Experience Life On Water, Miami's Boat Tours And Water Parks

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Swimming with dolphins

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Swimming with seals at Miami Seaquarioum

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Charter a fishing boat

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Grapeland Water Park Pirate's Plunge slide

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By: Lori Kahn

Calling all thrill seekers and adventure junkies! Not only does Miami have endless miles of white sandy beaches and stunning aquamarine water to explore at your leisure, there are also a plethora of boat tours and water parks that will satisfy your need for speed and take you off the beaten path.

Celeb-studded speedboat tour

Hop in a 55-foot neon-colored power catamaran and ride the waves at speeds topping 50 mph. Thriller Miami offers exciting speedboat tours of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. From the water you’ll be able to check out the gorgeous mansions on Key Biscayne, Fisher Island and Star Island where you might even spot a few celebrity homes, too.

Explore secluded and hidden gems, only accessible by boat

Want to see Miami like the locals do? Ocean Force Adventures Boat Tour offers a sightseeing adventure that caters to smaller groups and explores both popular landmarks and secluded locales that only the insiders know about. Take a seat in the six-passenger high-performance Zodiac RIB boat and get ready to explore nearly 40 miles of Miami coastline, including Stiltsville, the Prohibition-era shacks on stilts that sit in the middle of Biscayne Bay’s shallow seagrass beds near Key Biscayne.

See the Moon Over Miami

For a relaxing and memorable two-hour twilight sunset catamaran cruise on beautiful Biscayne Bay, you’ll want to check out Playtime Watersports. There is also a moonlight trip where you can watch the Miami Skyline at night from a completely different view – on the water. There is nothing more jaw-dropping than the incredible sky high buildings in Downtown Miami from Biscayne Bay at night.

Take a ride on Miami’s wild side

Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with wildlife like alligators and snakes roaming free in the Everglades. You might want to keep all your fingers and toes inside the boat for this tour, but don’t forget to bring your camera. Coopertown Airboat Rides & Restaurant offers guided airboat tours and features an on-site restaurant serving exotic delicacies like frog legs and gator tail.

Everglades Swamp Tours will take you on a thrilling airboat ride with speeds up to 40 mph. While gliding across the water, look for wading birds and turtles. You might even get lucky and see a wandering alligator. They also offer tandem kayak rentals if you want to try something a little more earth-friendly.

A leisurely cruise along “Millionaire’s Row” and Downtown Miami

If a more scenic sightseeing experience is your speed, then sit back and relax for a narrated tour along the coast on a yacht. Island Queen Cruises offers tours of “Millionaire’s Row” — spectacular homes of some of Miami’s rich and famous residents. You’ll have the option of hanging out on the upper-deck with the fresh ocean breezes and vistas that go for miles, or sitting below in the air-conditioned lower salon with giant windows and panoramic views.

Boating BBQ

You will also want to try Boat.Me for a private pontoon party on Biscayne Bay. If you are having a family vacation, make sure to book a family day trip where the kids can fool around with inflatables and you can have your very own BBQ right on the boat. This is one boating adventure the kids will not diss you for taking them on.

Crandon Marina’s water adventures

Crandon Marina has an active dive boat operation within striking distance to both artificial and natural reefs in Diver’s Paradise. It’s also a great spot for fishing charters or simply strolling the docks at sunset for beautiful views of the bay and the city skyline.

Family-friendly fun in a Miami-style water park

Grab an inner tube and wind your way around the Buccaneer River Ride at Grapeland Water Park. Located near the airport, this family-friendly water park features four sparkling pools, multiple slick water slides and a splash and play area for younger children. It’s the perfect way to spend the day soaking up the Miami sunshine and staying cool by the water.

Dive into the Miami Seaquarium

The Miami Seaquarium offers a treasure trove of interactive and educational water activities in Miami, from animal encounters with dolphins, penguins and seals to a magical journey through an actual 300,000-gallon tropical reef. When you experience the Sea Trek Reef Encounter, you will explore the sea first hand. You will wear state-of-the-art dive helmets that allow you to breathe freely during your full 20-minute trek through real underwater reef life. You'll come face-to-face with tropical fish, stingrays and a variety of other unique sea creatures. Watch divers feed schools of fish and majestic rays and explore the reef as you never could before.

Score and Save with the GoMiamiCard

The GoMiamiCard is a multi-attraction pass that gets you access to certain Miami tours and museums as well as discounts on shopping and dining. It’s the smarter way to explore Miami’s boating and water parks.

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