Well since we are locals we have a couple of suggestions on Things to do in Miami Florida. If you want more inside information and more local spots just ask us and we’ll be more than happy to share. But for this article we’ll keep it to the most popular spots and spots for first time visitors. The following is in no particular order of rank, its just a list and all based on your preferences.
- Check out Shark Valley. Well you might think were talking sharks here but were actually talking alligators and crocodiles. Shark Valley is approximately 25 miles west of Krome avenue (approx 177 ave) and SW 8 street. It is a road that is approximately 7 and a half miles deep into the everglades. You can rent a bike for approximately $20 dollars, take a 2 hour tram or you can walk it. Although walking the entire thing would probably be a bit much for one day, so we suggest riding it. On this ride you’ll see alligators, crocodiles and some other everglades wild life up close and personal. At the end there is a very tall tower you can climb up to see a panaromic view of the everglades.
2. Everglades Boat Tours. You can pretty much go anywhere down 8 street west of Krome avenue (which is about 177 ave) and find everglades boat tours all up and down that area. The boat tours take you on an airboat ride all over the everglades where you see all types of everglades wild life, mostly gators, crocodiles, snakes, deer etc. And they are easy on your pocket not to expensive. Some of them also offer live gator shows when you get back from the airboat ride.
3. Check out Little Havana. I know were throwing you all over the place here but just letting you know of the places that are a must you check out. Little Havana named after a city in Cuba called Havana. This is what makes Miami, Miami. This is what makes it so diverse. Starting from about 27 Avenue and SW 8 street down east till you reach the I-95 expressway is what encompasses Little Havana. You’ll find people playing dominoes at the park pretty much anytime of the day ( encompassing what the Cuban culture is all about). You’ll find bars, all types of places to eat and a bunch of small Latin supermarkets.
Be sure to check out Azucar which is a small Cuban ice cream shop, be sure to try the Ava Maria it is a delicious Ice Cream derived from a very common Cuban snack. Also be sure to check out ball and chain where you’ll find all the Salsa and Merengue to dance too, also a great variety of amazing Cuban drinks.
4.Beaches. Want to check out what most people come to Miami for. Yes check out Miami Beach it has all the bars on ocean drive you need and the beach right across the street which is great to grab a drink and go back and forth from the beach to the bar. But also check out Hollywood Beach about 35 minutes north of Miami Beach but you’ll have a bit of a nicer beach with a good amount of bars but less people and more relaxing.
Also check out Key Biscayne Bill Bagg’s Park. You won’t have any bars but you’ll find a beach with a more relaxing environment. There is less people and this beach at Bill Bagg’s is more family oriented. Definitely want to go here if you’re traveling with Kids or family.
5. Hard Rock Casino. Check out the Hard Rock Casino approximately 45 min. North of Miami. This is a very nice casino. It has clubs, restaurants, very nice pools and they have an Improv. They host really good comedy shows at this Improv, definitely recommend watching a show. Also, every once in a while they have some nice pool parties and the night life is pretty good.
6. John Pennekamp. Approximately 1 hour South of Miami. John Pennekamp is in Key Largo which is the northernmost Key approximately a 1 hour drive from Miami. Here you can snorkel a spectacular reef, with all types of crazy marine life. Unfortunately you can’t spear or fish here but you can snorkel and see a crazy amount of sea animals.
7. Check out Zoological Wildlife Foundation. This place is down in Homestead. Approximately 40 min from downtown Miami. This place is kind of like a small Zoo. Nowhere near as big as the Miami Zoo, and nowhere near as many animals. But they still have cool animals and the coolest thing which is what makes it way better than the zoo for us is this place lets you have one on one encounters with some of there animals. Anywhere from small tigers, to monkeys, leopards etc. And they also have a Liger. It is a very cool place, it is kind of like having a small zoo to yourself. The one on one encounters are a little pricey but definitely worth it. It is like being in a zoo but with less people and a more relaxing environment.
8. Check Oleta River State Park. This is a cool park in North Miami. It has mountain biking trails which they rent bikes for. They have all types of levels of mountain bike trails. The park is on the water, which they have kayak rentals. You can kayak the bay and do pretty much whatever you want. The park has a beach which you could go swimming in. It also has cabins and areas for camping, this is a pretty cool park, has a-lot of cool things to do.
9. Check out Lincoln Road. Down in Miami Beach, Lincoln Road spans about 10 blocks. Lincoln Road is about 10 blocks of shops and brand name stores boutiques. The ten blocks only allows pedestrian traffic. So you could up and down checking out the shops and very nice unique stores they have. They also have very good and nice restaurants up and down the strip. This is a great place to check out if you want to do some shopping and want to find some stores that are not very common.
10. Check out the Frost Museum. Located in Downtown Miami. The Frost Museum has interactive opportunities, it has a 500,000 gallon Gulf Stream aquarium that houses all sorts of sea creatures and a planetarium dome that hosts biweekly laser shows. This place is pretty new and a cool place to check out.
11. Check out Knaus Berry Farms. If you want some of the best cinnamon rolls ever check this place out. Located in Homestead, also approximately 35 minutes from downtown Miami. This place has one of the best cinnamon rolls and shakes you’ve ever tried. The lines are extremely long but worth the wait. They are open seasonly, but when they are open they are always packed because the rolls are insane. Check them out they are well worth the wait.
12. Want to have a drink at a cool spot check out Sugar at the East Hotel in Brickell Miami. This place is located on the rooftop of the hotel and it is open to anyone. You do not need to be staying at the hotel to enjoy drinks at Sugar in the East Hotel. This is place is very nice, it has amazing views and great drinks. Fancy drinks and beautiful drinks what more can you ask for.
13. Check out and Explore Deering Estates. Located in Palmetto Bay. This place is really nice with amazing views and has guided nature walks and birding opportunities. This place is really nice.
14. Check out the Venetian Pool. Located in Coral Gables about 10 min from downtown Miami. This place is pretty cool. It is a really big pool filled with fresh water from artesian wells. The pool is not chemically treated, just use fresh water which I believe is changed out daily. This place is a cool relaxing spot away from all the other busy tourist spots.
15. Check out the Fountainebleau Hotel In Miami Beach you don’t need to be staying at the hotel to enjoy its amenities. You can pay for the day to enjoy their amenities. They have very nice pools, and restaurants. They are always hosting some type of event. There is always something going on. This is where the world famous club Liv is located. Whether it club Liv or pool parties there is always something going on.
16. Check out Wynwood. This a small neighborhood just north of downtown Miami. Mostly known for its graffitied walls, this place has cool bars, art galleries and very good restaurants. If your into art definitely must check this area out. Every two weeks or so they host an art festival where you’ll see all types of art vendors take to the streets and all the art galleries in the area open up and you get to walk through all the art galleries. Drinks are sold everywhere this a good place to just hang out and chill.
17. Check out Key West. Approximately 3 hours from Miami. Take a drive down to Key West. In Key West you can take a snorkeling trip, you can take rent a charter boat and go fishing, pretty much some of the best fishing Florida has to offer. Key West also has a strip on Duval Street where you can bar hop. They have a bunch of bars up and down Duval street. You can also rent boats if you want to go fishing yourself. You can rent jet-skis as well.
They also have what’s been voted one of the best views of the sunset in the entire U.S.. Supposedly from Mallory Square which is located in Key West. Mallory Square is a little area in the middle of Key West where you can see the sunset, its kind of like a little concrete park where you could sit on any of the benches at the park and watch the sunset.
Supposedly the reason why its been voted the best place to watch the sunset in the U.S., is because of how the park is positioned. It is the closest to the sunset compared to any other place in the U.S.. Also the view of the sunset is completely unobstructed. It faces the water and has nothing in the way. Watching the sunset here is incredible. Definitely check out Mallory Square and Key West.
So those are some of the Things to do in Miami Florida. If you want more in depth info or more local spots just shoot us an email. These spots mentioned are the more popular ones but there is definitely a bunch of cool local spots as well.