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Top Things to Do in Miami, Florida

Updated: Jan 16

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Miami charms travellers with its stunning beauty. But beneath its glittery surface there are also numerous activities available to visitors.

Explore South Beach District on foot or enjoy a relaxing ride down Ocean Drive with your top down! This famed street features hotels with iconic Miami Modern architecture.

While you're іn the South Beach District, be sure tо check out the American Airlines hangar, one оf the largest aircraft maintenance facilities іn the world. Here, you can see firsthand how airplanes are kept іn top condition.

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Explore the Art Deco District

Historic street in Miami with art deco hotel and vintage car.
Ocean Drive

South Beach boasts an exquisite collection of Art Deco buildings, particularly along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, and Washington Avenue. Be on the lookout for features such as round porthole windows, rounded edges and corners and terrazzo floors - hallmarks of Art Deco architecture.

Take a guided tour through Miami Design Preservation League's historic district or use their self-guided audio walk. Tours last up to two hours and cover signature Art Deco, Mediterranean Spanish Revival and MiMo styles.

Make sure to visit Lincoln Road Mall when in Miami Beach too. This popular shopping street attracts both locals and tourists alike, offering exceptional outdoor shopping and dining. Within walking distance are some of the area's most renowned attractions like Shelborne Hotel near Lincoln Road Mall and South Beach as well as Miami Beach Convention Center - not forgetting their luxurious amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi access, minibars and flat-screen TVs!

Indulge in Culinary Delights

Inside a busy restaurant in Miami with open kitchen.
Miami food scene

Foodies will find plenty to satisfy their appetite in Miami. From strolling through Little Havana - famed for its Latin American Spanish speakers - or sampling some delicious croquetas at Jaguar Sun in Downtown Miami, foodies will discover something to satisfy their palate here.

As Miami takes its food equally as serious as its nightlife, dining here can be more than simply satisfying hunger; it's an unforgettable experience. From Latin American spices to classic comfort dishes, the top restaurants here offer up dishes that reflect their cultural roots while boasting delicious authentic flavors.

Dine at Hutong Miami for authentic Northern Chinese cuisine enhanced with Miami flair, or visit Komodo - a triple-level restaurant offering Southeast Asian-influenced dishes with great depth of flavor - for an unforgettable dining experience.

Sunbathe on Pristine Beaches

Walkway opening up to South Beach in Miami.
South Beach

Miami is well known for its year-round sunshine and breathtaking coastline. Pack a picnic or stop by one of the beachside restaurants or bars for a day spent taking in its breathtaking ocean views.

South Beach, Miami's most famed beach, stretches for one mile and features hotels representing Art Deco and Miami Modern architectural styles. If possible, arrive early so you can grab a spot!

Surfside Beach offers a tranquil experience for families. With picnic areas, playground equipment and a 450-foot fishing pier, this local favorite offers something for all age groups. Grab lunch from Joe's Take Away before sipping mojitos on day beds at Nikki Beach where celebrity sightings are frequent. Or head southward into Florida's Everglades where wildlife and bird species abound - including manatees!

Explore Cultural Gems

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Miami offers many distinctive attractions that are certain to leave an impactful mark. The Holocaust Memorial serves as a solemn reminder of one of history's most terrible events while Key Biscayne's Bear Cut Nature Preserve provides scenic hiking among tropical trees with magnificent views.

Girlada Plaza offers visitors a relaxing waterfront stroll that allows them to discover local gems. A pedestrian walkway filled with cafes, restaurants, and street art that feels European while maintaining Miami flair - the plaza provides visitors an idyllic way to soak up local culture without breaking the bank! Head there for afternoon coffee and a croissant or an upscale dinner with drinks after work - it's the ideal spot for enjoying culture without breaking the bank!

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens are an unforgettable attraction that are sure to impress visitors, with their European-style architecture, stunning gardens, and world-class art collections. This mansion provides visitors with an insight into Miami's rich history as it illustrates how various cultures have shaped it over the years.

Immerse in Nightlife

View of the city of Miami lit up at night.
Miami at night

Miami offers more than flashy nightclubs and wild parties; it also has plenty of rooftop bars with panoramic city views. Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION hotel features delicious cocktails while Discobox in Downtown offers DJ spinning funk and disco music to dance to.

Little Havana is home to more than just Cubans; Spanish speakers from throughout Latin America gather on Calle Ocho - one of the city's renowned streets that features mojito bars and modern chariot racing events - as well as authentic cuisine from local vendors and artists performing acoustic sets.

If the thought of dealing with bouncers and long lines at big-name clubs doesn't tempt you, head north of Downtown to Wynwood and Brickell for an eclectic bar scene that spans from chic lounges to gay dives with karaoke - these spots provide the ideal balance between clubbing and pub life.

Venture Beyond the City

Two pink flamingos standing in water in Miami.

Miami provides sun, sand, and unparalleled people-watching, as well as tropical fruit drinks and mojitos - but there are also numerous experiences available in this sunny metropolis that take it even further.

Visits to the Holocaust Memorial, featuring an ornate hand reaching upward with figures clinging onto it, provide visitors with insight into a city with one of the highest populations of survivors in America. Or explore Bear Cut Preserve nature trail for an unparalleled look into a piece of Miami that most residents rarely witness first-hand.

Sports fans will appreciate watching the Heat and Marlins clash at American Airlines Arena or Hard Rock Stadium while Dolphins play. But Miami offers much more - check out our list of Top Things to Do in Miami to discover all that this vibrant city offers!

While enjoying the diverse attractions of Miami, don't forget to take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of aircraft maintenance at one of the city's renowned facilities.



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