Miami is known as a tropical, neon-lit party destination full of trendy clubs and exotic cars. But the city is much more than suntans and lavish gatherings, with access to world-class coastal landscapes, delicious and eclectic food, and music from all over Latin America. From the Art-Deco district to Little Havana, Miami has a diverse history that makes it a cultural melting pot. While the bright lights and bustle of Miami Beach get a majority of the attention, here are some other great spots that showcase all the things to do in Miami
Just south of the city, in the Coconut Grove neighborhood, is this sprawling, historic Gilded-age estate that’s a relic of Miami’s extravagant, whimsical past. Explore the mansions 32 decorated rooms and over 10 acres of beautiful gardens, mangrove swamps, and exotic pools. Previously known as Villa Vizcaya, the entire property is now owned by Miami-Dade County and is open to the public. It makes for a great afternoon of strolling through the lush foliage and gazing at amazing architecture. Just be sure to bring a fan!
Looking for the best tacos in Miami? Take a break from the rays and fuel your afternoon (or evening) with authentic street tacos at this Miami Beach joint. Taquiza’s signature blue-corn tortillas are hand-made daily and offer a fresh, unique take on classic tacos, as well as a few originals. Taquiza also serves up cool, refreshing cocktails to help beat the heat or start the night off right.
If you have an extra day or two outside the city, consider visiting one (or both) of these stunning natural parks. One of the most unique things to do in Miami, John Pennekamp State Park is the nation’s first undersea state park encompassing over 70 nautical miles of living coralreef. Visitors can explore the park by snorkel (available for rent), SCUBA, kayak, or the popular glass bottom boat.
Everglades National Park is located due west of Miami and preserves over 20% of Florida’s trademark swampland. Explore this vast wetland and see massive flocks of colorful birds, countless alligators, rare manatees, and gorgeous mangrove forests. Much of the Everglades is only accessible via boat, but visitors can also take a 2-hour tram tour or explore small sections of the park via boardwalk trails.
Why go all the way to Cuba when you have a little Havana right here? Visiting this cultural hotspot is a must for any foodie or cultural connoisseur. Little Havana is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon shopping or grabbing small bites at one of the many authentic Cuban restaurants, shops, or street stands along Calle Ocho. Compared to all the other things to do in Miami, the authentic atmosphere and people-watching are unparalleled. Need a head start? Try some of these spots: