From stylish art deco architecture to the stunning white sandy beaches, and a brilliant blue ocean, Miami is unique among US city destinations. In case you’re wondering what to add to your list of things to do in Miami, we’ve put together a handy guide which will help you explore the very best of the Magic City.
Check out our guide to the best places to visit in Miami…
1. Hang out in South Beach
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Miami, look no further than this quintessential Miami destination. This city within a city buzzes with beautiful people hanging out by the pool, strolling along the beachfront or cruising down Ocean Drive. Discover streamlined art deco buildings, pick up designer labels in the high-end boutiques or sip cocktails in the dusk-till-dawn clubs and bars that have put South Beach on the international party map.
Blue Route, Stop: South Beach 1
2. Swim at the Venetian Pool
Need to cool off? Then take a dip in what might be the most beautiful public pool in the world. One of our favourite Miami attractions, this one-time quarry was sculpted into shape, complete with waterfalls, in the 1920s. You might not see movie stars swimming here like you once would have but there’s no denying its enduring glamour.
3. Hit Miami Beach
There’s no doubt about it, this is one of the most well-known Miami tourist attractions. Located on an island and separate from the hustle and bustle of the city, Miami Beach is an entity on its own, connected by a series of bridges making it really easy to get there too. Known for its art deco style, bursting with pastel pinks and powder blues, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the beautiful ocean. With South Beach at its southern tip, visit the trendy boutiques and iconic hotels here.
Blue Route, Stop: Lincoln Road
4. Experience Cuba in Little Havana
Get lost in the culture and tradition in colorful Little Havana, one of the top places to visit in Miami. The district is home to a thriving Cuban community that centers around the lively Calle Ocho street, the place with all the best bars and restaurants. Stimulate your senses as the scent of cigar smoke drifts through the air mixing with the sound of salsa - creating an authentic Cuban flavor. And at night don’t be surprised to see people salsa dancing in the streets.
Red Route, Stop: Little Havana
5. Shop at Lincoln Road Mall
Shop in style at this beautifully designed outdoor mall. Originally constructed in the 1950s and revamped in the 90s, Lincoln Road has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, not every mall can make that claim. Shopaholics will also be delighted to know stores stay open until 11pm most nights. With everything from Anthropologie to Nike located here, it’s worth visiting this place in Miami.
Blue Route, Stop: Lincoln Road
6. Visit Renaissance Europe in Coconut Grove
Stroll the tree-lined boulevards of Coconut Grove and check out the Renaissance revival architecture of the stucco buildings. This hippie enclave is also where you’ll find Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a majestic Italian-style villa built for Europe-loving industrialist James Deering in the early 20th century. Practice taking the perfect selfie here.
Red Route, Stop: Coconut Grove
7. Get inspired in the Design District
Get your creative juices flowing at this hub of cutting-edge architecture, art and fashion. It’s a great thing to do with kids in Miami when the sun’s shining. With top designer showrooms, the Institute of Contemporary Art and a growing number of galleries to explore, you can easily spend an entire afternoon here. Enjoy the district’s chic appeal.
Red Route, Stop: Midtown
8. Chill out at Key Biscayne
Find your zen and calm things down a bit at the serene and pristine Key Biscayne. You won’t find designer shops or boutique hotels here, just waterparks, beaches and your chance to swim in the cooling waters. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the city and a hidden gem you just have to visit in Miami.
9. Come face to face with nature in the Everglades
This unique 1.5 million acre (6 billion square meter) wetland is one of the world’s most iconic natural environments. Take a boat through the mangrove swamps to discover leatherback turtles, panthers, manatees and alligators on a voyage of wildlife discovery.
Red & Blue Route, Stop: Pérez & Frost Museums
Use this list of top places to go in Miami as your inspiration for planning the perfect holiday, we’ve only included activities that you’re bound to find exciting. Hop on a Big Bus to get from place to place in style, if you’re short for time, or simply want to fit in the majority of our recommendations. And when you’re discovering all that the Magic City has to offer during the day, take a look at our top picks for Miami at Night too.