Are you currently planning an unforgettable trip to Miami? If you are, you’re going to want to make sure that you make the very most of your time in one of America’s most bustling and vibrant cities.
Besides the weather and the clubs, there’s plenty of other fun things to do in Miami, but what are they, exactly?
This is where we come in to lend you a helping hand! In this article, we are going to be talking you through all the things that there are to do while you’re in Miami besides partying.
Of course, while you might be planning to hit a club or two while you’re there, there’s also plenty of other things to do in Miami along with that.
So, just keep on reading to discover what there is to do in Miami besides the party below.
1. Big Bus Miami Hop On Hop Off Tour
If you’ve never been to Miami or you’ve never had the chance to be able to explore everything that Miami has to offer – then you’ll be making the right decision to take a trip (see also: 5 Best Miami Boat Trips To The Bahamas)on the Big Bus!
Offering incredible value for money, the Big Bus Miami is an awesome way to discover Miami while also being able to hop off as and when you like.
That means you’ll be paying for a tour of Miami while also getting a ride to some of Miami’s top tourist attractions. Does it get any better than that?
If you decide to book a ride with Big Bus, you’ll be provided with earphones and a booklet detailing all of the top attractions about Miami – as well as some information about how Miami came to be and more fun facts about this vibrant city.
Along with all of that, you’ll also have a tour guide situated at the front of the bus that will be explaining to you famous landmarks, tourist attractions and other interesting information about Miami as you go through the tour.
Plus, just like the name suggests, the Big Bus Miami is a bus that gives you the ability to hop on and off as and when you want.
So, if there happens to be a certain landmark, museum or tourist attraction that you might like to visit – all you will have to do is simply jump off the bus at the designated stops to enjoy your activity of choice.
After you have finished exploring and you’re ready to head to your next destination (see also: 26 US Destinations To Explore In April)- all you’ll have to do is simply head back to one of the designated stops and wait for the Big Bus to pick you back up.
In other words, with Big Bus you will have total control over how you’d like to explore the city.
From spending a day at one of the many beautiful beaches all the way to exploring some of the famous districts in Miami (in particular, we recommend visiting the Art Deco district if you can) the Big Bus is a great way to explore the city at an affordable price while also being able to learn all about it thanks to your tour guide! It’s a great deal.
2. Jet Boat Miami
Next up on our list we have the Jet Boat Miami to recommend to you! If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junky and you love nothing more than getting a thrill out on the water – then you should certainly consider booking a ride on one of Miami’s jet boats!
With its iconic orange color, the Miami jet boats are a must-try if you’re planning on heading to the Miami area.
Of course, while there are plenty of other boat rides that you can consider going on in Miami, if you and your pals are the type that enjoy speed, trust us when we say that you’ll absolutely love getting out on the water with Jet Boat Miami!
If you’re interested and would like to learn more about this – you can enjoy a tour out on the water that will last around 45 minutes.
A true roller coaster ride, Jet Boat Miami will take you on a tour of DowntownMiami, San Marco Island, Star Island and Hibiscus Island – all while providing you with a thrill thanks to its bursts of speed every once in a while to, quite literally, keep you on the edge of your seat!
Oh, and did we mention that you can even request to go faster? If you want even more of an adrenaline rush, all you will need to do is shout to your driver that you want to go faster and we’re sure that they’ll be more than happy to oblige your request!
3. Miami Seaquarium
Do you enjoy underwater life? If you answered yes to that question, then we think that you might love spending the day in the Miami Seaquarium!
Whether you love the aquarium or you are interested in learning more about underwater life – then you should certainly consider spending some time in the Miami Seaquarium!
Considered to be the best aquarium in South Florida, this truly is the place to be if you have a love for aquatic life or you simply want to try something new.
If you decide to go to the Miami Seaquarium, you will be able to kick back and relax by immersing yourself in the underwater life currently residing at Miami Seaquarium.
There’s so many beautiful creatures that currently live in the Miami Seaquarium, including dolphins, manatees, sea lions and many other animals…there’s even adorable little seahorses!
Along with being able to walk through the aquarium and observe all of the beautiful underwater, aquatic animals that currently reside at Miami Seaquarium – you will also be able to enjoy some of the many shows that Miami Seaquarium also offers.
