10 Things to Do in Miami That You Shouldn't Miss

August 9, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Miami is hot hot hot! And it’s not just the sultry weather. Here, the nightlife is scorching, thanks to a strong Latin influence and spicy salsa culture. Dance the noche away in a nightclub, or indulge in a fancy meal at one of the city’s celebrity-owned restaurants. By day, hit the beach of course, or have yourself a walkabout, taking in Miami’s colorful art deco architecture. Grab a Cuban sandwich in Little Havana, then ride the vintage carousel at Virginia Key Beach Park.
Restaurants in Miami

1. 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.

2. 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!

3. 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

4. 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.

5. Zoological Wildlife Foundation

16225 SW 172 Ave, Miami, FL 33187-1320 +1 305-969-3696
Excellent
86%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Zoological Wildlife Foundation

ZWF Miami is the only zoo in South Florida with as many animal encounters. We carry more than 40 exotic species at our facility with many available for interactive activities involving our guests. The five acre zoo houses everything from domestic animals and primates to large predatory birds and mammals. Some of our popular selection of exotic zoo animals are Chimpanzees, Gibbon Apes, Sloths, Lemurs, Owls, Snakes, Anteater, Lions Cub, Snow Leopards, Tiger Cubs, Ligers, Black Jaguar, Lynx, Serval and mischievous Capuchin monkeys - like those used in many movies. The Zoological Wildlife Foundation offers intimate tours and private encounters by appointment. Contact us to schedule a special tour with our exotic animals! It's an experience you will never forget. Tours must be prepaid and booked in advance in order to guarantee your desired date and time. DIRECTIONS: Please use these directions. GPS tends to send our travelers via a dirt road. Take the FLORIDA TURNPIKE and EXIT on Eureka Drive, 184th Street headed WEST Make a RIGHT on Eureka Drive and head down to Krome Avenue, 177th Avenue Make a RIGHT heading North to 160th Street Make a RIGHT heading East for half mile to 172nd Avenue Make a RIGHT on 172nd Avenue We are on the left side about a half block down

Reviewed By hoosgalnyc - New York City, New York

My friend and I visited the zoo today and we had an awesome time. For a small zoo, there is a wide selection of large cats and monkeys. As part of the general experience, we got to hold and pet an otter and a baby monkey. I also bought a 10 minute interaction with the baby jaguar and it was amazing. The staff were friendly and the overall experience was terrific. I will come back the next time I am in Miami to have an encounter with another baby animal. It’s expensive but it’s totally worth spending the money.

6. Wynwood Walls

2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127-4306 +1 305-531-4411
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Wynwood Walls

Open to the public, free of charge the Wynwood Walls was established in 2009 by the legendary placemaker and visionary Tony Goldman as an outdoor museum of international street art. Since the first year's program - featuring Kenny Scharf, Futura, Os Gemeos, Swoon, Shepard Fairey, and other renowned innovators in street art, Wynwood Walls has become a phenomenon, spurring the creation of murals throughout the Wynwood district. It is now one of the best venues in the world to see the work of leading street artists. In 2010, the adjacent Wynwood Doors, with 176 feet of roll-up storefront gates was added and most recently the Wynwood Walls Garden, an open green space featuring five murals was included in the space. Each year, a selection of international artists - that range from old school graffiti artists to newer innovators- have created artwork for the Wynwood Walls. In 2012, Wynwood Walls celebrated Art Basel with a series of events dedicated to the vision of Tony Goldman who passed that September. Since that time, the project has been curated by Tony's daughter, Goldman Properties CEO Jessica Goldman Srebnick. Miami's now world renowned open air "museum of the streets" continues to attract visitors from around the world and currently encompasses more than 40 dazzling, cutting-edge murals created by respected street artists from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

Reviewed By mjsheridan130 - New York City, New York

There are walls all over Wynwood, however some of the best murals were saw were in this actual space. There is a variety with themes differing from politics to simply cool designs! And every wall was another great opportunities for photos. I liked the galleries that were mixed in along the way as there were some cool exhibitions to see. Definitely not something to miss in Miami.

7. 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
1%
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.

8. South Pointe Park

1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139-7323 305-673-7006
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

South Pointe Park

Reviewed By lollygal - New York City, New York

Southe Point Park is a beautiful waterfront park.We walked the trails and found a quiet bench to watch the sunset. We were treated to a spectacular sunset.

9. American Airlines Arena

601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132-1801 +1 786-777-1000
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

American Airlines Arena

A modern architectural marvel where the NBA's Miami Heat play.

Reviewed By Rubens G - Miami, Florida

We're Miami natives and resididents. AAA arena always comes through with a world-class experience. Recently, the food has also been upgraded as well. Pro tip: Valet is pricey and takes a long time. Instead, park in one of the lots to the East(usually about a two blocks) cheaper and easier to get in and out of during the rush

10. Wynwood

Miami, FL 33127
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Wynwood

Reviewed By odh2014 - Woodbury, Connecticut

We just drove around. It was an unusual area: artsy and scary at the same time.There was a police car in almost every corner. Young crowd. This is not our scene but maybe we’ll go during the day next time we visit Miami.

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