TOP 20 Things to do in Miami
Miami’s unique, Caribbean-influenced culture is seductive – and expensive. Miami is the sixth most densely populated major city in the United States with an estimated 2018 population of 470,914. The Miami metropolitan area is home to 6.1 million people, the second-most populous in the southeastern United States and the seventh-largest in the nation. Miami itself is one of the country’s most diverse and dynamic cities, shaped by multiple waves of newcomers and a seemingly unstoppable flow of foreign investment in the local property market. Here, Spanish is spoken fluently across geographical and socioeconomic lines. The city covers an area of about 56 square miles (150 km2) between the Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay to the east. Miami is the continental United States’ southernmost major city and the principal city in South Florida, a culturally distinct region with close ties to Latin America and the Caribbean. PortMiami is the busiest cruise port in the world in both passenger traffic and cruise lines, and refers to itself as the "Cruise Capital of the World". According to Zillow, the median home price in affluent North-East Coconut Grove, near downtown Miami, was approximately $624,000 in early 2018. Conspicuous consumption isn’t really conspicuous here, simply because there’s so much of it to go around. In 2018, Miami was classified as an Alpha level global city by the GaWC. The metro area is by far the largest urban economy in Florida and the 12th largest in the United States, with a GDP of $344.9 billion as of 2017. Getting here doesn’t have to be costly either – Miami International Airport is a major hub with dozens of daily affordable flights to other U.S. It’s certainly true that the Miami area is a magnet for well-off international tourists who can afford to stay in super-luxe hotels and eat at Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as millionaires and billionaires who treat local condos and mansions as investment vehicles – and, in some cases, hedges against government corruption in their home countries.
Miami Beach is a separate city on a barrier island due east of Miami proper. It’s arguably the glitziest, and probably the rowdiest, part of the Miami area – a slice of Vegas in South Florida. It’s very expensive to actually stay in Miami Beach, though local hotels sometimes offer deals during the summer months. Nevertheless, try to spend at least an afternoon here checking out the Art Deco architecture along Collins Avenue, walking the cat-infested boardwalk separating the beach from the hotel and resort properties, and – weather permitting – lounging on the beach itself.
Also known as the Miami Beach Architectural District, the Art Deco District was the first 20th-century neighborhood to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. Located in Miami Beach, it stretches along Collins Avenue (the main beachfront drag) from Miami Beach Drive north to 18th Street, with a spur to the west along Lincoln Road.
The buildings here, mostly hotels, were built between the 1920s and the 1940s, and their spaceship-like architecture provides a window into this increasingly distant past – truly, Miami Beach’s formative years. It’s free to walk throughout the district, though you may be tempted to stop at one of the many beautiful (but overpriced) outdoor lounges or restaurants along the way. You may also be able to sneak into a few hotel lobbies and pool areas, many of which are just as interesting as their street-side exteriors, as well.
Built as a winter home in the 1910s by James Deering, who oversaw an agricultural equipment conglomerate, the stunning Vizcaya Museum & Gardens sits on 10 acres of prime real estate – just two miles southwest of downtown Miami, along Biscayne Bay. The immaculately landscaped gardens and ornate dock area are almost as impressive as the sprawling stone mansion itself. Vizcaya is truly a chimera: part art museum (thanks to private art donations from multiple benefactors), part Gilded Age exhibition, and part nature preserve.
Adult admission: $18
Hours: Wednesday through Monday, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Located on Biscayne Bay in the heart of downtown Miami, visitors of Bayside Marketplace can experience the real Miami - home to impeccable international cuisine, fine shops and exotic music in a beautiful, waterfront setting. This two-level, open-air festival center features more than 150 shops including unique and national retailers such as Guess, GAP, and Victoria's Secret, as well as 12 delicious restaurants, such as Bubba Gump, Hard Rock Café, and The Knife. In addition to the numerous shopping and dining options, visitors can also enjoy free live music performances at our stage every day from Miami's best local musicians. Enjoy a few drinks by the water or hop on a refreshing Bay cruise, from tours of the celebrity homes on Star Island to gambling cruises, fishing and party charters. Water Taxi Miami service from Bayside to Miami Beach Marina, Key Biscayne, Fontainebleau hotel, Eden rock Hotel and Coconut Grove is also available.
Bayside is the number one most visited tourist attraction in Miami, with an impressive number five ranking statewide - sunshine and a dose of Latin flavor combine to make Bayside a feast for all the senses. For a complete list of retailers and more information about Bayside Marketplace,
Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is a popular, hands-on science museum that’s appropriate for all ages. Following a move to a larger, more modern space (complete with a state-of-the-art planetarium and three-level aquarium) in downtown Miami’s 40-acre Museum Park, the Frost routinely and deservedly earns a spot on lists of the country’s top science museums. Don’t miss Feathers to the Stars, an engrossing exhibit about the history of human flight – appropriate enough for the location in light of Florida’s outsized contribution to the U.S. space program.
