Miami is a city of glitz and glamor wrapped up in a sunny tropical bow. No matter what you and your family are looking for, with everything from water sports to nature adventures to cultural activities available, you’ll find a huge variety of things to do in Miami.
You can take in the sights of Florida’s Magic City by land or by sea. A ticket for a hop-on hop-off bus tour (good for the entire day) allows you to explore the Art Deco architecture, showy skyscrapers, and unique neighborhoods at your own pace while still listening to expert commentary. You can gaze at the skyline from the water on a range of boat tours that let you choose the kind of experience you prefer, including the high-adrenaline version via speedboat. There are also food and walking tours that immerse you in more specialized aspects of this famously diverse city.
Miami has many attractions beyond its celebrated nightlife and iconic beaches lined with palm trees. Zoo Miami (which boasts over 3,000 animals as well as its own monorail) is always a favorite; you can even arrange to view a feeding session with one of four different animals. Parasailing over Biscayne Bay gives you a bird’s eye view of the cityscape, which you can contrast with an up-close inspection of the vibrant murals in the eclectic Wynwood neighborhood, home to dozens of locally-owned shops, restaurants, and art galleries. At Miami Seaquarium you can swim with dolphins after checking out a dozen different animal exhibits including flamingos, manatees, and sea turtles.
Miami Nature Experiences
While Miami is famously urban, its tropical climate and proximity to the Everglades make for unforgettable opportunities to explore nature. Sawgrass Recreation Park offers expert-led airboat rides through the Everglades, including a nighttime airboat search for alligators. Big Cypress National Preserve, meanwhile, gives you free access to a less well-known but just as fascinating ecosystem: an eerie yet beautiful cypress swamp. Back in the city, you can find a sugar-white beach complete with palm trees in the public Crandon Park. Finish your day with a stroll down the waterfront in Bayfront Park; be sure to check out the fountain and marine-themed playground while you’re enjoying the sparkling bay and the lush greenery.Your family trip to Miami can include almost anything short of a snowball fight.
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