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Miami: Everglades National Park Airboat Tour & Wildlife Show

1. Miami: Everglades National Park Airboat Tour & Wildlife Show

Discover the Everglades National Park, a diverse landscape providing crucial habitats for numerous rare and endangered species. Take an airboat ride, and view alligators, turtles, and even the elusive Florida panther.  After paying the park admission fee, immerse yourself in swampland often referred to as the River of Grass. The park known as such because of the endless prairies of sawgrass that rise three to ten feet above the surface of the water. Encounter lush vegetation of the Everglades which also includes mangroves, cypress, palms, pines, and hardwood hammocks (small islands). The sawgrass is often so dense that travel is only possible through natural water passages. Ride on an airboat, which is designed to operate well in shallow water and marshlands. Propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine, have a fast and fun journey. Complete your visit with a wildlife and alligator show. Get up close with these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat.

Miami: Skyline Cruise Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

2. Miami: Skyline Cruise Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

Relax on a fully narrated sightseeing cruise through Biscayne Bay in Miami. Relax on the shaded top deck as you see the best of Miami the way people from Miami love to see it - from the water. Board the boat at Bayside Marketplace in the heart of Downtown Miami or select the option with hotel pickup to enjoy a comfortable ride to the ship. Relax under the shaded deck onboard the boat. From Downtown, you will cruise through the islands on Biscayne Bay. Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, Star Island, Sunset Island, and the famous Venetian Islands are all home to many celebrities and their luxurious mansions. Keep an eye out for the homes of Gloria Estefan, P. Diddy, Shaquille O'Neal, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins, Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Matt Damon, Al Capone and more. Your experienced bilingual tour guide will point out all the famous homes and landmarks. Next, cruise past vibrant South Beach, exclusive Fisher Island and the busy Port of Miami before you head back towards Downtown Miami. Downtown Miami has one of the most exciting skylines which is constantly being updated and features many iconic buildings. See the luxurious condos and hotels in Brickell and Brickell Key and enter the mouth of the Miami River. before heading back to Bayside Marketplace to end your cruise. Choose to add more adventure to your day with the double-decker bus combo option, where you can hop on and hop off as you like as you encounter Miami from the land with stops at South Beach, Bayside Marketplace, Little Havana and Wynwood Walls. You can also add a 4-hour Everglades airboat tour that includes return transportation from South Beach to the Sawgrass Recreational Park for a 30-minute guided airboat tour, a live exhibit of rescued reptiles and mammals, and the “Meet a Baby Alligator” experience.

From Miami: Everglades Airboat, Wildlife Show & Bus Transfer

3. From Miami: Everglades Airboat, Wildlife Show & Bus Transfer

Start your journey from the vibrant city of Miami and prepare yourself for an adventure that will take you into the heart of Florida's rich wildlife. This journey begins with a comfortable ride on the Big Bus motorcoach, a 50-minute journey that will transport you to the edge of the Everglades, the gateway to Florida's untamed wilderness. At Everglades Holiday Park, you’ll experience a wonderland of native flora and fauna. Here, we'll board an airboat that will take us on a 45-minute ride into the heart of the Everglades. Before you embark on your exciting exploration, take a moment to remember the day with a free group photo. As we glide across the waters, our expert guide will help us locate and identify diverse species of wildlife. From alligators lurking beneath the surface to soft-shelled turtles basking in the sun, and a variety of bird species soaring above us, this airboat safari promises a memorable encounter with the Everglades' rich biodiversity. Next, you’ll attend an educational wildlife show that will introduce you to the traditional handling techniques of the Seminole people. During this captivating show, you’ll gain a new appreciation for alligators, fascinating creatures that were once on the brink of extinction but have since experienced an incredible comeback. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about these reptiles, their behaviors, and their significant role in the ecosystem. As the day of exploration draws to a close, we'll board the bus for our return journey to Miami, carrying with us unforgettable memories of our wildlife adventure. This unique experience, filled with the thrill of discovery and the beauty of nature, will undoubtedly be the highlight of your stay in Florida.

