Fun Alternative Things To Do on Your Miami Vacation
When people think of Miami they usually think of spending the day at South Beach. But the city’s white sands aren’t its only attraction. For those wanting more than a lazy beach holiday, there are all kinds of other exciting activities in Miami to try. Here are just a few alternative fun alternative things to do when you visit Miami.
Soak up the Latin culture in Little Havana
During the 60s, many Cubans fled Castro’s regime and headed to Miami. As a result, the neighbourhood now known as Little Havana was formed. It’s a true taste of Cuba – here you can taste Cuban cuisine, try salsa dancing lessons, buy Cuban cigars and marvel at the colourful wall murals. Little Havana is also home to the annual festival Calle Ocho – which is not just the largest street festival in Florida but one of the largest in the world. The festival is free and is a celebration of all things Cuban.
Explore the history and gardens at Vizcaya Museum
Villa Vizcaya was built in 1912 and is one of the most stunning buildings in Miami. Despite being built in the 20th century, it has a European renaissance style to it and contains historic furniture and antiques collected from around Europe, some of which date back to the 1400s. On top of it’s historic contents, the villa also has some beautiful gardens, largely made up of sub-tropical plants.
Go Dining in the Art Deco District
Miami’s Art Deco District is a throwback to the thirties – here most of the architecture is art deco inspired including iconic buildings such as The Clevelander and Park Central Hotel. At night the district comes alive and you can gape at the neon signs and listen to live jazz. It’s also a great place to grab some food with many great restaurants to choose from.
Go Deep Sea Fishing
Miami has a diverse ecosystem, making it the perfect fishing destination for fishermen. There are tons of coastal and deep-water aquatic species that can elevate your fishing experience. Whether you are an experienced angler or new to fishing, there are amazing opportunities to make an impressive catch. Before you step out with your fishing gear, ensure that you check out the latest Miami fishing reports to help you know where and when to cast your lines.
Charter a Yacht around Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is sometimes referred to as the ‘Venice of America’ due to its canals. If you’ve been looking into yacht charter in Miami, Fort Lauderdale is a great place to explore from the water. You can take snaps of the historic beachfront and marvel at the incredible mansions. It’s also possible to take gondola rides in Fort Lauderdale, which could be perfect for a romantic trip. On top of its beaches, Fort Lauderdale has plenty of bars and shops making it also a great place to explore by foot.
Take a walk around Monkey Jungle
There are quite a few wildlife escapes to be found in Miami from crocodile tours to the city’s and aquarium, however Monkey Jungle offers one of the more unique experiences. This 30 acre wildlife park contains over 400 monkeys who have been left to roam the park. The park’s slogan ‘where humans are caged and monkeys run wild’ is what makes it so special – visitors negotiate through several caged walkways in the trees, whilst the monkeys all roam outside the cage.