17 Best Things To Do In Miami

January 13, 2024

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  Best Things To Do In Miami

When Booking.com and Time Out threw down the spontaneous travel gauntlet, I eagerly accepted the challenge. The twist? I’d only learn my destination the night before or the morning of the trip. Soon enough, I found myself on a plane bound for the vibrant city of Miami. As a Miami enthusiast, I’ve revisited numerous times since that inaugural journey, solidifying it as one of my favorite vacation spots in the United States. From the dazzling sights of Biscayne Bay to the cultural extravaganza in South Florida, Miami offers an unparalleled blend of experiences. Exploring North Miami‘s art scene, embarking on guided boat tours through the Magic City, and indulging in delectable Italian and Caribbean eateries have become staples. With an abundance of outdoor activities like jet skiing, kayaking, and snorkeling, the city caters to water sports enthusiasts year-round. For those seeking a leisurely day trip, the surrounding Miami-Dade County beckons with opportunities to encounter alligators, dolphins, and more. The lively nightlife and performing arts scene in Lauderdale and on the beach ensure unforgettable evenings, while spas provide a tranquil escape. Miami truly is the epitome of a year-round destination, where every square foot pulsates with energy and possibilities, perfect for people-watching and creating lasting memories.

SEE ALSO: Weekend Guide To Things To Do In South Beach

After several trips to this city, here’s my list of the best things to do in Miami!


Cuban Sandwich & Coffee at Versailles Miami

Start your day with a Cuban coffee

Indulge in a traditional Cuban breakfast with café con leche, a delightful combination of a rich espresso shot and steamed milk. While savoring this iconic morning beverage, consider exploring the vibrant culture of South Florida. Take a boat tour along Biscayne Bay for spectacular sightseeing, or venture into the heart of North Miami for a taste of the city’s Italian nightclubs and its lively art scene.

For those seeking outdoor activities, embark on guided tours to experience the magic of the Caribbean right in Miami-Dade County. Engage in water sports like jet skiing and kayaking, or simply enjoy live music in the Magic City‘s lively squares. With the year-round allure of South Florida, consider a day trip for snorkeling and encountering alligators in the wild.

When you need a break, unwind at one of the local spas or indulge in people-watching at trendy eateries on the beach. Don’t forget to try a Cuban sandwich or pastelitos for a delicious culinary experience. Whether you’re into performing arts or fascinated by dolphins, South Florida offers a plethora of options to make your visit unforgettable. Consider incorporating these elements into your Miami adventure for an enriching and diverse experience.

SEE ALSO: Where To Eat, Shop & Stay In Downtown Miami


Art Deco in South Beach Miami

Walk down the Art Deco District

Located on Ocean Drive in South Beach is the Art Deco District where you’ll find colorful buildings after color buildings. You can take a walking tour with a tour guide with the Miami Design Preservation League or just walk around the neighborhood yourself.


Colorful lifeguard towers in South Beach in Miami Beach

Soak up the sun on Miami Beach

You didn’t come to Miami without visiting the iconic Miami Beach. Miami beach is divided into three different parts: North Beach, Mid-Beach, and South Beach.

  • North Beach – frequented more by the locals as it’s quieter than South Beach. The beach is wide and sandy with more of a relaxed vibe. If you’re wanting to relax and escape the busy crowds, head up to North Beach.
  • Mid-Beach – Miami’s luxury hotels can be found in Mid-Beach like Faena, 1 Hotel, and Confidante. This area is filled with buzzy restaurants, nightlife, and attractions along the sandy beach. Don’t miss The Broken Shaker, it’s considered “America’s Best Hotel Bar”.
  • South Beach – South Beach is the hot spot of Miami Beach with the Art Deco district and bars that line Ocean Drive. Grab a bite on Espanola Way and shop until you drop on Lincoln Road. Head down to South Pointe Park at the southernmost tip of South Beach.

Seeing all the bright, colorful umbrellas on Miami Beach is my favorite part of Miami and I always make a stop at the beach to soak up the sun!


Explore the Everglades National Park

Just a short distance from Miami is The Everglades National Park that covers 1.5 million acres of swamplands that are home to gators, snacks, crocodiles, and more. There are a lot of different walking trails and boardwalks or if you prefer, you can take a tour on a high-speed airboat ride!


Swim in the Venetian Pool

Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on one of my trips to Miami so I went swimming at Venetian Pool. This historic public swimming pool was built in 1924 in the Mediterranean style with spring water, waterfalls, and coral rock in a tropical backdrop.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tickets: Non-resident daily admission rates are $15 per adult and $10 for children ages three to 12.

2701 De Soto Blvd, coralgables.com/departments/CommunityRecreation/venetian-pool


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Previously known as Villa Vizcaya, the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a 1916 waterfront estate home with 32 decorated rooms and 10 acres of formal gardens. Escape the humid Miami heat and duck into the Vizcaya Museum and learn about this museum that took between $10 million and $50 million to build. 

