Top 6 activities to do with visitors in Miami

This month Patrick and I are hosting 3 groups of people 
to visit our city!  So this post is dedicated to the 
top 6 things to show your visitors here in Miami.

 

1. dine out at one of our top rated restaurants.

There are so many unique and great restaurants in Miami, it is hard to have a favorite.  Luckily, if your guests are staying more than one night, you have the chance to try a couple of different genres.  One of my favorite sites to find these little gems is Miami Eater.  Personally, I cannot get enough of Pubbelly, Oak Tavern and The District!

Oak Tavern Miami
OAK TAVERN- SHAKSHUKA BAKED EGGS (TOMATO-ROASTED PEPPER STEW WITH FRENCH FETA) & EGGS BENEDICT (BUTTERMILK BISCUIT, PORK BELLY, KALE, HOLLANDAISE)

2. rent citibikes on SOBE.

This past weekend, we decided to avoid the overcrowded parking on South Beach, and instead we rented bikes from CitiBike Miami.  We were able to unlock the bikes from the Margaret Pace Park Station in Edgewater, ride them over the Venetian Causeway, and parked them back into a station at South Pointe Miami Beach.  The best part about these bikes is that the stations are all over (we rode past at least 4 stations on our 7 mile tour), which means we could have stopped at any time.  This gave us the chance to be active, enjoy the boardwalk, and avoid that horrible parking situation on the beach.  Prices start at $4 for 30 minutes, but you can rent the bikes all day for $24.  The bikes were well taken care of, and very easy to maneuver.  When we were finished with our ride, we didn’t have to turn around and ride all the way back, we just parked the bikes and requested an uber to take us home.

Enjoying South Point on Miami Beach with CitiBikeMiami
Enjoying South Pointe on Miami Beach with CitiBikeMiami

3. do the boat tour of Biscayne Bay.

Down at Bayfront Park, there are tons of little tour options offered at every corner.  I love doing the touristy trips in any city, because it gives a chance to learn the background of the monuments you’re taking pictures of.  We decided to do the boat tour of Biscayne Bay, and take in the breathtaking views of the Miami skyline and million dollar houses.  The cruise is an hour and a half and circles Biscayne Bay around Star Island, Fisher Island, and Brickell.  The boat has a top deck for viewing, and down below there is a bar to help you enjoy the ride ;).  TIP: remember to negotiate the guy selling the tickets, we asked for a resident discount and if you’re nice enough, he may just give in!

Bayridetours.com
Enjoying the views of Biscayne Bay

4. go to the everglades.

We’ve done two types of these tours.  The first tour we did, Buffalo Tiger, is for the nature lover, and focuses on the gators in their natural habitat.  The boat ride is on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation circling around gators that will swim up to the sound of the boat.  The tour is slow and full of picture opportunities.  The other tour that we have done was The Everglades Alligator Farm.  This spot is more focused on the alligator ponds that are on the camp, and then has a fast airboat thrill ride where YOU WILL GET WET.  Both experiences were unique and great for visitors.

feeding time
feeding time at The Everglades Alligator Farm

5. wynwood.

We love Wynwood because it is so new and unique.  There are tons of restaurants, art galleries, bars, coffee shops; and every second Saturday of the month, the neighborhood hosts Wynwood Art Walk.  My favorite time to visit Wynwood is during artwalk when the food trucks and flea market vendors show up.  I have scored some pretty cool jewelry and art from this area, which keeps me coming back.

Wynwood Walls
Wynwood Walls

6. visit vizcaya.

The Vizcaya grounds are rich in history, beautiful architecture and beautiful gardens.  Built in the early 1900s, the mansion was meant to be a winter home for entertaining which highlighted the best that Miami had to offer.  Today Vizcaya is a museum for all of us to enjoy.  Be prepared to walk around the extensive gardens and the upper floors of the mansion for the full experience.

backwater view of Vizcaya
backwater view of Vizcaya
Most importantly, don’t stress out over planning the day hour by hour.  Leave some room in there for incidentals and make sure to not over extend yourself.  Hosting visitors should be fun, a time to grow closer, and not a time to stress out.
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