Things To See & Do
The Miami area has countless things to do and stunning places to visit. Here are a few points of interest:
City of Miami Beach and Beaches Tourism Office
Florida Keys and Key West Tourism Office
Florida Keys Wild Bird Center
Key Biscayne: Crandon Park
Visit Florida Tourism Office
Ancient Spanish Monastery
Rebuilt 12th-century Spanish monastery with scenic gardens offering regular tours & concerts. It is one of the oldest buildings in the Western Hemisphere.
Bayfront Park, 301 N Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
This 32-acre park on the sun-drenched seam of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami is one of the oldest parks in the city.
The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. (855) 311-6903
The hotel’s stunning architecture is inspired by that of the Mediterranean but is unique. Designed in the 1920s, the hotel is the absolute picture of luxury with its own 18-hole golf course and stunning pool.
Coral Castle, 28655 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead. (305) 248-6345
Originally built in 1923 by Edward Leedskalnin, a Latvian immigrant, the original location of the castle was in Florida City before being moved to its present-day location in Homestead around 1936. Completely made of coral (about 1000 tons), the construction of the castle was and is still largely a secret. The stones are held together without mortar and have withstood various weather extremes without shifting.
Deering Estate Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate offers daily tours of the historic houses – the Stone House and Richmond Cottage, as well as tours of the lush natural areas where fossil bones have been found as far back at 50,000 years.
Española Way, 400 Espanola Way, Miami Beach.
The first historic district in Miami Beach. This is where Desi Arnaz launched the rumba craze in the 1930’s.
Everglades National Park
America’s Everglades – The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. An international treasure as well – a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected areas under the Cartagena Treaty.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
One of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Host to festivals such as the International Mango Festival, the International Orchid Festival and the International Chocolate Festival. Fairchild showcases tremendous art exhibitions and concerts each year.
Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. (305) 237-7700
Opened in 1925 as the headquarters for the Miami Daily News and Metropolis, the Freedom Tower is most well known for the role it played during the wave of Cuban immigration in the 60s and 70s.
Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. (305) 247-5727
The only garden of its kind in the United States, a 30-acre park exhibiting over 500 varieties of fruits, veggies, spices, herbs, nuts and exotic edibles.
Knaus Berry Farm
Famous for its fresh strawberry milkshakes and gooey cinnamon buns, this 50-year-old family-owned Redlands farm escape also lures loyalists with its sinful sweets, warm bread loaves, cheesy breadsticks and local produce. Other products like housemade pies, cheesecakes, jellies, honey and ice cream are all party-pleasers, plus the self-picked strawberries and tomatoes make it well worth the field trip with the kids or that special someone.
Little Havana: Calle Ocho
Calle Ocho, or Eighth Street, is the unofficial capital of Miami’s Cuban community. Known for its food and restaurants, Cuban coffee windows (or ventanitas), cigar shops, music and cultural activities, Calle Ocho is the main artery of Little Havana. The lively street, just west of Brickell Avenue and Downtown, hosts several festivals and art fairs throughout the year but it’s alive every day with the hustle and bustle of local activity and tourists exploring the authentic neighborhood.
Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. Key Biscayne. (305) 361-5705
The Miami Seaquarium is a 38-acre oceanarium located on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay. Founded in 1955, it is the oldest oceanarium in the United States.
Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. (305) 400-7000
Located in the heart of the city between Downtown Miami and South Beach. The grounds are home to the world’s most rare and incredible animals.
Located on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida, The Kampong contains a fascinating array of tropical fruit cultivars and flowering trees.
Matheson Hammock Park
Matheson Hammock Park is a 630-acre urban oasis just south of Coral Gables and bordered by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Opened in 1930, it features a manmade atoll pool flushed naturally by the tide, a beach, marina and boat launch. A prime spot for kiteboarding, you can also rent kayaks and standup paddleboards from the park’s concessions. For a unique dining experience, grab a table for dinner at Red Fish Grill located at the water’s edge inside the park’s original beach pavilion. You’ll be transported to Old Florida with a menu of fresh seafood in this still unspoiled setting. Matheson Hammock is more than a park, it’s home to a restaurant, nature trails, pavilions, and a sailing and boating school.
Oleta River State Park
lorida’s largest urban park, Oleta River State Park is located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area. Although it offers a variety of recreational opportunities, the park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists. Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore this amazing natural area. Swimming from a 1,200-foot sandy beach and saltwater fishing are also popular activities. Picnic tables and grills are available.
Pinecrest Gardens, South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park, features over 1,000 varieties of rare and exotic tropical plants and palm trees in a native tropical hardwood and cypress setting. Our dramatic landscape enhanced with natural streams, sinkholes, caves and fissures provide a breathtaking backdrop to the historically designated structures and buildings.
Robert is Here, 19200 SW 344th St., Homestead. (305) 246-1592
Started in 1959, here you can find some of the best milkshakes, local produce, and sweet treats.
Venetian Pool, 2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. (305) 460-5306
The only swimming pool to be included in the National Register of Historic Places, the pool was created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry and has two waterfalls and cave-like grottos. The pool reopened after a full renovation for the 2015 season.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami. (305) 250-9133
This gorgeous early 20th century estate was winter residence of Chicago businessman James Deering. The villa contains more than seventy rooms decorated with an emphasis on 15th through early 19th century European decorative art and furnishings. The Italianate gardens use native plants that thrive in the subtropical climate.
Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami. (305) 251-0400
Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the United States. It houses more than 700 wild animals in a cage-less environment.
Zoological Wildlife Foundation
ZWF Miami is the only zoo in South Florida with many animal encounters. More than 20 of exotic species at our facility with many available for interactive activities involving our guests. The five acre zoo houses everything from domestic animals and primates to large predatory birds and mammals. Some of our popular selection of exotic zoo animals are Gibbon Apes, Sloths, Lemurs, owls, snakes, Anteater, Lions, Snow Leopards, and mischievous Capuchin monkeys – like those used in many movies. The Zoological Wildlife Foundation offers intimate tours and private encounters by appointment.