Things to do in Miami - Miami Tours
VISIT CORAL CASTLE
Coral Castle is one of Miami’s ominous attractions.
It’s remote and it’s mysterious, but you should see it, Coral Castle, at least once. Built by Edward Leedskalnin 1923 - 1951, Coral Castle consists of more than 1,100 tons of strangely sculpted coral rock – all believably built by Leedskalnin alone. Some say he built Coral Castle as praise to unrequited love. Others think he had divine help. Either way, the Coral Castle is an only-in-Miami adventure that you need to cross off your to-do list.
MIAMI MARINE STADIUM
We are not promoting piracy. OK, maybe we are. Miami Marine Stadium, located on Virginia Key, is just another of Miami’s uncommon architectural jewels that were lost by the wayside. Doomed since 1992, the outside arena has been taken over by graffiti artists who have marked almost every iota of the building. Eventually, it may get restored it to its former grandeur but in the meantime, you can creep in and affix your name to the list of vandals who have converted it into one of Miami’s neatest graffiti exhibits. Simply don’t go messing up someone else’s nice painting while you are yonder.
3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne
RUN PAST THE GATORS AT SHARK VALLEY
Shark Valley Trail
The 15-mile loop inside Everglades National Park is a darling with bikers, hikers and joggers and the stars of the movie are the lethargic alligators that make cameos along the path. Do not harass them, but experience their presence as you work on your fitness.
36000 SW Eighth Street, on the Tamiami Trail; 305-221-8455
THINGS TO DO IN MIAMI
It’s time to finally cross the Everglades off your bucket list. Here’s what to do. Take an Everglades airboat ride and enjoy a wildlife show.
GET INEBRIATED AT A ROOFTOP BAR IN THE WINTER
The rooftop bar at East, Miami.
There’s probably no pleasure larger than drinking six mojitos with a picturesque view of Miami while experiencing the mild 76-degree weather in January. Well, texting a selfie of yourself doing the mentioned activity to your colleagues up north will make it that much luscious.
GO TO SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST
Santa’s Enchanted Forest is Miami’s most charming place
A look at the magical things you can discover at Santa's Enchanted Forest, Miami's Christmas themed recreation park.
Miami’s exclusive Christmas thematic park is a necessity. It’s got rides, amusements, nativities, excited teenagers, Santa, a thousand strollers loaded with kids that should really be sleeping, and more!
7900 SW 40th St, Miami
TAKE A MIAMI TOUR OF VIZCAYA
Don’t just show up with your friends, take a few Facebook photos in the nursery, then take-off. Actually, listen to those smart ladies telling you about how James Deering’s fine china sank in the Titanic and look at that cool bathtub that would draw up seawater from the bay so he could dip his achy legs.
3251 S Miami Ave, Miami
GO TO VENETIAN POOL
The pool is located at 2701 de Soto Boulevard.
Miami Beach pool hotels can’t compare with Venetian Pool. Built-in 1923 from a coral rock excavation, the pool is filled from spring water from a buried aquifer and is drained every day in the spring and summer.
2701 de Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables; 305-460-5306
TAKE A TOUR OF STILTSVILLE
The seven houses roosted in the shallows of Biscayne Bay are an architectural quirk that’s days are counted. If you have a friend with a boat, you can navigate about the area and check them out, but a better plan is to catch History Miami’s tour and learn some fun facts while you are out there.
TAKE AN AIRBOAT RIDE IN THE EVERGLADES
Airboat operators are facing charges of feeding alligators. A sign at one of the docks clearly states not to feed the alligators. You better get out there and check out the wildlife before all those crazy pythons eat everythi
HAVE COFFEE AND PASTELITOS AT VERSAILLES
Yes, you can go to Sergio’s or La Carreta. But if you haven’t hit Versailles already in your life, make sure you go.
3501 SW 8th St, Miami; 305-441-2500
STAND IN LINE FOR CINNAMON BUNS AT KNAUS BERRY FARMS
Knaus Berry Farm legendary cinnamon rolls are nearly back
Knaus Berry Farm, renowned for its house-made cinnamon rolls in the Redland, reopens for the 2019 season on Oct. 30
The periodical purveyor of Miami’s sticky sugary rolls is so great it has been placed on the National Culinary Heritage Register.
15980 SW 248th St, Homestead; http://www.knausberryfarm.com/
DANCE ON A TABLE AT MANGO’S
Another place that locals scoff at, but a night out at Mango’s never fails. The Latin hot scene has been running things on Ocean Drive for 25 years and outlasted all the other clubs that come and go. If you get a chance to dance on top of the counter, you should take it.
900 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-4422 or
GO TO CALLE OCHO
Dance salsa at Ball & Chain or hang out and listen to some nostalgic Cuban songs at Hoy Como Ayer. Hit the Domino Park, smoke a cigar and learn about Cuban culture.
GET HAMMERED ON FRUITY WINE AT SCHNEBLY’S
At Schnebly Winery, you can taste wines made from avocados, lychees, and mangoes.
South Florida is not exactly wine country. Our boggy swamp isn’t congenial for growing superior grapes. Instead, Schnebly’s bottles wines made from lychee, avocado, mango and other fruits that grow in our patios. Just be careful of the sweet wine headache.
30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead; www.schneblywinery.com/
HAVE A SHAKE AT ROBERT IS HERE
Robert Moehling’s Robert is Here is the place for exceptional shakes.
