Miami is one of South Florida’s premier tourist destinations’. From beaches to great weather, history, culture, sports, and entertainment, Miami has plenty of things to offer. The modern metropolis of downtown Miami is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach. From the museums to the streets of Little Havana, with it’s Art Deco District, fantastic stretch of beachfront, and fun vibe, are not to be missed areas.
Best time to Visit:-
The best time to visit Miami is between March to May when the city experiences’ a pleasant weather.
Places to Explore:-
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
A beautiful Gilded Age estate on Biscayne Bay enclosed by ten acres of manicured gardens, a mangrove shoreline and rockland hammock. Get inspired by the Vizcaya’s natural beauty and discover Miami’s past and culture. Vizcaya is truly an experience to delight your senses.
Everglades National Park
It’s a 1.5-million-acre U.S. National Park that was created to save and protect the fragile ecosystems in the southern section of the Lake Okeechobee watershed. The interconnected network of wetlands provides valuable habitat for native species of plants and animals. The park offers activities like hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and camping.
The Miami Seaquarium
Located on Biscayne Bay, The Miami Seaquarium is the longest operating oceanarium in the US. Get to meet marine-life stars Salty the sea lion, Lolita the killer whale, Flipper the dolphin and Calypso the baby dolphin during their eight animal shows daily. Sea turtles, manatees, stingrays, tropical birds and other wildlife also find their home in The Miami Seaquarium. Not to be missed are the tropical fish aquariums, the shark channel, Salty’s Pirate Playground, and Sharky’s Sky Trail.
For an adrenaline adventure, hop onboard Thriller Miami’s 42-foot speedboats and fly past sites like PortMiami, Star Island, Monument Island, Fisher Island and South Beach. Named as “The World’s Most Exciting Tour Boat” this 45-minute tour will sail you from Biscayne Bay to the open Atlantic Ocean at speeds of up to 50 mph
Located between Downtown Miami and South Beach, Jungle Island allows you to get within close proximity of orangutans, reptiles, kangaroos, giant tortoises, penguins, tigers, black panthers, lynx, leopards, and cougars. One can spend hours exploring exciting amenities and watch animal shows like Winged Wonders, featuring some of the world’s most dangerous birds.
Frost Science Museum
One of the only science museums in the world that has both an aquarium and a planetarium under one roof. Check on the museum’s four buildings and the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through interactive exhibitions and shows.
Art Deco Historic District
Here one can find the largest collection in the world of Art Deco architecture. Structures with white façades, neon lights and sleek designs line up the Ocean Drive. Some of the most iconic and most photographed boutique hotels line up this area.
Key West, the southernmost point in the United States. It is a day trip from Miami and is famous for water sports, lively nightlife, beaches, historic sites and its pastel, conch-style architecture.
Miami Children’s Museum
Located midway between Downtown Miami and Miami Beach on Biscayne Bay, the Miami Children’s Museum has activities that promote on art, culture, community, communication, imagination and creativity. It also houses a two-story sandcastle of dreams, a 30-foot rock climbing wall, a life-sized cruise ship and an outdoor playground.
Things to bring back home:-
Cigars: Miami is quite famous for its cigars, therefore it is one of the best thing to bring back home from here as a memory or for your friends who smoke.
Jams & honey: Miami is well known for its exotic fruit jams, preserves & honey. These are easy to carry, and comes in various flavors. Bored of regular jam then this is a must to bring back home for yourself or for friends who have a sweet tooth.
Art Deco Print: Art Deco welcome center located on Ocean Drive not only serves as a tourist information center, but it also has a gift shop which is an ideal destination to shop for its authentic Art Deco Print posters, T-shirt, books, cards, vintage items, jewelry, memorabilia, etc.
Key Lime products: The aromatic key lime is quite peculiar to Miami, and therefore it is widely used in various products such as Pie, cakes, alcoholic drinks, milkshakes, confectionery etc. there are must try products in Miami, however one cannot carry is along. In order to get some limey treats home some BBQ Sauce, cookies, oil, syrup made out of key lime.
Native American Miccosukee Crafts: Miami is a home to handcrafted products made out of Miccosukee tribe of Florida. There is a range of products to choose from such as Woven baskets, beaded jewelry, endearing dolls dressed in patch works and hand carved wooden products such as bowls, spoons, toys etc.