Top attractions in Miami
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.
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. 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!
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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!
8. 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!
9. 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!
10. 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 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.
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What people are saying about Miami
hagen was the single best and most import part of this trip he picks you up has water and soda in the back of a yeti cold as ice and has a extremity welcoming sence you will feel extremely comfy on our way and back from your jet ski ride he was the guy that drives you from your hotle and back he has an extremely vast knowledge on the area you go to it like a tour when he drives and he will even go the extra step to drive you back from the tour to your hotle with a tour of everything he took us down roads we didn't know existed told us whre we should go and even handles your freeeee photos and videos he didn't even mention once he wanted or accepts tips but we tipped him rightfully so he also speaks English Spanish and German so he will be good for any person the tour was amazing the guide was sweet knowledgeable and let us have fun with the right safty standards of course I highly recomend this and wish anyone to do this get the experience we got from this worth every penny
We booked a next day tour and were contacted promptly about the details. Our guide, Hagen picked us up at the scheduled time and provided a wonderful experience. He first drove us to the marina and on the way, gave us a great overview of Miami history. We hopped on the wave runners for about an hour with a different guide. The wave running experience wasn’t necessarily a guide but more of a “letting us run a little loose” on the Bay Area-which was really fun. We followed behind him but were able to go pretty fast! We then met back up w/Hagen after a quick shower/change. He then gave us an hour or so long tour of downtown on our way back to the hotel. It was such an enjoyable experience. Hagen was very knowledgeable and friendly! We would definitely book again!
We went in the hottest part of the day not expecting to see any thing. Along the tour we spotted Blue Herron, Sea Turtles, Schools of different fish, many other kinds of birds and just as our tour was about to end we even seen an alligator. After our tour there was a reptile show. It was very educational. After the show we went over to an alligator statue to get pictures. While we were taking turns getting pictures a real life alligator came up behind us. I thanked God for the fence the Air Boat company had put in. They also have a small restaurant and souvenir store to take advantage of. All the people working were very polite and courteous. I plan on going back one day with my children.
Amazing!! If you're looking for a thrill then this is it.. Hold on and enjoy the ride..if you don't want to get wet then this ride is not for you!! Highly recommended!!
Jensen was a fantastic teacher. I caught on super quick and had an absolute blast. Highly recommend to a seasoned wakeboarder/snowboarder. Thank you!