See here all the best things to do in Miami and enjoy the most touristic and incredible places in the city. We know that the city of Miami has thousands of things for you to see and do (among beaches, clubs and shopping), and for that reason, we have selected those that you cannot miss. Check out our list of things to do in Miami:
After reading this article, check out our tips about how to save a lot of money on your trip to Miami. It is the most accessed article on our blog and will help you with all the trip planning. There are several unmissable tips that will save you A LOT of cash and set up your entire trip to Miami.
1) Visit Miami Beach
Most of the tourist attractions in Miami are in Miami Beach, which is an island linked to Miami, and is the most popular region in the city. So it’s our first item on the to-do list. Miami Beach has paradisiacal beaches and wonderful natural parks, with all that contrast of crystal blue water and intense green plants. It is the most famous one of the beaches in Miami, and cannot be missed in your travel itinerary. It is not the most beautiful one, but the most agitated and well-known.
2) Travel to the north beaches of Miami
Further north of Miami there are several cool and even more paradisiacal beaches. You can take the car and, in one day, get to know all of them. A very interesting option is the Hollywood Beach, which is a quieter beach, with crystal clear water, and which usually receives artists and celebrities who live there in their incredible mansions in front of the beach. Further north, there are busier beaches that belongs to the neighboring cities of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton.
Miami has some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida, so plan on getting to know them all, as it is practically a free trip. It’s nice to stop by Walmart or Target supermarkets before going to the beach, and buy several snacks, soda, water and food to take away (and you don’t have to buy them at the beach, where everything is much more expensive).
Another cool tip to save money on your trip to Miami is to buy an umbrella and a large beach towel, which are very cheap items in supermarkets, because if you are going to rent one of them on the beaches of Miami, you will pay more than US$ 20 just for a chair and an umbrella, for a day. With this money, you can purchase these items to use throughout the trip. It is a good economy!
3) See the arts of Wynwood Walls
A more geared option for culture and art lovers, the Wynwood Walls, or Wynwood Arts District, is a true open-air museum perfect for seeing a lot of connected people on the subject. It is a very different neighborhood, with graffiti walls, open art galleries and several restaurants. Many people go to him to meet, take pictures and spend a delicious afternoon enjoying art and snacks in some restaurant.
4) Travel to Key West
Key West Island is located near Miami, in the south, and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and impressive places in the world. There you will find paradisiacal beaches and breathtaking landscapes! The drive by car between Miami and Key West is considered one of the most beautiful in the world, as it takes three hours over gigantic bridges, suspended over the sea, that interconnect several small islands until reaching Key West. If you have the opportunity, be sure to include this region on your trip.
5) Shopping in Miami
You can’t deny that shopping is one of the top items on the list of things to do in Miami. The city is one of the best places in the world to buy clothes, accessories, various electronics, glasses, watches and everything you can imagine. It’s good to set aside at least two full days for shopping, as Miami’s Malls and Outlets are really amazing (and huge), with more than 300 stores in each. If you don’t have much time, at least go to the Sawgrass Mills Outlet, which is the second largest outlet in the world, and has products with unmissable discounts.
Other cool visiting tips are Shopping Dolphin Mall Miami and Shopping Aventura Mall, which have the most famous brands in the world. And, of course, electronics stores, such as Best Buy, which is the largest electronics chain in the world and a paradise for tourists who want to buy notebooks, cell phones, accessories etc.
6) Enjoy Ocean Drive Miami
We have already said that Miami Beach is the most bustling and trendy part of Miami, and we guarantee that this is where the best beaches, hotels, bars, restaurants and clubs are located. If you want to enjoy it beyond the beaches, an unmissable tip is to visit the famous avenue of Miami Beach, Ocean Drive Miami. It is an avenue illuminated by colored lights, which has the main bars and clubs in Miami, in addition to the famous tattoo studio Miami Ink Tattoo. Spend at least one night there, to eat at one of the restaurants on the sidewalk and have a personalized drink.
7) Getting to know Lincoln Road
Speaking of avenues, another very famous one in Miami is Lincoln Road, which has the best clothing stores in the city. It is not only the ideal destination for shopping because it tends to have higher prices, but it is still worth the trip, since it is a true tourist spot in the city. The seven blocks of the avenue had the traffic closed for cars in 2006, making the place a shopping and promenade center even more attractive and safe for pedestrians, who can enjoy freely without worrying about cars or motorcycles. There you can also enjoy restaurants, cafes, art galleries such as the famous Romero Britto gallery, independent clothing stores (which can be cheaper!) and even a cinema.
8) Explore Coral Gables
Coral Gables is a historic neighborhood in the south of Miami and has thousands of things to offer. It is an incredible place to spend the day, known for its architecture and Mediterranean style. Walking through Coral Gables you will find mansions, luxurious hotels, fountains, small galleries and super nice shops. For those who like art, you can enjoy the Miami Art Museum, which is the largest art museum in Miami. And it is in Coral Gables that is also the famous Venetian Pool Miami, which is the largest artificial pool in the United States – and one of the main tourist spots in Miami. A great place to spend the day and cool off from the scorching heat of the city!
Extra tip: Coral Gables is a great place for brides who want to buy their wedding dress in Miami. The Miracle Mile region, in the heart of Coral Gables, has dozens of boutique; and there’s also the Coconut Grove Shopping, which has good stores and some restaurants.
