Mediterranean Revival architecture style.Nearly 200,000 people visit Vizcaya each year including some of the world's leading dignitaries such as President Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth of England and King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain. In 1994, the historic Summit of the Americas was held at Vizcaya with President Clinton and the 34 leaders of the Western Hemisphere.More
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Fisher Island

Fisher Island

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Just three miles of the coast from Miami, Fisher Island is one of the world’s most exclusive beach communities. Cut off from the mainland by the creation of a canal in 1906, it has then been owned by some of Florida’s wealthiest citizens. Today it’s an upscale oasis with private shoreline access and golf course.Real estate here is prime, and the last census revealed that Fisher Island has the highest per capita income of any place in the United States. No roads or bridges lead to the island - it is accessible only by ferry or private invitation. Aside from the warm, turquoise waters and white sands of its shores, there are mansions, apartments, a private marina, an observatory, and one hotel located on the island. Luxurious and tropical, a visit to the private island offers a glimpse into a community that truly is home to the rich and famous.More
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Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove

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One of the first established neighborhoods in Miami, Coconut Grove melds an eclectic history with a modern vibe, creating a historic, hipster hub for food, art, and culture. From its idyllic waterfront on Biscayne Bay to quaint walking streets lined with boutiques and cafés, the village is the perfect laid-back base for a Miami vacation.More
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Art Deco Historic District

Art Deco Historic District

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Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District is a colorful, vibrant section of the trendy South Beach neighborhood. The area includes about 900 unique buildings—from nautical-themed hotels to pastel-colored mansions—and was the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.More
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Wynwood

Wynwood

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Break away from the throngs of tourists crowding Miami Beach, and discover the revitalized district of Wynwood. Once nothing but run-down warehouses, the now-hip neighborhood is known for its mural-lined streets. Visitors also enjoy the numerous art galleries, coffee shops, craft breweries, and Puerto Rican–influenced eateries.More

Trip ideas

Top Beaches in Miami

Top Beaches in Miami

Everglades Tours from Miami

Everglades Tours from Miami

Recent reviews from experiences in Miami

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Amazing Views of Downtown Miami!
Dugan_S, Feb 2021
Private Night Cruise in Miami
Amazing way to see Miami at night!
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Lovely afternoon for a ride
Sara_M, Feb 2021
Private Exclusive Classic Car Tour Miami Beach, Wynwood & Little Havana 3-Hour
It was a great way to see many sights in Miami and Miami Beach.
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Amazing wxperience
Batsheva_R, Feb 2021
Parasailing with Miami Watersports
I would totally do other activities with Miami Watersports again
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Wonderful
Brittany_M, Jan 2021
Speedboat Sightseeing Tour of Miami
I would definitely recommend if you come to Miami try these activities out.
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Great tour!
Angie_S, Jan 2021
City Half Day Tour of Miami by Bus with Sightseeing Cruise
Great tour to see Miami for the money.
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Miami for 50 and Fab
Tonya_J, Jan 2021
Miami Millionaire’s Row Cruise
He did the tour in English and Spanish.
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Fantastic!
Karen_H, Dec 2020
Speedboat Sightseeing Tour of Miami
A great way to see Miami from the water.
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Miami from the water
JIMMY_L, Dec 2020
Private Night Cruise in Miami
Highly recommended for anybody who wants to see Miami from the water.
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Awesome
Carrie_A, Dec 2020
Private Exclusive Classic Car Tour Miami Beach, Wynwood & Little Havana 3-Hour
Terry is great and such an awesome way to see Miami!!
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Great way to see Miami!
Daren_G, Dec 2020
Miami Boat Nightlife Experience
This tour is a great way to see the waterways of Miami in your own private boat.
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It was great!
Gabbriella_P, Dec 2020
Miami Boat Nightlife Experience
Even got to see some dolphins!
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First time in Miami
Travis_P, Dec 2020
Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride
Great way to see Miami when you are only in town for a few days!
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Enjoyable and good view of Miami
Sharon_Z, Dec 2020
Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride
Just such a nice mix of activities.
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Excellent tour, highly recommend.
Linda_V, Dec 2020
City Tour Miami PLUS (City Tour + Boat Tour)
Loved little Havana, guide offered recommendations for places to visit.
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Day trip to Key West
Laura_T, Nov 2020
Key West Day Trip from Miami with Optional Activities
Long day but a great way to see Key West when you stay in Miami.
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Enjoyable
Tami_J, Nov 2020
City Half Day Tour of Miami by Bus with Sightseeing Cruise
It was an enjoyable adventure and getting to see and hear about some of the Miami highlights.
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Experience the best of Miami
melany_b, Nov 2020
City Tour Miami PLUS (City Tour + Boat Tour)
Great concept if you want to see the best of Miami in a day.
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Sageway ride
Nahal, Sep 2020
Shared 30 Minutes Ocean Drive Segway Tour
I had a great experience, got to see around miami beach The tour was amazing Definitely recommend it
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Great experience for the price
AVallejo, Feb 2021
Miami to Key West Day Trip with Optional Activities
but by the time we changed to dry clothes & ate we where trying to book a bike to see the town a bit quicker to make sure we made it back on time..
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Millionaire
Roxana_T, Feb 2021
Miami Millionaire’s Row Cruise
It was interesting to see the wealthy people houses.

All about Miami

When to visit

Weather-wise, spring is considered the best time to visit Miami, but timing is key. March is Spring Break season, and many college students flock to Miami for festivities. Come April and May, students are back in school, which may be the best window to visit the idyllic South Beach.

Summers in Miami are hot and humid, but that doesn’t stop families on summer break flocking to the white sand beaches. Events like Art Basel bring the crowds, making summer an expensive, albeit exciting, time to visit.

Fall is peak hurricane season in the Atlantic. While good weather is not always a guarantee, it can lead to disruptions in travel and reservations.

With temperatures averaging in the mid-70s, winter is a perfect escape from colder northern climes. Miami is a popular holiday-season retreat, with holiday lights adorning its art deco buildings and palm tree-lined streets.

Getting around

Walking: Warm weather year-round means Miami is a great walking city. The city’s mostly grid-like layout and numbered streets and avenues make it easy to navigate by foot.

Train: Downtown Miami has a Metromover rail line that goes to popular locations and is free to all passengers. In addition, the Metrorail line travels throughout the city’s metropolitan area if you’re planning a day trip.

Bus: The Metrobus has almost 100 routes within the city limits, making it a reliable way to get from one neighborhood to the other. The schedules for the bus change throughout the course of the day, so plan accordingly to avoid longer-than-necessary transfers. The Miami Beach Trolleys are an easy—and free—option to get to the city’s major beaches.

Taxi: Miami taxis can be easily found throughout the city, and are a good option for those looking to avoid parking problems in the busier parts of town. Uber and Lyft also operate throughout the city’s metropolitan area.

Traveler tips

Miami may be known for its beaches, but the city’s culture is really its backbone. Bolstered by its hispanic population, Miami has the largest Cuban-American population in the country, which makes the city’s Little Havana neighborhood a must-visit area for food, art, music, and nightlife. Before planning your visit, be sure to check the city’s event calendar to make sure you are planning your visit around some of the larger events—especially if you are looking for a trip on a budget. Miami’s busy seasons span throughout the course of the year, making hotel, airfare, and attraction rates fluctuate, with small windows in between to grab the best deals.

Frequently Asked Questions