Relax at Miami Beach
Miami Beach is truly the most iconic spot to visit in the city. This area is filled with art deco buildings in bright and fun beachy colors, so you'll want to pack your camera. Of course, the real highlight of Miami Beach is the beach itself. This is a great place to relax and refresh before hopping on your cruise. The beach is quite long, so even though it does get pretty busy, you're bound to find a little piece of space just for yourself. Opt to visit earlier in the day if you want to visit crowds altogether.
You Should Know Miami Beach is located near the Art Deco District, so be sure to visit the beach and the district within the same day to get a great Miami experience.
See a game at Marlins Park
Marlins Park has been home to the Miami Marlins since 2012 when it opened. It holds just under 37,000 fans and is located near downtown in Little Havana. It covers 17 acres of land. The Miami Marlins is the city's Major League Baseball team. They're part of the National League East division. If you're interested in getting invested in Miami's sports culture, then you'll for sure want to set aside some time to see one game during your trip.
You Should Know It's best to purchase tickets for Marlins Park in advance. This way, you can guarantee admittance, and you won't have to worry about your plans.
Walk through the Art Deco Historic District
The Art Deco Historic District is one of the most breathtaking and photogenic areas of all of Miami. It's located right near Miami Beach and is one of the city's most historic sites. It's most well-known for being the very place that Gianni Versace, one of the world's most iconic and beloved luxury designers, lived. The homes here are a true testament to the Art Deco period of architecture. The buildings are beautiful pastel colors, which help set the ambiance against the water and the palm trees.
You Should Know There are over 800 different buildings here, and you obviously won't be able to see all of them! Try to pick just a section of the district to walk around and explore.
Visit the Miami Seaquarium
The Miami Seaquarium is a gorgeous aquarium located in the city. It covers 38 acres and first opened back in 1955. It's considered one of America's oldest aquariums, making it even more fun to visit. Inside, there are a multitude of fun activities and things to do that you won't want to miss out on. The most popular attraction is swimming with dolphins, which is a once in a lifetime experience! You can also see sharks and stingrays up close.
You Should Know If there are specific experiences that you know you want to have during your visit, such as swimming with dolphins, make reservations ahead of time.
Grab a bite to eat in Little Havana
Little Havana is a Cuban neighborhood in Miami that is home to some of the city's best restaurants. There are also countless cute cafes, art galleries, and other fun attractions strewn throughout. This area dates back to the early 1930s when it was a Jewish neighborhood. It became the neighborhood that it is today in the 1960s when many Cuban refugees moved to the area. Today, it's one of the top spots to visit in Miami.
You Should Know If you're looking to try the city's best Cuban coffee, be sure to stop by Versailles, which opened fifty years ago! They also serve a multitude of great food.
Explore Wynwood Walls
The Wynwood Walls are an art installation in Miami that is a perfect photo-taking spot. Multiple beautiful murals were created by many talented artists who come from all over the world. It truly showcases some of the best graffiti and street art and will make you have a brand new appreciation for this art form. The art pieces serve as the perfect backdrop in any photo, so make sure you don't forget your camera!
Best Time To Visit The Wynwood Walls get quite busy later in the day, making it nearly impossible to get a photo without other people in it. Try to visit when it first opens to avoid all the crowds.
See the animals at Zoo Miami
The Zoo Miami is Florida's largest zoo, covering 750 acres in total. There are over 3,000 different animals inside and around 100 varying exhibits. The zoo opened in 1948 and has been one of Miami's most-visited spots ever since. Some of the most fun animals to see inside Zoo Miami include the flamingos and the antelopes. Make sure you try to scope them out! The zoo is easily broken up into sections, which makes it easy for visitors to explore. Just make sure to grab a map!
You Should Know You could easily spend at least a half-day here, so make sure you time your trip wisely and try not to plan on visiting too many other places on the same day that you visit Zoo Miami.
Visit Jungle Island
Jungle Island is a fun amusement park in Miami on Watson Island. When it was first founded in 1936, it was called Parrot Jungle, though the name later evolved into Jungle Island. Unfortunately, the park was damaged due to Hurricane Irma, but its recent renovations have attracted visitors again. Some of the best attractions on Jungle Island include the Treewalk Village, Adventure Bay, and the new Escape Room! There are also multiple spots around the island where you can have firsthand experiences with some of the island's animals.
You Should Know Jungle Island is quite significant. To get the most out of your experience, be sure to grab a map when entering! This is great for time efficiency.
Tour Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park is Florida's largest park that covers most of its entire southern end! It spans around 1.5 million acres and is filled with some of the most breathtaking wildlife and natural flora and fauna. Some of the animals to look out for when visiting the Everglades include the leatherback turtle and manatees. One of the best ways to explore the park is to go on a boat tour of the park, which is great fun for all ages!
You Should Know Book your tickets in advance if you plan on taking a tour, or risk not going during your trip.
Fall and Spring - September to November and March to May - Shoulder Season
The shoulder seasons in Miami consist of the fall and spring seasons. The average temperature in the fall is around 84°F, while the springtime brings highs of 80°F on most days. The city isn't super flooded with tourists during this time.
Winter - December to February - High Season
The majority of people flock to Miami in the winter because they're fleeing from the cold winters that you get in the northern states! Rates are at their highest during this time, so you'll pay more for a hotel during the high season than during the summer months. The average temperature during this time is around 75°F.
June to August - Low Season
The least amount of people visit from June to August in the summer, mainly due to the hot weather. It averages around 89°F a day, though it can cool off to about 75°F at night. Luckily, there is often a breeze from the coast as well.