Miami, Florida, known as the Magic City, is one of the party capitals of the world. People from all walks of life and every corner of the earth want to experience the Sunshine State. This vibrant city will give you a taste of its extravagant nightlife and unique culture. The comfortable, warm weather is year round and its southern east coast position gives it a tropical feel. This article will cover the top 10 best tourist attractions in Miami.
10. Gator Park
Alligators are a very important part of Florida. Pictures of them represent the state. The Everglades National Park is about 25 miles west of Miami and this place is home to thousands of creatures ranging from crocodiles, alligators, snakes, insects, and all other animals in between. Gator Park is a zoo that allows you to see and interact with these animals in a safe environment. They have entertaining shows that are educational about different types of animals. There are airboat rides that take you on a cool adventure through the Everglades. Come today and experience a variety of exotic animals that can only be found in this beautiful state.
9. Wynwood Art District
The Wynwood Art District is a neighborhood that has many detailed paintings and sculptures around it. You can drive through the area and admire its artistic beauty. This is one of the best places to visit in Miami. This area is great for art fans that really want to see spectacular architecture, paintings, and murals. There are art galleries and museums to attend for an excellent learning experience. This neighborhood is near the I-95 Expressway, very convenient to downtown. It has a bohemian vibe and, most importantly, it is free to visit! This neighborhood is home to the infamous Wynwood Walls where you can see graffiti, realism, abstract art and more. Walk through the maze of painted murals within this great tourist attraction!
The Metromover is great for riding through the downtown area and touring, making this one of the fun things to do in the city. This elevated monorail train stops throughout the shopping district at all the main tourist-friendly hotspots along the way. This is a great opportunity to get a spectacular view of the beautiful skyline. The trains are small and compact, and most importantly, they’re free to ride! They also allow passengers to connect with other public trains, buses, and trolleys. This transportation system is perfect for taking the family on a fun ride! Hours of operation are from 5am to midnight daily.
7. Vizcaya Museum
This historical museum is on the coast of Biscayne Bay in the Atlantic Ocean. It is over the bay, allowing visitors to overlook the waterfront. This museum is very close to downtown, so it’s convenient to get to once arriving to the city. The 18th-century European-styled architecture takes you back in time and the inside of it holds a lot of history, including antiques, treasures, paintings, etc. This museum has a great garden area with many exotic flowers blooming making it a great atmosphere for a wedding. This place is great for families and groups of friends to hang out. They are open from 9:30am to 4:30pm daily.
6. Cultural Exploration
Miami is a cultural melting pot. Foreigners dreaming of settling in the United States choose this fabulous city. Places like Little Havana, Little Haiti, Little Russia, Little Argentina, Coconut Grove, and Hialeah are just some of the neighborhoods that carry the rich diverse history of the city. The neighborhoods of Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Little Havana, Brickell, and downtown are great for a cultural exploration. They all have a bit everything to offer to everyone! Many races and cultures have made their stamp in these neighborhoods. This city is the foreign America.
Night clubbing is an activity reserved mostly for adults and is very popular in the city. After participating in activities during the day trips and experiencing the cultural melting pot of Miami, it is time to revel its nightlife. There are many dance clubs, nightclubs, and gentlemen’s clubs surrounding the city. You can find them downtown on the mainland or in Miami Beach. They are everywhere! There are Hip Hop clubs, Techno clubs, Blues clubs, Rock clubs, Reggaeton clubs, everything! There are tons of celebrities traveling to this city every day to get a taste of the beach life and nightlife.
Trolleys are some of the best transportation options in the city. The trolleys are monorails on wheels hitting the pavement. These vehicles can fit scores of tourist and ride through the most tourist-desirable places. They are very roomy, air-conditioned, and free to ride! Hours of operation are from 6:30am to 11pm daily. You will take tours of neighborhoods such as Coral Way, Health District, Brickell, Biscayne, Miracle Mile, and more. There is an also a mobile app that will allow you to see wait times and GPS locations. Enjoy a smooth cultural ride!
3. Zoo Miami
This cageless zoo has many types of exotic free roaming animals, including tigers, komodo dragons, gorillas, giraffes, camels, hyenas, zebras, koalas, Meer cats, elephants, many reptiles, and more. There are education classes covering information about these animals. There are also many types of activities that kids can take part in to learn more. There are also holiday events held for kids who are out of school on these days. This is a great place for the family to enjoy. They have a garden with very unique flowers and trees that you can learn about. This zoo is open daily from 9:30 to 5:20.
2. Zoological Wildlife Foundation
Florida is known for its exotic animals. The swamps of the Everglades have thousands of species of animals within 2357 square miles of wetlands. You can see some of these animals at the Zoological Wildlife Foundation. This place offers an up close and personal interaction with them compared to other zoos. They have extremely high ratings on TripAdvisor and Yelp making this a great place for the kids to interact with real animals. There are lots of educating and learning about rare and endangered species of animals going on here. This foundation has tigers, monkeys, parrots, leopards and more. You will be able to adopt an animal if you choose to. This place is great for true animal lovers!
1. Miami Beach
Miami Beach, popularly known as ‘SoBe’ or South Beach is not just a beach; it’s a city. Its located 3 miles east from the mainland and this is where the rich and famous go to play. The beaches here stretch for about 10 miles south to North Beach. Lummus Park is a famous public beach near Ocean Drive where all the fun activities and socializing take place. It’s not rare to see a celebrity in this area because they visit here every day. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, world-class shopping malls, and hangout spots for everyone to enjoy. This place is perfect for relaxing in the sun.
Miami is the perfect place for a romantic getaway and fun time with the family. You can party all night long or attend cultural events during the day; there are infinite things to do in Miami on weekend. There are many transportation options available and many zoos to learn about exotic animals that roam the swamplands of South Florida. Tip: Leave your “summer” clothes at home and purchase the proper outfit at one of the many shopping malls. Also, bring a jacket if you decide to visit during the winter months because the lows can get down to 50-60 degrees. Have fun on your next trip and be well!