Every week there are several different live shows that all Miami Seaquarium’s visitors can attend and enjoy – so make sure to keep an eye out on the timetable which is typically posted on the website.
Plus, we think that you might also be pleased to learn that the Miami Seaquarium has also funded plenty of conservation projects for aquatic animals, and has even released a mission statement detailing their commitment to both the rescue and care of endangered animals, as well as underwater animals who are suffering from a loss of their habitat.
Ever since the first rescue of a manatee way back in 1955, the Miami Seaquarium has currently rehabilitated many different whales, manatees, dolphins and turtles – and is a great day out for anyone that wants to celebrate the beauty of underwater life, while also being able to learn more about all of the conservation projects and commitments to endangered animals that Miami Seaquarium is known for.
4. Jungle Island
If you’re a lover of animals, then look no further than Jungle Island!
Just like the name suggests, Jungle Island is a place where you can enjoy an adventure that you’re sure to never forget – including being able to hop on a wild safari, watch a show containing exotic birds and learn more about all of the fascinating animals that we share this world with.
Jungle Island is one of the most popular tourist attractions that you can consider visiting during your time spent in Miami.
At Jungle Island, you will find a variety of beautiful wildlife residing through the park – including everything from monkeys, tigers, lions and so many more.
Along with being able to observe up close some of the world’s most beautiful and dangerous wildlife, if you do decide to pay a visit to Jungle Island you will also be able to enjoy a variety of exciting excursions throughout the day including a wild safari ride as well as watch a live show containing a multitude of stunning, vibrant and striking exotic birds!
5. Everglades Alligator Farm
Have you ever wanted to take a look at an alligator up close and personal?
If you answered yes to that question, then your wish is about to come true with the Everglades Alligator Farm! Let’s take a closer look at this farm below:
Sure, while there’s definitely no denying that you might not want to get too close to an alligator, we’re sure that you’ll agree with us when we say that – when it comes to thrills – spending a few hours getting up close and personal with an alligator is certainly up there.
If you’re interested in visiting the Everglades Alligator Farm, you’ll be able to take a ride out on the Everglades and explore some alligators living out in the wild!
On one of the airboats driven by one of the guides, you will be able to actually head out into the Everglades swamp to take a up close and personal look at some of the many alligators that live on the farm.
Then, after you’re done out on the airboat (it’s super fast, by the way) you can spend an hour enjoying a session learning all about primitive Native American capturing techniques and even view some real tools that were used by Native Americans. And the best part?
This part of the tour is actually hosted by a true Native American, so you will be able to learn more about this rich part of Florida’s history by an actual Native American.
Oh, and did we mention that you’ll even be able to get a picture with a sweet baby alligator, too? Just make sure that you let your guide know at the start of the day so that they can slot you into one of the baby alligator viewing sessions.
By the way, if you’re thinking about spending an afternoon out in the Everglades – be careful! Besides the alligators, there’s also plenty of other wildlife that live out on the swamp including crocodiles, caimans and even snakes!
For convenience, there are also plenty of restrooms and even a cafe where you can sit back and relax after exploring out on the airboat and learning more about Native American history.
Plus, if you’d like to take a souvenir with you after you’re done – you’ll be able to do so via the gift shop which is located right next to the cafe. It’s truly a must visit and a place that you’ll never forget!
6. Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Boat Cruise
Keeping with the theme of boats and water – the next thing that you can do while you’re in Miami besides the party is spend a few hours sightseeing on the Biscayne Bay Boat Cruise!
If you’re interested in this tour, the good news is that all you will need to do is board and then sit back and relax!
On this boat cruise, you’ll sail past the Biscayne Bay as well as the Venetian Island. Plus, you’ll even be able to check out in closer detail some of the homes of the rich and famous that live in the South Beach area.
Plus, unlike the jet boat ride, the Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Boat Cruise is a whole lot more relaxed than a jet boat ride!
Instead of rapid speeds and sharp turns, this cruise is a lot slower and mellow, and ideal for taking in some of the most beautiful sights that Miami has to offer without getting your pulse racing.
There’s plenty of landmarks that you will be able to see and take pictures of throughout the duration of the tour, and it even ends at Bayside Marketplace!
Thanks to this, after you hop off the cruise once the cruise is over, you will be able to do some shopping in this iconic shopping area, while also being able to view some more landmarks on ground, too.
