20 fun and unique things to do in Miami

With helicopter tours, turtle spotting, snorkeling, party bikes, and street art there are a ton of cool things to do in Miami beyond the beach.

Everyone loves the beach, and Miami is full of other fun things to do no matter what your pleasure.

For romance, hop aboard a private yacht cruise or soar to the heavens on a private flight tour over Biscayne Bay. Make family memories and befriend a few turtles as you kayak Osprey Triangle. Alter your perspective of fun at the Paradox Museum. For thrills try a surf lesson on South Beach, then stick around after sunset for the ultimate nightlife experience. Tickle your tastebuds uncovering Miami’s food heritage on a walking tour of Little Havana where you’ll savor the flavors of Cuban cuisine and coffee. Dine and dance with a salsa lesson and taste of the Caribbean.

Keep reading to discover more unique things to do in Miami.

Fun things to do in Miami as a couple

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1. Feel the romance on a private yacht cruise

Experience Miami Bay in abject luxury on the back of the Sundancer yacht. This Miami: Private Yacht Cruise with Champagne will carry you past the Financial District while you sip bubbly. You’re even welcome to bring your own drinks on board.

Highlights:

Listen to your own music playlist through the yacht’s Bluetooth speakers and snap selfies of yourself living the high life.

Address and opening hours:

Meet your guide 45 minutes before start time at DKR Marine on 961 NW 7th Street. Tour times vary.

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2. Discover Biscayne Bay from the clouds

Why walk when you can fly? The Miami: South Beach Private 45-Minute Private Flight Tour will take you all over South Beach and Star Island. As you catch sight of the lush mansions from the air, your personal guide will narrate the journey. There’s no better way to view the South Beach shoreline.

Highlights:

View three Miami islands and snap pictures of the skyline from an angle your friends have never seen before.

Address and opening hours:

Meet at Reliance Aviation Office on 129th street. Tour times vary.

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3. Soar over the city

Miami’s sweeping coastline and breathtaking islands are best viewed from the air. The Miami: Private Deluxe Helicopter Tour will give you the opportunity to spot the ocean’s happiest creatures — dolphins and manatees — while you catch glimpses of the city’s most iconic sites.

Highlights:

Experience the adrenaline-pumping Robinson R44 helicopter as you absorb views of Miami Port’s cruise ships.

Address and opening hours:

The tour launches from CR Aviation Office at 14359 127th Street. Tour times vary.

Fun things to do in Miami with kids

4. Rub shoulders with wildlife in the Everglades

The Everglades National Park is a sprawling wilderness crawling with wildlife, and it always offers unique things to do. The Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show will introduce you to some of its 1.5 million acres of land. You’ll spot alligators and experience the famous River of Grass. Your personal guide will share tales as you move through the swamps.

Highlights:

Snap a selfie with the Everglades’ celebrity gator, Jaws, before preparing for a wildlife show.

Address and opening hours:

The tour launches every 20 minutes from the Airboat Rides Miami ticket office. Times vary.

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5. Paddle with island turtles

If you adore four-legged creatures, the North Miami: Paddleboard or Kayak Island and Animal Tour is the perfect way to meet the Osprey Triangle’s inhabitants. You’ll kayak through a dense mangrove jungle as you search for dolphins. Finally, you’ll reach an islet, where you’ll enjoy fruity snacks.

Highlights:

Once you’ve finished the 2.5-hour tour, you’ll be perfectly situated for a hike.

Address and opening hours:

Meet at NE 135th St, North Miami, FL 33181, USA. Tour times vary.

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6. Challenge your mind at the Paradox Museum

A Miami: Paradox Museum Entry Ticket will challenge your mind. You’ll roam through hallways of optical illusions as you learn the science behind them. You’ll snap yourself inside your own optical illusions and gather information via QR codes. The in-house staff are always happy to answer questions, so don’t be shy.

Highlights:

If you can find your way through Paradox Tunnel’s revolving tubes without falling over, you’re better than most.

Address and opening hours:

Miami, FL 33137, United States, 2301 N Miami Avenue. Open from 12:00 PM-7:00 PM.

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7. Snorkel with the stars of the sea

Miami’s mangrove jungles are teeming with wildlife. This area has shallow stretches of water, allowing the weakest swimmers to snorkel. The Miami: Island Snorkeling by XXL Stand Up Paddle Board ends with a huge communal paddle through Sand Spur Island. If you’re lucky, the dolphins will make an appearance you’ll never forget.

