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3 Days in Miami

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From delicious eats to iconic neighborhoods, here are Miami's iconic sights that a first-timer shouldn't miss.

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter

12 Places

5 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

Miami Trolley

Tramways

Little Havana

Neighborhoods

Versailles Restaurant

Restaurants

Coconut Grove

Neighborhoods

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Specialty Museums

Wynwood

Neighborhoods

Day 2

Everglades National Park

Day 3

Miami Beach

Destinations

Lummus Park Beach

Beaches, Parks

Art Deco Historic District

Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Architectural Buildings

Lincoln Road

Shopping Malls, Historic Walking Areas

Perez Art Museum Miami

Art Museums

Chris O's City Tips

  • Cabs are plentiful in popular areas.
  • Most of the main attractions in Miami Beach are within walking distance of each other.
  • The Metromover and Miami Trolley are free transportation options serving some of the most popular parts of town.
  • DO expect many more people to speak fluent Spanish than in most parts of American. DON'T assume they're foreigners just because they do!
  • It's always a good idea to be aware of your belongings and be mindful of characters trying to take advantage of any out-of-towner's naïveté and unfamiliarity with the area.
    Day 1
  • Miami Trolley
    Tramways
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    Chris O Says:

    The Miami Trolley is a fun and family-friendly way to do your sightseeing in Miami – for free!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • Most routes run Monday to Saturday from 6:30am to 7pm, with some routes running until 11pm.
    • There's no Overtown service on Saturdays.
    • On Sundays, the only available routes are the Biscayne and Brickell services, both of which run from 8am to 8pm.
    • Check the Miami Trolley website and “track my trolley” before heading out or while waiting.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 317 things to do in Miami
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brickell to Midtown 08/26/2016
    • Very handy to travel around 08/24/2016
    • Miami Trolley
    Other:
  • Little Havana
    Neighborhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    Miami's Cuban community welcomes visitors in search of great music, good cigars, and maybe a game of dominoes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Head to Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) to watch the heated competition at Domino Park or shop for a quality stogie.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 317 things to do in Miami
    • Loved it 08/24/2016
    • great place 08/23/2016
    • Little Havana
    Phone:
    3056492717
    Other:
  • Versailles Restaurant
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, South American)
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    Chris O Says:

    This Little Havana institution is the world's most famous Cuban restaurant (according to the owners anyway). It's probably the world's largest Cuban restaurant too. Along with the bakery and takeout area, Versailles seats more than 350 people. And since it's popular among local Cuban exiles and tourists alike, the vast majority of these 350-plus seats are filled most of the time too. But it's not just the chance to dine like a local in a historic setting that draws 'em in – the food is excellent. Versailles' Cubano, as you might expect, is a classic.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • To experience Versailles at its fullest, consider going on a Sunday afternoon, when the whole of Little Havana seems to be assembled for a feast with the family.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 2,543 restaurants in Miami
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stop by for Delish Food and for History 08/26/2016
    • Cuban food 08/25/2016
    • Versailles Restaurant
    Address:
    3555 SW 8th St
    Miami, FL 33135-4196
    Phone:
    (305) 444-0240
    Price range:
    $10 - $15
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 am - 1:00 am
    Mon - Thu
    8:00 am - 1:00 am
    Fri
    8:00 am - 2:30 am
    Sat
    8:00 am - 3:30 am
    Other:
  • Coconut Grove
    Neighborhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    Coconut Grove offers a more village-y and relaxed take on what Miami's all about. Still, the restaurants are amazing, the street life vibrant, and the reasons to visit plentiful.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Local favorite Lulu in the Grove is an excellent restaurant and bar to keep in mind, whether for a quick bite or a long night out.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 317 things to do in Miami
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great walk 08/26/2016
    • nice place to visit for a day 08/22/2016
    • Coconut Grove
    Address:
    Virginia Street
    Miami, FL 33133
    Phone:
    13054615506
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 am - 5:00 am
    Other:
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
    Specialty Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Set on the beautiful Bay of Biscayne, Vizcaya was the summer home of businessman James Deering during the early 20th century. Today, the estate is open to the public as the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a must-see whether you're coming to experience the grandeur of building and its lush grounds, or to enjoy what many reckon is one of the best art and history museums in the United States.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Vast Vizcaya has a lot of stairs, plus uneven floors and terrain throughout its Main House, gardens and grounds.
    • Vizcaya is closed on Tuesdays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 317 things to do in Miami
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good visit but overpriced 08/25/2016
    • Beautiful and romantic 08/25/2016
    • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
    Address:
    3251 S Miami Ave
    Miami, Florida 33129
    Miami, FL 33129-2831
    Phone:
    305-250-9133
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Other:
  • Wynwood
    Neighborhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    The Wynwood Arts District is the epicenter of contemporary art for the Greater Miami area (arguably all of Florida), and one of the art world’s most celebrated destinations for contemporary art. This hip area hosts more than 50 art galleries and four museums, along with dozens upon dozens of artist studios and loads of street art.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The district fits snugly between I-95 and Biscayne Boulevard, from 20th to 36th Streets, south of Miami’s Design District.
    • A great time to visit the area is during the evening on the second Saturday of each month, for a guided Art Walk tour.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 317 things to do in Miami
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome Domino Park! 08/24/2016
    • Fun colourful neighbourhood 08/22/2016
    • Wynwood
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Everglades National Park
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    Chris O Says:

    Big-city Miami yields to swampland, but not just any swamp - the largest continuous stand of sawgrass prairie in North America! Take a day trip to the 1.5-million-acre Everglades National Park to experience one of America's most vast and untouched wilderness areas.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The National Park Service offers a range of free brochures to help you make the most of your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Everglades National Park
  • Day 3
  • Miami Beach
    Destinations
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    Chris O Says:

    Fabulous people sunning themselves at one of the world's most famous stretches of sand, with an Art Deco background and some of the hottest nightlife in the world? Welcome to Miami Beach!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you can cope with a few minutes' walk to the beach, staying a couple of blocks away can save you money.
    • A good number of South Beach hotels have teamed up to offer a free airport shuttle service. Check to see if your hotel is in the group.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Miami Beach
  • Lummus Park Beach
    Beaches, Parks
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    Chris O Says:

    Lummus Park is the South Beach beach! It's a family-friendly public beach that's super clean and has a lovely walkway.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stay for the sunset!
    • Lummus Park runs along Ocean Drive from about 6th to 14th Streets.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 114 things to do in Miami Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • McKevin, Omi and Ally 08/26/2016
    • Omi 08/26/2016
    • Lummus Park Beach
    Address:
    Ocean Drive
    Miami Beach, FL 33139
    Phone:
    305-673-7779
    Other:
  • Art Deco Historic District
    Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Architectural Buildings
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    Chris O Says:

    As lovely as the ocean views are, Miami Beach's iconic Art Deco architecture is just as eye-candy wonderful.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Consider taking a guided tour for expert insight to the history of Miami Beach's most beautiful and historic buildings.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 114 things to do in Miami Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Party! Party! Party!!!! 08/26/2016
    • Pretty 08/25/2016
    • Art Deco Historic District
    Phone:
    3056722014
    Other:
  • Lincoln Road
    Shopping Malls, Historic Walking Areas
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    Chris O Says:

    The place to see and been seen in Miami, this pedestrianized strip crosses the heart of Miami Beach and is lined with some of the Miami area's best restaurants, bars and shops – lots and lots of shops...

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Heading to Lincoln Road? There's an app for that: lincolnroadapp.com. It's a freebie.
    • Lincoln Road hosts a farmer's market every Sunday.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 114 things to do in Miami Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Everything you could want 08/26/2016
    • ? Maybe evening is better ? 08/26/2016
    • Lincoln Road
    Address:
    Lincoln Road
    Miami Beach, FL 33139
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
  • Perez Art Museum Miami
    Art Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Housed in a critically acclaimed building designed by Swiss star architect firm Herzog & de Meuron, this contemporary art museum offers plenty of excellent reasons to take a break from the beach - not least of which is PAMM's fantastic collection featuring works by John Baldessari, Dan Flavin, Frank Stella and Diego Rivera.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Taking the Metromover? Get off at Museum Park Station.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • On Thursdays the museum is open late - until 9pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 317 things to do in Miami
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must-see whether you are a resident of or just visiting Miami. 08/24/2016
    • Great place to hide form the heat! 08/24/2016
    • Perez Art Museum Miami
    Address:
    1103 Biscayne Blvd
    Miami, FL 33132-1758
    Phone:
    +1 305 3753000
    Price range:
    $16 - $16
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Fri - Tue
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
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