Fun fact: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was named after one of the most captivating shorelines on the Spanish coast.

Hours: Thursday through Monday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Tickets: $22 for adults (13 years and older), $10 for children (ages 6-12), and free for children under 5.

3251 S Miami Ave, vizcaya.org


Lincoln Road in Miami

Shop on Lincoln Road

If you like shopping, you’ll love Lincoln Road in Miami because it’s a world-famous shopping street that stretches over 10 blocks with hundreds of shops and boutiques.


1 Hotel South Beach Pool

Floating in Four Seasons Miami hotel pool

Stay at a luxury hotel in Miami

Miami is home to many luxury hotels and home to some of the top luxury hotels in the world. I’ve stayed at:

  • Four Seasons Miami – pictured above
  • 1 Hotel – this is the best hotel that I’ve ever stayed in
  • The Confidante Miami Beach – super, super cute and I would stay here again!
  • Viceroy Miami – closed and reopened as W Miami
  • Sense Beach House on South Beach
  • The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables

On my list to stay at:

  • The Setai
  • Faena Hotel Miami Beach
  • Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club


Explore Jungle Island

Jungle Island, formerly Parrot Jungle, is a relaunched eco-adventure park on Watson Island, Miami, Florida. Explore the island and discover a vibrant array of wildlife from around the world while enjoying epic shows like Winged Wonders and Wild Adventures and more.

Tickets: $49.95 for adults (ages 11 and up, and $35.95 for children (from 3-10 years ago).

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, jungleisland.com


Go shopping in Miami Design District

Miami Design District is the Design District of Miami that’s famous for the sleek modern architecture, upscale interior design stores, and art galleries.

3841 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL


Havana 1957 Cuban Food Miami

Eat Cuban food

Cuban culture infuses Miami’s dining scene so it’s mandatory for you to try some authentic Cuban food. The Havana 1957 Specialty at Havana 1957 in Espanola Way with roasted chicken in Cuban gravy, white rice, black beans, salad, and sweet plantain chips was delicioso. Wash it down with a coconut mojito! You know a place is authentic when it’s filled with Cuban exiles.


Umbrellas on Miami Beach

Take a dip in the ocean

The clear blue water and white sand beaches are a must-see for anyone visiting Miami.

SEE ALSO: Where To Eat, Stay & Shop In South Beach Miami


Azucar Ice Cream

Eat ice cream in Little Havana

With all that walking around, you’re going to need to refuel with a gelato pop or triple scoop ice cream cone. Go to Azucar Ice Cream Company that’s located in Little Havana.

While you’re there, head down Memorial Boulevard and check out the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame and the Brigade 2506 Memorial. Triple scoops of passion fruit, mango, and mamey sorbet pictured above.

Azucar Ice Cream Company, 1503 SW 8th St, azucaricecream.com


1 Hotel South Beach Pool

Swim in a rooftop pool

There’s a reason why South Beach is rated as one of the hottest cities in America. Whether it’s the beach, attractive people, weather, or wild pool parties. When in Miami, head to the rooftop and swim alongside the A-list Miamians. 1 Hotel South Beach pictured above.


The Wynwood Walls - Craved Graffiti 2

Explore Wynwood Walls

From life-sized paintings of the Dalai Lama to colorful spray-painted murals that are nearly impossible to decipher, Wynwood Walls feature a constantly rotating mixture of artists and their highly regarded creations. The art changes almost every 2 weeks so there’s always new street art to see. The mural above was carved out of the wall!

SEE ALSO: Where To Shop In Wynwood Miami


Walking Through The Perez Art Museum

Visit the Pérez Art Museum Miami

Marvel in the modern and contemporary international artwork at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the $220 million art museum named after billionaire Jorge Pérez. This is one of the best museums that I’ve been to in the U.S. so I highly recommend visiting on your trip!

Hours: Monday – Tuesday from 10am – 6pm, closed Wednesday, Thursday from 10am – 9pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Tickets: $16 for adults, $12 for students wit ID, $12 for youth between 7-18, and $12 for seniors that are 62+ with ID.

1103 Biscayne Blvd, pamm.org


Elcielo Miami

Try a new cuisine

Miami offers a variety of Cuban, Argentine, Venezuelan, Peruvian and Latin food. The Latin American cuisine with molecular gastronomy techniques at El Cielo by Juan Manuel Barrientos blew my mind.

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Other things to do in Miami

  • Coral Castle
  • Bayside Marketplace
  • James Deering Estate
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science – 250-seat Frost Planetarium
  • Miami Seaquarium – rescued Florida’s endangered manatees
  • Miami Children’s Museum
  • Bayfront Park
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)
  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – 400-acre state park in Key Biscayne
  • Coconut Grove
  • Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
  • Brickell Center
  • Millionaire’s Row
  • Zoo Miami
  • Weekend trip to Sanibel Island, Florida
  • Weekend trip to Fort Myers, Florida

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