Highlights:

Once you’ve worked all those paddling muscles, you’ll laze on the shore over a snack.

Address and opening hours:

Meet your group at NE 135th St, North Miami, FL 33181, USA.

Fun things to do in Miami on your own

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8. Let loose on a banana boat

There are hundreds of ways to enjoy the Miami coastline, and a Miami Banana Boat Ride is one of the most exuberant. If you’re traveling on your own, it’s just what the doctor ordered. You’ll get to meet other travelers as you bob through the ocean.

Highlights:

If the banana boat doesn’t get your blood pumping, you’ll also learn how to jet ski, parasail, or flyboard.

Address:

Meet at Dinner Key Marina near Pier 7 at Biscayne Bay. Boat ride times vary.

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9. Hang ten on South Beach

If learning to surf is on your bucket list, a Miami: Private South Beach Surfing Lesson with Instructor will soon have you surfing up a storm. The Surf Academy provides top-notch lessons so that you can catch a real wave before the sun sets.

Highlights:

Experience one of Miami’s most iconic pastimes while taking up a brand new hobby.

Address and opening hours:

Meet your instructors at South Pointe Beach lifeguard tower. Lesson times vary according to the instructor.

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10. Discover your inner dust demon

Quad biking is the most fun you can have on four wheels, so head to Homestead to begin your Miami: Off-Road Quad Tour. The experience is designed for beginners, so don’t worry about your noob status.

Highlights:

Enjoy countryside vistas as you race through the trails.

Address and opening hours:

Meet your guide at the Miami ATV Rentals office on 12425 SW 177th Avenue. Tour times vary.

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11. Enjoy a travelling bike party

The Miami: Wynwood Party Bike Bar Crawl is a pub crawl with a difference. You’ll do it all on the back of a party bike with its own music while you discover the best street art in Miami.

Highlights:

Experience Wynwood as your cheerful guide teaches you about the region. You’ll even get a souvenir cup to take back home.

Address and opening hours:

Meet your guide at Cycle Party Tours on 27th street. Tour times vary.

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12. Become a traveller of the night

It’s time to meet the locals on the Miami Madness: the Ultimate Nightlife Experience. Your VIP party bus will take you to three clubs in the South Beach Area. This is a consummate Miami experience, and who doesn’t want to live like the locals?

Highlights:

Enjoy an hour-long open bar and dance until dawn to thrumming rhythms.

Address and opening hours:

Check in at The Claremont Hotel on 1700 Collins Avenue. Experiences start at varying times.

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13. Discover your inner jewel thief on an adventure tour

Group activities are the perfect way to enjoy a solo tour. The Miami Beach: South Beach Room Escape - Diamond Heist will drop you in the middle of your own heist-themed escape room. Solve puzzles, look for clues, and find out which objects will open doors if you manipulate them in the right way.

Highlights:

Enjoy the games at the rooftop lounge once you’ve escaped. Just make sure the police aren’t looking for diamond thieves.

Opening hours and address:

Arrive 15 minutes before your event at 235 Lincoln Road Building. Escape game start times vary.

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14. Street art and street food: the perfect combination

The street art craze was born at the Wynwood Walls, so take a Miami: Wynwood Walls Street Art and Food Walking Tour to learn about this art form. You’ll stop off at Wynwood’s most iconic food spots to taste five local delicacies as you wander past important murals. Your guide will teach you all there is to know about the city’s graffiti along the way.

Highlights:

Experience one of Miami’s most cutting-edge gastronomic destinations and see the Wynwood Walls Museum.

Address and opening hours:

Meet your guide at Coyo Taco on 2nd Avenue. Tour start times vary.

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15. Enter the realm of the senses at Artechouse

Traveling solo has its benefits. It provides a more engaging experience, and sometimes all you need is a quiet and a Miami: ARTECHOUSE Immersive Art Experience Entry Ticket will provide exactly that. This engaging space will absorb you into a digital wonderland of multi-sensory exhibits as you learn about the lives of 21st-century artists.

Highlights:

Explore genre-blurring artists and multi-sensory artworks unique to the Miami area.

