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Best attractions in Miami: Top 25

Even those who are not yet planning a visit to the Atlantic coast will find it interesting to learn about the main attractions in Miami. Read our review to find out what every traveler should see in Miami.

What to see in Miami first

Which excursions in Miami are most successful? The list is endless. Most often experienced guides in Miami recommend the following sites:

1. Miami Beach

Large coastal strip with beaches in Miami Beach

The shape of this Miami landmark is a suburban resort separated from the rest of the city by a beautiful bay. If you’re interested in the best hotels in Miami, go here. This is a favorite vacation and living place of the world’s celebrities. Downtown Miami Beach is filled with historic buildings from the 1920s and 1940s. It has everything you need for a fun and luxurious beach vacation.

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2. Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road is the place to delve into the fascinating world of shopping Infrogmation of New Orleans

A major tourist street without a visit to which your trip to Miami would be incomplete. Any tourist can visit the farmer’s market, art galleries, symphony hall, chic movie theater and outdoor cafes. If Miami’s places of interest have to do with brand name boutiques and shopping for you, also come to Lincoln Road.

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3. Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive is the most bohemian place in Miami Neil Williamson

Another avenue with nightclubs, upscale cafes, stores and hotels. Your trip here can be planned, not only for entertainment and relaxation, but also for a visit to the house where Versace was murdered. Maybe you can make a movie or commercial shoot held on this street on a regular basis.

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4. Design District

Design District is known as a design and fashion district Phillip Pessar

What to visit in Miami for fans of street art? It’s a picturesque and fairly quiet neighborhood. The locals are mostly into painting and design. That’s why even the walls and windows of the numerous art galleries, furniture stores, and design studios here are covered in original graffiti. Every month there are large-scale festivities with dancing and music (on this night all establishments are open until morning).

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5. Wynwood District

Painted walls in the Wynwood District by contemporary artists Daniel Di Palma

Our review continues with another neighborhood with a huge amount of street art on the walls. In addition to painted walls, Wynwood is also known for its designer boutiques, art galleries and theater studios.

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6. Little Havana

A bakery on a street corner in the Little Havana neighborhood State Library and Archives of Florida

It’s an unusual name for a neighborhood given the huge number of Cubans who live here. There are an equal number of Mexicans and Latinos. Why does it always make the list of “Miami’s Best Sights”? Because the atmosphere is uniquely colorful: buildings are covered with funny drawings, sculptures decorate the streets, locals play dominoes on the benches. There are many Cuban restaurants and cigar shops.

7. South Beach

Lounging on the beach in the South Beach area

The legendary neighborhood stretches along Ocean Drive. Perfect for those who don’t know what to see in Miami in 1 day, but also want to take some time to relax on the beach. The clearest water and exotic palm trees of the shoreline neighbor with a developed infrastructure - museums, boutiques, hotel chains and restaurants.

8. Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower against the cityscape Miamitom

At the beginning of the 20th century, the high-rise building was occupied by the editorial office of The Miami News. Later the skyscraper was owned by the government. Today’s Liberty Tower houses a fine museum that tells the story of the lives, traditions, and everyday life of Cuban immigrants.

9. American Airlines Arena

American Airlines Arena for sporting events and concerts Averette

Where is every sports fan, and Miami Heat basketball fan in particular, required to go in Miami? To the legendary 1999 arena, with a capacity of 20,000 people. In addition to sporting events, it hosts performances by world-renowned artists and pop singers. B. Spears, T. Turner, S. Dion, Madonna and many other celebrities.

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10. Bayside Marketplace

The Bayside Market is the place to truly enjoy great shopping Reinhard Link

The area of this bazaar isn’t huge, but the reviews of those who have been there are consistently enthusiastic. The shopping plaza is right on the oceanfront. Bayside has a lot of visitors, both during the day and in the evening. There is live music, bars, and cafes with relatively inexpensive food. Of course, you can’t go shopping here, either. Farmers’ fairs are held regularly.

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11. Villa Viscaya

The Italian Renaissance garden and main pavilion of Villa Viscaya Marc Averette

The only Renaissance style architectural structure in the city. The building, commissioned by James Deering, took sculptors and architects 10 years to create. The construction crew included many hundreds of people. The result was a vast landscaped grounds with a huge garden, fountains and waterfalls, as well as a luxurious villa with walls, ceilings, doors and fireplaces in the spirit of ancient European castles. After Dearing’s death, the servants kept the house clean. The building later became the property of the state and a museum was set up in it.

12. HistoryMiami Museum

Exhibit at the HistoryMiami South Florida Historical Museum Daderot

Items in the collections showcase Florida’s history. The two-story museum, over 3,700 square feet, houses not only exhibits but also a full research facility. The staff at HistoryMiami develops research programs, participates in various surveys and organizes open events for the public.

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13. Perez Art Museum

The shady canopy stretches far beyond the walls of the Perez Art Museum John Zacherle

The date of creation is 1984. The objects on display date back to the 20th and 21st centuries, and were brought to Miami from all over the world. In addition, many wealthy residents of the city regularly donate their private collections here.

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14. Florida Jewish Museum

The Miami Jewish Museum is dedicated to the cultural traditions and lives of Jews in Florida Alexf

The museum occupies two buildings at once, formerly synagogues. The main building was built over 80 years ago in the Art Deco style. All the exhibits demonstrate the role of the European community in American life: there are photos, documentation, personal belongings of representatives of the nation.

