I’m sure by now, we don’t need to convince you that a trip to Miami is definitely worth a space on your packed summer travel schedule.
I mean, we’ve got beautiful beaches, nightlife that never sleeps, an art scene that can suit any taste and Cuban food that is arguably better (and easier to get to) than what you’ll find in Cuba. It’s not a matter of if you should come. It’s just deciding when you’re coming and things to do in Miami when you get here.
We’ve got that last part covered.
Best Things to do in Miami this Summer
This is kind of our thing. We’ve got coastline to fit any speed. Stop in on South Beach if you’re looking for non-stop action. If you want a bit more quiet, find a spot along North Beach to lay out your towel and get some sun. And if you’re ready to leave civilization altogether, drive along the coast until you find your perfect level of seclusion. We’ll be here when you’re ready to come back.
Whether you love rock, hip-hop or pop is more you scene, the concerts hitting the American Airlines Arena, Bayfront Park, Marlins Park and some of our smaller venues are worth planning an entire trip around. Drake, Future and Justin Bieber will all grace the stage at the American Airlines Arena, B.o.B will stop in at Hangar 305, and Modest Mouse, Weezer and Panic! at the Disco will all perform at Bayfront Park. Grab your tickets to your favorite shows and come on down.
Shop and People-Watch on Lincoln Road
After sunshine, sand and surf, one thing Miami has no shortage of is characters. Shop all morning then have a seat at one of the outdoor restaurants along Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and spend a leisure afternoon just watching who walks by. Sit there long enough and I guarantee you’ll head back to home with stories you will tell your friends and family for years to come.
Art Deco District walking tour
Yes, you could just walk along Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue at check out the architecture on your own. That would be cool. But there are daily walking tours that start at the Miami Design Preservation League Welcome Center at 1001 Ocean Drive. On the tour you can not only see the iconic architecture that defined old Miami but you get to hear the fascinating stories of what went down in these building in their heyday. And who doesn’t love a bit of old school gossip!
Second Saturdays in Wynwood
The Wynwood Arts District is a must see. If you happen to be here on the second Saturday of any month, join in as thousand of people converge on the area. Gallery hop and take in the work of artists from right here in South Florida and around the world. Even if you miss the second Saturday, don’t worry. Go to Wynwood any day of the week try out some of the trendiest restaurants and coolest food trucks and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled. There’s art everywhere on the walls, sidewalks and even the street lamps.
Go get some culture
Dip your toes into the Melting Pot that is Miami life and visit all of Central America and the Caribbean all at once. Explore a bit of Little Havana and Little Haiti. Take in the cultures, absorb the languages, listen for the minute variations as accents from worlds apart joyously marry native tongues to English, and most importantly, savor the food. You must savor the food. Revel in the things you have never heard of and can barely pronounce but will make your tastebuds burst with enthusiasm.
Everglades Airboat Tour
Take a trip away from the bustling Miami streets, hop on an airboat, float through miles of swampland and take a peek at the wildlife that you can only see right here in Florida. Choose between twisting and turning through the Florida mangroves or the quieter trips through wide open grasslands. You’ll never forget the difference between an alligator and a crocodile again!
MOCA Intersectionality exhibit June 16- August 14
Curated by Richard Hayden, this exhibit begins opens on June 16th at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. Featuring the work of about 50 South Florida artists, this exhibit promises to explore concepts and issues of intersectionality, namely the ways in which oppressive institutions are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another. Stop in and view the depictions of the real life impact when culture and politics collide.
Kayaking at Oleta River Park
We may not have mountains that make for the best hiking photo ops but outdoorsy visitors need not fret, head over to Oleta River State Park in North Miami Beach, rent a kayak and spend the day. Just make sure you go early. Oleta River State Park is a popular spot. To prevent overcrowding and protect the park, once the park hits capacity, you may have to wait until someone leaves before park officials will let you in.
And, of course, Party
Just throw on a pair of your best dancing shoes and walk along Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue until you hear music that makes you want to shake it. One bit of advice: South Beach doesn’t sleep. If you plan to hang until the clubs close here’s my pro tip: take a nap after your busy day and head out late. Most venues stay open until close to 5 a.m.!
Once you’re tired out after an afternoon in the sun or a night of drinks and fun, you’ll want to make sure you chose the right place to lay your head. Since I’m so full of recommendations today, I’ve got that covered too. Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Miami South Beach- Royal Polo.
Stay there and you’ll never have to worry about running out of things to do in Miami this summer.