Top Miami Attractions

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Our city is full of fantastic tourist destinations and top Miami attractions for visitors and residents or all ages.  There are countless choices from historic tours to animal adventurous from natural to man-made. Top Miami attractions are as exotic and diverse as the culture that makes up this city.  Below is a list of attractions we believe will capture the imagination of both kids and adults. These top activities include animal and botanical sanctuaries, historic mansions and water activities like glass-bottom boats, mangrove creeks and Miami's Indian reservations.
 
 
Miami Lodging Tip: If you are planning a vacation in South Florida with family or friends, Miami vacation rentals are a great alternative to the standard hotel stay. Vacation condos and waterfront villas provide more space, a bedroom for everyone under one roof, fully equipped kitchens and more at a lower price than hotel accommodations. BestMiamiLodging.com has vacation condos and villas within a short distance from all the top Miami attractions and a great lodging alternative for families. 
 
 

 Art Deco South Beach


SoBe covers the southernmost 23 blocks of Miami Beach.

Even for locals South Beach is the ideal place visit. Whether it’s for a day, the weekend or an entire week, every one of all ages will enjoy South Beach. From shopping and cultural tours to partying, this area of Miami is known around the world for being the trendy hot spot. 

Biscayne National Park

9700 SW 328th Street Homestead, FL
(305) 230-1120

In the 16th century, Spanish explorers found this 207 mile area now Biscayne National Park. This park is 95% water and offers plenty of natural and cultural wonders and activities that include glass bottom boat trips, island excursions, snorkeling adventures, canoe trips, Ranger talks, Family Fun Fest, underwater videos, displays and art exhibits.

Casa Casuarina (Versace Mansion)

1116 Ocean Drive, Miami, FL 33139
(305) 576-8003

Casa Casuarina, now a member’s only club, was once the home to fashion designer Gianni Versace. The Versace House was built in 1930 and was purchased by Versace Gianni in 1992 for $2.9 million. He demolished the hotel next door, and a two-story, 6,100-foot addition was built, transforming it into Versace's Miami Beach house.

Coral Castle
28655 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL
(305) 248-6345

 

Coral Castle is a testimonial to the distinctiveness of Miami. Coral Castle was built by a Latvian-born Miami resident named Ed Leedskalnin. Ed single-handedly and secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock over a 28 year period as a monument to his lover. To this day the process he used to build this castle is a mystery one of the world's most mysterious accomplishments.


Deering Estate

16701 SW 72 Avenue, Miami FL
305-235-1668

The 444-acre Deering Estate is located along the edge of Biscayne Bay and is an environmental, archeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate offers daily tours of the lush natural areas and the historical Stone House and Richmond Cottage.

Jungle Island

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL
(305) 400-7000

Parrot Jungle is a 22 acre, interactive tropical park with over 3,000 exotic animals including 1,100 birds, turtles, alligators and other reptiles and amphibians, as well as 500 species of plants and a rare albino alligator and a 21-foot crocodile. There is over 200 parrots and macaws in Parrot Jungle and a 1,200 seat amphitheater that features world-famous bird shows.

Miami Museum of Science

3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL
(305) 646-4200

Miami Museum of Science is home to many world-class exhibits and offers an entertaining, educational experience for both children and adults. The Museum also houses the Miami Planetarium and features daily shows, surround sound, video projection, lasers and a four-story tall screen.  The museum is home to the Bird of Prey Research Center and the Weintraub Observatory.

Monkey Jungle

14805 SW 216th Street, Miami, Florida
(305) 235-1611
 
At Monkey Jungle, the tag line is “you are caged, the monkeys run wild”. This is because most of the nearly 400 primates run free on a 30-acre reserve. This breeding sanctuary for South American primates houses 30 species of primates include monkeys, orangutans, lemurs, the golden lion tamarind, gibbons and spider monkeys. Watch crab-eating monkeys dive for treats.

Vizcaya
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129
(305) 250-9133

No visit to Miami is complete without a stop at this 50-acre, National Historic Landmark, Vizcaya Estate.  This European style mansion was built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916.  Vizcaya Museum & Gardens features a main house, ten acres of formal gardens, and offers a glimpse at life in turn-of-the-century South Florida


 

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