Free Things To Do In Miami
Miami can be an expensive city, the glitzy nightlife and designer stores can easily burn a hole in your pocket, but there's plenty of things to do in Miami without spending a single penny. Whether you're here for a week or a quick stop before boarding a cruise, here's some of our favourite free things to do in miami to get you started.
Spend a day at Miami beach to enjoy the very best that Miami has to offer. Laze on the golden sands, people watch along Ocean Drive, or take a dip in the crystal waters. You could join the joggers on the 40 block boardwalk, or take in the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. You could visit the beautiful and poingnant holocaust memorial, an outstretched arm reaching to the sky.
Ride The Metromover
The Metromover is a 4 ½ mile people mover that connects downtown Miami and Brickell, and it’s absolutely FREE! The Metromover operates every day and gets you to the American Airlines Arena, Brickell City, and the Bayside Market Place. You don’t need tickets, just rock up and hop on the next car to come along.
Free Yoga Classes
Something of a trend in recent years, free yoga classes can be found right across the city. See our full Free Yoga in Miami listings here. If you can onmly choose one, these are our top three:
- 3rd Street Beach, 3rdstreetbeachyoga.com – classes at 7am and 5pm. Right on the beach at Third Street
- West Dade Regional Library mdpls.org. Tuesday means Yoga at the West Dade Regional Library. Kids yog at 6.30pm followed by adult classes at 7pm
- Biscayne Boulevard bayfrontparkmiami.com – classes are held at Maurice A. Ferré Park. Evening classes are 6pm Tues, Wed & Fri, or opt for morning classes, 6.20am Wed and Fri, 9am Saturday, 9.30am Sunday
- South Pointe Park - every Thursday at 6pm
- Bayfront Park, - every Thursday at 5pm
Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami is an open air shopping area in Biscayne Bay, close to the American Airlines Arena and alongside the City of Miami Arena. It is the most visited attraction in Miami, and hosts family event and live music as well as being host to a number of shops and entertainment venues. A great place for a stroll.
Self Guided Art Deco Tour
The Art Deco district has almost 1000 architectural beauties constructed in the 20’s and 30’s. You can walk or cycle and spend hours taking them all in. Take yourself on a self guided walking tour, starting at the Sagamore Hotel.
Explore Key Biscayne
Key Biscayne is an island town famed for it’s sunny beaches and glitzy resorts. As Key Biscayne is right in between two national parks (Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Crandon Park) and boasts it’s own Barrier Reef, there’s plenty to do without having to spend a penny.
Walk The Old Cutler Trail
The Old Cutler Trail is a 13 ½ mile trail through some of the finest neighbourhoods in Miami, perfect for walking, cycling or skating. The path is uneven in places though with tree routes pushing through the pavement.
Shark Valley Bike Trail
The Shark Valley Trail is a 15 mile bike trail, and is home to alligators, and a variety of birds. The trail is very popular and always busy, so the gators seem quite used to humans. The path is raised so is easy to follow. As well as biking and walking, you can also find a two hour narrated tram tour, a better option on a hot summer day.
Spend Time In Little Havana
Calle Ocho in Little Havana has been described as a ‘National Treasure’ by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Maximo Gomez Park is the hub of the community. Here you’ll find cigar smoking locals playing dominoes and enjoying the sun. Next to the ‘Domino Park’ as it’s known locally, you’ll find the Tower Theatre, a movie theatre built in the 20’s. Now operated by Miami Dade College, the theatre is a centre for culture, but was once a gathering point for Cuban Exiles, and one of the few places showing Spanish movies in Miami. The Calle Ocho music festival attracts over a million people every year. Expect conga, street food, latin music and a lot of partying into the small hours. You can also enjoy Viernes Culturales, Little Havana’s cultural festival on the third Friday of the month. Join Dr. Paul George for his free walking tour from 7pm. Completely free and no reservation required.
Check Out Some Free Art
Miami has some great Art Galleries. Most will cost but if youre in the know, you canyou’re your art fix for free. Wynwood Walls is the place to go to view the street art in Miami, take yourself on a walking tour to see some of the best examples of street art in the world. Located on NW 2nd Avenue, you can get here on the City of Miami Trolley (which is also completely free). The institute of contemporary art is also completely free, as is The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum.
If you plan ahead, you can also try: * Pérez Art Museum Miami - second Saturday and the first Thursday of the month * Wolfsonian-FIU - every Friday from 6 - 9 p.m. * Museum of Contemporary Art last Friday of every month from 7pm onwards * Miami Children’s Museum - third Friday of every month from 3pm onwards (but only if visiting with children) * The Bass - last Sunday of every month (international contemporary art exhibitions.)
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