The Miami Bucket List: 6 Things Visitors Can’t Miss

Miami is known as a city with endless possibilities because there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a foodie, a beach enthusiast, or love to look at art, Miami offers a lot thanks to its tropical climate and fascinating culture.

To explore everything that Miami has to offer in one trip, consider following our guide, as there will be plenty to do for children and adults.

Top 6 Things you Can’t Miss While in Miami, Florida

Between the funky and bright art district and the incredible Cuban food, don’t leave the city without ticking off these experiences. For more things to do in Miami, check out Viator.

Bike Across the Miami Beachfront

Miami’s great weather makes it prime for outdoor activities, and the Miami Beach biking trail is no exception. Thanks to Citi Bike Miami bike rentals, you don’t even have to purchase your own to see the North and South Beach. Along the way, be sure to check out the following spots:

  • North Shore Open Space Park: Take a look at that ocean!
  • North Beach Bandshell: On weekends, local acts hit the stage.
  • Taquiza: Delicious food that isn’t too heavy for your bike ride.
  • Malibu Farm: Have a break and drink from their cocktail menu.
  • South Pointe Park & Pier: Try a wellness glass or slacklining.

While it doesn’t matter where you start, it’s better to end in South Beach, so you’re closer to your next destination. Once you’re done, either park your bike or keep it for your journey.

Walk the Art Walk at Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls is arguably the coolest district in Miami. We would recommend getting an official 50-minute tour that gives you insight into each mural shown throughout the district. 

Beyond that, there is still plenty to see at the GGA Gallery and the Wynwood Walls shop. You can also go to multiple seasonal events, the adjacent Wynwood park and Joey’s Cafe.

Eat Some Cuban Food Inside Little Havana

Little Havana, the neighborhood that once served as the first entry point for Cuban immigrants, now has a slight hipster vibe that still doesn’t skimp on Cuban food.

Here, you can find a wide variety of cigar shops, art galleries, bars, clubs, and restaurants that provide a great look into Cuban culture. Be sure to visit Versailles, La Carreta, and Azucar for great food.

If you love to dance, Little Havana offers one of Florida’s best clubs, Ball & Chain, which dates back to 1935.

Stay or Tour Art Deco Hotels in South Beach

The Art Deco hotels are the most iconic parts of Miami Beach, including a decorating style that’s now lost in time. Most hotels that feature this 1930s style are reasonably priced, come with complimentary happy hours, and a beautiful outdoor patio and/or a restaurant.

  • The Marlin: Used to house South Beach studios but now offers guests every modern luxury. If you stay, you’ll receive a full-stocked minibar and a rainfall showerhead.
  • Cavalier South Beach Hotel: As one of the first hotels built on Ocean Drive, you’ll get to witness a part of history. Guests that stay get a newspaper with local attractions.
  • The Plymouth South Beach: Blends Art Deco with a laidback, beach-club style. It was named the winner of Best Urban Hotel by Condé Nast in 2019, making it worth a visit.

There are far too many incredible hotels to name, but the ones we mentioned are among the most famous. Feel free to go up and down Ocean Drive to see other incredible hotels.

Experience Miami’s Design District

No city tour is complete until you see its design epicenter. Check out the Moore Building (a furniture showroom space), Buena Vista Chocolate & Wine, B Sweet Coffee Shop, the Design District Art Walk, and the Haitian Heritage Museum.

Before you leave, hang out at the Gavanna nightclub, which features great music, incredible lighting, and a comfortable atmosphere.

Witness the Beauty Found in Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Previously known as Villa Vizcaya, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the former villa of James Feering, the former head of the International Harvester Corporation. 

Visitors can tour the home and marvel at Feering’s collection of Renaissance tapestries, furniture, and art. You’re also welcome to stroll through its 10 acres of formal gardens. Movie buffs will particularly love to visit this estate, as it’s seen in many famous movies, like Tony Rome and Any Given Sunday.