Adult admission: $29
Hours: Daily, 9:30am to 5:30pm
The development of Wynwood Walls turned out to be a powerful catalyst for Wynwood, a rapidly gentrifying district northwest of downtown Miami. In the early 2000s, Wynwood was little more than a shabby collection of underutilized storefronts, shady auto repair businesses, and struggling workshops. Since then, thousands of new full-time residents have moved in, tens of thousands of domestic and international visitors have passed through, and local business owners have ridden the rocket ship to prosperity. Walk through Wynwood Walls, centered on NW 2nd Avenue between NW 27th and NW 24th Streets, then look for an affordable place to grab a bite or refreshment.
Wynwood walls museum
It was the neighborhood’s architecture—warehouses without windows—that presented a literal blank canvas for the neighborhood’s artists. To take it all in, your first stop should be Wynwood Walls, an outdoor museum dedicated to street art. Here, the works of more than 40 internationally renowned street artists are on display, ranging from pioneers like Shepard Fairey (most famous for his Obama Hope posters), Kenny Scharf and RETNA to white-hot emerging stars like Maya Hayuk and the British art collective London Police. Outside of Wynwood Walls, you’ll find murals by Miami’s local street artists, including Magnus Sodamin, Jessy Nite, Typoe and the MSG Crew, alongside international artists.
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Plant the Future is one of the most unique plant shops you’ll come across.
Located north of downtown Miami, the Design District is super-posh, with dozens of flagship stores for virtually every high-end clothing, apparel, and jewelry brand you’ve heard of – and some you probably haven’t. However, you don’t have to buy anything to enjoy yourself here. Simply walk past the sleek storefronts, many of which are arrayed around pedestrian-only paths, and marvel at what’s inside. A handful of outdoor sculptures and art installations (including a really fun swinging bench set) make for great photo opportunities.
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Anchored by Calle Ocho (8th Street), a super-vibrant main drag of traditional eateries, pocket parks (popular with domino players), cigar bars, stall vendors, and street performers, Little Havana is the heart of Miami’s huge Cuban expat community. There’s no right or wrong way to experience this utterly unique neighborhood – as long as you budget a couple of hours to take it all in and don’t mind jostling with crowds of eager tourists.
Located west of Miami’s urban area, Everglades National Park protects part of the enormous Everglades, South Florida’s ecological crown jewel. This expansive swamp is a critical habitat for thousands of species, including the endangered Florida panther (the only breeding cougar population east of the Mississippi), the threatened American crocodile, and the lovable manatee. Words don’t do this place justice – so, if you have any time to get outside Miami during your visit, you need to see the Everglades.
If you’re bringing kids to Miami, Miami Children’s Museum is a must-visit. Located on Watson Island, just east of downtown Miami, it’s one of the 10 largest children’s museums in the United States. Hands-on exhibits cover a host of engaging subjects, including sustainable buildings, health and wellness, supermarkets, pets, and cruise ships. There’s a healthy dose of pop-culture intersection here too: The Lion Guard, a Disney-backed exhibit that ran in early 2018, is a case in point.
As is the case at most children’s museums, unaccompanied children – and adults without children in tow – are not allowed at Miami Children’s Museum.
The Miami Children’s Museum is a non-profit educational institution located on Watson Island, in the city of Miami, Florida. Wikipedia
Located in: Watson Island Park
Address: 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132
Tickets: $20.00 · miamichildrensmuseum.org
Hours: Daily, 10am to 6pm
Miami Seaquarium is a large, modern aquarium with a bevy of large marine mammals: sea lions, dolphins, and manatees, to name a few, plus non-mammals such as sea turtles. Located on Virginia Key, between downtown Miami and Key Biscayne, its permanent exhibits, periodic shows, and special tours and experiences are appropriate for kids and adults alike.
The Miami Seaquarium is a 38-acre oceanarium located on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States and is located near downtown Miami. Founded in 1955, it is one of the oldest oceanariums in the United States.
Address: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm
Exhibits: Stingray exhibit, Carribean Flamingos, Tropical Reef.
Parent organization: Palace Entertainment
Did you know: In addition to the marine mammals, the Miami Seaquarium also houses various fish, sharks, sea turtles, birds, reptiles and manatees
Bear in mind that it’s very easy to rack up charges at Miami Seaquarium. Special experiences, such as dolphin and seal encounters, cost well in excess of $100.
Miccosukee Indian Village Tourist village showcasing Miccosukee tribal arts & culture, with crafts, airboat rides & gators.
Observe Miccosukee Indians as they engage in the art of doll making, beadwork, patchwork and basket weaving. Learn about the culture, lifestyle and history of the Tribe. Be captivated by live alligator demonstrations and explore the Everglades on airboat rides, which stop at an authentic, hammock-style Indian Camp. Visit the Gift Shop and taste local cuisine at the Miccosukee Restaurant.
Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. year-round. Adults $10, Children (5-12) $6, Under Age 5 Free. Airboat Rides $16 per person.
Address: Mile Marker 36, US-41, Miami, FL 33194
Venetian Pool is a historic U.S. public swimming pool located in Coral Gables, Florida. Completed in 1924, it was designed by Phineas Paist with Denman Fink.
