Vacationers flock to Miami and its beaches by the thousands every day. They make reservations at the best restaurants months in advance, book the best tables at all the hippest clubs, and buy out the boxes at the most popular sporting events—everyone seems to think of the same few things to do in Miami. The beaches are beautiful, the restaurants are divine, and the clubs are wild, but there are plenty of other amazing adventures you can explore in the 305. Miami is filled with hidden gems and unforgettable experiences that will totally define your trip.
Safari Tours Miami
There’s no better way to experience the Everglades than on a rustic but comfy airboat with Safari Tours Miami. Sit and enjoy breeze in your hair as you zip around, while your guide schools you about this incredible ecosystem. Keep your eyes on the water as you’re whizzing by and you might spot a few gators, or even a jolly old manatee.
Paddleboarding is an outstanding workout and a great way to see the sights. If you’ve never tried it, and you’re looking for things to do in Miami, this is an great place to start. There are spots like TKS where you can rent gear, take lessons, and even come back and buy a board after you fall in love with it. After some posture and technique instruction on the beach from the expert teachers, push off into the cool, cerulean bay. Before you know it, you’re standing on your board and pushing yourself along the coast, past the soft pastels of the Miami skyline.
Miami Executives Helicopters
What better way is there to get to know a city than from the sky? A trip around the city with Miami Executive Helicopters puts you above it all, where your friendly pilot fills you in about all the skyline’s brightest stars and which celebrity lives in which mansion. It’s hard to say what part of this tour is more beautiful: being able to see all the gradations between blue and green in the ocean, or the fact that you’re not on a bus.
Fairchild Botanic Garden
Not many people know that there’s an entire world of rapturous fragrance and unbelievable color tucked away in the village of Coconut Grove, just south of Miami. Stepping into the luscious and vast grounds of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is the perfect escape from the nonstop partying spirit of Miami that can tire even the most enthusiastic of travelers. Be sure not to miss the Wings of the Tropics exhibit, where some 40 species of butterflies flutter around you.