Fun Things to do in Miami
Miami is one of those amazing cities where you stop and wonder how so many contradicting things work together to create such a unique atmosphere and vibe. This cosmopolitan city is a melting pot of beaches, cocktails, alligators, art deco style and distinct Latin American flavour.
Sun, sand and surf: Images of the iconic beaches and palm trees are what usually spring to mind when people think of Miami and for good reason, the beaches are stunning. Get out and enjoy the sunshine – cycle, walk, skate, run, or even rollerblade along the Miami Beach boardwalk.
South Beach is where you’ll find the typical Miami Beach experience – the place to see and be seen. Located right across from many restaurants and the famous nightclubs, this area is busy, fun and there is always something going on – a fantastic spot to people-watch and soak up the sun.
If you’re after a quieter, more relaxed beach experience head to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne and those with children might like to try the family-friendly Crandon Park.
Embrace the night: They say when the sun sets in Miami the day is just beginning. The night scene in Miami is fierce and fun. Whether you’re looking for the glitz and glamour of the trendy South Beach clubs, a chic cocktail bar downtown or the more relaxed vibe of Coconut Grove there is something for everyone. Latin and hip-hop rule the live music scene – embrace these – but there are plenty of indie-rock and jazz bars to be found too.
Most importantly, sit back and relax, appreciate the beauty and enjoy the slightly eccentric side of Miami and you’ll have a fantastic time.
Other things to do
Whether you’re there for the sun, nightlife, sport or entertainment Miami has something to delight and tease the senses all year round. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Miami here are some more ideas to get you started.
Take me out to the ball game: Sport-lovers should not miss a visit to the new home of the Miami Marlins major league baseball team. If you haven’t been to a baseball game in the States before then this is the perfect place to start. Also check out the Miami Heat in a NBA game at the American Airlines Arena.
Enjoy a night at the theatre: Head to the old-world 1926 Olympia Theatre at the Gusman Centre for the Performing Arts. This atmospheric venue is a great place to watch a performance.
Hang out with the animals: Why not hire a bike and visit the pygmy hippos, lions and others at Zoo Miami, a fantastic experience and a place committed to worldwide conservation, wildlife research and rehabilitation.
Experience the Everglades: Take a day trip out to the Everglades – a spectacular wetland ecosystem and learn about the exotic and native wildlife that inhabit it. Travel by small boat through the different waterways, spot alligators, the occasional dolphin and amazing bird life.
About the author: With a backpack and love of adventure Lea Phillips+ has spent the past 6 years photographing amazing places all over the world.