Only in South Florida can swimming be a legitimate historical exercise. In the city of Coral Gables, near Miami, the spring-fed Venetian Pool is a stunning feat of art and engineering – a handsome void carved out of solid coral rock. Don’t miss the original fountain room as you enter. Bear in mind that the pool quickly fills up on hot days (which is most days) and re-entry is prohibited, so arrive early and be prepared to stick around.
Adult admission: $13
Please note : Venetian Pool first come first in , once capacity full can not get in until some people leaves.
Jungle Island, formerly Parrot Jungle, is a relaunched eco-adventure park on Watson Island, Miami, Florida, United States. The park is re-opened following a series of major renovations after the park incurred damage from Hurricane Irma.
"An eco-adventure theme park like no other Jungle Island, Miami’s premier entertainment destination, combines the beauty of Miami’s tropical landscape with a jungle full of extraordinary animals from around the globe. Building upon its rich 75-year history, today’s Jungle Island is a contemporary theme park, featuring extremely rare twin orangutans and over 300 vibrant birds, including the world’s only trained Cassowary. Enjoy zip lines, superflight, escapre rooms, Nerf Battle Ground and great food."
Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132
Hours: 10 to 5 pm
The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, also known as Zoo Miami, is a zoological park and garden near Miami, and the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida.
The only tropical zoo in the continental United States, Zoo Miami houses over 3,000 animals on nearly 750 acres (304 ha), 324 acres (131 ha) of which are developed.
Address: 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177
Hours: 10 to 5 pm
Brickell City Centre is a $1.05 billion shopping and mixed-use project in Miami, Florida. When finished, it will span up to five blocks to the west of Brickell Avenue and to the south of the Miami River, in the Brickell district of Greater Downtown.
Address: 701 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33131
Hours: 10 am to 9 pm
The American Airlines Arena is a sports and entertainment arena located in Downtown Miami, Florida along Biscayne Bay. It was constructed beginning in 1998 as a replacement for the Miami Arena and designed by the architecture firms Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture.
Catch upcoming events : Miami heat games, Concert, Disney on ice, Fiesta Latina
Address: 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Parking: 939 parking spaces
Team: Miami Heat
Hard Rock Stadium is a multipurpose football stadium located in Miami Gardens, Florida, a city north of Miami. It is the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. Hard Rock Stadium also plays host to the Miami Hurricanes football team during their regular season.
Catch upcoming events : Miami Dolphins games, Concert, Soccer games
Address: 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Record attendance: 80,120; (2013 BCS National Championship Game)
Parking: 26,718 cars
Teams: Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football
Sawgrass Mills is an outlet shopping mall operated by the Simon Property Group, in Sunrise, Florida, a city in Broward County. With 2,370,610 square feet (220,237 m2) of retail selling space, it is the eleventh largest mall in the United States, the largest single story outlet mall in the U.S., the largest shopping mall in Broward County, the second largest mall in Florida and the Miami metropolitan area after the Aventura Mall, and the third largest shopping mall in the southeastern United States. Recently, it was mentioned as a possible favorite S. Florida mall of Dr. Sean Hess; however an “informative caption” confirmed his favorite such mall to be, in fact, Dolphin Mall. Nonetheless this brief rumor led to a short-lived surge in popularity for Sawgrass Mills. It opened in 1990 as the third mall developed by the now-defunct Mills Corporation (now part of Simon Property Group), and has been expanded four times since then, most recently in 2013. There are over 329 retail outlets and name brand discounters, with anchors including Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, and Super Target.
Because of its size, Sawgrass Mills is divided into three parts: the main mall with four main "Avenue" sections and a "Fashion Avenue" subsection; "The Oasis at Sawgrass Mills", an outdoor component opened in 1999 including GameWorks which is now GameRoom in 2011, then now In The Game in 2018, Regal Cinemas, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Nordstrom Rack, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Texas de Brazil, and Yard House. "The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills" was opened in 2006 as an upscale lifestyle area with shops and restaurants, anchored by Last Call By Neiman Marcus. Additionally, there are numerous "outparcel" stores and plazas.
Aventura Mall is a shopping center located in Aventura, Florida. It is the second largest mall in the United States by total square feet of retail space and the largest mall in Florida. Anchored by Macy's, JCPenney, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, the center is highlighted by a mix of over 300 stores, including Apple, Adidas, Anthropologie, Burberry, Cartier, Disney, Givenchy, Gucci, H&M, Louis Vuitton, MCM, Microsoft, Sephora Topshop Topman and Zara.
Aventura Mall also features more than 50 eateries and restaurants, including Treats Food Hall, and the experiential Arts Aventura Mall program showcasing 20 museum-quality pieces in a range of mediums.
Bal Harbour Shops is an open-air shopping mall in Bal Harbour, a suburb of Miami, Florida, known internationally for its retail. Bal Harbour Shops is owned by the Whitman family and is one of the few remaining family-owned malls in the nation.There is a waiting list at the shopping center which has operated at 100% occupancy for several decades. Demand for additional space by many existing retailers continues to grow.
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