When planning to travel to Miami, most tourists jot down to visit a major club or hit the beach. We’re going to give you a great list that will cover almost every aspect of what the city has to offer. Everything from food, to art, to scenery, to locations and of course where to have an absolute blast in the city! Here are the top things tourists should do when visiting Miami.
VISIT OCEAN DRIVE
Stretching from 1st Street to 15th Street, Miami Beach, Fl 33139
When in Miami, you must visit South Beach and when in South Beach you must walk or drive up/down iconic Ocean Drive. Stretching from 1st to 15th Street, this piece of Miami hosts Art Deco Hotels, restaurants and bars. With a diverse collection of locals, tourists, slow moving cars and of course party goers strutting North to South, this is THE “Hot Zone” in Miami!
WALK LINCOLN ROAD
Stretching from Collins Ave. to Bay Road, Miami Beach, Fl 33139
This long 15 block road which is closed to vehicle traffic but bustling with human traffic is a check mark while in South Beach. It houses many many name brand, popular and local shops, bars, restaurants and lounges along with a huge collection of promenading bodies. www.lincolnroadmall.com/
RIDE A DOUBLE DECKER BUS TOUR OF MIAMI
No not Wax on, Wax off like in the Karate Kid but since you’re in Miami just Hop on Hop off. Pay a one time daily fee and these buses are such a great way to explore the city, whether just sitting on the rooftop and enjoying the sites as the tour guide describes what you’re viewing. Or gettting off at the site that captures your attention and then getting on later at a leisure pace. www.miamidoubledecker.com/ www.bigbustours.com/Miami
HOP ON A LAND AND SEA DUCK TOUR
South Beach – 1661 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139; 305-673-2217
SOAK AT MIAMI’S BEACHES
Whether you’re admiring gorgeous bodies and Art Deco hotels at popular South Beach or you’re low key catching rays in Key Biscayne, Miami’s golden sands and warm water beaches are a must to do all year round. One of the best activity in Miami to do is grabbing your beach towel and heading to any of the city’s many beaches to soak up the sun then refreshing your body in the warm ocean. It’s such a great feeling because although our country has so many beaches from East to West Coast, Miami’s water temperature is soooo warm for 10 out of the 12 months in the year. So have a beach front lunch then grab your sandals and beach bag to enjoy a beautiful afternoon or night in the water! www.miamibeachfl.gov/ www.keybiscayne.fl.gov/ www.citynmb.com
EXPERIENCE THE BEST NIGHTLIFE
Besides the warm sun and hot bodies, the other main attraction Miami offers is the amazing selection of where to go out to at night. Starting in Coral Gables which offers blocks of great lounges where locals hop from one to the other especially on Friday night which is the areas most popular. On to Downtown Miami where you’ll get skyhigh lounges offering views of the city while you sip on drinks and dance, then down to the very popular Mary Brickell Village area which is a collection of restaurants, lounges, bars and clubs all next to each other. Moving a mile north are the ever growing art districts of Wynwood and Midtown which you’ll discover a different area without the big clubs but rather full of art galleries along with complementing pubs plus artsy lounges/bars and restaurants. Finally the mother of all nightlife areas, not only in Miami but also of the world, South Beach! Here is an area of around 125 square blocks of non-stop in and out hot spots to eat, drink, dance, and party at. There you’ll discover a collection of the world’s trendiest and popular lounges and clubs along with the nations most well known food, wine and art events! Rooftop Hotspots Birthday HotSpots
SKIM THE EVERGLADES ON AN AIRBOAT RIDE
Here’s an amazing way to discover the Florida Everglades and its world of alligators, birds and plant life that inhabit its surroundings. Not only educational fun for all ages, but also a way to inform people on the Everglades ecosystem and natural beauty!
