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Things To Do in Miami

If you can’t find something to do in Miami, you aren’t trying hard enough. There is so much to see and do here that there is something everyone and every budget. You can do anything from laying on the beach and soaking up rays to exploring the stunning Everglades. Below, you will find some of our favorite things to do in Miami.

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South Beach

South Beach is easily one of Miami’s hottest spots. There are a lot of things to do here, from lounging on the beach (don’t forget your sunglasses, hat, and tanning lotion!) to a wide variety of boutiques, shops, salons and restaurants.

It really heats up at night, too. South Beach is full of vibrant nightlife, that will have you dancing until dawn. South Beach is a must-see for anyone who wants to have fun in Miami.

Miami MetroZoo

If you are an animal lover, the Miami MetroZoo should definitely be on your itinerary. Its tropical climate allows it to house a vast collection of animals from Asia, Africa and Australia. All of its animals are free range, meaning that there are no cages whatsoever. Animals that can peacefully coexist are grouped together, and those that are less than friendly are separated by water-filled moats. You can see white tigers, lions, Komodo dragons, Cuban crocodiles, and even an elephant that can paint pictures! With over 300 acres of animal exhibits, on 740 acres of land, it’s a full day’s outing. Be prepared to do some walking, or rent one of the two or four-seat bicycle carriages that are available.

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is one of America’s more unusual parks. Situated on over 1.5 million acres of swamp mixed with sawgrass and sub-tropical jungle area, this park is home to quite a few endangered species (such as the Florida panther and the American crocodile). Although much of the park is untouched, there are lots of opportunities for visitors to journey down “the river of grass”. There are camping areas, walking trails, and places to go canoeing. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy a great meal under the trees. It’s a great experience for those who love being outdoors.

Virginia Key Beach

Miami’s beaches are the perfect opportunity to soak up some rays. South Beach is probably the most well-known, but there are plenty of other sandy, sunny spots to see and be seen. Virginia Key Beach, near the Seaquarium, has plenty of out-of-the-way spots for those who like to explore. Haulover Beach is clothing-optional, for the more adventurous among us. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park offers lighthouse tours, sunbathing, swimming and history, all on the south end of Key Biscayne.

Miami Seaquarium

The Miami Seaquarium offers year-round dolphin and killer whale shows. Its entertaining and educational exhibits, featuring sea turtles, sea lions, and manatees can be found in very few other places in the US. The schedule varies daily, so be sure to check the website before you go. A Miami fixture since 1958, the Seaquarium hasn’t been without its share of controversy recently, due to protests by animal rights groups.

Parrot Jungle Island

Parrot Jungle Island gives visitors an up-close look at many tropical birds, like parrots, macaws, penguins and flamingos. There are many other animal exhibits as well, such as tigers, kangaroos, and chimpanzees. Parrot Jungle Island offers daily shows, and is open 365 days a year. It is also notable because it occupies its own island!

Miami Skylift

The Miami Skylift is a fairly new attraction that is located in downtown’s Bayfront Park. You’ll be five hundred feet above the park, held aloft by a helium balloon. The ride lasts about fifteen minutes, and comes with a narrated tour of Miami. On a clear day, you can see about twenty five miles away, with a panoramic view of the ocean and beaches. Sure, it’s a tourist trap, but worth the ride if you’re downtown already.

Miami Children’s Museum

If you have children, Miami Children’s Museum is a must-see. With its many permanent exhibits, such as a bank, a television studio, a supermarket, a cruise ship, and a miniature Port of Miami, there’s a lot to do and see here. There are also a few traveling exhibits, so check back here often because you never know what you’ll find. The Miami Children’s Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, so make sure you stop in.