Anyone arriving here can find something to do in Miami. There is a lot of entertainment both in South Beach and in Miami itself. You will not be bored in the capital of Florida for sure. Below is a list of a few things to do during your stay in Miami.
Take a trip to the Everglades
Any tourist coming to Miami for a long enough time would be interested in getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and diving deep into the wilderness. Florida has a great place for that – Everglades National Park, a swampy area in the west of the state. The park covers 6,104 square kilometers and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so any tourist activity in the Everglades has to be about preserving its pristine nature in one way or another. Travelers are drawn to the Everglades for its stunning views, which can be enjoyed with a walking tour or a boat ride. One way or another, if you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the wetland’s inhabitants. The most popular animal in the Everglades is the alligator, as advertised by all the travel companies that travel to the Everglades. The national park is also home to the endangered Florida panther, and many exotic birds not found anywhere else in North America.
The best time to tour the Everglades is from December to March, when there is still no unbearable heat and mosquitoes. You can book a tour on the park’s official website, and the cost of a boat tour of the Everglades swampy rivers is $23 for adults and $12 for children. Such an adventure is sure to be remembered for the rest of your life.
Take a Ride in Key West.
Another amazing place in Florida, at least worthy of a visit. Key West is a small town not far from Miami. Generally, it does not differ from other cities in Florida, but it always attracts tourists. Maybe because it is the southernmost point of the United States? Or maybe it’s in the middle of the ocean? It can be reached only by traveling more than a hundred miles along a scenic road that actually runs in the middle of the ocean and connects the small islands to each other. It is quite possible and most likely, the road will impress you a bit more than the city itself.
There are some excellent beaches in town that are great for a day out, but it probably doesn’t make sense to travel from Miami just for that, because there are enough beaches there too. Another thing about Key West is that it is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. The water is calmer on the west side, that is, the Gulf of Mexico, but most beaches are just east of town.
From here it`s not far to Cuba – only about 150 kilometers. You can get there by ferry (but not for US citizens). It will take you more than three hours to get from Miami to Key West by car, but it will be worth it to get to this heavenly spot and see the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean along the way!
Walking on Ocean Drive
This is a place that never sleeps: bars, discos, stores, hotels, casinos – how can you get bored here? There is always music playing, people from different continents talking to each other in a friendly way, and all the elite of the city gather here. Sipping refreshing cocktails on Ocean Drive while gazing out at the vast Atlantic Ocean at one of the bars. Or stay up half the night at one of the area’s glamorous clubs.
The neighborhood’s lanes are lined with towering palm trees, and the neighborhood’s roller-skating, bicycling, and respectable cars cruise by. The Miami Beach Promenade is a great way to start before heading to the beach. But you can do it the other way around.
Cheer on the Miami Heat basketball team
Everyone in the city literally lives for basketball. Somewhere in the United States hockey is popular, somewhere soccer is popular, but in Miami the number one sport is basketball. That’s why the city’s main basketball arena, American Airlines, draws a full house for every NBA game. At the moment Miami Heat is one of the strongest and richest basketball clubs in the United States. In the 2012 season the team won the championship.
We recommend to all who are not indifferent to basketball and sports in general to visit one of the NBA games at American Airlines Arena. Unspeakable emotions from this kind of event are guaranteed. After all, for Miami residents, basketball is more than a sport, it’s a way of life for them.
A bird’s eye view of the city
Find a new experience and a different perspective on Miami with a mode of transportation like a helicopter. It is easy to find a sightseeing tour over Miami – there are quite a lot of companies doing this. The pleasure is expensive enough, but the money is fully justified. The cost of an hour flight over the city is $200-250. Landing on the ground, Miami will never be the same for you. After all, the truest view of the city is from above.
Go on a lion safari
About 70 miles from Miami there is a safari where you can drive within a meter of an African lion or giraffe. The park completely captures African nature, so it’s quite possible that you’ll start to forget whether you’re in Florida or Kenya. And the rhinos, zebras, elephants, and monkeys at the car window will only complete the picture.
In addition to the safari, there are hiking trails in the park, where there is, of course, no opportunity to meet the lions, and a small amusement park where you can entertain your children. An entrance ticket to the entire park costs about $30. To get to the safari can be by car, you have to drive more than an hour north of Miami.
Passive recreation is good, but at least once in a while you should dilute your travels with thrills. If we are talking about Miami, it is, of course, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing. South Beach is just a paradise for surfers, the water is warm all year round, there are frequent waves and excellent water sports such as surfing. The beaches are suitable for beginners and professionals alike. According to Surfrider, Miami Beach is number one in America in terms of surfing. For those who dare to stand on a board for the first time in their lives, you can take lessons from qualified coaches. The cost of one lesson will cost you about $100.
Walk from the beginning to the end of Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road is Miami Beach’s main pedestrian street that starts at the beach to the east and goes to the other end of the island to the west. The street is home to famous brand boutiques, open-air restaurants, hotels and even a theater. Lincoln Road is mostly popular with tourists – there are even more of them than locals. Low prices and bargains are not the greatest attraction here, as it makes little sense to shop inexpensively in Miami Beach.
Far more important is the atmosphere that reigns on Lincoln Road in the evenings. Crowds gather here, strolling along a pretty alley, sitting in small bars, relaxing after a hard day. So this Miami Beach spot is also a must-see, it really has its own atmosphere.