TAKE A CRUISESHIP TO THE CARIBBEAN
Hop on one of these ocean behemoths, unpack once and forget about your land life. The amazing stress relief that these ships offer with all their entertainment, shows, tons of food, gambling on board and Caribbean country hopping, is second to none. Not only are many activities offered on board while sailing to the islands but also you have the complete freedom to just lay back on deck, relax and leave your work worries back on land. Some of the most popular are Carnival , Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Disney Cruise Lines
In the last 10 years this bustling area of Miami has grown in monstrous leaps and bounds! Starting off on Biscayne Blvd. which houses the modish Perez Art Museum, sports housing AA Arena, waterfront Bayside Marketplace and modern times condo high rises. As you travel south and Biscayne Blvd. ends, the beginning of famous Brickell Ave. starts which is where you’ll see a canyon of contempo condos and business buildings. Veer 2 blocks west to South Miami Ave. where Mary Brickell Village is and an abundance of restaurants, clubs, lounges, bars and the best downtown nightlife!
CULTURE UP DURING ART BASEL
This 5 day mega art event covers so many areas of the city involving painting and sculptures made by artists from all over the globe. So popular that many A-list celebrities and musicians are spotted all over Miami. The premier art function in South Florida, Art Basel, being a series of art events throughout the city, is perfect for the art lover. It offers many different displays at Miami’s swankiest venues, art districts, and hotspots all over the city etc…. which showcase the best contemporary and modern art. After the kickoff event, the city is filled with many similar functions throughout the Design District, Wynwood, Downtown, and South Beach. www.artbasel.com
ABSORB ART AT THE PEREZ ART MUSEUM
Downtown – 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Here’s an amazing museum that will take your breath away with not only it’s architectural design but also its bay front location with the water and downtown buildings. Inside it is filled with local and international modern and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st century. Stroll to the rear after gazing at the art inside and you’ll discover a beautiful patio selling drinks and food with views of Downtown, Bayside and the inter-coastal waterways. www.pamm.org/
EXPLORE ART AT WYNWOOD
Art lovers, here’s a Miami area that really keeps your senses on their toes with bars, diners, and tons of art galleries. Plus, on the second Saturday of each month this area of Miami called the Wynwood district offers a nice walk through all its galleries. All free of charge featuring different styles of art, plus many offering drinks to keep your body moving through the night. Along with the galleries the Wynwood district has grown and houses good restaurants and local bars. It’s also very close to Midtown which is a large area of shops, restaurants, and nightlife so that large area is perfect to spend a full day or night at.
EAT CUBAN FOOD AT VERSAILLES
Miami – 3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135; 305-444-0240
When in Miami and you’d wish to experience the ultimate and most popular locale for Cuban food, then visit this spot. The styling of this restaurant is classic with its chandeliers and glass covered walls, it’s location is smack in the middle of famous Calle Ocho in Little Havana and the food is delicious Cuban cuisine. The very busy take out window is where you’ll find the local energy of Hispanics having their strong coffee and talking about the recent gossip of the city and world news. Politicians, actors, singers and the famous are amongst the frequent visitors this famous Miami landmark receives! http://www.versaillesrestaurant.com/
EAT AT A ROMANTIC OCEANFRONT DINER
Miami’s perfect location on the Atlantic Ocean makes it ideal for many beautiful and romantic views from its shores. Top restaurants that have an amazing view of the gorgeous beaches and ocean along with some that combine it with romantic sunsets. Here’s a list we put together for you: www.miamisocialscene.com/restaurants/most-romantic-miami-ocean-view-restaurants/
VISIT VIZCAYA MUSEUM & GARDENS
Coconut Grove – 3251 S. Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129; 305-250-9133
This Italian Renaissance-style villa and gardens built in 1916 as the winter residence of an industrial businessman is located in the beautiful area of Coconut Grove. Its backyard has a spectacular view of the ocean and Key Biscayne. Very popular photo shoot location for weddings and birthdays with its breathtaking European architecture. It’s also a perfect historical site to walk around with your family while taking a tour and discovering its sculptures and nice artistic work. www.vizcaya.org/
GO CRAZY AT MIAMI MUSIC WEEK
Bringing the most popular DJ’s from U.S. and Europe, it is an amazing electronic music gathering in downtown and South Beach that will move your body day and night! From March 21-26 so many of Miami’s most popular clubs host the ultimate DJ’s from around the world which put a more up close performance. Then at the end of this conference, the main feature of course is the largest ever growing annual Miami electronic music event, ULTRA. That is the main event which is absolutely huge and filled with these popular DJ’s from around the world spinning on monster stages in the middle of downtown and the waterway. www.miamimusicweek.com/