10 Things to Do in Key Biscayne That You Shouldn't Miss

July 28, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

Key Biscayne is home to some of the most brilliant, white sandy beaches and offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, including bicycling, tennis, golf, fishing, kite boarding, windsurfing, boating and sailing. To get to Key Biscayne by car you’ll pass the Miami Seaquarium, home to the original “Flipper”, before driving across the causeway to the idyllic island of Key Biscayne. Bayside Market Place has something for everyone! Dine with friends at an exciting restaurant or visit one or all of the many thrilling attractions, like South Beach, Jungle Island or Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Visit the 170-year old Cape Florida Lighthouse or Crandon Park Beach and meet Miami's biggest star - Lolita the Killer Whale. Crandon Beach is also famous for its parade of famous photographers and models. Some of the world’s best fishing and scuba diving is done right off shore on amazing artificial reefs made ingeniously from everything from recycled tug boats to airplanes! Amazing! Enjoy a round of golf, play tennis, go windsurfing or spend some quiet time with a good book under the shade of a palm tree on the Village Green. Here, miles of beautiful beaches and natural settings can be enjoyed by bike, rollerblades or scooters. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area is located on the southern tip of Key Biscayne and is one of the most beautiful natural areas near Miami. Follow the Key Biscayne Heritage Trail and experience incredible blue waters, barrier island ecosystems and a prehistoric fossil reef. See where the Nixon Winter Whitehouse stood, where pirates hid in Hurricane harbor and watch dolphins and manatee.
Restaurants in Key Biscayne

1. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156-4233 +1 305-667-1651
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is among the world's best tropical botanic gardens. Here you will find internationally renowned collections of cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruits, vines, aroids and endangered species, which provide a living laboratory for scientists, and the opportunity of discovery for everyone. In addition, Fairchild has the largest palm collection in the U.S. and is also the keeper of the National Palm Collection as designated by the American Public Gardens Associations. With its beautiful paths, vistas and outstanding horticultural displays, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden provides every visitor with an unforgettable experience.

Reviewed By Kirsi L - Oulu, Finland

All though this is more a garden than a genuine botanical garden (most of the trees and plants did have labels so referring to botanical garden makes sense) the place is really nice and beautiful, quite large also. It has several large ponds and different sections (mangrove, madagaskar, tropical etc) and nice, easy walk around them. We also saw several huge iguanas wondering around, which is quite exotic for us coming from Northern Europe.

They offer guided tours as well, even in a small tram (I believe its called) which is very useful and nice for elderly people. We walked around the whole garden with a good map and instructions given at the entrance.

Garden has also small greenhouses and a butterfly house with hundreds of different kinds of butterflies flying around you. Very beautiful!

2. Bayside Marketplace

401 Biscayne Blvd, R106, Miami, FL 33132-1977 +1 305-577-3344
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Bayside Marketplace

Large waterfront shopping, entertainment and dining area.

Reviewed By Christene545 - Columbus, Ohio

Lively open air marketplace with lots of bars and restaurants. There's shopping as well. But from what I saw it does not appear as though people go there for the shopping. Loved the live Latin music and the food. Ate at Latin American Cuban Cuisine and it was wonderful. My husband got a Cuban sandwich and I got grilled fish with moros and cassava (both sides are a must!). We then took an evening Millionaire's Row sightseeing cruise. The homes and yachts were ridiculously beautiful. We only had one evening to spend in Miami before leaving for our cruise the next morning and I'm very happy with our choice. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was due to our experience with taxis. Beware of being overcharged because you are a tourist! Negotiate a fare upfront.

3. South Beach

Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

South Beach

People watching is a great pastime in Miami's South Beach, which draws celebrities and beautiful people in skimpy swim attire to see and be seen. The wide and fine, white sand-covered beaches are popular spots for fashion photo shoots, so you're sure to see models. The area is known for its hip clubs and wild nightlife as well as numerous excellent restaurants.

Reviewed By DeBrander - Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Nice boulevard on Lincoln drive, however missing some really cosey places on the beach. Too much of the same. Looking and to be seen!

