Building a complete itinerary with what to do in Miami is easy, since this is a destination full of cultural attractions, leisure and unmissable shopping points. This Florida city has a great Cuban influence in its constructions, which makes it even more charming. See what you can’t miss during your trip:
1. Miami Seaquarium
Inaugurated in 1955, the oldest oceanarium in the U.S. became famous as the setting for the Flipper series, and receives about 500,000 visitors annually. There the whole family will be able to learn more about the life of marine animals, watch interactive shows and swim with the dolphins.
2. Villa Vizcaya
With Italian Renaissance architecture, Villa Vizcaya offers beautiful attractions to its visitors, such as caves, old gardens, historical and cultural museums with a collection dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, among other structures that serve as eye drops.
3. Bayside Marketplace
This two-story open-air mall is on the shores of Biscayne Bay, and has several renowned and popular brands, besides offering a privileged view of the surroundings. How about enjoying a day of pleasant weather to go shopping or enjoy drinks and tasty food in a very special setting?
4. South Pointe Park
In Miami, every beginning of the beach that has a park is called Pointe Park, and has a series of attractions for those who prefer to stay away from the agitation of the sand. On these 17 very well planned acres, you will find playgrounds, an outdoor gym, an extensive pier with an incredible view and several covered benches to enjoy the sun and the sea. Irresistible, don’t you think?
5. Jungle Island
This entertainment complex has a number of attractions for the whole family, such as parks, forest and a zoo. Book an entire afternoon to enjoy the animals, meet rare species and enjoy the interactive shows.
6. Venetian Pool
The largest public swimming pool in the USA was built in a coral quarry, and is one of Miami’s most visited tourist spots. The kids will have fun with the crystal clear waters, bridges and waterfalls of the space, and the cafes and restaurants serve the family perfectly all day long. Enjoy a sunny day to refresh yourself in this Coral Gables attraction.
7. Miami Art Museum – Freedom Tower
With free entrance, the Miami Museum of Art operates in a building that is also considered a tourist attraction: the Freedom Tower. Downtown Miami’s iconic building has served as an administrative center for Cuban refugees, and has also housed the headquarters of “The Miami News” newspaper. Not to be missed!
8. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
One of Miami’s oldest lighthouses is the most sought after spot in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, which still has hiking and biking trails, a quiet beach and two restaurants with privileged views. A perfect time to enjoy nature away from the hustle and bustle of Miami.
9. Wynwood Arts District
If before the Wynwood Arts District was known as an abandoned region, today the colorful scenery makes anyone forget that past. Today the place has art galleries, ateliers, theaters and museums, as well as incredible graffiti that draws the attention of tourists from all over the world. Enjoy the tour also to make a stop in one of the cafes and restaurants of the region.
10. Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation
With free entrance, the Holocaust Museum is a walk that not only presents us with this historical tragedy, but also makes us an invitation to reflect. One of the highlights of the attraction is a hand in giant size, with carved people representing the victims who tried to escape from the concentration camps.
11. American Airlines Arena
The Miami Heat house has a very high quality structure, and besides housing unmissable NBA matches, it also has a musical program for all tastes. Check the schedule during your trip and guarantee your ticket – you will not regret the experience.
Check from Thursday to Tuesday the European and American decorative arts that are part of the Wolfsonian-FIU collection. The arts dated from 1885 to 1945 are great cultural references, and deserve your appreciation. The building also has a souvenir and coffee store.
13. Miami Children’s Museum
Don’t be fooled by the name: the Miami Children’s Museum is a large amusement park with interactive attractions for children of all ages. The wings spread throughout the huge building have educational and musical toys, which can be enjoyed for U$ 18.
14. Sawgrass Mills
The largest outlet in the U.S. is one of the most sought after attractions by Brazilians, in search of the best prices for the world’s most famous brands. It has stores like Nike, Forever 21, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Ross, Michael Kors among other department giants. Book a full day to beat leg there and guarantee your discount tickets.
15. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
The guided tour of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden can be done by trolley or on foot, and there you will learn all about the preservation study of animal species and tropical plants in which the space works. About 3,500 plant species from all over the world have been cultivated there, many of them threatened with extinction.
16. Museum Park
Located in Downtown Miami, Museum Park is the perfect green paradise to escape from the hustle and bustle, even though it’s downtown. It has a huge wooded space for hiking and biking, cultural institutions, a breathtaking waterfront, among other spaces. Check out the local program, as several shows and artistic presentations are also promoted there.
17. Museum of Contemporary Art
Known as MOCA, this small museum receives travelling exhibitions of great importance to the world of art, and is located in the northern region of the city. The entrance costs U$ 5 and the visit can be done from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.
18. Pérez Art Museum Miami
Check out the best of contemporary art in this museum that houses international works dating from the 20th and 21st centuries, both in fixed and itinerant exhibitions. The ticket costs U$ 12 and the program can be checked at the space’s official website.
19. Lowe Art Museum
This visual arts museum was opened in Coral Gables in 1950, inside the University of Miami, and has an interesting collection that represents modernity. One of the wings of the building is totally dedicated to glass art, and also receives seasonal exhibitions.
20. Miami Casino
Casino Miami is near the airport, and built in place of an old stadium. For those who have never entered a casino before, the experience is worth it – besides having a little fun with the slot machines and ambient sound, and who knows, counting on the luck of extra cash!