Miami in summer: best things to do and see

When the sun is out and the water is warm there’s no better place to be than Miami in the summer. Check out these ways to have the most fun in the sun.

With sparkling beaches, glittering neon, and a thriving art scene, there’s no better place to be than Miami in the summer.

Go al fresco at the art museums, sculpture gardens, and street murals. Warm sunny days are perfect for a walking tour through trendy Wynwood, the Design District, or to gaze at the Art Deco landmarks.

Feel the sun warm the ocean as you snorkel the reefs off Key West. Catch a cool breeze on a speedboat tour of Biscayne Bay, or chill with the gators in Everglades National Park.

When the day is done, dive into a hot summer night exploring electric nightlife in South Beach.

Soak up the most in Miami with this summer guide.

Best outdoor activities museums

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1. Pair Wynwood’s street art with its trendy street food

Miami has long championed graffiti and street art and has crowned its greatest artworks in the arts hub of Wynwood. With the Wynwood Food and Art Tour, you'll experience two of the district's top summer activities in one go. Marvel at colorful murals from artists like David Choe while chowing down on the city's creative fusion cuisine.

Highlights:

Taste crepes, Spanish comfort food, and Peruvian-Japanese fusion in between arty destinations.

Address and opening hours:

Wynwood Arts District, Miami, Florida, United States. Tour times and dates vary.

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2. Spot animals basking in the sunshine at Zoo Miami

With its leafy trails and tropical exhibits, Zoo Miami is the perfect summertime spot for families. Skip the queue with a General Admission Ticket and visit get hands-on with giraffe feeding hours in the Samburu Savanna ecosystem.

Highlights:

With over 3,000 animals and 1,200 plants, the zoo is a mecca for nature lovers. Spot lions, tigers, elephants, and kangaroos, or get to know the local Everglades wildlife.

Address and opening hours:

12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177, United States. Open daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.

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3. Absorb the Art Deco district in style

Miami's iconic Art Deco architecture sparkles in the summer twilight. Explore this delightful South Beach district with a 2-Hour Guided Panoramic City Tour by Night. You'll get a new perspective on the Art Deco District with its glittering floodlights before heading Downtown.

Highlights:

You'll visit Miami Beach and Wynwood Walls museum on a luxury night bus.

Address and opening hours:

 1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States. Tour times vary.

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4. Kick up dust on an off-road quad tour

Summer is the perfect time for adrenaline-pumping sports, and the Off-Road ATV Guided Tour is sure to hit your sweet spot. Your tour leader will set the pace as you tear through dirt and puddles. The tour is designed for beginners and experienced bikers alike. The track offers spectacular views of the countryside and is one of Miami’s best-kept secrets.

Highlights:

Choose between a one or two-passenger quad bike for a family adventure.

Address and opening hours:

12425 SW 177th Ave, Miami, FL 33196, United States. Tour times vary.

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5. Hop aboard a Wynwood party bike

Miami's summer nightlife takes to the streets. Get the most of these vibes with a Wynwood Party Bike Bar Crawl that'll take you to three of Wynwood's top pub. You’ll enjoy thumping tunes as you pedal through Wynwood on your way to your next destination.

Highlights:

Meet new friends on a two-hour party ride, then collect your souvenir cup.

Address and opening hours:

127 NE 27th St, Miami, FL 33137, United States. Tour times vary.

Best water activities

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6. Head to the Everglades on an alligator-spotting airboat tour

The Everglades is a one-of-a-kind protected habitat. With its leafy canopies and meandering mangrove canals, this is a perfect spot for exploring on summer day. Spot herons and alligators on the Everglades Airboat, Wildlife Show, & Roundtrip Bus, while you cruise over the grassy swamps on an airboat.

Highlights:

Enjoy an air-conditioned trip to the Everglades, for a wildlife-spotting adventure full of turtles, alligators, and birds.

Address and opening hours:

Everglades National Park, Florida, United States. Tour times vary.

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7. Live the high life on a champagne yacht cruise

Get a taste of the Miami high life as you float along Biscayne Bay in the summer sunshine. A Private Yacht Cruise with Champagne provides excellent vistas of Miami's waterfront, from the glistening towers of the Financial District to the spinning Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel.

Highlights:

Create your own playlists with the help of the yacht’s Bluetooth speakers and stash your drinks in the cooler provided.

Address and opening hours:

961 NW 7th St, Miami, FL 33136, United States. Tour times vary.

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8. Snorkel with Miami sea life

Take a dip in the summer heat to spot the over 500 species living in Key West’s crystal-clear waters. The Key West Day Trip with Snorkeling and Open Bar is perfect for travelers who love rubbing shoulders with marine creatures. You’ll make a splash before moving onto an open draft beer bar on the famous Duval Street.

Highlights:

Travel between Miami and Key West in a luxurious bus before sailing out to the reef.

Address and opening hours:

1650 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States. Tour times vary.

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9. Surf Miami swells like a pro

Miami is an iconic surfing destination and the warm summer weather provides the perfect opportunity for a Private South Beach Surfing Lesson with Instructor. Your instructor will teach you the basics on the beach before you take on a few gentle swells. When you lose those wobbly legs, you’ll head out to catch unbroken waves.

Highlights:

Experience Miami’s surfing culture for yourself and find the perfect board size for your needs.

Address and opening hours:

Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States. Tour times vary.

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10. Zoom along the Miami skyline on a speedboat

Why walk through Millionaire’s Row when you can explore it on a zippy speedboat? On the Sightseeing Speedboat Tour you’ll catch a cooling summer breeze as you watch the Miami skyline glitter beneath you. You’ll explore Biscayne Bay’s man-made islands as you head deeper into the Atlantic Ocean.

Highlights:

See if you can spot Oprah and Julia Roberts as you zoom past their homes on Fisher Island.

Address and opening hours:

401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, United States. Trips depart hourly on weekdays from 11:00 AM. Weekend trips launch every half hour.

FAQs

Where can I go swimming or relax by the water in Miami?

Miami’s warm waters are perfect for a splash. South Beach is, of course, Miami’s most iconic beach. Still, if you’re looking for a quieter experience, Haulover Beach has exquisite white sands and plenty of sporting opportunities for novice surfers.

Are there any great summer festivals in Miami?

As the weather heats up, summer festivals march in. The UNSIN Music Festivals and Conference is the first summer fest, offering live Latino tunes in genre-bending fashion. You’ll hear everything from R'n'B to electronica. Miami is also home to Afro Nation — the world’s largest Afrobeats festival.

What are the must-visit outdoor attractions in Miami?

The Everglades Park is one of Miami’s most beautiful natural wonderlands, replete with mangrove swamps and alligators. Biscayne Bay is another important attraction primed for jet ski rides and parasailing.

What are some great day trips to take from Miami in the summer?

Key West is a four-hour drive from Miami, making it the perfect day tour option. View the conch-style houses and coral reefs as you explore this magnificent island. If you don’t want to spend any time on the tarmac, spend the day immersed in Cuban Culture in Little Havana.

What are some fun activities with kids in Miami in summer?

Zoo Miami is always a hit with children, and Miami Seaquarium has more than its share of Nemos to stare at. Adventurous kids will love kayaking and hiking in Oleta River State Park.