Top attractions 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.
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.
"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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
With art from the Renaissance to the present day, the city's leading gallery occupies Miami Beach's old public library building.
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!
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.
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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The tour was a nice but they showed in print that it was a duration of 4 hrs when in fact from the 11:30 start time at their tour office until we got back to the dock at 4:30 was 5 hours and then we had to walk back to the bus drop off point to get the bus back to the tour office starting point. The first bus that pulled up could not fit everyone so they told us we had to wait for the next bus. We needed to go back to our hotel and then go immediately to the airport so we ended up taking a Lyft back to save time and it was hot waiting for the bus in the sun. The bus tour was a short tour around Miami with a half hour stop in Little Havana. It would be better if they gave us ear phones and allowed you to pick your preferred language to listen to rather than a guy speaking over a microphone in English and then Spanish. Sometimes the sound was not very clear. After the bus they bring you to a restaurant next to the boat pier hoping you’ll eat there, we had from 1-3 before the boat left.
Excellent trip for a first timer in usa and in particular Miami, Florida. My family and I did enjoy this trip, we where on the bus quickly and belted in. There where few people on the trip although we did stop by some pickup points, like hotels etc along the way. It did take around an hour to get there and once we arrived where given clear information on the pickup times 3 to be exact, then allowed to go about the mall ourselves as we wanted. This is a big mall and a lot of the stores are high end so bring a lot of spending cash/cards, there is quite a few discount stores here as well so you won't be completely out of pocket. The discount passport book they give you is good but we found few opportunities. While there we did visit a few stores we also visited a food establishment called yard House the food was amazing and a good selection of beers on tap. This mall has a lot to offer I would highly recommend it to anyone who visits Florida and in particular Miami or Orlando
We were picked up right on time (10am) from the Holiday Inn which was close to the college Bayside Metromover stop and easy to find. It's about a 45 minute coach ride (airconditioned, not too cold) drive to the Everglades centre. We had 10 minutes for a quick look at the souvineers and boarded one of the boats for the 1 hour tour of the Everglades waterways. We saw 2 alligators - they swam close to the boat - and lots of great birdlife. The guide was fun and informative. After the tour we had about a 10 minute wait then saw the alligator show - about 15 minutes of a brave young alligator rescuer showing her wrestling skills and talking about her work to remove 'problem' alligators from public areas and homes. Then it was back on the bus and home. The $40 fee included 2 large glossy photos per group - one by the river before the boat trip and one after the alligator show holding a baby 'gator. As I was travelling alone, this was especially good value for money!
Was a quick tour of the city, combined bus and boat. All went relative quick, albeit wait between bus and tour was relatively long - almost 2 hours! Time could be killed at restaurant, and/or shopping center. Liked the quick stop in little Havana, but was more a stop to buy cigars/ souveniers, whereas I felt that rest of bus tour was rushed.
We had a nice time wandering by the city highlights. It was hot so if you book this in the summer period: bring sunscreen. But the tour guy was really nice and told a lot aboutt what we saw. After the bus tour we had great food. Then we went to the boat tour wich most of it is going by celebrities homes. Nice to see though.