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Best things to do in Miami Beach

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Where in the world: USA  /  Florida  /  Miami Beach

Top 15 things to do in Miami Beach

1. Lincoln Road

Stretching for eight blocks, pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road is the city's tourist center, packed with popular shops, bars, and restaurants. Always closed to motorized traffic, the strip provides you with a chance to explore a long stretch of trendy eateries and upscale stores on foot or by bicycle. Originally a mangrove forest, the area became the city's social center soon after 1912, when wealthy entrepreneur Carl Fisher cleared and developed it. Today, the pedestrianized area features state-of-the-art movie theaters, art galleries, and over 200 designer boutiques. Street performers entertain a constant stream of tourists exploring the swanky neighborhood. The beach is at the end of the strip, so don't forget your bathing suit.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $26 › Learn more about Lincoln Road

2. Ocean Drive

A major road and a popular tourist attraction, Ocean Drive features the often-photographed mansion of fashion designer Gianni Versace. After years of neglect, the drive came back on the scene in the 1980s, when several world-class restaurants and hotels helped dispel the neighborhood's long-standing reputation for petty street crime. Today, this street cuts through an area renowned for its pastel sunrises, trendy nightclubs, and about 800 preserved Art Deco buildings. To enjoy a sunrise breakfast in bed, be sure to ask for a high floor facing east when you make your hotel reservations.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $10 › Learn more about Ocean Drive

3. Art Deco Historic District

Discover the colorful history of the city's distinct architecture with a walk through Art Deco Historic District, boasting nearly 1,000 historical buildings. Bounded by the Atlantic on its eastern side, the district houses vibrantly colored buildings built during an era when the city advertised itself as a "tropical playground." Laid out rapidly in the 1920s and the 1930s, the area developed almost exclusively in the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Modern styles of architecture. For a self-guided tour of the district's renowned hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries, and shops, rent a bicycle at any one of nearly 100 bike rental stations scattered around the city.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $21 › Learn more about Art Deco Historic District

4. Speedboat Sightseeing Tour of Miami

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Miami's only off-shore, speedboat tour. Experience thrills during a 45-minute speedboat ride across Miami waters. Soar along the Miami coastline in a comfortable speedboat with ample plush seating, taking in views of the city’s spectacular skyline, Star Island’s multi-million dollar mansions, and the stunning Art Deco designs of Miami’s South Beach District. Tours depart hourly! 
Suggested duration: 45 minutes
Tours from $45 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Miami Beach & Boardwalk

Soak up the sun at Miami Beach & Boardwalk, which stretches for nearly 40 blocks along the Atlantic Ocean. On the boardwalk, you can stroll along the white sand shoreline with access to malls, bars, restaurants, and shops. Experience the luxury of South Beach or rent a bicycle to travel farther faster. The local seafood restaurants here offer up regional specialties in an upscale, beachfront setting.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $15 › Learn more about Miami Beach & Boardwalk

6. Fishing Charters & Tours

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Collins Avenue

Nicknamed "Millionaire's Row," Collins Avenue runs adjacent to Miami Beach and is home to a number of high-end shops and businesses. Take a stroll down this palm tree-lined boulevard and window-shop at the many designer stores. The avenue is home to a number of famous Art Deco hotels from the 1950s and '60s, such as the Eden Roc and Fontainebleau. Stop in for a drink and enjoy people-watching; you might even spot a few celebrities.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $39 › Learn more about Collins Avenue

8. Half Day Snorkel Trip on Reefs in the Florida Keys

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Come join us snorkeling some of the most beautiful reefs within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Pennekamp State Park. We have many possible reefs to explore: Molasses, Elbow, French Reef and the famous Christ of the Abyss on Dry Rocks. These protected areas offer an opportunity to see turtles, spotted eagle rays, moray eels and a variety of different fish. These special reefs are part of the 3rd largest living reef system in the world and the ONLY living coral reef in the US. We stop at two different locations on the reef. Each stop is determined by the captain based on the day's conditions. We cannot guarantee any specific site.In an effort to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in our oceans, we recommend bringing a reusable water bottle. We have water coolers in our shop and on our boats for your convenience!
Suggested duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $65 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Lummus Park Beach