Miami: Evening Cruise on Biscayne Bay

4. Miami: Evening Cruise on Biscayne Bay

Enjoy the waters of Miami and the city lights from Biscayne Bay aboard a cruise boat. Watch the city come to life at night when the sun goes down and the city lights come on. Thousands of lights illuminate the incredible high-rise buildings and city skyline around the bay. During your tour, sip on your beverage of choice which you can purchase from the onboard bar. Take in sights such as Millionaire's Row, Bayside, and South Beach. Finish your cruise with a moon-watching activity and admire the moon's reflection on the water below you. Choose to add more adventure to your day with the double-decker bus combo option, where you can hop on and hop off as you like as you encounter Miami from the land with stops at South Beach, Bayside Marketplace, Little Havana and Wynwood Walls. You can also add a 4-hour Everglades airboat tour that includes return transportation from South Beach to the Sawgrass Recreational Park for a 30-minute guided airboat tour, a live exhibit of rescued reptiles and mammals, and the “Meet a Baby Alligator” experience.

Miami Combo: Open-top Bus Tour & Millionaires Row Bay Cruise

5. Miami Combo: Open-top Bus Tour & Millionaires Row Bay Cruise

Discover the vibrancy of Miami's culture and beauty with a single loop open-top bus tour. Take a comprehensive journey through the city’s iconic and bustling neighborhoods. You'll witness firsthand the eclectic mix of architectural styles that make Miami distinctive, and you'll learn about their historical and cultural significance. Hear recommendations on local cuisine and hidden hotspots to discover the city's melting pot of diversity. The adventure continues with a stop at the bustling Bayside Marketplace, where you can shop for souvenirs or grab a bite. Then, we'll whisk you off to the artistic Wynwood Walls, a must-see for art enthusiasts. Ready for a walk on the wild side? We've got you covered with a visit to the Miami Zoo, where you can get up close and personal with diverse wildlife. Feel the vibrant atmosphere as we cruise down the iconic Ocean Drive and enjoy the pedestrian paradise of Lincoln Road. And of course, no tour is complete without soaking up the sun at the world-renowned Miami Beach. Next up is a spectacular 90-minute boat tour of Biscayne Bay. With a fully narrated experience and commentary in both English and Spanish, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of the area's ecology and history. Gaze upon the opulent homes of celebrities that line the shore, a testament to the city's allure for the rich and famous along Miami's Millionaire's Row. The cruise gives you the option to absorb the beauty of the Bay from two perspectives: the open-air deck for an unobstructed view, or the comfort of the air-conditioned interior with fully stocked bar. Both offer equally stunning views of the Bay's scenic vistas. Book your tour now and witness the magic, the charm, and the vibrancy of Miami for yourself.

Miami: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour by Open-top Bus

6. Miami: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour by Open-top Bus

Experience the magic of Miami with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Sit back and relax onboard an open-top double decker sightseeing bus while you soak in the sights and sounds of one of America's most vibrant cities. Enjoy entertaining and informative audio commentary guiding you through Miami's rich history and daily life, highlighting all the must-see spots along the way. With the flexibility to hop off and explore at your leisure, take the opportunity to discover Miami's iconic beaches, Cuban culture, and lively lifestyle. Make the most of your time and enjoy the city at your own pace, deciding when and where to hop off and explore. Benefit from buses arriving every 30 minutes, never having to wait long to continue your adventure. Immerse yourself in Miami's unique atmosphere with the option to explore the Design District with its stunning Art Deco style and the beautiful Botanical Garden at Soundscape Park with free general admission. And when you're ready for a break, indulge in the delicious restaurants around Lincoln Road. Also, embark on an adventure to the nearby Everglades National Park, where you can witness exotic birds, snakes, fish, and turtles in their natural habitat. And for a truly thrilling experience, take a ride on an airboat along the river of grass. Top sights include: • Bayside Marketplace • South Beach • Soundscape Park • Design District • Wynwood Walls • Downtown Miami • Little Havana

