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Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

1. Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

Discover the Everglades National Park, a diverse landscape providing crucial habitats for numerous rare and endangered species. Take an airboat ride, and view alligators, turtles, and even the elusive Florida panther.  After paying the park admission fee, immerse yourself in swampland often referred to as the River of Grass. The park known as such because of the endless prairies of sawgrass that rise three to ten feet above the surface of the water. Encounter lush vegetation of the Everglades which also includes mangroves, cypress, palms, pines, and hardwood hammocks (small islands). The sawgrass is often so dense that travel is only possible through natural water passages. Ride on an airboat, which is designed to operate well in shallow water and marshlands. Propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine, have a fast and fun journey. Complete your visit with a wildlife and alligator show. Get up close with these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat.

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Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

2. Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

Board the boat from the heart of Downtown Miami. Relax in luxury on a bi-level boat with open windows and a shaded deck. From downtown, you will set sail towards Star Island, where many celebrities live in their stunning mansions. Catch a glimpse of Al Capone’s house as you cruise along Biscayne Bay. Next, head to Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, Sunset Island, and Fischer Island. See the famous Venetian Islands and discover more celebrity mansions along the way. Keep an eye out for the homes of Gloria Estefan, P. Diddy, Shaquille O'Neal, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins, Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Matt Damon, and more. Your experienced tour guide will point out all the famous homes and landmarks.  Next, cruise down to South Beach and Bayside Marketplace to truly see all that Miami has to offer. At the end of the cruise, you will dock back in Downtown Miami. Choose to add more adventure to your day with the double-decker bus combo option.

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Miami: Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach

3. Miami: Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach

Take a break from the bustle of Downtown Miami and watch the sunset from the water. Cruise across Biscayne Bay and admire incredible views of the city skyline. Enjoy refreshments along the way, available for purchase from the onboard bar. Relax on a luxury yacht with open windows and shaded deck, as you listen to commentary from your guide. Sail past famous islands, catch a glimpse of Al Capone’s mansion, and cruise down to South Beach. Head back to shore at the end of a beautiful evening.

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From Miami: Half-Day Everglades Airboat Ride & Wildlife Show

4. From Miami: Half-Day Everglades Airboat Ride & Wildlife Show

Set off on a guided trip from Miami to discover Florida’s wildlife. Enter Everglades Holiday Park to enjoy a 45-minute airboat ride and an educational wildlife show. Benefit from skip-the-ticket-line entry and receive a free photo of your group. Head to the airboat to begin your guided cruise through the Everglades. Keep watch for native wildlife as your experienced guide will point out alligators, soft-shelled turtles, and birds in their natural habitat.  Next, see a wildlife show and get up close with alligators. Learn how these reptiles — who were once nearly hunted to extinction — made a dramatic recovery in numbers. Even take a photo with a baby alligator at the end of the show.  Board the bus to return to Miami.

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Miami: Half-Day Open-Top Bus and 90-Minute Boat Tour

5. Miami: Half-Day Open-Top Bus and 90-Minute Boat Tour

Soak up the beach life, tropical beauty, and sights and sounds of Miami. Visit some of its various historically and culturally rich neighborhoods, then set out on a boat trip to see the beautiful Bay, as well as the houses of the rich and famous. Begin the tour on Lincoln Road on South Beach, the famous pedestrian street lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops. Board the open-top bus, venture down Ocean Drive, and see the famous Espanola Way. Cruise throughout Miami Beach before crossing over Biscayne Bay and into Miami. Discover downtown Miami and the Brickell district, famous for its high-rise condos, and world-class restaurants, clubs, and shopping. Discover the contrasting artistic Wynwood neighborhood, which draws artists from around the globe to paint its famous walls, and the Cuban heritage of lively Little Havana. Leave the bus at Bayside Marketplace, and board your 90-minute boat tour with bilingual commentary. Relax on the open-air deck or chill out in the air-conditioned interior. Take in the beauty of the Bay, and sights of the lavish homes of the rich and famous.

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Miami: 45-Minute Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

6. Miami: 45-Minute Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

Hop aboard a power catamaran and embark on a 45-minute off-shore adventure that provides an ultimate sightseeing experience in true "Miami Vice" style. Capture views of Miami and its spectacular skyline in comfort and safety, from the plush seating of a luxurious boat. Cruise along the Miami Coastline, passing by celebrities’ multi-million dollar mansions on Star Island, Fisher Island, and Miami Beach. Take some time to appreciate the Art Deco district of South Beach from the speedboat's unique perspective in the Atlantic Ocean. Cruise around on Miami's only boat that ventures into the ocean. Open 365 days a year, the speedboat departs daily from Bayside Marketplace from 11:00 AM until sunset: every hour on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays.

