Things To Do In Miami Pre & Post Cruise

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By Shayne Benowitz

There are plenty of ways to explore Miami pre and post cruise with Downtown Miami, Wynwood and Miami Beach just minutes away from PortMiami.

So you’ve booked a Caribbean cruise from PortMiami. Why not extend your vacation by tacking on a day or two pre or post cruise? Even if you’ve only got a half-day, there’s plenty to explore on a quick jaunt from the port. Here’s our guide to some of our favorite things to do in Miami before or after you set off on your cruise.

Downtown Miami

PortMiami is situated on Dodge Island in Biscayne Bay, just east of Downtown Miami. That makes this bustling business district and its world- class cultural offerings the easiest to access before or after your cruise.

Perez Art Museum Miami

The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is housed inside a landmark building by Pritzker Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron. Perched on the edge of Biscayne Bay, it provides some of the most stunning views of Miami’s skyline. The museum’s collection is devoted to contemporary art of the Americas and it hosts a dynamic calendar of temporary exhibitions. For a fresh and, relaxing lunch, dine at PAMM’s restaurant Verde.

Frost Science

Located next door to PAMM on a campus known as Museum Park, Frost Science is one of the only museums worldwide to boast both a planetarium and an aquarium. On its rooftops, you can enjoy dazzling views of Miami’s skyline and Biscayne Bay, while stargazing through a telescope, learning about urban gardening or exploring the surface of South Florida’s aquatic ecosystem.

Brickell City Centre

Spanning three city blocks with over 100 shops and a slew of fantastic restaurants, Brickell City Centre is Miami’s newest destination for stylish, al fresco shopping. Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and the 40,000-square-foot Luna Park, you’ll find designer boutiques, a luxurious CMX movie theater and EAST, Miami hotel. It’s the perfect destination for shopping with plenty of diversions activities the whole family will enjoy.


Located just north of Downtown Miami, Wynwood is an arts district splashed with mural art, galleries, and trendy restaurants and boutiques. It’s a quick 15-minute drive from PortMiami and a great way to experience Miami’s ever-growing art scene.

Wynwood Walls

Start your exploration at Wynwood Walls, an outdoor museum dedicated to street art. You’ll find works by some of the most influential muralists of our time including The London Police, Retna and Kenny Scharf. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, duck into the adjacent Wynwood Kitchen & Bar for a bite of delicious Pan-Latin cuisine with interiors by artist Shepard Fairey.

Lunch at 1-800-LUCKY

For a delicious lunch with plenty of options, swing into Wynwood’s latest hotspot, 1-800-LUCKY. This trendy indoor-outdoor Asian food hall is home to a wide range of fast-casual eateries dishing up dim sum, poke bowls, banh mi, ramen, sushi, pork buns and more. There’s also a cocktail bar and an Instagram-worthy ice cream shop from New York creating cones swirling with colorful ice cream and toppings, some resembling unicorns.

Gallery Hop

Get an appreciation for what put Wynwood on the map and pop into the area’s contemporary art galleries. Stop by Fredric Snitzer for cutting edge contemporary works and Gary Nader Art Centre for an impressive collection of Latin American art. You can also visit the Rubell Family Collection, one of the world’s foremost private art collections.

Miami Beach

Just across the MacArthur Causeway from Downtown Miami, South Beach is one of the most popular parts of the city to explore. With miles of sandy beaches and turquoise water lined with historic Art Deco architecture, it’s a feast for the eyes—and a quick 15-minute drive from PortMiami.

Ocean Drive

Make a beeline to Ocean Drive to take in the sights and sounds of South Beach. This is where you’ll find historic Art Deco hotels, Lummus Park and the Beach Walk running parallel to the beach. It’s the perfect place to take a stroll and soak it all in. Highlights include the historic Versace Mansion, News Café for a bite to eat and the Clevelander for poolside cocktails. Of course, make some time to spread out a blanket and lay on the beach.

Lincoln Road

The heart of South Beach is Lincoln Road. This pedestrian thoroughfare is home to shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, art galleries and, best of all, priceless people watching. Grab lunch at The Café at Books & Books and then peruse the shelves of Miami’s hometown indie bookstore. Stop by the Apple Store in case you’ve forgotten to pack essential tech accessories. And don’t forget to duck into Art Center South Florida to watch artists at work in their studios.

Collins Avenue Hotel Hop

Collins Avenue is home to a collection of Miami Beach’s most over-the-top hotels. Simply pop into their lobbies for a fun diversion to appreciate the interior design. Within a two-block radius, you’ll find the Delano and SLS South Beach, both with Phillipe Starck’s surreal design. Across the street, The Gale South Beach boasts a chic, mid-century nautical theme. Grab a cocktail in the lobby and soak in the scene.

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