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Downtown Miami

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Downtown Miami: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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

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

3. 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: The Original Millionaire’s Row Cruise

4. 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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Miami: Duck Tour of Miami and South Beach

5. Miami: Duck Tour of Miami and South Beach

Is it a boat? Is it a bus? The amphibious vehicle that will take you on the world-famous Duck Tour is both! You’ll see the heart of South Beach and experience the best and most beautiful of Miami’s landmarks. Then you’ll make a dramatic splashdown in Biscayne Bay for a unique look at the mansions and shoreline of this sparkling city. The Duck Tour is the perfect way to see the sights of Miami. All the tour guides are expertly trained, and have a background in comedy to make sure you get all the facts about the city along with as many corny jokes as you can handle. Your 90-minute fully-narrated show and tour takes you through the Art Deco district of South Beach, to Fisher Island, Millionaire's Row, and by the homes of the rich and famous who call Miami home.

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Miami: 45-Minute Extreme Jetboat Ride

6. Miami: 45-Minute Extreme Jetboat Ride

Hop aboard Miami's new, unique, 85-passenger, extreme jetboat ride — the first boat of its kind in the United States' Southeast. During the 45-minute ride, you'll see Miami at a maximum speed. Zip by celebrity mansions on Star Island, Port Miami, Virginia Key, and Rickenbacker Bridge. Take advantage of some photo opportunities of the beautiful Miami skyline while spinning around Biscayne Bay. A great tour for the whole family or a group of friends, get ready to see Miami's wild side.

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Miami: South Beach 30-Minute Plane Tour

7. Miami: South Beach 30-Minute Plane Tour

As you depart from the Miami Executive Airport, you will fly over Pinecrest and across Biscayne Bay towards Key Biscayne. Throughout this stretch of your flight you will be able to view Virginia Key, Fisher Islands, and South Pointe Park. You will then enjoy the stunning views of South Beach and its golden beaches, before soaring over the Intracoastal Waterway and seeing the mansions at the Star, Hibiscus, and Palm Islands. Finally, you will fly over Biscayne Bay and view Downtown Miami, which is replete with amazing skyscrapers. As you return back to the airport, you will view the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, as well as Coconut Grove.

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Miami Skyline: Happy Hour Sightseeing Sunset Cruise

8. Miami Skyline: Happy Hour Sightseeing Sunset Cruise

Miami Happy Hour sunset cruise departing from Biscayne Bay in the heart of Downtown Miami. The cruise will pass Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, Sunset Island, Fischer Island, and the famous Venetian Islands. There is a cash bar and music with specialty happy hour drinks as we cruise and see Miami, which has the third-largest ever-changing skyline in the USA. There will be an English and Spanish speaking tour guide on board pointing to famous homes and landmarks are cannot be seen on land. Our fleet consists of a two-tiered yacht with air conditioning on the first level, large open windows, and a shaded top deck. Upgrade to include a meal at Hard Rock café located at Biscayne Bay. You can enjoy your meal at Hard Rock before the Happy Hour cruise or right after the cruise. Hardrock opens Sunday to Thursday with the last sitting at 8 PM and Friday & Saturday at 9:00 PM.

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Miami: Open Top Bus Tour & Optional Cruise & Everglades Show

9. Miami: Open Top Bus Tour & Optional Cruise & Everglades Show

Hop-on and off during this Miami sightseeing bus tour and enjoy panoramic views of the Art Deco District and South Beach. Explore icons like Wynwood and Lincoln Road and visit the best of Miami’s landmarks for as little or as long as you like.  Upgrade your experience with a 90-minute Biscayne Bay Cruise and enjoy the view of the city skyline. Cruise past Fisher Island, Miami Beach and the port of Miami cruise ships and cargo districts. Spot the homes of Miami's rich and famous from the open air upper deck or enclosed lower deck of your boat. Soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks available for purchase on-board.  Choose the deluxe option to also 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.” This Miami sightseeing tour is specifically designed to show you the best Miami has to offer from the comfort of an open-top bus. The Beach Loop and City Loop tour routes will take you to every must-see district and neighborhood in the city. Beach Loop (Blue): Discover the fantastic views of the Miami Skyline from the MacArthur Causeway as you are transported over Biscayne Bay to South Beach. The upper-deck provides an excellent platform as you pass the classic Art Deco buildings of South Beach. You will be able to hop-off to enjoy your favorite past time, whether it be shopping along the pedestrian-only street of Lincoln Road, catching some sun on one of the most famous beaches in the world, or perhaps enjoying a refreshing drink from one of the many local establishments along Ocean Drive. Operates: 08:40 AM - 05:40 PM. Frequency: every 30 minutes.  City Loop (Red) The City Loop will take you through diverse and unique areas of Upper Miami. Travel through Midtown with its newly developed shopping, dining and living areas before making your way through the streets of Wynwood, famous for its street graffiti art and building murals. Then go to Little Havana to experience a taste of Cuba. Buses run throughout the day at 30-minute intervals. Operates: 09:15 AM – 05:15 PM. Frequency: every 30 minutes  Live Guides Entertaining and experienced English-speaking guides offer an exciting and educational commentary. Hear fascinating facts and stories about Miami's tropical history, landmarks, multi-cultural dynamic, distinctive Art Deco architecture and more. Personal pre-recorded commentary is also available on all buses in your choice of 6 languages (English/Spanish/French/German/Italian/Portuguese).

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Miami: Big Bus Combo — Everglades, City Tour, and Bay Cruise

10. Miami: Big Bus Combo — Everglades, City Tour, and Bay Cruise

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 city tour of Miami, and a boat cruise of “Millionaire’s Row”, you’ll cover many bases on this combo tour.  First, you’ll 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, you’ll discover the city of Miami. This tour hits 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 cruise of Biscayne Bay. This sightseeing tour takes in the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, and Biscayne Bay, passing by the must-see “Millionaire’s Row”, a luxurious stretch of real estate – home to wealthy elite movie stars, politicians, famous sports figures, and business leaders. You will be provided with a schedule of departures for each experience when you arrive. The tours can be taken on different days based upon the schedule provided, and you have 3 days to experience all the activities.

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What people are saying about Downtown Miami

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 4,725 reviews

Excellente présentation de Miami par notre guide ! L’activité alligators a surpassé nos attentes: photos, rencontres avec les animaux, accueil… tout y était ! Merci encore à notre super guide pour les explications en français (pratique pour les enfants ;) )

Very nice comfortable trip with interesting sites. If you are not familiar with the area make sure you know where the “meeting place” is!

Roberto the pilot was very professional and we had a great time. Highly recommend.

It was very nice and well organized. Guide was fun and entertaining

Well done. Very comfortable boat and informative narration.