Miami: 'Superblue Miami' Immersive Art Experience Ticket

7. Miami: 'Superblue Miami' Immersive Art Experience Ticket

Discover Miami’s most exciting immersive art experience at Superblue. Explore a breathtaking mirrored sculptured maze, interact with awe-inspiring digital worlds immersed in seasonal flowers and waterfalls, see your own heart beat to the glow of 3,000 lights, and so much more — all in the same visit. Audiences of all ages will find creative, enlightening, and surprising moments as they journey through Superblue’s 50,000 square feet of art experiences. Superblue is created by ambitious artists and completed by your participation. Engage with cutting-edge technology, delve into timely world issues, and unearth a sense of wonder that will leave you asking—“how did they do that?”

Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Activities

8. Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Activities

Get ready for fun in the sun on a day trip from Miami to Key West. Choose to take a glass bottom boat cruise through a maze of mangrove-canopied canals and streams, parasail on the coast, ride a conch train, or jump into the water for a snorkeling session above a coral reef with diverse marine life. Start your day on an air-conditioned bus from Miami Beach to Key West with a 4-hour drive. Watch as your tour guide points out the famous 31 Caribbean Islands along the drive known as the Florida Keys. Cross 43 bridges as you travel through the Keys to Key West. See the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico while driving by the coastline. Key West is the most southern point of the USA and only 90 miles from Cuba. Once you arrive in Key West, get 6 hours to explore the island at a leisurely pace, stroll the artistic streets, or relax at outdoor cafes and restaurants. Upgrade your day trip by choosing an option that includes one of the following inclusions: Hop-on Hop-off Conch Train All-Day Ticket. This 70-minute narrated tour around Key West is one of Florida’s Top attractions, covers over 100 points of interest, and includes 4 Hop-on Hop-off stops around town. A 3-hour snorkeling adventure at North America’s only living coral reef. Travel on a state-of-the-art Catamaran, receive professional instruction, use top-of-the-line snorkel gear, and enjoy an open bar on the way back (including sodas beer, wine, champagne, margaritas, well-mixed drinks)  A 2-hour cruise on a glass-bottom boat where you can witness the wonders of North America’s only living coral reef, maybe spotting sea turtles and rays. Fun for all the family, you also get great views of Key West from the sea. A 7-12 minute parasail off the coast of Key West on a 1-hour parasailing adventure. Enjoy the tropical vibe of the Keys as you are helped into your parasail harness before being slowly raised in the air until you are flying high above Key West. A 3-hour Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour where you can watch bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat on this dolphin-watching tour from Key West. Cruise to the backcountry waters and enjoy some snorkeling fun of your own as you admire marine life. Enjoy an open bar on the way back (including sodas, Bud Light, and Cat 5 Key Lime Lager; and rose or chablis wine). Make your way back from Key West to Miami Beach at 5 PM.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

9. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

Embark on a real adventure with an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades and entry to the alligator and reptile exhibit. Explore this fascinating natural wonder, hear the history of the Seminole people, and learn about the wildlife you sport from your captain. Board your airboat and glide out into the Everglades. As you cruise, listen to fascinating historical and ecological facts from your captain. Listen to tales of how the Native American Seminole people and panthers once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Keep an eye out for rare and endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water, through grassy rivers, and over the tropical marsh. After your airboat tour, head into the alligator and reptile exhibit. Get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin and learn about these formidable predators.

