Top 10 free things to do in Miami

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It’s possible to visit Miami without breaking the bank! Discover our list of 10 free things to do in Miami!

Miami is one of the favorite destinations of Americans and foreigners alike, and no wonder: tropical climate, sublime natural sites such as the Everglades, a bustling metropolis, white sandy beaches… It’s quickly justified!

However, going on vacation, especially in Miami, can be very expensive, especially in a city as entertaining as Miami. Rest assured, it’s possible to visit Miami without breaking the bank. Here’s our list of 10 free things to do in Miami!

1. Miami Beach

Because sunbathing is a religion in Miami, Miami Beach is a must when visiting Miami! An essential part of the city, it is linked to the mainland by bridges and offers a number of very pleasant, free outings.

For starters, take a stroll along Ocean Drive and head up to the southern tip of Miami Beach. You’ll discover the Art Deco architecture of South Beach or simply enjoy the beach! For a picnic, head to Lummus Park, where you can enjoy a leisurely meal on the lawn.

Then head to downtown Miami Beach to visit the Miami Botanical Garden. It’s a very peaceful spot in the middle of the city, which you can visit before or after visiting the Holocaust Memorial.

And we’ll round off our day of sightseeing at the ExoStage SoundScape, where you can enjoy a free film screening, usually on Wednesdays!

2. Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls

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Now we turn to street art fans or the simply curious! This unique open-air museum is a great idea for a free outing when visiting Miami. Known for its colorful murals by artists from all over the world, the Wynwood neighborhood reinvents itself every year.

Guided tours of Miami’s Street Art district are available, but it’s also possible to wander freely and for free!

3. Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne

Still looking for an idea for a free day out in Miami? Why not stop off at Key Biscayne, a small island just a stone’s throw from Downtown Miami. Of course, there’s Crandon Park beach, a favorite with families and one of the city’s most beautiful beaches, but that’s not all!

You can also visit the Bear Cut Nature Preserve for a bucolic stroll along the water’s edge.

4. The Biltmore Hotel

Hôtel Biltmore

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Located in Coral Gables, theBiltmore Hotel is a must-see address on the American East Coast, and it’s worth a visit!

The tour, which is free on Sunday afternoons, will take you back to the glamour of the 1920s, and teach you some juicy anecdotes about certain celebrities! Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1972, the hotel has welcomed guests such as Princess Diana and President Obama.

And if you like this kind of visit, stop by Gianni Versace ‘s house on Ocean Drive, where he was murdered in front of his home by Andrew Cunanan.

5. Little Havana

Little Havana

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Fancy a free tour of Miami and a taste of the city’s muy caliente atmosphere? The Little Havana district is the place to be! You’ll soon be overwhelmed by the Cuban culture that’s still very much alive in this part of Miami.

Among the free things to do, there’s the famous Maximo Gomez Park, or Domino Park to those in the know. You can join the neighborhood elders to learn how to play dominoes and chess!

Next, head for the famous Calle Ocho avenue, Florida’s Walk of Fame! Here, you’ll discover some 30 stars dedicated to Latin personalities such as Julio Iglesias. And on Cultural Fridays (Los Viernes Culturales, every last Friday of the month), you’ll find musical activities and open-air art exhibitions.

Finally, you can round off your tour by heading to the Bay of Pigs Museum. Here, you’ll be transported back to memories of the 1961 invasion of Cuba and the Bay of Pigs Landing.

6. Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum

Culture for all: that’s the project of this free museum located in the heart of Florida’s FIU University. Here you can discover permanent art collections, pre-Columbian objects (Maya and Inca), photographs, as well as fun and interactive activities that will interest young and old alike!

7. MetroMover

MetroMover

Fun, eco-friendly AND free, the MetroMover takes you on a fun, aerial tour of Downtown and Brickell, two of Miami’s most attractive mixed-use neighborhoods.

Between the skyscrapers, the sea and the Art Deco architecture, riding the MetroMover can also appeal to young children!

Other free things to do in Miami

It’s good to know that many museums or sites open their doors for free a few days a month, and we’re happy to share our good deals with you:

8. Everglades and Biscayne National Parks

Everglades

And yes, it’s possible to visit Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park, two must-sees and wonders to do if you’re visiting Miami! Every weekend during the dry season (so until April 21, 2019 for this year), Homestead, a town located south of Miami, offers to take you to these two parks and give you a guided tour!

For more information on meeting places and times, visit the city’s official website.

9. Miami Children’s Museum

Perfect if you’re visiting Miami with kids, this museum offers fun, interactive exhibits, programs and educational materials related to the arts, culture and consumer society!

It’s free on the 3rd Friday of every month, from 3pm to 9pm, and always free for babies under 1.

10. Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Pérez Art Museum Miami

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Come on, one last free thing to do in Miami for the road: The Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Free on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (and always free for children under 12), this is a museum of modern and contemporary art that brings together and exhibits works from the 20th and 21st centuries in a playful way. Another opportunity to get out and about with the whole family!