9) Spending the night in a club
The city of Miami has some of the best clubs in the world, and the main clubs and bars are located in Miami Beach. They are very well decorated spaces, with DJs from all over the world performing daily, and very excited people with different drinks in their hands. Among the best nightclubs in Miami are Mango’s Tropical (which is a salsa and more latin club), Mansion Night Club, Nikki Beach (which is an open-air club on the beach), SET, LIV and Mynt Lounge (which is a great club frequented by famous people).
10) Discover Matheson Hammock Park
A very different tourist spot, which is worth visiting, is Matheson Hammock Park. It is a natural park well hidden in Miami, and that tourists usually do not even know, which makes the place even more peaceful and idyllic. The park consists on a natural pool, formed by the sea, and a green space with good structure (bathrooms, snack bar and shower). When we went to Matheson Hammock Park, we took an umbrella and a towel, spread it out and stayed all afternoon enjoying the beautiful view. Bring snacks, drinks and other things that you want to consume there, since there are picnic tables for you to make your snack.
11) Visit Everglades Park
Everglades Park is an American wetland formed by 5 different biomes, with a beautiful nature and animals such as jaguars, deer, alligators, crocodiles, turtles and dozens of types of birds. It is a beautiful adventure for you to break your shopping routine in Miami. One of the highlights of the Everglades park is the boat ride, the Air Boat. The tour starts very slowly with the driver telling a little about the alligators and the history of Everglades National Park, and at one point he accelerates the boat. Then he slows down and begins to enter islands surrounded by shallow waters in search of the great alligators of the Everglades.
12) Take a cruise in Miami
If you have a few days left on your trip, a great option is to take a cruise in Miami. Cruises there are very cheap and last 3 or 4 days, usually going to the Bahamas islands or Cuba (the Caribbean region). You can take this opportunity to rest and get to know other cities, in addition to enjoying all the luxury and fun that cruises offer. It is a really cool tour to include in the list of things to do in Miami!
13) Watch an incredible game in the NBA
We love watching sports games and shows when we travel to Miami. Even for those who do not like sports, it is a spectacle apart and an incredible experience to see the culture of Americans up close. The stadiums are beautiful, the matches are organized, and everything is always very lively.
We have already researched a lot and a cool site to buy tickets for all games, in addition to the shows (there are always many) in the United States is this tickets website. It is one of the largest sites in the world, and has all the shows and championship events in the United States and the world. It was also the site where we found cheaper tickets and the easier way to buy. In this link, you already can inform your travel date and it will show you all the games that will take place while you are there.
We have already warned you that the coolest games to watch are the NBA (Basketball) and NFL (American Football) games. The NHL (Ice Hockey) and the MLB (Baseball) are also very interesting championships.
Save 55% of money on attractions using GoCard Miami
GoCard Miami is the main ticket combo in the city. With it you have access to more than 27 attractions and tourist points in Miami and save up to 55% of what you would spend if you bought the tickets separately. It is very worth it and, in addition to saving a good amount of money, you also save a lot of time that would be necessary at each ticket office of each attraction, since you already travel with the tickets to them all in your hands. If you want it, click here on GoCard Miami. Their website is very good and explains everything perfectly. It works per day, so you can buy the option 1, 2, 3 or 5 days, but it doesn’t need to be used at days in a row. If you want to buy the 3-day card, for example, you can use it on 3 different days of your choice within a 14-day period (it starts counting from the day you use it for the first time).
On each day, you can go to as many attractions as you want. The moment you buy it on the website, you already receive the digital card on your cell phone and just show it at the entrances of the venues. The best places included in the card are the Miami Seaquarium, Jungle Island, boat trip through Key Biscayne, boat trip through South Beach, ride on a mini boat through the Everglades (a natural park of alligators), Miami Zoo and Viscaya Museum. Also included are some great remaining attractions in Orlando, such as the Kennedy Space Center (NASA Park), WonderWorks, and Fun Spot Park. They are very good tour options and the card is really worth it and makes your trip much easier.
Tips to make the most of your trip to Miami
Now that you’ve seen everything about the best things to do in Miami, a great tip that makes the difference on your trip is to choose the location of your hotel. Miami is a big city, and it’s so much better to stay in a region close to the main tourist spots. See our article best areas to stay in your trip to Miami to learn about the best regions to stay there and how to get a great hotel for an excellent price (and find good deals). You will stay in the best region, close to the beaches and shoppings, and enjoy even more your trip!
Miami’s beaches, parks, shoppings and tourist spots are very far apart, and that’s why tourists always choose to rent a car in the city. With a car, you will be able to enjoy your trip even more, visiting everywhere and shopping with peace of mind. You can even drive to Key West island! If you want, see our article how to rent a great and cheap car in Miami, where we give you every information that you need to know about this subject, with tips about how to find unique prices using comparators. It ‘s much cheaper than people think, and it is worth it because Miami is definitively a city to explore by car.
How can I use my phone in Miami?
Being able to use your cell phone on your trip is something extremely useful. With it working, you can search about all the spots, access the discount coupons and park apps, check the weather and even use the GPS, saving the rent of this equipment for the car. Besides, of course, being connected to the various social networks!
We have selected the best tips about how to use your phone in Miami, in which we indicate the cheapest way to use it all day long and anywhere in the entire country. With the mobile internet, you can search everything about the best things to do in Miami!
Don’t forget about the Travel Insurance for Miami!
A very important tip is to have an International Travel Insurance before traveling to Miami. No one should travel without it, so you can avoid major problems abroad! It ends up being cheaper than people think, and in our article of International Travel Insurance for Miami you check everything you need to know about it: which are the best insurance companies, and tips for hiring excellent coverage for a lower price, saving a lot.