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
Great crew- funny and kept the passengers engaged at all times. Boat was clean and comfortable. 45 minutes of speed and fun- slowing briefly to show us amazing homes Our hotel happened to be right next to the apocalypse jet boat tours- Our was WAY better, higher class operation- well worth the $6.70 more for each person.
Great Neighborhood to explore before or after your tour with guides recommendations. Tour route is accessible and flat and my guide was knowledgeable about not just the art but the culture and issues facing the street art community. 5 stars!
I didn't expect this to be such an awesome tour. I 100% recommend it. Rip was so informative & kept us laughing the whole trip. 5 stars because of the atmosphere, the info we learned and most importantly because of Rip!
The fact that I have a fear of water, this was probably the most fun and wasn’t scared - not one bit. The host and driver were a lot of fun and made the experience that much better. It was worth the money.
Amazing way to see so many murals in a relaxed way with an expert guide. We would never have appreciated it as much without our guide. Bottle of water was appreciated. Highly recommended