Address and opening hours:

736 Collins Avenue. Open from 1:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Fun things to do in Miami if you like food and drink

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16. Dancing is as delicious as dinner

Enjoy a night of tropical gastronomy and Latin dancing with Miami: Mango's Tropical Cafe Dinner & Show. This space blends authentic gastronomy with exhilarating performances. You’ll have premium seats on the mezzanine level because you deserve a little luxury.

Highlights:

See belly dancers, Burlesque performances, and several Latin-American dance disciplines. Enjoy Mango's famous live band once your official tour has ended.

Address and opening hours:

900 Ocean Drive. Opening hours vary.

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17. Taste Miami’s flavor through its local haunts

One of the best ways to discover a city’s soul is through its food, so grab a seat on the South Beach Tour des Forks: Eat Like a Local experience. This is an eat-like-a-local tour, so you can expect absolute authenticity. You’ll travel all over South Beach to discover hidden gems and ethnic eateries, including the famous Miami Nouvelle. Each dish celebrates a cultural niche unique to Miami.

Highlights:

Explore Art Deco architecture while you head to your next foodie destination.

Address and opening hours:

Meet your tour party at Aura on 927 Lincoln road. Tour times vary.

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18. Discover the soul of salsa

Few dance forms are as spirited as salsa, and now you have the opportunity to experience it for yourself. The Miami: Salsa Lessons and Mojitos at Mango's Nightclub experience includes live music, professional performances, and a yummy Mojito. You’ll snack on a three-course Caribbean tasting menu because dancing always works up an appetite.

Highlights:

Learn to do the salsa and Bachata at Mango’s Nightclub. Once you’ve completed your tour, join the patrons on the dance floor.

Address and opening hours:

Meet at  Mango’s Mojito room on 900 Ocean drive. Lesson and tour start times vary.

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19. See the Magic City at night

You don’t have to stop the bus to party on the Miami: Big Bus Panoramic Night Tour with Live Guide. You’ll take a 90-minute tour through downtown Miami and Brickell as the sun sets. You’ll catch spectacular views of the skyline at Key Biscayne Bridge as your guide teaches you about the city’s past.

Highlights:

Experience Miami in the open air at the top of a double-decker bus.

Address and opening hours:

Board your bus at Soundscape Park at 400 17th Street. Tour times vary.

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20. Taste the heart of Little Havana on a walking tour

The Miami: Little Havana Food and Walking Tour will take you through the five most important blocks of this historic neighborhood. You’ll discover the locals’ favorite haunts and visit family-owned spots like Calle Ocho. Be sure to taste the authentic Cuban coffee and empanadas, but leave room for dessert. Next, you’ll pass the jazz bar that inspired Billie Holiday and other jazz legends.

Highlights:

See a demonstration of cigar rolling and discover Cuban history at Cubaocho Museum.

Address and opening hours:

Meet your guide at La Colada Gourmet on 1518 SW 8th Street. Tour start times vary.

FAQs

What are some fun things to do in Miami at night?

Biscayne Bay comes to life after sunset, so an evening cruise will give you a unique perspective of the city lights. If you’re looking for things to do that are a little more rabblerousing, a boat party will keep you dancing until dawn. Both options will immerse you in the Miami lifestyle while exposing you to exquisite views of the city.

Are there any fun day trips from Miami that I should consider?

If you want to see how the rich and famous live, take a bay cruise in a shaded bi-level boat. You’ll visit Star Island, where you’ll see the lush mansions of A-list celebrities. There are plenty more activities on offer on the water. Jet ski rides are always a heart-pounding success.

What are some popular festivals or events in Miami?

Miami is renowned for its music, and March’s Ultra Music Festival is its biggest EDM event. Carnaval on the Mile will appeal to more eclectic travelers. Artists from all over the city bring their masterpieces out onto the streets of Miracle Mile. The Calle Ocho Festival is equally vibrant, providing a block party fronted by Latin American musicians. The Miami Film Festival is another important event that showcases work by U.S. filmmakers.

What are some family-friendly fun activities to do in Miami?

A Sawgrass Park Day on an airboat is sure to impress even the tiniest of toddlers. If you’re more interested in spotting creatures, a tour to Key West on a glass-bottomed boat will give you front-row seats to the animals of the mangrove swamps.

What are some fun outdoor activities to do in Miami?

 A parasailing tour will give you a bird’s eye view of Biscayne Bay, but if you’re terrified of heights, you can take it down to sea level on a jet skiing and pontoon ride.