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

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

Relax on a sightseeing cruise through Biscayne Bay in Miami. Sail by Hibiscus Island, take in the bustling activity at the Bayside Marketplace, and relax on the shaded top deck. Board the boat from the heart of Downtown Miami or select the option with hotel pickup to enjoy a comfortable ride to the ship. 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, where you can hop on and hop off as you like as you encounter Miami from the land.

Miami: 1.5-Hour Evening Cruise on Biscayne Bay

2. Miami: 1.5-Hour Evening Cruise on Biscayne Bay

Enjoy the waters of Miami and the city lights from Biscayne Bay aboard a cruise boat. Watch the city come to life at night when the sun goes down and the city lights come on. Thousands of lights illuminate the incredible high-rise buildings and city skyline around the bay. During your tour, sip on your beverage of choice which is purchasable from the cash bar. Take in sights such as Millionaire's Row, Bayside, South Beach, and the Miami River. Finish your tour with a moon-watching activity and admire the moon's reflection on the water below you. Enhance your experience with an optional hour-long city tour on a double-decker bus before going on the cruise.

Miami: Big Bus Half-Day City Tour & Biscayne Bay Cruise

3. Miami: Big Bus Half-Day City Tour & Biscayne Bay Cruise

Soak up the sights and sounds of Miami on a panoramic open-top sightseeing bus for 2 hours. See its lively neighborhoods and districts before exploring the beautiful bay on a boat tour with commentary on board. First, visit 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. Then, travel 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. Next, relax and enjoy a 90-minute boat tour with bilingual commentary (English and Spanish). Sit on the open-air deck or chill out in the air-conditioned interior. Take in the beauty of the Bay, and the sights of the lavish homes of the rich and famous.

Miami: Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach

4. 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. Select the option with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket to also explore Miami by bus. 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. Enjoy refreshments along the way, available for purchase from the onboard bar. Head back to shore at the end of a beautiful evening.

Miami: The Original Millionaire’s Row Cruise

5. 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.

Miami: Duck Tour of Miami and South Beach

6. Miami: Duck Tour of Miami and South Beach

Discover Miami Beach on an amphibious vehicle. Tour South Beach and admire highlights, including the Art Deco district and Millionaires Row with a live guide before splashing into Biscayne Bay for views of the skyline. Explore the heart of South Beach and see Miami’s most iconic landmarks. Learn about the city with entertaining commentary from your guide. Pass through the Art Deco district of South Beach and admire the brightly colored buildings and unique architecture. Then, make a dramatic splashdown into Biscayne Bay for a unique look at the shoreline of this sparkling city. Take in the views of Fisher Island, and Millionaire's Row, and marvel at the homes of the rich and famous who call Miami home.

Miami Combo: Panoramic Bus Tour, Bay Cruise, & Everglades

7. Miami Combo: Panoramic Bus Tour, Bay Cruise, & Everglades

Enjoy this 3-part Miami tour to make sure you catch all the must-sees of this vibrant city. From an airboat ride in the Everglades to a guided city tour of Miami, and a boat cruise of Biscayne Bay, cover many bases on this combo tour.  First, discover the Florida Everglades with its rich wildlife of exotic birds, snakes, fish, and turtles. Enjoy a wildlife show with an opportunity to hold a baby alligator. Then, take an airboat ride along the “River of Grass”. Next, discover the city of Miami, hitting all the major spots such as Wynwood, Miami Beach, and the Art Deco District. See movie stars’ and millionaires’ mansions, and hear stories of love, passion, betrayal, and even murder. Finally, take a sightseeing cruise of Biscayne Bay through the Port of Miami and Fisher Island, passing by the “Millionaire’s Row”, a luxurious stretch of real estate – home to wealthy elite movie stars, politicians, famous sports figures, and business leaders. Get a schedule of departures for each experience when you arrive.

Miami: Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel Flexible Date Ticket

8. Miami: Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel Flexible Date Ticket

Experience Miami from nearly 200 feet above Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami. Take in panoramic views of the downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, the islands and bridges of Biscayne Bay, and all the way to South Beach. Board one of the 42 fully enclosed gondolas which are climate-controlled for comfort. Take a seat on the benches inside or stand by the windows that offer unobstructed 360-degree views. The gondolas hold 6-8 people. With unobstructed 360 degree views, the vistas are spectacular at any time of the day or night. You can choose to admire the islands or boats on the bay lit-up at sunset or capture a photo of the sparkling Miami skyline at night. Schedule your visit around the weather and choose your ideal time of day with this flexible ticket, valid on your scheduled day or up to 7 days after. Receive a complimentary buzzybooth digital selfie photos with a virtual background which can be emails, texted or posted to your social media. .

Miami: Private Yacht Cruise with Champagne

9. Miami: Private Yacht Cruise with Champagne

Discover the sights of Miami Bay on a private cruise for you and your group. Sip on bubbly champagne and snap selfies with Miami's skyline in the background. Choose between a Boston Whaler yacht for up to 9 people or a Sundancer yacht for up to 10 people. Bring your own drinks and keep them cool with the provided cooler and ice. Play your own tunes on the Bluetooth connected speakers. Drink champagne while you admire the beautiful city of Miami or make a toast. Admire Brickell and the Financial District from the water. Marvel at colossal cruise ships as you pass by Miami's port. Sail by the vibrant Bayside Marketplace and the Ferris Wheel before returning to your starting point. Celebrate a special occasion, create a memorable proposal, or make a regular day extraordinary. 

Miami: Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

10. Miami: 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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What people are saying about Downtown Miami

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 8,043 reviews

The best we have experienced on vacation. It is worth doing the tour of the skyline in the evening. And in the afternoon at sunset the tour to the houses. We can recommend it to everyone. The price is absolutely justified and nowhere cheaper.

Such a well-run operation. Everything was perfect from the open bus tour to the boat excursion. Would highly recommend booking through GYG too as it was considerably cheaper than buying tickets direct.

Beautiful day on the water learning the history of surrounding buildings, islands, the port, celebrity mansions, etc… with a tour guide who was energetic and funny and knowledgeable.

very friendly, plenty of infos / fun facts, exceptional experience!

Very nice views and guide explanations. 100% recommended