Miami: Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

10. Miami: Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

Hop aboard a power catamaran and embark on a 45-minute off-shore adventure that provides an ultimate sightseeing experience in true "Miami Vice" style. Capture views of Miami and its spectacular skyline in comfort and safety, from the plush seating of a luxurious boat. Cruise along the Miami Coastline, passing by celebrities’ multi-million dollar mansions on Star Island, Fisher Island, and Miami Beach. Take some time to appreciate the Art Deco district of South Beach from the speedboat's unique perspective in the Atlantic Ocean. Cruise around on Miami's only boat that ventures into the ocean. Open 365 days a year, the speedboat departs daily from Bayside Marketplace from 11:00 AM until sunset: every hour on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays.

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What should I do on my first trip to Miami?

Miami is a city of contrasts and is easily one of the most dynamic American cities. If you're visiting for the first-time, you will definitely want to check out the Art Deco buildings in South Beach. Not only is South Beach home to these renowned buildings, but the area is also famous for its vibrant nightlife! If you're into art and color, check out Wynwood, a neighborhood famous for its Wynwood Walls... but it really has so much more to offer. You can find delicious food, cultural centers, and more there. And one of the best things to do in Miami is actually to take a day trip to the Everglades! This unique eco-system is home to alligators, snakes, crocodiles, birds, and more. You can hike in the park, or even take an airboat ride just outside of the US National Park.

What are some hidden gems to see in Miami?

Many people that visit Miami get stuck on the beautiful beaches of the city (not a bad thing at all) but there is so much more to explore, starting with the food scene of the city. Head to Little Havana and grab a coffee and sandwich at a small, family-owned business there. Then find the best ceviche place near you on a map and check it out. The city has a remarkable food scene with its many Caribbean, Central American, and South American transplants to the place. Another place that many people fail to visit when there is Key Biscayne National Park. This US National Park is mostly water and you can catch a boat out there and enjoy the unique place! While Key West is a popular day trip from Miami, the Florida Keys have a lot more to offer than just Key West. Spend a morning at Bahia Honda State Park in the keys and you will quickly see for yourself.

How much time should I spend in Miami?

If you are not slotting aside time for the beach, you can see the main highlights of Miami in 3-4 days. However, a week will allow you to explore beyond the city limits and take advantage of some of the cool places nearby (like the Everglades!). You can also take a day trip to Key West, or even the Bahamas. A full week in Miami will give you the flexibility to enjoy a lot of what the South Florida city has to offer.

What food is Miami known for?

You will find Cuban food ever-present in the city, but also be on the lookout for Haitian, Jamaican, Venezuelan, Peruvian, and more. Venezuelan arepas are a quick and easy eat for lunch and Peruvian ceviche makes for a nice, sit-down dinner. The food truck culture is alive in Miami, as well, and you can find a variety of dishes at your fingertips. If you're into fine dining, don't worry, Miami has that as well. Spend a night and head to Joe's Stone Crab in South Beach where you can get local, seasonal stone crabs from October until May. It is one of the most famous places in the city.

What is the best way to get around Miami?

Miami has remarkably good public transportation for a US city (in my opinion). The Miami Metrorail is a 25-mile rail system that runs from the Miami International Airport to downtown Miami (and further to Kendall). This is a quick and easy way to get into the city where you will have additional options from there. Once you're in Miami, you can use the Metromover, a free public transportation service that conects Downtown Miami and Brickell. You can also hop onto a Metrobus which will take you to various other parts of the city. Other options for getting around are the trolley system and taxi apps."

What are the best months to visit Miami?

Miami is located in the South of Florida and has a pretty desirable climate all year round! However, it is cooler and far less rainy during the winter months (after fall when the tropics are active). You will experience fewer mosquitoes and evening storms during this time, making it easier to maximize your time without weather playing a factor. During the summer months, it is hotter and stickier as the air is more humid and you will experience more rain. Nevertheless, there is not a 'bad' time to visit Miami.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

