Miami Boat Tours

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By: Shayne Benowitz

From the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay, Miami is centered on the water. That makes it a prime destination for getting out on the crystal blue seas on a Miami boat tour. Soak up the sun while you explore popular locations on a cruise, sail calm waters, zip through the Everglades on an airboat or dive right in to explore the depths under-sea yourself.

Whatever your pleasure, here’s a guide to some of the best boat tours in Miami!

Boat Tours

Island Queen
Pick a tour on an Island Queen Cruise at Bayside Marketplace.

Island Queen Cruises

Miami’s premier sightseeing boat tours are found downtown at Bayside Marketplace aboard Island Queen Cruises. Here, you can embark on a variety of trips departing from Miamarina at Bayside, including Millionaire’s Row, Bayside Blaster and special party, fishing and holiday cruises. You’ll learn fascinating facts about Miami while taking in spectacular views of stunning homes along the glistening shoreline.

Thriller Miami
Get your adrenaline pumping with Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures.

Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures

For a high-octane adventure, step aboard Thriller Miami Speed Adventures' 55-foot power catamarans and jetboats to cruise past dozens of sites like PortMiami, Star Island and Monument Island. When you hit the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll zoom past South Beach and Fisher Island at speeds up to 50 mph. Departing from Bayside Marketplace, these 45-minute tours are an adrenaline-pumping way to see Miami’s most intriguing sights.

Visit Stiltsville on an Ocean Force Adventures tour.

Ocean Force Adventures

Hop aboard high-performance, six-passenger Zodiac RIB boats at Ocean Force Adventures to see more of Miami’s hidden gems from the water. Departing from the Miami Beach Marina, a variety of tours take you to different areas full of top attractions. See everything from Stiltsville, President Nixon’s Key Biscayne home and the lavish mansions of Star Island and Fisher Island to film locations for iconic movies and television shows like “Scarface” and “Miami Vice.”

Tropical Sailing

Tropical Sailing boasts a fleet of sailing and power catamarans docked at Miamarina at Bayside, with daily trips and watersports activities ranging from snorkeling to sunset sailing. Step aboard the 78-foot “Caribbean Spirit” catamaran and spend the afternoon sailing through Biscayne Bay, snorkeling and splashing in the water with inflatable slides and trampolines. The entire fleet offers shaded areas and open decks with tables, seating, lounge/bar areas and more.

Coopertown Everglades Airboat Tour
Fly across the "River of Grass" on a Coopertown Everglades Airboat Tour.

Coopertown Everglades Airboat Tours

For a classic Miami adventure, hop on a top-rated airboat tour to the Florida Everglades! Founded in 1945, Coopertown Everglades Airboat Tour has long thrilled passengers on flat-bottom, fan-propelled airboats that zip across shallow waters through natural areas at exhilarating speeds. You’ll learn about the ecosystem and history of the Everglades while spotting alligators, turtles and birds in the wild. Before or after your airboat tour, be sure to visit the alligator exhibit and restaurant on site.

Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center

Located at Miami Beach Marina at the southern tip of South Beach, Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center offers dive and snorkel trips to South Florida’s coral reef system. Just 30 minutes off-shore you’ll discover tropical fish, lobsters, turtles, stingrays, large crabs, conch and occasional dolphins. Check out the center’s online calendar to review and book a trip that’s right for you. Tarpoon Lagoon offers dive certification and courses, too.

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