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
Lewis and Kyle were awesome! Fun and funny and made us feel safe! The only part we did not like was, there was an added fee at the time of check in that no one mentioned. It was an extra $40ish amount to pay. Then an added $47 for pics! $170+40+40.... That's a whole new price! Was not happy, but we wanted the experience and the travel and lyft time and money spent to get there... We just stayed.
We enjoyed the airboat tour very much. The show was nice and it was very cool to hold a baby alligator and get a pic taken. What wasn’t so cool was the unfortunate wait to get a copy of our pic. Being in a tour bus we only had limited time and we weren’t able to try the alligator bites or to get any other souvenirs but over all it was great!
It was a great experience. Much better than we could have imagined. Our Tour guide was incredible. We will always remember this trip. The best part of our trip was our guide.. Hope to have him again in the future
Captain Tom & Sam were amazing!!!! Would definitely go back only if they are my crew. Best ever experience as of yet!!! Loved their sarcasm. Will definitely be going back.
Super fun! Guide were excellent! This activity is perfect even for the not so adventurous type! Loved even the dip in the water!!! And I’m deathly afraid of the ocean!!!!