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15. Holocaust Victims Memorial

Sculptures of the Miami Holocaust Victims Memorial Dennis Goedegebuure

The saddest U.S. landmark has 2 parts: one dedicated to the Jews killed in WWII, the other to Jewish culture in general. A particularly tragic point is a tunnel of stone filled with the sound of children’s voices. One of those places you can go to in Miami absolutely free.

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16. Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral surrounded by modern skyscrapers

The stone church with more than a century of history has a remarkable view. The structure is adorned with exquisite balustrades and arched openings. The snow-white building in a pseudo-Romanesque architectural style is listed as one of the country’s major historic monuments.

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17. Gesu Church

The Jezu Church is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Miami Ebyabe

The oldest Catholic church in the city. Originally a wooden church, the modern Jezu Church is a stone church. A tour of the site might interest anyone with a passion for architecture, or who wants to pray in a secluded place. The church has a children’s Catechism, where anointing, first communion and baptism can be ordered. Masses are held in different languages (every day). Open classes on art, culture and Catholicism are organized from time to time (all adult Catholics are welcome to attend).

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18. Miami Children’s Museum

Miami Children's Museum - a miniature town for children's creative development Smart Destinations

Recommendations for vacationers with children: be sure to come to the Children’s Museum. Young and older guests are taught how to care for animals and birds, how to rock climb, and how to operate mini-vessels. Your child can record his or her own musical composition on a CD or try to decide on his or her future profession. In addition to interactive learning areas, there is a cafe, a souvenir shop, a hall for two hundred guests, and science classes.

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19. Miami Oceanarium

A show with sea lions, orcas and dolphins at the Miami Oceanarium

The world’s largest collection of sea and ocean life (10,000 fish and animals) is located on the coast of Biscayne Bay. At the oceanarium, you can watch dolphins and killer whales (some of which have been featured in movies), Florida manatees, and a host of other mammals. More than 500,000 visitors and residents come here every year.

Even the building of the attraction itself is undeniably interesting - it is a huge complex of three floors. Every day a variety of shows with performances of sea creatures are organized: the heroes are sharks, sea lions and seals, orcasers and dolphins.

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20. Jungle Island Amusement Park

Flamingos at Jungle Island Interactive Zoological Amusement Park The_Gut

An entertainment complex that opened on Watson Island. The fame of the park brought its unforgettable show programs with various fauna inhabitants: exotic birds, lions and tigers. Walking through the territory, you can see a public beach and a protected area with a beautiful lake. In addition to members of the feline family, Jungle Island is home to giant turtles, orangutans, crocodiles, penguins, snakes and lemurs.

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Miami sights: what else to visit in Miami?

We have told you about the main attractions in Miami briefly. If you have some free time left after visiting them, be sure to take it to see such familiar places as:

21. Bayfront Park

Panoramic view of the city's public Bayfront Park from above Robert Giordano

A public park-like recreational area is set up on the bayfront in the center of the city. It was established in 1925. The beautifully landscaped area regularly hosts concerts and balls, fairs (including a Christmas fair) and popular celebrations. If you want to spend your free time quietly enjoying the magnificent scenery, come here.

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22. Miami Zoo

The entrance to Miami Zoological Park is the only tropical zoo in the United States Alexf

The facility is among the top 10 largest menageries in America. Animals and birds from all over the world are brought here. Natural conditions, including subtropical conditions, have been recreated for their comfortable stay. Guests can observe numerous feathered animals and approximately 2,000 species of animals. All sorts of palm trees and the rarest plants also make a great impression - their total number reaches 9,000 species.

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23. Miami Beach Boardwalk

The Miami Beach Boardwalk is used for walking and jogging David Berkowitz

A 7-kilometer walkway that stretches along the ocean line. You can bike, jog, or just stroll leisurely while watching the waves. Throughout the Miami Beach Boardwalk, there are small benches, clean water fountains, equipped swimming and sunbathing areas, and outdoor restaurants.

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24. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

Japanese Garden at Miami Beach Botanical Garden Daderot

A chic display of unique tropical flowers and trees spread over 34 hectares. Since 1938, when it opened, the most beautiful specimens such as lianas, cicadas, palm trees, etc., have been growing here. More than 45,000 full-time workers take care of the garden’s vast area.

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25. Everglades National Park

Wooden walkways in Everglades National Park Yinan Chen

The site is on the UNESCO list of National Natural Treasures. It is America’s third largest natural area, covering about 20% of Florida. Most of the Everglades is set aside for “wilderness” - no one conducts any economic activities here. The number of employees is minimal: as many people as are needed to serve the many visitors and take care of the site itself. There are pedestrian and automobile roads in the park. As you travel along them, you can “meet” crocodiles, eared cormorants, great blue herons, Florida panthers, sea turtles, and other unique wild animals and birds (some of which are listed in the Red Book). Equally interesting is seeing the plants and flowers in the pine sparse forests, cypress lines, prairies, swamps, and mango forests.

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We hope that those Miami attractions, photos with names and descriptions of which you have now seen, have pleasantly surprised you. If possible, be sure to visit them in person. Read also about sights of New York City and get inspired for your further journey around the USA.

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