Miami swells and pulses with sights, sounds, and smells. From sunny South Beach, to luxury shopping, to professional sports and some of the southeast’s prime dining. It’s one of the top tourist destinations in Florida, and all of the United States.

So what should you do when you visit next? We’ve nominated a list of 11 activities, eateries, and attractions that are must-dos next time you’re in Miami.

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Originally Published: February 11, 2019

Top 11 Miami Activities

Area 31

Area 31 has panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. The menu focuses on sustainability with many ingredients from local farms. With a stylish decor, incredible food and fantastic handcrafted drinks – this is one not to miss!

American Social Bar & Kitchen

American Social is a great place to meet up with friends or even go for a drink and bite to eat on your own. The dining experience is upscale, yet casual. The menu is American comfort food. This is a great spot to watch a game or two!

Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami (also known as The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens) is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida and the only subtropical zoo in the continental United States.

Miami Book Fair

Book lovers unite! The Miami Book Fair is typically in the fall and features six nights of readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world.

Pérez Art Museum Miami

“From initiating Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s iconic Surrounded Islands public art installation in 1983 to becoming a collecting institution in 1994 to reopening in Museum Park to international acclaim in 2013, the institution has made a lasting impact on the city’s cultural history.”

Aqua Art Miami

This unique art fair has large exhibition rooms that lead into a beautiful courtyard. Many international galleries will showcase the fresh artists’ works. This event is inviting to all and a cool experience.

History Miami Museum

This cool museum connects people by telling stories. You will have the opportunity to learn and embrace the history of Miami’s communities through their exhibits and programs.

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

Fairchild is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. They are one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation.

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a leading science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future. They are located in downtown Miami and expands over four buildings.

Sweat Records

This cool spot is Miami’s premier indie music store, coffee shop, and event space. They are conveniently located right next door to the legendary local punk venue Churchill’s Pub (est.1979).


The Craft Beer Market is located in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, Florida. They offer a wide selection of American craft and Belgian beers, along with lots of fun events. Make sure to check out their calendar on their website!


Hi, I'm Paul, I'm a travel writer and I love everything about the salt life. I grew up in the northeast, but we visited family in Florida often ... and I was hooked! I've been writing about the Sunshine State for two decades. I enjoy helping travelers find the best places to stay, to eat, and to play in Florida.

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