Touristy Miami Things That Are Actually Worth Doing (We Promise)
Ever notice how happy people look as they stroll through Wynwood? That’s because they’re experiencing our fair city as a tourist attraction. And you can, too. See our list of seven must-do activities and embrace your inner tourist.
Visit Villa Vizcaya
Did you know Miami has its own Italian estate replete with waterfront views and beautiful winding gardens? Do yourself a favor: Pull over and enjoy a guided tour of the property, from the exotic plants to the indoor and outdoor art installations.
3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-250-9133 or vizcaya.org
Eat, Swing and Appreciate Art at the Pérez Art Museum
The downtown institution—Miami’s flagship art museum—gives a fascinating glimpse into contemporary and modern art through photography, paintings, sculptures and interactive demonstrations. Plus, there is a delicious waterfront restaurant and a really cool swing set outside. Count. Us. In.
1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000 or pamm.org
Clear Your Schedule for an Afternoon in Wynwood
Booze-infused doughnuts at the Salty Donut, brunch at Zak the Baker and free Pilates at the Wynwood Yard. Let’s not forget blocks of street art, too. In short: It’s going to jazz up your Instagram big-time.
Swim In the Venetian Pool
This bright-blue, 820,000-gallon swimming pool—built out of a coral rock quarry—has been around since the 1920s. Swim in and around Mediterranean-style grottos and waterfalls. As far as your social media followers know, you’re definitely not in Miami anymore.
2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-460-5306 or coralgables.com
Bubbly Brunch at the Biltmore Hotel
An icon of Miami glitz and glamour, the Biltmore hosts the most famous brunch in the entire city. Once frequented by celebrities and socialites (think Judy Garland, Al Capone, the Vanderbilts and the Roosevelts), the hotel’s lavish courtyard is known for its Sunday brunch overflowing with a few of our favorites: Champagne, eggs Benedict and French toast.
1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-913-3200 or biltmorehotel.com
Lie on Gorgeously Soft Sand at the Beach
Hey, we don’t mean any beach. Forget tourists and overpriced cocktails—it’s time to visit Miami’s secret beaches. Imagine large stretches of quiet, palm-tree-adorned sand. Trust us, it’s worth the trek.
Sail Through Biscayne Bay to Stiltsville
About a mile south of Cape Florida, you’ll find a cluster of seven pastel-colored wood-frame houses. Dating back to the 1930s, the houses were known to host wild parties during prohibition. Now vacant, the area makes for the coolest history tour in the 305. And no pesky tourists in sight.