Top attractions in Miami
Top 10 things to do in Miami
With a relaxed beach life and Cuban-bred passion for partying, this Floridian metropolis is a pastel paradise for people watching. And animals too! Here are Miami's top 10 attractions.
1. Fisher Island
Home to superstars and the mega-rich, the most affluent corner of the US isn't open to just anyone, but you can get pretty close to Fisher Island on a boat tour of the bay.
2. Miami Seaquarium
"Flipper" was filmed at the US' oldest oceanarium on Virginia Key, but there are more creatures at the Miami Seaquarium than just performing marine animals – aquatic and otherwise!
3. Gator Park
Gator Park is the place to go if you want to see alligators, of course, but take an airboat tour of this Everglades attraction for snakes, turtles, and exotic birds too!
4. Miami Museum of Science
2015 sees the grand reopening of Miami's leading science museum, but this is Miami so there are animals here too. Check out the bird of prey center!
5. South Beach
Home to the famous Ocean Drive, the first part of Miami to be developed is arguably still the most... well, Miami-ish. South Beach remains one of the city's best beaches too.
6. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Once known as Villa Vizcaya, this opulent estate is now open to the public to walk around and think about moving there upon winning the lottery.
7. Miami Children's Museum
With exhibits catered to the young (and young at heart), this is a great place to take the family, especially if your children are averse to regular museums!
8. Zoo Miami
Miami's climate makes it the ideal location for the only tropical zoo in the US. For a small fee you can even feed the giraffes!
9. Miami Beach Architectural District
This historic district of Miami Beach is sometimes referred to as the Art Deco District. No prizes for guessing which style of architecture dominates its postcard-perfect streets!
10. Bass Museum of Art
With art from the Renaissance to the present day, the city's leading gallery occupies Miami Beach's old public library building.
Planning Your Visit
When to go?
The city's basketball team is called the Miami Heat for a reason. The tropical monsoon climate means it's always hot, although you can expect thunderstorms in summer and hurricane season runs for as long as June to November. Nevertheless, it's perfect for sunbathing in winter!
How many days?
Most of Miami Beach's best attractions can be covered in 3 or 4 days, but book at least a week if you want to see more of the city and/or go to the Everglades.
How safe is it?
Despite its depiction in movies, much of Miami is pretty safe. Like most cities though, it has parts tourists would be smart to avoid. High-crime areas include Biscayne Boulevard, Liberty City, Opa-Locka, and Overtown. Unlike the others, you might have reason to go to Miami's Downtown district, but stay alert, especially after dark.
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What people are saying about Miami
-Everglades Holiday Park, The park is currently under construction so it felt a little Tiger Kingy like when we arrived, but everything was very professional when you got a closer look -Airboat Ride, we had a great guide that spotted multiple gators for us and informed us about everything, he circled back so both sides of the boat saw the wildlife multiple times. Some other boats just sped along though, so your luck really just depends on your guide. -Gator show, was a little rushed. Only like 10 minutes long, only 2 tricks performed but pretty informative. -Bus, Our instructions said to meet at Soundscape park, so we took an Uber from Bayside Marketplace to Soundscape, only to be informed we were picking up the other half of our group from Bayside Marketplace. That wasn't an option when we booked our tour. The bus was cold like all the other reviews say. I'm pretty sure our bus driver left people behind since they weren't back to the bus in time. So pay attention to the time.
Experience really good and the instructions on board were excellent, but the “office” is really a mess, very unorganized, lots of people who do not have reservations. I think they should have a specific line only for the reservations. My reservation time was 2:15pm and I ended up going around 4:30pm - long waiting time for someone who actually has a reservation. Also, if something like weather or other thing changes they don’t give you a refund, you must choose another attraction or come back another day (which is not a good option considering that not many people will come back). I think they should consider giving a refund if the person decides to.
Such a great time thanks to Miguel, who was our tour guide guy. He taught us how to ride the Segways in no time. Super informational on the history of Ocean Dr. And definitely made our tour fun! Thanks again Miguel!
The airboat was fun especially, when going fast. It was nice to hear about the local animals/plants while watching a few alligators. The reptile show was also interesting and very informative.
Tour is great for general introduction, immersion and complete sensory discovery of the Everglades and it's flora and fauna. Guide was very knowledgeable, informative and conversational.