There are a million different ways to see Miami. You can hop on the Metrorail and stop along South Miami, Brickell, and Downtown. You can stroll around the neighborhoods of Little Havana and Little Haiti. You can get a ride from a local friend who’s willing to wheel you from Hialeah to Florida City. Or you can go one one of these amazing tours to get a closer look at what makes this the Magic City.
1. HistoryMiami Tours with Dr. Paul George
HistoryMiami does two incredible things for the Magic City. First, it helps preserve the local past, and creates amazing exhibitions for the public celebrating Miami. And second, they offer the most unique tours of our town. Hop aboard the Key Biscayne Sunset Cruise and check out the infamous Stiltsville, a once vibrant community of houses literally held just above water by stilts. Get to know more about the historic architecture of Downtown, the cultural richness of Little Haiti, and explore the Miami Circle on any of these amazing tours.
2. Miami Culinary Tours
This foodie favorite is a tour for visitors and locals alike. Founded by Grace Della, Miami Culinary Tours offer a taste of different Miami neighborhoods, from South Beach and Wynwood, to Little Havana. Enjoy a cafecito at El Pub, ropa vieja from Larios On The Beach, and some of Fireman Derek’s Famous Pies and truly enjoy the melting pot of Miami’s food scene.
3. SpeedBoat Tours
If you want a fun and intimate Miami-style boat tour, look no further than SpeedBoat Tours. They specialize in smaller groups (six people or less) and can also offer private tours with advance notice. For just a bit more than $100, you’ll get a 90-minute tour of Biscayne Bay including Miami Beach and the various islands with a tour captain that knows what he’s talking about. You can also inquire about the Sandbar Party Cruise, perfect for friends looking to go out and have a few drinks and relax in shallow waters.
4. Wynwood Art Walk Tours
Art lovers know that Wynwood is the place to see both established, world-renowned artists as well as talented up-and-comers. And though one could surely walk the streets and view some spectacular work on their own, the true connoisseur will want to go on a Wynwood Art Walk Tour. A number of options are available, including the Best of Wynwood Street Art and Gallery Tour, the Taste of Wynwood Food Tour, and the Wynwood Graffiti Buggy Tour (nice for when you’re not feeling up to a long walk).
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5. Miami Brew Bus
For those who enjoy a proper brew, there is the Miami Brew Bus – a tour that will take you to most of the best craft beer in town. Start your day with a complimentary beer at Kush in Wynwood, and then go on either the Highway To Hops or Expressway To Brews tours. Among the stops you may encounter are MIA Brewing Company, Funky Buddha Brewery, and J. Wakefield Brewing.
6. Jungle Island VIP Tours
A trip to Jungle Island is great and all, but you’ll never have a higher appreciation for the park and its inhabitants than by going on one of their incredible VIP tours. Three levels of tours (starting at $299 per person) take you on a variety of adventures: interacting with playful lemurs and terrarium reptiles, feeding friendly sloths, and sitting up close and personal with a cassowary. VIP guests also enjoy a few added perks, from complimentary admission and parking to priority show seating and a souvenir photo.
7. Riding With Writers
Riding With Writers is an artist owned and operated tour company that’s perfect for those looking for a more in-depth look at Miami’s graffiti scene. Bring your own bike (or let them know you’ll be needing some wheels), then roll out around Wynwood for a guided tour of all the street art and graffiti you can handle. You’ll learn about the local art scene as well as the history of the neighborhood, and get a great workout while doing so.
8. Miami Seaplane Tours
While Miami is certainly beautiful by land, it’s even more spectacular from up above while riding on a seaplane. Miami Seaplane Tours (starting at just $135 per person) will give you a bird’s eye view of South Beach, Virginia Key, Vizcaya, the Grove, even Stiltsville, for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Definitely an excellent way to spend a special birthday or anniversary.
9. Everglades Safari Park
When you find yourself in the Everglades, there’s no doubt you’ll want to hop aboard an airboat. At Everglades Safari Park, they’ve got airboats to accommodate groups of all sizes, from single riders to large tourist groups. Boats depart into the sea of grass every half hour for 30-40 minutes, during which you’ll get up close and personal with glades wildlife, and you’ll also get to enjoy an alligator wildlife nature show, a jungle trail, and exhibits once you hop off.
10. Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventure
Some folks like their boat tours small and intimate, while others enjoy the excitement of a larger speed boat that can literally jump above the water. Cue Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventure, a large-scale tour that will zip you past the Downtownn skyline, through the mansions of Star Island and Fisher Island, to Key Biscayne, along with music to set the 305 mood throughout. The 55 foot vessel departs from Bayside multiple times a day and is sure to get your heart pumping at times.