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Miami: Parasailing Experience in Biscayne Bay

7. Miami: Parasailing Experience in Biscayne Bay

Arrive at your departure location where you will be introduced to the captain and mate. Departing from the dock on the parasail boat, the mate will go over the safety instructions and get everyone geared up. After a 5 to 10 minute boat ride into the bay, the captain will open up the parachute and call the first flyers up. Take off from the boat and enjoy a scenic ride over Miami. Right before landing back on the boat, enjoy a little dip in the water to cool down from the hot Miami sun. The other flyers will get a chance to enjoy the same experience before you ride back to the departure point. 

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Everglades: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

8. Everglades: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

See crocodiles and alligators side by side at Florida's famous Everglades. Take an airboat ride, then catch an educational wildlife show to see these creatures in their natural habitat. Located just 50 minutes west of Miami, head to the Everglades National Park, one of the largest national parks in the USA and the largest tropical wetlands in the world. After paying the $5 eco-tax at check-in, learn more about the 120 different species of native trees here, the 300 different species of birds, 30 species of snakes and other inhabitants including the black bear, fox, and Florida panther. Experience the highlight of the Everglades, which is seeing alligators in the wild. On this tour, you can encounter the alligators during the airboat ride. Then, admire the wildlife show and educational presentation.

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Zoo Miami: General Admission Ticket

9. Zoo Miami: General Admission Ticket

Zoo Miami is the ideal place for an individual, a couple, or an entire family to spend a day. As a matter of fact, visitors can travel the world in one day! They will visit Africa, Asia, the Amazon, and Australia. Zoo Miami consists of 340 developed acres with more than 3,000 animals and over 1,200 plants and trees planted in such a way as to mimic the animals’ natural habitats. Guests will be able to have animal encounters, meet the keepers during scheduled Meet the Zookeeper talks throughout the day, and much more. They will enjoy jaguars, lions, tigers, orangutans, elephants, the Wings of Asia Aviary (the largest Asian-themed aviary in the western hemisphere with hundreds of free-flying birds), gorillas, chimps, koalas, tree kangaroos, frogs, snakes, meerkats, and more animals than could be listed. At the Amazon and Beyond exhibit, you will experience a rainforest with jaguars, anacondas, bats, venomous snakes (behind glass exhibits, of course), rare frogs, harpy eagles, and a 48,000-gallon aquarium. Be sure to visit our newest exhibit Florida: Mission Everglades! Here you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the incredible animals that call Florida home. You’ll be sure to see alligators, crocodiles, a bald eagle, and river otters! You may even have a chance to ride an “airboat” on the Lostman’s River (for an additional fee)! Upgrade your visit with a lunch basket with fries. Choose between a burger, chicken tenders, deli wrap, hot dog, BBQ pulled pork, or handcrafted salad. Get a souvenir cup with a fountain drink and a 10% discount on gifts from the shop with this option. And the Playworld Playground is a great place for kids to burn off some of that excess energy. Half jungle, half water park, they can stay dry or wet. Zoo Miami has food and drink concession stands throughout and a beautiful gift shop where you can buy that special memento that will bring back wonderful memories of Zoo Miami!

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Miami: The Original Millionaire’s Row Cruise

10. Miami: The Original Millionaire’s Row Cruise

This 90-minute boat tour, departing from Bayside Marketplace Marina in Downtown Miami, is a fun way to see all the coastal highlights of Miami you can't see on land. Since Miami is a waterfront city, many of its finest sights face the bay rather than the street. Take an unhurried look at some of the most beautiful sights in south Florida as an expert bilingual guide narrates colorful stories of Miami. You'll see the beautiful Brickell Key and exclusive Fisher Island, the cruise ships leaving the Port of Miami, the gorgeous Miami Skyline, as well as the homes of the rich and famous along Millionaire's Row. Enjoy a cruise on modern yachts: the Island Queen, the Island Lady, and the Miami Lady, which offer the utmost in comfort and style. Each vessel features an air-conditioned lower salon, enclosed in picture windows, as well as an upper-deck where you may take in the fresh ocean breeze and an awning that will protect you from direct sunlight and light seasonal showers. Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase onboard throughout the cruise.

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Frequently asked questions about Miami

What top attractions are a must-see in Miami?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring

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What people are saying about Miami

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 14,261 reviews

It is a great family activity. We spotted several Everglades residents while on the air boat tour, which was very exciting and informational.

Enjoyed our trip. Show at the end was good. He knows how to keep the audience engaged. Recommend it! Wish the boat ride was little longer.

C’était une expérience incroyable. Le staff est aux petits soins, je recommande grandement!

Loved the thrilling ride in the boat and got to see Alligators in their natural habitat!

We have great time and guide is really friendly place nice Service is very good too