Miami's most popular attractions encompass a variety of activities. From long days at the beach to exploring nature's most fascinating creatures, spying one-of-a-kind works of art, and learning something new, visitors and residents of this city are never at a loss for something to do.
Given its popularity, it's safe to say that South Beach
is a major tourism magnet for Miami and the state of Florida. With attributes like beautiful weather and beaches, world-class dining and shopping, a super hot club scene and other attractions, it isn't hard to see why SoBe is one of the top destinations on the Florida coast. While you're in Miami, be sure to take the time to explore this awesome beach-side neighborhood.
Treat your visual senses as you take in the attractions at the Bass Museum of Art
. This museum features an outstanding collection of art that includes works that date from the Renaissance and Baroque eras all the way to our present day – more than 500 years. Jacob Jordaens, Gerard Seghers, Giovanni Barbagelata, and Sandro Botticelli are some renowned artists that have works displayed here.
Address: 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 - MAP
Phone: (305) 673-7530
Have some fun in the sun at Virginia Key Beach Park
. This beautiful park boasts a playground, a miniature train, an antique carousel, a large pavilion and much more. But while you're there, don't forget the park's main attraction – the beach!
Address: 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami, FL 33149 - MAP
Phone: (305) 960-4600
If you're a weak swimmer, or afraid to brave the waters of the ocean, then Matheson Hammock Park and Beach
is the perfect place for you to spend a day by the water. The outdoor attraction features a man-made atoll pool that's shallow, safe and beautiful. If you're a fan of kite-boarding, this is also the perfect venue for the sport. There's also a nearby marina and a restaurant.
Address: 9610 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156 - MAP
Phone: (305) 665-5475
When you're in Miami, you can sit beside the ocean or you can explore it at the Miami Seaquarium
. This oceanarium is home to marine mammals, like Lolita the killer whale, and various fish, sharks, sea turtles, birds, reptiles and other animals. Other interesting attractions include live animal shows like the dolphin show, the sea lion show, and the killer whale show.
Address: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149 - MAP
Phone: (305) 361-5705
Spend a day exploring the world-famous Florida Everglades at Everglades National Park Shark Valley
Visitor Center. There's plenty to do within the park's 1.5 million acre expanse, including hiking, biking, camping, boating, and fishing. You can also opt for ranger-led activities and guided tours, so you can learn a little about this treasured park while you're there.
Address: 36000 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33194 - MAP
Phone: (305) 242-7700
Snorkel with the fishies, spend a day on a boat, relax on the beach, or suit up for a scuba dive at Biscayne National Park
. This park is the largest marine park in the National Park System and protects four ecosystems: a stretch of mangrove forest along the shoreline, the southern portion of Biscayne Bay, the northern Florida Keys, and a part of the world's third-longest living coral reef. All of these ecosystems mean that there's plenty of nature to explore here. There's also a visitor center on site with an art gallery featuring works inspired by the park and other attractions.
Address: 9700 SW 328 Street, Homestead, FL 33033 - MAP
Phone: (305) 230-7275
Head to the Port of Miami
to sit back and watch the ships pass by. Along with cargo ships, you can also see cruise ships pulling in and out of port, as the Port of Miami is recognized as the “Cruise Capital of the World.” You'll find that relaxing and watching the port activities is the perfect way to unwind before or after an excursion in the city.
Address: 1015 N America Way, Miami, Fl 33132 - MAP
Phone: (305) 347-4800
Learn about the history and culture of the city by exploring the Museum of HistoryMiami
. Exhibits and attractions throughout the facility showcase significant pieces of the city's history, explained through detailed exhibitions, collections, artifacts and publications.
Address: 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130 - MAP
Phone: (305) 375-1492
Explore the collection at the Lowe Art Museum
. You'll see works from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and all around the globe. From sculpture to paintings, drawings and photography, the art attractions here are thought provoking and beautiful. The museum also hosts a wide variety of traveling exhibitions, so be sure to keep an eye on the museum's calendar and catch an exhibit that suits your interests.
Address: 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33124 - MAP
Phone: (305) 284-3535
See the modern and contemporary works featured at the Miami Art Museum
. The MAM displays a collection boasting international works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Renown artists who have been featured in exhibits and attractions here include Guillermo Kuitca, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Susan Rothenberg, Janet Cardiff and George Buress Miller.
Address: 101 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130 - MAP
Phone: (305) 375-3000
Get up-close to the animals at the Miami Metro Zoo
. There are over 2,000 animals that call this zoo home, along with 1,200 plant species. As you stroll down the pathways of the zoo, you'll see exhibits and attractions that house tigers, lions, sloths, antelope, kangaroos, monkeys, koala bears, gorillas, elephants, rhinoceros, and hundreds more.
Address: 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177 - MAP
Phone: (305) 251-0400
Get a hands-on learning experience by exploring the engaging exhibits and attractions at the Miami Science Museum
. Along with a fascinating planetarium, the museum features exhibits that explain the exact science of things. Moving Things, Energy Tracker, Heart Smart, and Earth from Space: The Magic Planet, are just a few of the exhibitions delighting museum goers right now.
Address: 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129 - MAP
Phone: (305) 646-4200
We can almost assure you that you've never been to a zoological park like Parrot Jungle Island
before. The park's VIP Safari allows interaction with animals like red-ruffed lemurs and a lethal Cassowary – meaning you can actually touch the animals! Parrot Jungle features shows, exhibits and attractions like Winged Wonders, Tale of the Tiger, and the Everglades Habitat & Walk. Be sure to get a glimpse of Hercules the rare liger – a breed between a lion and a tiger – while you're there!
Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132 - MAP
Phone: (305) 400-7000
Visit the beautiful Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
to take a peek back in time and explore the beauty of a subtropical forest. As you walk through the attraction you'll notice the European stylings of the home, boasting Mediterranean Revival architectural style and Baroque elements. The gardens are lush, with blooming orchids and other flowers throughout.
Address: 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129 - MAP
Phone: (305) 250-9133