Things to do in

Miami

Relax on the beach, discover the hot nightlife, people-watch, and more in this Floridian metropolis.

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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

    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.

  • Miami Seaquarium

    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!

  • Gator Park

    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!

  • South Beach

    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.

  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

    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.

  • Miami Children's Museum

    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!

  • Zoo Miami

    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!

  • Miami Beach Architectural District

    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!

  • Bass Museum of Art

    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.

Frequently asked questions about Miami

What top attractions are a must-see in Miami?

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.

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

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 13,978 reviews

It's windy so take a jacket or sweatshirt no matter when you go. We went on a warm sunny day and a friend in the area had warned me to it was windy so we had hoodies and were chilled in the wind. Loved this!!!! Saw 4 or 5 alligators on the air boat ride, iguanas, a friendly bird family that came pretty close to our boat. Our tour guide was awesome (don't remember his name but he said he was the gator whispher-er). I wish we had had more time to add on some of the animal experiences, we only got to do the picture with baby alligator which was fun also.

The five of us had an outstanding time with Banana Joe’s this morning! Hagen was prompt and knowledgeable, and communication prior to our tour was outstanding. Had a blast bombing around Biscayne Bay on the jet ski’s. These things are FAST! Thought this just going to be a jet ski tour, but Hagen took on a tour of Star Island, Miami Design District and the Art District too. I would highly recommend Banana Joe’s to anyone considering a morning of adventure and getting the skinny on Miami hot spots for food, sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment.

We had such a lovely day! Our tour guide knew so much about arts and culinary history in Wynwood. Everyone in the group got along and we laughed so much. (The your guide also helped me get vegan options in most spots!) The food from the vendors was very tasty and everything came with a story on the side. This was incredible!

Overall it was a very good experience. The lady doing the narrations was awesome and made everyone feel good about the whole experience. However anyone going out there should try and carry a jacket, you need it especially if do ride at night. And also I think the best time to see more is before the dark. Hey

Amazing tour, with an in-depth explanation of the history, culture and art of Wynwood. Lance was a great guide, who took his time and showed us some masterpieces!