Don’t worry, you’re going to get all those experiences very easily. Even if that’s all you want to do on your Miami trip (plus a few glasses of tropical cocktails), that’s completely valid—it’s your drip. However, the Magic City has so much more to offer than beaches and drinks.
From exclusive dining to high-end shopping, plenty of art and cutting-edge music, salsa dancing, museums, and natural beauties, you can have a well-rounded travel adventure in Miami.
However, you have to know where to look and what to look for, which is where this guide comes in! Study this guide before your trip to Miami and you’ll have a smooth trip that will allow you to experience the city in all its glory.
Enjoy the lively atmosphere of South Beach
Beaches are a very important part of the Miami experience, so let’s start your adventure there. South Beach is probably the most famous beach in the city, maybe even the world, because it’s been used for so many iconic movie and TV show scenes.
Even if you’ve never been there, South Beach will look familiar because you’ve probably seen it so many times before. If you love the beach, don’t hesitate to jump in the water, play in the sand or catch some sun.
And if you think sand is gross, you can still enjoy South Beach by taking a stroll around the area, grabbing some ice cream, and engaging in some people-watching.
Brush up on science
Who says you can’t learn anything in Miami except how to down cold drinks and get a tan without sunburns! In the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, you can get plenty of lessons on various subjects.
This house of learning has an aquarium, a planetarium, and galleries with scientific objects. The place can get quite busy, but thanks to its size, there’s always space for people to have a great time.
This museum is definitely a family-friendly place that’s fun for kids, teens, adults, and seniors. End your tour by taking an elevator to the sixth floor and enjoy the views of Miami
Enjoy live music in Little Havana
Little Havana is the center of Latin-American culture and heritage in Miami, so make sure to head down there to enjoy ultimate travel wellbeing and relaxation.
In Little Havana, you’ll not only get to enjoy the best Cuban and Latin-American food but also learn a lot about the history of the local people and their lifestyle.
And don’t miss a chance to learn a few steps of salsa as you listen to the best live music in the city.
Treat yourself to a luxury meal
When in Miami, prepare to ditch your diet plan because you’ll be surrounded by amazing food from all over the world. Besides stopping for quick meals at food stalls and taco joints, set one afternoon or evening aside for a more exclusive meal experience at a waterfront restaurant in Miami and get swept up by a variety of delicious foods.
Thanks to amazing views and a very relaxed atmosphere, you’ll be treated to the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. No matter how much you like bbq and tacos, don’t hesitate to order some fresh seafood that will once again remind you that you’re looking at the huge vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.
Dance with butterflies
Covering more than 80 acres, the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden is heaven for all nature lovers. There you can find tropical plants, flowers, trees, and bushes, including rare species and those nearly extinct.
The area is very easy to navigate thanks to careful construction and design. If you want to have a quick but interesting tour, hop on a little tram that will show you the garden in half an hour. And make sure to leave extra time to enjoy the Wings of the Tropics exhibition for exotic butterfly species dancing all around you.
Explore the Everglades
Florida is known for its swamps and dangerous creatures that lurk beneath the surface. But don’t worry, if you book a good tour with a professional guide and quality boats, you’ll get to see all the creatures and swamp beauties without being in any danger.
You’ll love flying across the water in an airboat and admiring flora and fauna in its natural setting. Play a game of how can spot the most alligators with your fellow passengers and don’t let them sneak up on you!
Bask at the Venetian Pool
If you feel like you need to cool off but don’t want to get sand everywhere, then visit the Venetian Pool. This is one of the most beautiful public pools in the world and it’s definitely worth the trip.
The Venetian Pool complex can get quite crowded on hot summer days (especially during the summer break) but if you call and check for availability in advance.
If get there early, you’ll surely have a wonderful time swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the crowd.
Get your art fix in the Wynwood district
If you’re looking for a place that will enrich your Instagram, then head to Wynwood district, Miami’s open gallery. This district is full of amazing art from graffiti to giant murals that spread across houses, shops, and warehouses.
You can take an entire afternoon to soak up all the good art and even better vibes from this neighborhood. In just 20 minutes, you can see all the most famous graffiti walls and murals from world-renowned artists.
Marvel at mansions from a boat
Millionaire’s Row is the most exclusive residential area in the country, and you’ll see why. The best view of all the celebrities’ houses can be enjoyed from the water, so book a boat tour! On this tour, you will see how Shaquille O’Neal, Gloria Estefan, and P.Diddy live in their lux mansions.
Hopefully, this guide will help you create a perfect itinerary for every member of your travel party. You’ll come back home with a beautiful tan, plenty of amazing pictures, and a lifetime of amazing memories from Miami.