Things to Do in Miami
If you're looking for things to do in Miami, you've come to the right place. Obviously a trip to South Beach is on the agenda, but what about after some time at the beach? You're in luck - there is plenty to see and do here. That being said, let's see what there is to see in Miami and South Florida.
South Beach is the number one destination for most visitors to the Miami area. And with good reason -- it is a place to see and be seen. Shopping, restaurants, nightclubs -- you name it, it's likely here.
However, South Beach is also full of other options. One favorite past time is to view all the art deco architecture in the city. Granted, Miami has a modern skyline but don't forget there was a great deal of development here in the early 1900s.
If you're looking to stay in this area, take a look at some hotels on South Beach.
Everglades - Jurassic Florida
The Everglades are what I call "Jurassic Florida". There are "dinosaurs" (i.e. alligators) all around. When the great herons take flight, they almost look like pterodactyls. Not to mention one of the best places to see all this is called Shark Valley!
The Everglades is unique in all the world -- there is literally no other place like it. The Shark Valley entrance to the 'Glades is a short drive west of Miami, on the Tamiami Trail. I will have to say that the dry season is best (few to no bugs and cooler weather), but it's spectacular at any time of year.
The Miami Seaquarium is located between Miami proper and Key Biscayne, which means you'll have gorgeous views from the outside. On the inside, you'll have different things to see, like aquariums (of course) plus shows and demonstrations. Because the shows/demonstrations can vary from one day to the next, time-wise, here's a link to the Seaquarium to view the schedule and admission fees (they sometimes run specials, so it pays to check). Do plan on the better part of a day to see everything here.
This is the ocean proper, with the sandy beach splashed by the sun, and also warm, clear water and tropical breezes. Oh yeah, and there is still plenty of people-watching!
There are several beaches that are a little more out of the way (such as Bill Baggs and Virginia Key), but be aware that Haulover Beach is "clothing optional". Take that into consideration before deciding on a visit to Haulover.
Note: Virginia Key Beach is close to the Miami Seaquarium, so you might want to take advantage of that if you plan on visiting the aquarium.
It's a Jungle Out There
Two attractions that are worth considering are Monkey Jungle (where the slogan is the humans are caged and the monkeys run wild) and Jungle Island. Both of these are smaller attractions and individually probably wouldn't even take a whole afternoon. However, if you're from out of state or from further north in Florida, it will be a revelation to you.
Miami has a sub-tropical (some would call tropical, though) climate, and the plants and animals are not what you might normally see...except perhaps on TV. So you probably should visit at least one of them.
Things to Do in Miami
There you go, some things to do in Miami, Florida. There are some additional attractions as well (see the South Florida attractions page). So enjoy your trip and have a great Florida vacation!
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