Top 7 Best Things in Miami According to Locals
Even with soaring spring and summer temperatures, one destination can hold its own – Miami, Florida.
Miami’s dynamic city vibe, mesmerizing blue waters, beautiful beaches, Art Deco architecture, and Super Bowl hosts are just a few of the reasons that make this city America’s eternal warm-weather vacation.
Great weather isn’t the only motivation to travel to Miami – most of the city’s top attractions have reopened after being closed for much of last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With so much to explore, traveling to this urban oasis can be overwhelming. Hopefully the following list of the best places to go, see, and do in Miami according to the locals, will help you make up your mind.
Miami must see: check out the Magic City neighborhoods
One of the best ways to see and see the whole city is by booking a variety of Miami city tours that will take you to the best destinations and events, from shopping tours, to cultural and art events, to memorable water adventures.
As you explore Miami, be sure to look around different neighborhoods so you can enjoy the local food and beer. A neighborhood not to be missed is Wynwood, home to some of the best breweries in town. You can also check out Miami-centered murals at Wynwood Brewing.
After warming up your spirits with a beer, take an art walking tour to sample some of the neighborhood’s best quick quick meals – Asian cuisine, best local pizza slices, and delicious tacos.
South Beach, Miami.
Away from Miami Beach
Enjoy a quieter beach outside of Miami Beach
One of the benefits of slow reopenings and less stringent regulations is that you can enjoy your time on the beach with less crowds and noise. That’s Bill Baggs and Crandon Park on Biscayne Bay. Even if you drive north along Miami Beach on 22nd Street, you might be pleasantly surprised to find the place almost all to yourself!
Snorkel in the keys
Snorkeling in the Keys, especially Key Largo, is another great way to enjoy your time in Miami. Coral Reef State Park is only about an hour from town and offers some of the best snorkeling in the world. And if all you want to do is go for a swim, this is the place – no reservations are required, not even a guide or a boat.
Nice key Largo
See the Everglades
While “seeing” the Everglades is a bulky term given its size and abundance of sights and activities, if you can appreciate the natural beauty, a vast cypress swamp, and creeping birds cruising across the black waters, this is it Winter is the best time to go out and explore this amazing place. The bugs are rare, and you can hike to near zero elevations for a full day, enjoying many of the park’s trails in the process.
However, if you’re not a big hiker, book the Everglades airboat tour, which includes an exhilarating airboat ride, alligator show, and jungle walking trail.
There is a lot of wildlife in the Everglades
Explore the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens
This 83 acre garden is one of South Florida’s natural gems and a true tropical wonder: a lush rainforest with a creek, flowering trees and cycads, a giant pergola, a sunken garden, dramatic views and a museum for plant exploration. It is a perfect place to enjoy nature with lots of shady corners that offer protection from the heat.
Stroll through the magnificent Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
At the top of Miami’s must-see attractions is a dreamy Italian Renaissance-style mansion nestled in the lush, serene Coconut Grove. The entire area comprises 43 hectares of carefully landscaped gardens, a large terrace on the bay and the house itself in all its architectural splendor with an incomparable collection of European antiques and decorative works from the 16th to 19th centuries. Vizcaya is one of the most iconic spots in Miami, and it also has a full calendar of events with lots of free activities throughout the year.
Vizcaya Villa by Coconut Grove
Visit the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
The new Frost Science covers an area of 250,000 square meters and comprises four buildings – the aquarium, the frost planetarium and the north and west wings. They all have year-round exhibits and are a real curiosity for curious minds of all ages. One of them is “Power of Science”, which explores four scientific frontiers – the environment, the oceans, the human body and the cosmos.
Frost Science’s – the aquarium
For most people, Miami is all glitz and glamor, but once you scratch the surface and go a little deeper, you will find plenty of hidden gems well worth a visit!
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger and regularly contributes to the Follow-Summer. She loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she enjoys reading poetry and prose and surfing the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her travel bag. She spends her free time at home going for a walk with her Labrador Retriever Max. She is an avid photography lover who loves to talk about her experiences.