Top 10: Interesting places and sights in Miami you should see
Miami offers its visitors countless sights and activities. Whether a day trip to Key West, excursions and boat trips in the Everglades or highlights like Wynwood and Little Havana. Discover the most beautiful places in Florida's unique metropolis:
1. Miami Beach
Miami Beach is one of the absolute hotspots in Miami and is also called the "Hollywood of Latin America". This is where young and athletic people, skaters, bathing beauties and street artists of all kinds meet. The beach Miami Beach is very popular especially with tourists and most visitors behave freely according to the motto: "see and be seen". On your city tour you should not miss this interesting place.
2. Wynwood Walls
The Wynwood Walls, in the Wynwood Arts District of the same name, should not be missing on any exploration tour of South Beach Miami. These magnificent works of art can hardly be described as mere graffiti. In this place, new street art is constantly emerging and crazy cafés and restaurants are springing up on every corner. The urban, partly brightly colored works of art in the middle of warehouses and old buildings should definitely be seen. Tours through the quarter are absolutely recommended.
3. Little Havana
Miami's Little Havana district was named after the Cuban capital. Here you can enjoy culinary delights in one of the Cuban restaurants and cafés. But one does not need much time to view this district, as it is basically a street, the Calle Ocho, and the Domino Park. Especially worthwhile are excursions during the Miami Carnival, which takes place once a year in October.
Actually, the stunning Everglades not to Miami, of course. But most tours into the wetland start from Miami. Whoever has seen them once knows that the Everglades are unique in the world. Take a speefboat ride through the extraordinary flora and fauna, experience wild alligators and go on exciting hikes.
5. Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center takes you on a wondrous journey into space. Here you will find everything you always wanted to know about space travel. Actually, this place is not a real museum but the spaceport of the NASA. All manned space flights of the USA started from here, including the world-famous Apollo mission. A highlight that your children will also love.
6. Miami Children's
Imagine you and your family want to discover everything worth seeing in Miami and suddenly it never stops raining. Don't worry. Your exploratory tour of Miami has not yet come to an end. Just take your kids to Miami Children's. According to the motto: Play, learn, introduce and create, your little ones discover interactively, many interesting and new things and the rainy day does not fall into the water
7. Lincoln Road
If you are looking for a real bargain, the best place to go is Lincoln Road. The pedestrian zone invites all shopping fans to take extensive tours. Compared to the usual malls, Lincoln Road is a worthwhile alternative. Since it is located right next to the South Beach, you can take a little trip to the beach after your shopping.
8. Key Biscayne
Excursions to the island of Key Biscayne should not be missed. Take a break at one of the most beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit Crandon Park Beach, which is popular with tourists and surfers alike. Practise yourself on a surfboard or watch the athletes perform their tricks in the waves while you bury your feet in the warm sand.
9. Jungle Island
Until not too long ago Jungle Island was called "Parrto Jungle" or in English "Parrot Garden". Since its relocation in 2007, the park is located on Watson Island in Miami. The interactive design of the park makes it something very special. Here you can not only observe most of the animals from a long distance, but also get in direct contact with them. Have you ever "hung out" with a sloth?
10. Seaquarium in Miami
The Miami Seaquarium is located on the island of Victoria Key, which belongs to Miami, but can be easily reached by car or bus. A trip to this attraction is especially suitable for children but also for adults. Here, young and old can not only swim with dolphins, but also literally dive into a breathtaking underwater world during the "Underwater Walking Journey". By the way, the entrance is included with the Go Miami Card.
Travel tips for Miami
How many days in Miami?
Miami, the second largest city in Florida, offers its visitors a variety of sights to discover and explore. And also the direct surroundings of Miami are peppered with many destinations worth seeing. If you're moving to Miami, you should stay at least two days. Ideal for a trip to Miami is four days. So besides a sightseeing tour there is enough time for a break at Miami Beach and trips to Key West and an Everglades tour.
The best time for Miami
The summers in Miami are hot and humid, the winters mild and dry. Since Miami is very close to the equator, the climate is tropical. The best time to travel is therefore between November and May. Temperatures then average 20° - 26°C and there is hardly any rain in Miami. June marks the beginning of the rainy season in Miami, which culminates in the hurricane season in September and October. Avoid this travel time.
Trips to Key West
By rental car the tour from Miami to Key West takes about 3.5 - 4.0 hours. But Key West, the colourful and lively island that was once the home of Ernest Hemingway, is absolutely worth the trip. The drive on the Overseas Highway alone is one of the most beautiful travel routes in America with a great view of the turquoise blue ocean. In Key West, visit the lighthouse or Hemingway's former home. The tour with the rental car is not the right thing for you? Book a day trip to Key West!
The most beautiful shopping mile in Miami
Of course you can shop anywhere in the world, but if the dollar-euro exchange rate is favourable, you can definitely get some good bargains when shopping in Miami. Tourists feel especially comfortable on Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. But the locals recommend to visit the Miami Design District for an extensive shopping tour. The casual district is comparable to Soho in New York.
How much is Miami?
For your visit to Miami you should plan enough pocket money, because food and drinks alone (especially alcoholic beverages) are much more expensive in the USA. Also sightseeing becomes expensive in Miami. Tickets for Jungle Island are 25,00€. For the famous Kennedy Space Center the ticket costs 45,00€. A somewhat cheaper but no less worth seeing attraction is the Miami Metro Zoo, here the price for tickets is 12,00€. If you plan to visit several attractions, you should think about buying a Go Miami Card. The Discount Pass provides free admission to 30 attractions and museums, including the Kennedy Space Center and a propeller boat tour in the Everglades.
The little Miami 1x1
To communicate in Miami you should memorize a few words in Spanish. Sounds weird? Interestingly, Spanish is the mother tongue of many natives, as approximately 70 % of the population have Latin American roots. Learn a few words of Spanish that you could use: - For the greeting: ¡Buenos días! - If you want to say thank you: ¡Gracias! - Ask the price: ¿Cúanto cuesta...? - When you order something: Quisiera... (I would like...)