Situated within the city's famed Art Deco district, Lummus Park Beach provides a tropical setting for bikers, walkers, runners, inline skaters, and more. You can spike a volleyball over the net and into the white sands or use the path adjacent to the beach. Enjoy the warm water and cool off under the umbrellas or on the lounge chairs available for rent. Be sure to stop by the Art Deco visitor center in the middle of the park. Convenient parking can be difficult to find, and there are no restrooms or showers available on the beach. You'll find restaurants located near the park.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $10 › Learn more about Lummus Park Beach

10. The Wolfsonian - Florida International University

Learn about the history and development of art in the shaping of opinion, perception, and thought at The Wolfsonian - Florida International University. Associated with the Smithsonian institutions, the museum houses nearly 180,000 pieces from countries around the world. Follow the rise of modern art from the late 19th century to the end of World War II as you wander its multitude of exhibits and displays, featuring works ranging from modernist furniture and ceramic decorations to more traditional paintings and murals. Stop by the facility's section on propaganda to view its extensive agglomeration of posters and artwork from both the West and the formerly-Communist world. Swing by the gift shop afterward to pick up a souvenir or book about the period covered by the museum.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $8 › Learn more about The Wolfsonian - Florida International University

11. South Pointe Park

An urban park where residents and visitors mix, South Pointe Park runs along the beach. The park provides outdoor showers for swimmers and grassy lawns for those who prefer greenery to sand. You'll discover picnic pavilions and a dog park, as well as a restaurant within walking distance of the beach. The open space often hosts events and festivals.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $15 › Learn more about South Pointe Park

12. A Taste of South Beach Food Tour

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Join a local on a culinary adventure! We are Miami’s first food and culinary tour company whose goal is to turn Miami’s visitors into locals. As culinary and cultural storytellers, we are passionate about sharing Miami’s rich and sometimes dramatic history and allowing guests to “taste” the local culture. Discover Miami’s unique Art Deco district, spanning from Lincoln Rd to Espanola Way and Ocean Dr, through the locals’ favorite mouth-watering restaurants and cafés. Taste the melting pot of Miami, learn about the dramatic history of South Beach and witness the preservation of the Art Deco District on this 3-hour stroll. Finish the tour with an insider view into South Beach, a satisfied stomach and confidence to continue exploring the area. Take the tour in lieu of lunch or dinner.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $69 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach

Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach commemorates those who perished in the Nazi atrocities. The memorial was formally established in 1985, and took its present shape in 1990. It’s a moving site where you can learn about the history of the Holocaust, see the names of victims on the Memorial Wall, and admire Kenneth Treister's symbolic statue of a hand reaching for the sky. Visitors are asked to show respect by acting and dressing for a quiet place of contemplation. Make a telephone reservation if you require additional amenities, such as a wheelchair.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $26 › Learn more about Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach

14. Duck Tours

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Miami Combo: City Tour, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride

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3 Tours in 1 Day. Miami Double Decker Bus Tour + Miami Boat Tour + Everglades Airboat Tour. This is a full day starting from 9:30 am to 6:30 Pm. Lunch stop included. Meeting Point is 305 Lincoln Rd. Check in time is 9:00 am. Departure Time is 9:30 am. Enjoy the full Miami, Florida experience with three tours in one day!  Take a sightseeing open top double decker tour through the city and explore beautiful South Beach, the historic Art Deco District and downtown Miami. Then, relax on a boat cruise along Millionaire's Row through Biscayne Bay to admire the Miami skyline and spot celebrity houses. Top it off with a thrilling airboat ride through the Everglades Park.The tour is schedule by doing the Bus Tour, Boat Tour, and then Everglsdes Tour. Depending on weather, we will change it to Everglsdes first, then bus tour, and then boat tour.Your itinerary will be given at the time of check in.
Suggested duration: 9 hours
Tours from $70 › More about this tour at viator.com ›