Beyond the sun, sand and surf, Greater Miami and the Beaches offers more fun attractions than you could fit into one vacation. Just imagine: swimming with the dolphins, riding an airboat, taste testing at a winery, strolling through a museum. Miami attractions offer countless choices - from historic to adventuresome, natural to man-made. For an added perk, visit in October and take advantage of Miami Attractions Month.
Miami is known for its amazing attractions. While you should definitely schedule a day for beach loafing, you should also be sure to plan ahead to check out the broader tourism scene. Just imagine, in one day you could catch some early morning sun at the beach, then head down the Everglades and visit a real working alligator farm where 2,000 alligators of all sizes live in natural settings at Everglades Alligator Farm. Not into giant native reptiles? The options are endless.
The Miami Seaquarium is an amazing place to visit. After all, it's the home to Flipper, the iconic dolphin from the 1960s TV show. You can watch Flipper's dolphin show, as well as seven other animal shows and presentations. From the Shark Reef Encounter to the Dolphin Experience, there's plenty of ways to get wet and experience these marine animals up close and personal.
Maybe you’re thinking something more like a tour of a mansion with more than two thousand years of lifestyle artifacts? Well, you’re in luck because we have that too at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens on Biscayne Bay. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is the estate of James Deering, built in 1916, a sprawling formal garden and a stunning estate that’s open to the public, has been the backdrop to many a film and photo shoot and continues to delight with its’ timeless beauty.
The examples of what you could to fill a day in Miami go on and on. A classic attraction is Zoo Miami. Kids and parents, animal lovers and educators can’t resist the charm of a day at the zoo – and with a zoo like this, why would you? Flamingos, komodo dragons, meerkats, monkeys, rhinos of all kinds, lions, tigers and bears – oh my! – are all on exhibit at this world-class zoo. At Zoo Miami you’ll take a trip around the world without ever leaving Miami. The zoo is divided into parts of the world: Africa, Asia, Australia and Future Tropical Americas.
For an only in Miami experience, take the family to Jungle Island where you'll discover some of the rarest animals in the kingdom. From ligers and lemurs to orangutans and reptiles, this is your chance to get up close and personal with the wild things. While you can roam the jungle freely, or you can experience it with a VIP Safari Tour. You can also play with a lemur, experience the critters in the Serpentarium firsthand and select your own areas of interest with a Jungle Encounter tour.
If you could spend all day at the zoo watching the monkeys jump around there’s an attraction just for you: Monkey Jungle “where humans are in cages and monkeys run wild!” Located in South Dade Monkey Jungle is a 30 acre reserve where nearly 400 primates run and rove at their leisure. Monkey Jungle is part of a world-wide effort to save monkeys close to extinction and protect them within comfortable and familiar environments.
Those are just some ideas, the very tip of the iceberg of the many attractions that you can visit during your Miami vacation. Click through the search tool for even more options based on category or interest.