4. Crandon Park Tennis Center

7300 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149-1100 +1 305-365-2300
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

Crandon Park Tennis Center

Play where the pros play! Crandon Park Tennis Center is home of the Sony Open, with a total of 26 courts, including 2 grass, 2 red clay, 4 green clay, and 18 hard courts! 11 hard courts and 2 clay courts have lights. Racquet rentals and tennis balls available in the pro shop.

Reviewed By bt_mpls_traveler - Minnetonka, Minnesota

This venue is wonderful for watching tennis matches. The stadium court is intimate enough so that there isn't a bad distant seat from the court. The outer courts allow for close-ups to the players. The food and drink options are above-average for a tennis tournament. And of course, you are in Miami in March. I highly recommend this venue if you love tennis.

5. Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 +1 305-531-3442
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road is Miami Beach's premier shopping, dining, and people-watching destination. Just blocks from the beach, you'll discover a bustling mile-long stretch of excellent restaurants, fantastic shopping, and brimming sidewalk cafés.

Reviewed By Yugeshree - Ballito, South Africa

We walked almost five blocks from the outdoor mall down to the beach. It’s a good spot to people watch. Along the road, there are a few tacky souvenirs shops to get a quirky or cheap souvenir. Around the outdoor mall area, there is a coffee shop, pizzeria and other restaurants, so a good choice to have a sit down meal

6. Cape Florida Lighthouse

1200 Crandon Blvd, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area, Key Biscayne, FL 33149-2795 +1 305-361-5811
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 501 reviews

Cape Florida Lighthouse

Reviewed By NovaKay - Mountain Brook

Nice hike to the lighthouse. Unfortunately it was closed due to recent hurricane so we were unable to ascend but still the park itself was a very nice walk and amazing views. Friendly people out and about during hike to and from.

7. Ocean Drive

Eighth Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL +1 305-604-1999
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Ocean Drive

Reviewed By Luba and Simon P - Hinsdale, Massachusetts

Great experience driving like in tropical park. W e are from Western Massachusetts, and it was great pleasure after all our snow storm experiences, to drive smoothly on excellent driveway along palm trees and having many opportunities to exit to see nice places and enjoy great food, museums, parks and beaches.

8. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149-2713
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Named after a Miami newspaper editor Bill Baggs, this state park is part of an extensive barrier island system.

Reviewed By Kirk H - Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Parking was hard to find without a long walk. Though from the entrance to the beach area I liked the walking mat to get to the beach, made it much easier to walk and for those hauling coolers. We had lunch at the Light House Café. While we were there the line for a table ebbed and flowed. The outdoor seating was comfortable though the breeze wanted to steal our napkins away. We chose fish sandwiches which were good. After lunch we walked to the beach and enjoyed it a while. If we arrived earlier & stayed longer we would have rented a couple chairs from them there.

9. Crandon Park Beach

6747 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149-1102 +1 305-361-5421
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 655 reviews

Crandon Park Beach

Reviewed By Channel R

BEST BEACH IN MIAMI!!! White sand, blue/turquoise ocean and palm trees on the beach..you would think you're in the Bahamas!!!! There's an old zoo that was destroyed by a past hurricane, but a lot of animals are still there. Definitely a place to go to! Fun for the whole family guaranteed. Not so much crowded (December-January) so it's perfect!! There are barbecues, picnic tables and volleyball courts. You can also bring hammocks!! Because there are palm trees on the beach, it's easy to find shade ON the beach.
When it's the low tide, you can walk for miles and miles with only water to your knees. Perfect for childrens, perfect for everyone!!!

10. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, Florida 33129, Miami, FL 33129-2831 +1 305-250-9133
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Built in 1916 as a winter retreat, this lavish villa is a tribute to the Italian Renaissance. The museum contains much of the original furnishings and artwork, and is surrounded by lush, formal gardens.

Reviewed By potro2016 - San Jose, Costa Rica

Really nice place to take a break from daily traffic and shopping. Learn about living in times past and enjoy the beautiful and large gardens. Well kept place despite hurricanes
affecting the area once in a while. There was some maintenance work going on, to be able to bring back to normal areas damaged by recent hurricanes. The house itself is also very interesting and huge.

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