Top Things to do in Miami

Miami is an amazing place to visit and you will have a great time enjoying everything that it has to offer. There are plenty of places to explore and foods to try out, which is why a 2-day experience might very well be exactly what you expect. That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but there are lots of great challenges that you might have to deal with. Which is why it makes a lot of sense to check it out. Here are some of the things to do when you are in Miami.

Miami Beach - Best Things to do in Miami Florida
Miami Beach – Best Things to do in Miami Florida

Prepare your documents

Before you choose what to do in Miami it’s a very good idea to prepare your documents. That means you need to check ESTA online to see if it’s valid. ESTA is mandatory or you need a VISA to enter the US and more specifically Miami. But it will be a great place to check out and you will enjoy it quite a bit. You can go to the local authorities as you figure out what requirements you need to pass in order to get an ESTA. And it will totally be worth it in the end.


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The difference between ESTA and VISA is that while both of them can help you go to the US, a VISA is a lot harder to get when compared to ESTA. This brings in front more control and you will find it easier to handle any potential challenges that come your way. Which is exactly what you need in situations like this. If you don’t want to stay in the US for more than a few days, the ESTA is actually recommended as it’s easier to get. Plus, the last thing you want is to wait a very long time for a VISA. So in many situations, this is actually the best approach and it will work exactly the way you need it to.

Beach in Miami photo by Raphael Nogueira via unsplash
Beach in Miami photo by Raphael Nogueira via unsplash

Miami Beach

If you need to visit Miami just for 2 days, give the Miami Beach a shot. It really shows the true value and amazing appeal of the local communities and it always pushes the boundaries as you bring in front outstanding, unique ways to connect with the locals, enjoy the sun and even take a bath. It’s basically all you need in a great package, and it’s totally worth the effort.

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

The Gulf Stream Tank at Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
The Gulf Stream Tank at Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science photo via FrostScience.org

This is a great place for people that want to check out a planetarium and a variety of scientific devices and discoveries. You rarely get to have a museum of science in a city, let alone one that’s so detailed and interesting. Basically, if you end up visiting Miami, this is by far one of the coolest places that you want to check out.

Visit Ball & Chain

Ball and Chain Miami photo via FB Page
Ball and Chain Miami photo via FB Page

Ball & Chain is a renowned bar that has been around since the 30s. It’s great because a lot of musical legends went here and it really is unlike any other place that you have ever seen. If you enjoy the idea of visiting places and exploring new locations all the time, this is by far one of the best and most exciting options for sure. Plus, there’s live jazz on Fridays, weekday and weekend events, so you can always find something cool to do regardless of the day that you may choose to visit Miami.

Check out the Versailles restaurant

Versailles Cuban Cuisine Miami photo via IG @lululemonmia
Versailles Cuban Cuisine Miami photo via IG @lululemonmia

The Versailles restaurant is maybe the best if you want a variety of foods, but it’s quite specialized in Cuban food. This is quite exciting and one of the more interesting places for you to check out and explore regardless of the situation. Rest assured that there are lots of exciting places to explore, and this is something you will enjoy all the time.

Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami
Zoo Miami

In case you are an animal lover, Zoo Miami is a wonderful option because you get to be surrounded with animals. You rarely get to have such an opportunity, so you might as well make the most out of it. People love exploring and enjoying animals in general, so finding new animals and learning more about them is a great idea. You can also check the Everglades National Park if you want.

Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls Miami photo by BonzoESC via Flickr CC
Wynwood Walls Miami photo by BonzoESC via Flickr CC

Wynwood Walls is mostly for people that appreciate art. It’s basically a huge art installation where you can find a plethora of art pieces on walls. They are vibrant, heavily detailed and among some of the coolest things that you can find out there. If you like art and more particularly street art, you will enjoy this quite a bit.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden photo by Kim Seng via Flickr CC
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden photo by Kim Seng via Flickr CC

If you want to check out some great plants, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is by far one of the best out there. It really is exciting and interesting and also among some of the best that you can find out there. You will have a great experience exploring new types of plants and learning more about them, and in the end that can totally pay off a lot.

Miami Design District

Miami Design District photo by Wally Gobetz via Flickr CC
Miami Design District photo by Wally Gobetz via Flickr CC

On the other hand, if you are more passionate about design, the Miami Design District is among some of the coolest places that you can check out. The great thing about it is that you can find some open-air shopping complexes and a plethora of sculptures and designs. All of this adds up to create a stunning area of Miami that you do not want to miss at all.

The beautiful Venetian Pool

Venetian Pool by Allan Watt via Flickr CC
Venetian Pool by Allan Watt via Flickr CC

If you visit Miami during the summer, you really have to try out the Venetian Pool. This is an amazing place for you to enjoy your time during the hot summer days. You can go after you dealt with the things you wanted to complete during the day. And yes, it’s a great place to unwind and just enjoy life in ways you would not imagine. Rest assured that it really is one of the coolest experiences you will ever have!

HistoryMiami Museum

HistoryMiami Museum photo by Pietro via Wikipedia CC
HistoryMiami Museum photo by Pietro via Wikipedia CC

HistoryMiami is known as the replacement name for the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. You can find thousands upon thousands of relics and items from various eras. If you are passionate about history even in the slightest, you will find that this is one of the best places for you to explore. It’s unique, it has lots of stuff to see, and you can spend hours here without getting bored.

Bayside Marketplace

Bayside Marketplace photo by Phillip Pessar via Flickr CC
Bayside Marketplace photo by Phillip Pessar via Flickr CC

But if you want to go shopping, you will find that the Bayside Marketplace is a really great place for you to enjoy the beautiful bay and also shop around whenever you want. There are tons of great restaurants, cantinas, and shops so you won’t get bored here.

Once you get your ESTA in order and get all the documents you need for your trip, you will find that experience to be very interesting and exciting. It’s never easy to create a simple itinerary in a place like Miami as there are so many things to see. But if the time is limited, you might as well focus on the most important stuff. All the places above are a must-see, so check them out and see which one you enjoy the most!

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