Fun Things to do in Miami
Miami's nickname is Magic City it has no trouble living up to its name. South Florida is definitely known for its sunsets and vibrant nightlife, but there is so much more to see. Whether it is Art Deco walking tours in South Beach, the beautiful, lush Tropical Oasis at the Fairchild Botanical Gardens or a tasty visit to culturally historic Little Havana, there are cool things to do in Miami for everyone.
Best time to go
Busy season January to April. When most festivals are happening Get a deal from May to Sept (low season very hot) Best time to go mid March
Fun city facts and activities
- Walk down around Wynwood and enjoy the street art
Start at Bayfront park and walk along the board walk
Ride the People mover and explore Brickell and downtown. City center is huge outdoor mall
Go to a beach. Haulover dog beach is my favorite, but if you want action go to South Beach.
Walk on the board walk from south beach north
People watching on Lincoln road
Free yoga at Museum or Bayfront park
Live music at Bayside Marketplace
Catch a SoundScape movie or WALLCAST Concert at New World
Visit a museum for free
Walk South Point Park
Neighborhoods to explore
South Beach is the only place in Miami where I would say that having a car is optional. There is plenty of things to do, places to eat and grocery stores within walking distance.
Wynwood is known for its street art
- Cuban like Atlantis (only open Mon-Fri) Monday oxtail!
Ricky thai's for incredible and affordable authentic thai food.
Salty donut for sweets and cinnamon toast crunch iced latte
Ceviche105 for fried fish and ceviche
Fun things to do in with kids
Free or cheap things to do
1. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
This sprawling, high-tech museum connects people of all ages with science through a range of inspiring programming—some of which is even bilingual. Exhibitions such as the “MeLab” let kids learn about health by using their own bodies to conduct experiments, while the aquarium, which houses all sorts of sea creatures, teaches them about marine life.
2. Miami Children’s Museum
Every inch of the Children’s Museum was designed to foster creativity and inspire little ones to play as they explore and engage educational activities. Locals enjoy access to after-school programming as well as Mommy and Me classes.
3. Venetian Pool
Possibly the most beautiful swimming pool in the world, even if it is jam-packed on hot days. It combines an impossibly idyllic setting (tropical foliage, waterfalls, Italian architectural touches) with freshwater, replenished nightly in summer months from a subterranean aquifer. Everyone wants a piece of the pool. Luckily for Joe Public, it’s open to the masses seven days a week, but it is perhaps best enjoyed when not overrun with toddlers and boom-box blasts (avoid weekends).
Walk a few blocks south from where most of the artsy action is in Wynwood and you’ll find this massive warehouse-turned-indoor-arcade with not just video games, but also laser tag, bumper cars and a 7-D theater.
5. Tidal Cove
No kid will ever want to visit another hotel pool after a day at Tidal Cove, JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa’s splashy water park. The sprawling attraction features a lazy river, 4,000-square foot kids’ pool, a splash pad for the little ones, two eateries and plenty of lifeguards on duty so that parents can’t also enjoy themselves.
6. Zoological Wildlife Foundation
The animals at this private facility have been rescued from large zoos or donated, including the adorable camel guests can feed carrots to and the small capuchin monkeys, Amaya and Ahmed, which love to pose for photos.
7. Miami Theater Center
A hub for theater kids of all sizes, this charming theater in Miami Shores regularly hosts kid-friendly performances, a drama camp and workshops for local schools and organizations.
8. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Occupying the southern tip of Key Biscayne, this park’s wide beaches regularly make the national top 10 lists. But this is more than just a place to catch some rays: there’s history, wildlife and plenty of activities too. Covered pavilions are available for picnics, and the Lighthouse Café offers good food.
9. Wynwood Walls
This outdoor museum boasts more than a dozen murals by some of the world’s most acclaimed artists. Whether it’s for a photo op or to teach your kids about art, a stop at the Wynwood Walls is essential for families.
10. Matheson Hammock Park
This huge park down south has marina for boaters, green space for picnicking, bike trails for cyclists of all skill levels and a small beach for sunbathing.
City data and FAQ
What is Miami most known for?
South Beach, Scarface, maybe the Wynwood Art District if you’re interested in the nightlife, Cuban culture, Haitian culture when it comes to the Blacks, a southern New York, stuff like that.
Jose Stevenson – Lived in Miami
Are two days enough to visit Miami?
Miami is one of the most popular cities to visit in Florida and receives over millions of visitors every year. While some come here for just a day or two, I recommend spending at least 3 days in Miami and Miami Beach area to see the most popular tourist attractions including South Beach, Wynwood Wall, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Miami is also an amazing place to explore other popular attractions in southern Florida. If you love the outdoors, then go snorkeling or windsurfing or hire a fishing charter. There are also several hiking trails near Miaminamd lots more.
Gregory D’Inceli – Lives in Miami (2015 – Present)
A visit to any large city requires more than two days. A few years ago ,we spent 8 days in the Miami area and only accomplished about 2/3 of what we wanted to do and see.
Carl Backes - Lives in North Texas
It’s tight but yes! Just have a detailed list and schedule of what you want to see! Here is what I would see. First Day - The Wynwood Walls and Design District (close to each other). 2 Miami beach/South beach and deco district/ Lincoln Road and have a drink at the Delano hotel. 3 Little Havana for some authentic Cuban culture and snacks. Head to Brickell City Center. 4 Visit Brickell City Center that night to experience the Miami Skyline and a great outdoor shopping venue in downtown Miami. Some good places to eat there. It is a three level open air shopping center in the heart of downtown.
5 Take a drive to and along Key Biscayne and go all the way to the end and turn around and go back. The views of the bay and downtown Miami are incredible. It’s the Newport Beach of South Florida. 6 From there go to Coconut Grove and have lunch at the newly opened “Bayshore club” outdoor restaurant overlooking the Bay. Coco walk is at the heart of The Grove and a great place to visit. It’s .7 miles from the Bayshore Club.
David Herbert – Lives in Florida (1985 – Present)
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