Things to Do in Miami
Miami Beach remains one of Miami’s most endearing attractions. Attracting scores of tourists and locals of all ages, the beach is a wonderfully diverse mishmash of local culture amidst a stunning backdrop of glorious beaches and shimmering waves. Take note of the Art Deco buildings painted in pastel colors and topped with Neon signs. The main roads to check out are Ocean Drive and Collins Ave.
Miami is gifted with a rich natural heritage, which is no better exemplified by the Everglades. The only North American subtropical preserve, the Everglades is home to a bewildering array of flora and fauna, a great many of which you can see up close on a cruise through the River of Grass. You could also explore the area by way of a fascinating ride on an airboat, a tour which includes alligator wrestling and a wildlife presentation. Buy tickets online now.
South Beach is a destination for “beautiful people.” Sit a while at one of the many al-fresco cafes and restaurants along Ocean Drive and people watch, or take note of the rich and famous leaving their expensive cars with the many valets.
During the day, its a nice spot to visit, but the strip comes alive at night. The lights turn on, the music turns up and the cars you’ll see change from Rolls Royce’s to tricked out vintage Chevy’s with 30″ wheels. It’s a great big party that’s sure to go on long into the night. If you want to explore South Beach in a unique way, try renting a Segway!
Want to experience a little Cuban culture? Visit Miami’s Little Havana, the main thoroughfare of which is Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street), only 5 minutes from downtown Miami. When all the signs turn to Spanish and you hear Latin music in the air, you’ll know you’ve arrived. Grab a coffee and tamale at one of the many open-air coffee counters, the oldest of which is Los Pinarenos Fruteria. Take home a souvenir at one of the many stores and enjoy some fresh-baked cuban delicacies at an authentic Cuban bakery. Check out this excellent Little Havana Food and Walking Tour.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Visit the estate of American industrialist James Deering. Renowned for its architecture, the home, built in 1916, is reminiscent of old-world Italy, with its 34 rooms designed around a center courtyard. The 28 acre gardens contain sculptures, pools and fountains and has a wonderful view of the Atlantic. Grab a guide book and wander at your leisure admiring the antique European furniture and unique gadgets, impressive for its time. Within the museum you will find a gift shop and cafe. Buy tickets online now.
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Top Excursions in Miami Cruise Port (PortMiami)
Get a great view on this open-topped hop-on-hop-off bus tour with 20 stops across the city. See the most notable areas of Miami including Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Beach, Little Havana, and more. Explore and relax at your own pace
Duration: Anytime between 9am and 6pm
Activity Level: Easy
Wheelchair Accessibility: No