Miami Boat Tours & Water Parks

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Pirate’s Plunge slide at Grapeland Water Park

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Swimming with seals at Miami Seaquarioum



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Swimming with dolphins at Miami Seaquarium

Tidal Cove

Tidal Cove

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By: Shayne Benowtiz

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 boat tour. Enjoy the sunshine and warm weather on a boat or hit up one of Miami’s unique water parks. Here’s your guide to the best of Miami on the water.

Boat Tours

Visit Stiltsville on an Island Queen Cruise

Island Queen Cruises

Miami’s premier sightseeing boat tours are found in Downtown Miami at Bayside Marketplace aboard Island Queen Cruises. Here, you can embark on a variety of trips departing from Miamarina, including Millionaire’s Row, Star Island, Stiltsville and Miami Skyline cruises. You’ll learn fascinating facts about Miami while taking in spectacular views of stunning homes and 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' 42-foot vessels and cruise past 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 of up to 50 mph. Departing from Bayside Marketplace, these 45-minute tours are an adrenaline-pumping way to see Miami’s most intriguing sights from the water.

Ocean Force Adventures

Hop aboard Ocean Force Adventures’ high-performance, six-passenger Zodiac RIB boats and explore Miami’s hidden gems on the water at top speeds. Departing from the Miami Beach Marina, you can customize your tour to explore anything from Stiltsville to President Nixon’s Key Biscayne home, the lavish mansions of Star Island and Fisher Island, and film locations for iconic movies and television shows like “Scarface” and “Miami Vice.” It’s a thrill you’ll always remember!

Tropical Sailing

Tropical Sailing boasts a fleet of sailing and power catamarans docked at Miamarina, with daily trips and watersports activities ranging from snorkeling to sunset sailing. Step aboard the 78-foot-long “Caribbean Spirit” catamaran and spend the afternoon sailing through Biscayne Bay, snorkeling and splashing in the water with inflatable slides and trampolines.

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

Coopertown Everglades Airboat Tour

For a classic Miami boat tour experience, head toward the Everglades and hop aboard an airboat. These flat-bottomed, fan-propelled aluminum vessels are designed specifically to zip across the shallow “River of Grass” at top speed for an exhilarating nature tour. You’ll learn about the ecosystem and the history of the Everglades while spotting alligators, turtles and wading birds in the wild. Founded in 1945, Coopertown Everglades Airboat Tour is the original. Before or after your airboat tour, be sure to catch the alligator show and reptile display where you’ll have a chance to hold a baby alligator.

Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center

Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center is located at the Miami Beach Marina, at the southern tip of South Beach. Their dive boat departs daily to both shallow reef dives (30 to 35- feet in depth), as well as intermediate and advanced wreck dives (65 to 120 feet in depth). Check out their online calendar for specifics and to determine which trip is right for you. Tarpoon Lagoon also offers Open Water certification, which is the minimum requirement for SCUBA diving, as well as intermediate, advanced and specialized courses.

Water Parks

Tidal Cove at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
Enjoy fun for the whole family at Tidal Cove

Tidal Cove at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

When it comes to fun for the whole family, make a splash at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa’s new Tidal Cove waterpark. This sprawling luxury resort in Aventura is now home to seven twisty-turny waterslides, a lazy river and Flowrider surf simulator. There’s even a Kid’s Cove with a splash park designed by local Miami art collective Friends With You. A day pass to Tidal Cove grants access to the resort’s lagoon-style swimming pool, cabanas and multiple dining outlets. There’s also the Cascata Pool, designed for peace and tranquility inside a Mediterranean-style courtyard with cabanas shaded by lush palm trees. It’s perfect for an afternoon of relaxation.

Grapeland Water Park
Splash around at Grapeland Water Park

Grapeland Water Park

Located near Miami International Airport, Grapeland Water Park is a fun-filled splash park with features designed by Romero Britto, Miami’s own pop art impresario. It’s a family-friendly destination designed for kids of all ages. Come play with water cannons and on shipwreck-themed waterslides. At Buccaneer Falls, a wave of water is unleashed at regularly scheduled intervals. There’s also a shallow water play area, a lagoon-style swimming pool and a lazy river.

Miami Seaquarium
Explore the sea firsthand at Miami Seaquarium

Sea Trek Reef Encounter at Miami Seaquarium

The Miami Seaquarium offers interactive and educational water activities on Virginia Key, near Key Biscayne. Adventures range 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’ll explore the sea firsthand while wearing a state-of-the-art dive helmet that allows you to breathe freely during a full 20-minute trek through 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 as you explore the reef.

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