Plus,if you happen to be feeling a little bit hungry or thirsty after the cruise has come to an end, we think that you’ll also be pretty pleased to hear that the Bayside Marketplace also offers a variety of delicious dining spots and stunning cocktail bars for you to choose from.
Not to mention, there are also plenty of entertainment options at Bayside Marketplace!
7. Bike And Roll Miami
If you’re in the mood to get around Miami without taking public transit – then why don’t you consider renting a bike? Bike and Roll Miami makes that possible.
We’re sure that you’ll be in complete agreement with us when we say that Miami is a pretty big city. With so much to do all over the city, this can make it difficult to see without the assistance of transportation.
If you’re not really in the mood to pay for an Uber or hop on and off a bus, you might also be interested to hear that you also have the option of renting a bike as a way of getting around Miami, too!
While there are bike rentals all over the city, if you’re planning on enjoying the Miami Beach city area, then the Bike and Roll Miami is the bike rental option for you.
The best thing about Bike and Roll Miami is the amount of options that they provide you with. Besides being able to take advantage of a variety of trails and bike lanes all throughout the city, you will also have the ability to choose whether you would like to do your exploring via a bicycle, a segway or even a pair of roller skates!
Plsu, if you are planning on heading to Miami in a group, you should also note that Bike and Roll Miami also offers group transportation options that you might be interested in.
Along with the individual bicycles, segways and roller skates, you can also use a quadricycle or even a tandem bike so that you can ride together with your friends, family and loved ones!
Unlike other bike rental options in Miami, we think that you might also be pleased to hear that you’ll also be able to make good use of a map that will be provided to you by Bike and Roll! From the Venetian Causeway all the way to Little Havana – you’ll be able to go wherever you like!
8. Key West Day Trip
In the mood for a day trip? If you are, look no further than the Key West Day Trip! This is the perfect way to take in some of the Miami sunshine while also being able to spend a day enjoying the beautiful sights of Key West!
There’s so much that you can enjoy doing at Key West! Whether you want to enjoy an activity with your friends or you simply want to take in the sunshine at one of the many cafes located at Key West – you’ll surely be spoilt for choice while at Key West.
If you are currently on the search for some things that you can do in Miami besides partying at some of the many clubs there, then rest assured that you simply need to book a visit to Key West for the day.
If you do decide to spend the day in Key West, you will be able to go parasailing, go on an adventure on a bottomless boat or even enjoy some thrilling snorkeling to explore Florida’s underwater world!
The fun doesn’t stop there, either. Along with all of the water activities that you can do at Key West, you will also be able to make use of countless attractions and activities that are suitable for all of the family to enjoy, including entertainment, restaurants and even an open-top train you can go on.
As you might have already guessed, Key West is known for its laid back, Caribbean style atmosphere – and this is the perfect place to unwind, have fun and take in some of the most exciting parts of Miami without actually partying.
It’s a must to visit if you are currently planning a trip to Miami and want to be able to do some activities that won’t involve any partying.
9. Vizcaya Museum And Gardens
Last but not least, the final activity that we have to recommend to you in Miami that doesn’t involve any partying is the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens!
If you want to have an experience that you aren’t going to be able to find elsewhere, then look no further than the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens!
All of the homes and architecture in this museum has been directly inspired by European architecture, so you can rest assured that it will feel like stepping into another world.
The museum has over 34 rooms without over 2,000 stunning pieces of art to observe. Then, once you’ve finished exploring the beautiful gardens, you will be able to head down to the garden that is filled with fountains, walkways and even a subtropical forest to explore.
There we have it! You’ve made it to the end of the article. Now that you have taken the time to read through all of the above, we hope that we have been able to give you a much better idea of all the things there are to do in the vibrant city of Miami.
From taking a tour of the city on the Big Bus, all the way to taking a tour of the Art Deco district – you’ll truly be spoilt for choice on things to do while you’re there!
The only question left to ask is, what are you going to do first? If you’ve spotted more than one thing that you might like to do from the list that we have provided you with above – then why don’t you consider giving this page a bookmark?
That way, you’ll be able to come back as many times as you like to help refresh your memory on all the activities you can fill your itinerary with during your time spent living it up in Miami!
Thank you for taking the time to read through this guide, and goodbye for now.
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