Miami is full of exciting (and diverse) neighborhoods. One can't-miss location is Little Havana. You can take a guided tour of the neighborhood to learn its history and see the best of Calle Ocho, the most well-known street in the area. South Beach is iconic for its Art Deco and nightlife and it is worth a visit. Be sure to also check out Wynwood, which used to be a warehouse district. Today, you can find cool concept shops, delicious eateries, and a lot of vibrant street art (including the famous Wynwood Walls). Miami's Design District is famous for its art galleries and high-end fashion boutiques and is a great place to go shopping. Coconut Grove and Coral Gables are two other neighborhoods to put on your Miami itinerary.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

Miami is a shopping paradise and you will find some of the nation's best shops and boutiques in the city. The Design District and Bal Harbour are great for those looking for designer pieces. Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach is also a good place to explore for your standard finds, but it also is home to some art galleries and museums. If you're an outlet shopper, check out Dolphin Mall where you'll find the largest outlet mall in Miami.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Miami?

Miami has a plethora of neighborhoods to stay in and while it is touristy, it really is fun to stay in Miami Beach on your first trip to the city. You will be near many historic hotels and things to do and it is what most people think of when they think of Miami in the first place. Espanola Way is a pedestrian street in Miami Beach that is located between 14th and 15th Street and the area has some boutique hotels worth checking out. Not only will you be located near a lot of the nightlife and things to do, but you're also only a stone's throw from the beach.

What's are 4 best tips for a person traveling to Miami?

1) Plan your trip ahead if you're not renting a car. Miami can be expensive to get around if you rely on taxis! Either rent a car or get familiar with the public transportation system and allow yourself enough time between activities and attractions to get there if you go this route! Miami is a great place to take tours, as well. This helps maximize your time without having to ride around on transit too much.

2) Miami Beach can be expensive if you're staying close to South Beach. So, if you're on a budget, stay a little further north. You will still have beautiful beaches and delicious restaurants, but North Beach offers cheaper prices (and it is a pretty easy connection by bus to South Beach).

3) Plan more days than you think you'll need! Especially if you're renting a car or wanting to take tours. You can see so many amazing things from Miami on day trips - the Everglades, the Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale, Key Biscayne National Park, and even the Bahamas.

4) Chat with the locals. Miami has a reputation for being flashy, but the city's energetic vibes come from its residents. They are so friendly and hospitable and they all have a story to share.

What should people avoid doing in Miami?

Avoid going into areas of the city that are not deemed safe. Before your trip, do a little research to see which neighborhoods are currently unsafe or ask locals once you arrive. Also avoid chain restaurants in Miami if you can help it. The food is fabulous and you can find a lot of unique spots, including many family-owned restaurants. "

What are your top 5 favourite GetYourGuide experiences in Miami?

1) Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

2) Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

3) Miami: South Beach Private 30-Minute Guided Flight Tour

4)From Miami: Key West Bus Tour

5) Miami: Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

What is one thing that surprised you about Miami?

Miami seems so far south and like it kind of just hangs out by itself down there - but there is so much to do! While I discussed it above, the city has SO many amazing day trips and day tours that it is essential to plot a few extra days in the city to take advantage of this. It actually surprises me every time I head down there as I discover something new near the city.

What are the best beaches around Miami?

Miami is world-famous for its beaches and some of the top ones to add to your itinerary are South Beach, Surfside, Virginia Key Beach Park (super underrated!), Crandon Beach Park, North Beach, and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Beach.

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Wonderful experience, the island was completely packed with boaters cooking out and playing loud music but was still able to go a bit farther back from the beach where the mangroves are and was able to feed 5 raccoons. A special shout out to our guide Sydney who expertly handled some very rude and disgruntled customers who didn’t get to see raccoons (because they didn’t listen to her guidance). I would do it again.

We all loved the variety of the day and feel like we were immersed in the Everglades. The guides were full of great information. We highly recommend this experience.

This tour was amazing, just what we wanted! The horses were so well trained, the trails were relaxing & the views were beautiful. Highly recommend.

Mariela was a great guide, plenty of food and lots of local information

I loved the change of seasons, it was beautiful and relaxing!