Free Things To Do In Miami
With Miami being known as a place where celebs like to hand out and party, it is nice to know there are still free things to do here. Sure, going to the beach is free and walking the strip, but we have found some free things to do in Miami that are of a little more substance. All of the activities below are free of charge and are a great way to spend the better part of a day in Miami. If you want to see Miami on a budget, you don’t have to look far to find a multitude of fun, free things to do.
Ichimura Miami-Japan Garden – website
The Ichimura Miami-Japan Gardens feature a stone pagoda and rock garden in the carefully tended grounds. The Ichimura Gardens are a peaceful taste of Japan on Watson Island. They are beautifully laid out in the style of a traditional Japanese garden. Seasonal events and holidays are celebrated in the garden, or you can go on a relaxing stroll in the quiet setting enjoying the plants and sculptures that were brought to Miami from Tokyo. Most of the statuary and plants were brought to the gardens in the 1950’s by Mr. Kiyoshi Ichimura.
Maurice Gusman Concert Hall – website
If music is your thing, the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall features free performances put on by the University of Miami orchestra. The 600 seat concert house offers more than 100 performances throughout the year, and offers most for free to the public. Concerts include student recitals, performances by visiting artists, as well as the annual Festival of Miami concert series within the ornate concert hall. You can take in a day time performance or plan an elegant night out to one of the evening performances.
Miami Art Museum – website
The Miami Art Museum offers free admission on certain days. The museum boasts a collection of contemporary art from artists such as Sylvia Plimack and Lucio Pozzi. Water colors, sculptures, and other mediums are available for viewing. The Miami Art Museum is in the process of expanding its collection beyond that of contemporary art. The museum recently began building Museum Park which will include gardens, a planetarium, and a historical museum. The current museum is still an enjoyable way to spend a day surrounded by art and culture.
Wynwood Art District – website
The Wynwood Art district is a vibrant place to wander amongst the Miami art scene. It is a central point to experience up and coming artists as well as galleries and experimental venues. The Marguilies and Scholl collections are located in the district. Galleries and studios are open to the public once a week featuring edgy new artists. The Wynwood Art District covers several blocks and does require a lot of walking.
South Beach Historical District – website
You can take a self guided tour through South Beach and experience the area’s historical art deco architecture. Along 5th street and Alton blvd, buildings restored to their early 20th century grandeur awe and delight. Hundreds of buildings have been restored to their prime, and the feeling of the roaring twenties is alive and well. South Beach is a wonderful place to stroll around and take in the sights. The Colony Hotel on Ocean Drive with its blue neon lights and the glamorous National Hotel on Collins Avenue are a must see for visitors to the South Beach.
Little Havana – website
The vibrant Hispanic culture is alive and well in Little Havana. Unique art galleries and upbeat Latin music dominate the landscape. The Walkway of Stars, the Latin equivalent of the Hollywood version for Latin stars and personalities is fun to examine on a leisurely walk through the area. Other attractions include the eternal flame at the Brigade 2506 Memorial, Domino Park, and the Plaza de la Cubanidad. Little Havana has wonderful cultural activities, a wonderful street life, and ample room to explore and sight see without spending a dime.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden – website
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden covers more than four acres and is divided into several gardens. The garden is open free to public, and offers lectures, festivals, and workshops. Cultural festivals throughout the year offer family centered activities. To fully enjoy the gardens, plan on spending more than just a day there. The garden is a showcase for orchids and tropical plants, features a living wall vertical garden, and a Japanese garden. There is plenty of room to roam and is a wonderful place to relax in the shade.
The Biltmore Hotel – website
The Biltmore Hotel has a rich historical past and is rumored to have its share of ghosts as well. Free tours are offered to learn about the history of this interesting landmark, and you don’t have to be a guest to enjoy them. The Biltmore Hotel was built in 1926 and has survived as a luxury resort to the modern day. The hotel has played host to dazzling guests in the past including Al Capone and the Duchess of Windsor. Free fireside storytelling sessions entertain and inform guest of the colorful events of the past.
Spanish Monastery Cloisters
In 1925 William Randolph Hearst brought the Spanish Monastery Cloisters in pieces from Spain to Miami. The crates sat in storage until 1954 when Raymond Moss and William Edgemond purchased them and rebuilt the monastery. It took more than 19 months to reassemble the pieces. The original building dates back to the 1100’s and were erected for St. Bernard de Clairvaux. Billed as the oldest building in the United States, the Cloisters is a serene escape from the bustle of Miami.
Bayfront Park, famous for the Bayside Marketplace, is an adventure in shopping and site seeing. It is home to the memorial to the astronauts who lost their life in the Challenger tragedy, the JFK Torch of Friendship, the Veteran’s Memorial, and a fountain honoring congressman Claude Pepper. There is a small sandy beach and 32 acres of greenery to explore. A rock garden and waterfall that date to 1926 make it a truly unique outdoor paradise. Independent vendors hawk their wares to the tune of the nearby ocean. Bayfront Park offers something for everyone.