Strawberry key lime smoothie. Enough said.
19200 SW 344th St, Homestead; https://www.robertishere.com/
VISIT THE NUDE BEACH
If you don’t want to see sunbathers in all their swim suits, steer clear of Haulover Beach.
Haulover Beach is where you can let it all hang out.
10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
BRUNCH AT PALACE BAR
The Queens have finally been relocated to their new home so the Palace’s famous drag brunch can continue on Ocean Drive. Watch as Miami’s fiercest ladies get all done up and work it while you down mimosas.
1052 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach; http://palacesouthbeach.com/
ROCK OUT AT A FROST SCIENCE LASER SHOW
The laser shows were a popular staple of the old science museum when it was located in Coconut Grove. But now located in Museum Park in downtown Miami, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum offers the latest in cutting-edge technology timed to a classic rock beat.
1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami; https://www.frostscience.org/
First things first: You came to Miami for some sol and earth, and you’re gonna get it—with a faction of people-watching—in South Beach (if only to see how the real thing heaps up to the white-sand phenomenon you’ve seen in so many films and TV shows). But when you’ve been roasted to perfection and are available to check a few more items off your to-do catalog, you may desire to start with a little retail therapy: just a couple of blocks from South Beach is Lincoln Road, a busy pedestrian walkway that covers the width of the city and is delineated with more than 100 stores, restaurants, pubs, and cafes. If you’re looking for couture-focused boutiques, a 20-minute taxi ride will take you over the MacArthur Causeway to the Miami Design District, a once-blighted manufacturing neighborhood that now includes the world’s largest designer names (Hermès, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, and Harry Winston amongst them). Design lovers won’t want to avoid seeing the Venetian Pool, while outdoor types will find lots to do at the Deering Estate, a 444-acre environmental, historical, and archaeological preserve facing Biscayne Bay. Of course, no trip to Miami is whole without a visit to Little Havana; while it’s easy enough to find your way around on your own, exploring the scenes, vibrations, and scents with local experts as part of the Little Havana Miami City and Boat Tour will get you the kind of insider access that will have you plotting your next trip on the plane trip home. Here, our picks for the best things to do in Miami.
Old Spanish Monastery
It'll only take about twenty moments to run all the art at Wynwood Walls, an outdoor exhibit with plenty of Instagram opportunities, including representations by Shepard Fairey.
Originally known as The Monastery of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels, this antique monastery, a true structural wonder, began its life in the year 1133—in northern Spain. It was eventually acquired by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who had each structure dismantled, stone-by-stone, packed into over 11,000 crates, and sent to New York. After sitting in a warehouse in Brooklyn for longer than a quarter-century, the crates were acquired by new owners who understood the stones’ potential value as a tourist magnetism. They used nearly two years relocating and reconstructing the structure in North Miami.
This limestone building is both a Miami monument and a enigma. Between 1923 and 1951, under the refuge of night, Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin turned more than 1,000 tons of coral rock into what is now a world-renowned stone statue garden, replete with walls, chattels, carvings, and a fortress tower. Many believe that Leedskalnin constructed the property as a eulogy to his 16-year-old fiancée, who called things off a day before the marriage. Although no one knows how he did it, you can't help but be overcome by his superhuman work.
Fairchild Tropical Gardens
Traversing nearly 84 acres, the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden is stuffed with tropical shrubs, wildflowers, and trees, including very rare species. Every inch of the means has been thoughtfully planned and built, making it easy to steer. Don't miss the Wings of the Tropics exhibition, where 40 species of fascinating butterflies will join in a colorful display of acrobatics all around you.
Since 2010, Miami City and Boat Tours has arranged deep-dives into some of Magic City’s most important neighborhoods, Little Havana amongst them. The heart of Miami’s Cuban community, the area covers Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street), a dynamic range renowned for Domino Park, strong cafecitos, and counter-service croquetas. You’ll get to experience all of that and more over the course of two-and-a-half hours on this popular Miami tours several Calle Ocho hotspots. Just be sure to book online; tickets must be purchased in advance.
With dozens of shops, boutiques, showrooms, and galleries, you’d be hard-pressed to not find whatever you're looking for in the Miami Design District—provided you're seeing for something with a designer name, that is. In addition to a wide range of popular clothing boutiques, there’s an impressive lineup of handbags and accessories (Louis Vuitton, Hermès); jewelry and watches (Rolex, Tiffany & Co.); and residence furnishings (Jonathan Adler, Versace Home). If you can visualize it, you can find it.
Lincoln Road Mall
Running almost the whole width of South Beach, Lincoln Road Mall is a mile-long foot-traveler mall and one of Miami’s beloved spots for outdoor liveliness—besides the seaside, which is just a few blocks off. Designed by Morris Lapidus, the architect behind The Fontainebleau hotel, the strip maintains a pleasant, Miami Modern (MiMo) style of antiquity, but with more than 100 fashionable shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes. Local options range from mall pillars like the Gap and American Eagle to high-end names such as All Saints and John Varvatos.
South Point Park
As much as locals might have liked to keep South Pointe Park under wraps, it was only a matter of time before word got out about this park, located at the southernmost tip of South Beach just a few steps from Joe’s Stone Crab, the legendary restaurant that everyone's got to try at least once. While it’s technically just a city park, the 17-acre spot offers much more than a couple of benches and pretty palm trees. There’s beach access, a fishing pier, a playground for kids, and more.