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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.

Fisher Island

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.

Miami Seaquarium
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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!

Gator Park

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!

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!

South Beach

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.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

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.

Miami Children's Museum
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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!

Zoo Miami

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!

Miami Beach Architectural District

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!

Bass Museum of Art
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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 Miami 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

An excellent tour with a brilliant guide - We loved it!

Tom is an excellent guide and it was a huge pleasure walking with him through Wynwood. We learned a lot and enjoyed the tour! Can only recommend this tour to everyone!

A great, comprehensive tour of Gator Park!

I loved the tour! Imthe transpotation from Miami was clean and efficient. Our guide was sweet and accommodating and it was all a very reasonable price. Don’t forget to bring cash to tip your drivers!

Everglades 5-Hour Alligator and Airboat Tour Reviewed by Morgan, 11/24/2018

Great tour, you get plenty of time to explore the island.

Hemingway's house is a must see, super charming. If you like walking or biking I think you can skip the trolly as island is quite smal. Ther is a FREE hop on hop off buss on the main part of the island that runs ~15min.

From Miami: Day Trip to Key West by Shuttle Bus Reviewed by Krista, 11/24/2018

Enjoyed learning about history and cuisine of

Our tour guide, Hoyi, was very knowledgeable about the Little Havana art neighborhood and Cuban culture. We were absolutely stuffed at the end of the tour, and enjoyed a good mix of savory and sweet Cuban dishes. We highly recommend this tour!

Little Havana Walking Food Tour of Miami Reviewed by Jyoti, 11/23/2018

Extremely enjoyable! Views were wonderful. Would highly recommend.

Relaxing tour, narrator was very informative, felt safe - boat ride was smooth, easy access from pier, representative @ booth very courteous & provided necessary details for boarding. Convenient booking online. Good value.

The Original Millionaire’s Row Cruise Reviewed by Donald, 11/14/2018