Miami Beach Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Miami Beach

Miami Beach caters to the moneyed crowd. At upscale shopping centers like Lincoln Road Mall and renowned spas (agua Spa at the Delano South Beach is a particular favorite), residents and visitors spend boat loads for decadent experiences and comfortable clothing. Night owls shell out hundreds on drinks at dance clubs and bars. Sophisticated types observe the art deco architecture and stop by the Ancient Spanish Monastery in the afternoons. Relaxing on the sand is truly the best "free" activity. Most cost-conscious visitors spend their days lounging on the beach or swimming, surfing and kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean. Also, don't forget to stop by the very moving Holocaust Memorial.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated August 2, 2018

  • #1
    Things to do in Miami Beach
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    #1 in Miami Beach
    Beaches, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Beaches, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    More than Full Day
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    With nicknames like "America's Riviera" and the "Art Deco Playground," it's no wonder so many people flock to South Beach. Travelers see South Beach not only as one of the best vacation areas in Florida, but as one of the best in the country. Popular perception has somewhat pigeonholed the

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  • #2
    Ocean Drive
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    #2 in Miami Beach
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    One of the most famous boulevards in the city, the country, or maybe even the world, Ocean Drive is characterized by its distinct art deco buildings, its constant streams of crowds and its glittering hotel and club fronts in the nighttime. Suffice it to say that you're truly blessed if

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  • #3
    Haulover Beach Park
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    #3 in Miami Beach
    Beaches
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Clothing-optional Haulover has long been a favorite of laissez-faire residents and vacationers, but there's more to do here than nude sunbathing. You can fly kites, go charter fishing and even play volleyball at this shore located just north of Bal Harbour. And you don't have to strip to your birthday

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  • #4
    Lummus Park
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    #4 in Miami Beach
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    This is the beach and park area that fulfills all ofSouth Beach's stereotypes. Fit sunbathers, bikini-loving celebrities, supermodels (often occupied with a photo shoot) – all of the above crash on the beige-colored sand here, which runs alongOcean Drivefrom about 5th Street to 15th Street. Volleyball nets, beach gear rental

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  • #5
    Lincoln Road Mall
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    #5 in Miami Beach
    Shopping
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Shopping
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Located on Lincoln Road, between Alton Road and Washington Avenue, the Lincoln Road Mall is a mile-long, can't-miss pedestrian shopping area. Originally designed in the 1950s, the Lincoln Road Mall received a makeover in 1997 that lead to a resurgence in popularity. In 2011, the Lincoln Road Mall was added

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  • #6
    Ancient Spanish Monastery
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    #6 in Miami Beach
    Churches/Religious Sites
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    1 to 2 hours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Set in North Miami Beach, this monastery has a storied past. Officially known as the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux, construction on the structure began in A.D. 1133 in northern Spain and was completed eight years later. It was inhabited by monks for nearly 700 years but after a

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  • #7
    Art Deco Tour
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    #7 in Miami Beach
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Miami Beach is known for its art deco architecture, a design style of the 1920s and '30s that's characterized by bold colors and geometric shapes. It often incorporates styles of cubism, expressionism and other varying art movements. You'll spot this architectural style adorning the city's gorgeous hotels, storefronts, restaurants and buildings

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  • #8
    South Pointe Park and Pier
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    #8 in Miami Beach
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Located at the southernmost tip of Miami Beach, South Pointe is a 17-acre park that features walking paths, grassy knolls and sweeping views of the ocean. The area also has a playground with water features, and a dog park. There's plenty of seating throughout the park and there are several

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  • #9
    Holocaust Memorial
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    #9 in Miami Beach
    Monuments and Memorials, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Located near the intersection of Dade Boulevard and Meridian Avenue, the Holocaust Memorial in South Beach is a moving tribute to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. The idea was conceived by a small group of Holocaust survivors in 1984 and the memorial officially opened to the public in 1990. The

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  • #10
    Miami Children's Museum
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    #10 in Miami Beach
    Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    The Miami Children's Museum is located on a little island between downtown Miami andSouth Beach. Kid-friendly interactive exhibits are the focus of this museum, which caters to youths with things like a 6-foot piggy bank (to learn about financial literacy), the Castle of Dreams (a colorful sand castle designed to

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  • The Bass
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    1 to 2 hours
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  • Ocean Force Adventures
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    2 hours to Half Day
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  • Miami Beach Botanical Garden
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Tours, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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