10 Things to Do in Miami After a Cruise

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Cruising from Miami offers the option of visiting a vibrant city before or after your cruise. I often get the question, "What can we do in Miami after our cruise?" There are so many options, from foodie activities to museums and beaches. Miami has something for everyone. Extend your vacation by a day or two and check out these fun things to do!

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Things to do in Miami

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Miami offers a wide range of activities and attractions to enjoy after your cruise. Here are some suggestions:

Explore South Beach

Visit the iconic South Beach neighborhood known for its vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches,and Art Deco architecture. Take a stroll along Ocean Drive, relax on the sandy shores or enjoy the lively atmosphere of Lincoln Road.

Visit the Art Deco Historic District

Take a guided tour or explore on your own to admire the colorful and unique Art Deco buildings that line the streets of Miami's historic district. It's a great opportunity for architecture and history enthusiasts.

Discover the Wynwood Walls

Head to the Wynwood neighborhood, which is famous for its vibrant street art scene. Explore the outdoor art galleries and murals that adorn the walls of buildings. Don't forget to visit the Wynwood Walls, a curated collection of large-scale murals by renowned artists.

Enjoy the Miami Design District

Indulge in luxury shopping, high-end boutiques, and upscale dining experiences in the Miami Design District. This area is known for its modern architecture, art galleries and fashionable shops.

Explore the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Visit the stunning Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark. Explore the opulent mansion filled with art and antiques, and take a leisurely stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Experience Little Havana

Immerse yourself in Miami's vibrant Cuban culture by visiting Little Havana. Enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine, watch live music performances, visit cigar shops and explore the famous Calle Ocho (8th Street).

Take a Biscayne Bay Boat Tour

Embark on a boat tour of Biscayne Bay to enjoy stunning views of the Miami skyline, the picturesque islands and the celebrity homes of Star Island. Some tours also include stops at scenic spots like Key Biscayne or the historic Stiltsville houses.

Visit the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

If you're interested in contemporary art, make a trip to PAMM. This waterfront museum showcases a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art from around the world.

Go on an Everglades Adventure

Venture out of the city and explore the unique ecosystem of the Everglades National Park. Take an airboat ride, go on a nature walk or spot wildlife such as alligators, birds and turtles.

Indulge in Culinary Delights

Miami is renowned for its diverse and delicious food scene. Sample fresh seafood, Latin American cuisine or fusion dishes at the numerous restaurants and eateries throughout the city. Remember to check operating hours and availability for the attractions and activities you plan to visit. Enjoy your time in Miami!

Places to eat & drink in Miami

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Miami is a culinary hotspot with a wide range of dining options. Here are five highly recommended places to eat in Miami:

Joe's Stone Crab: Located in Miami Beach, Joe's Stone Crab is an iconic seafood restaurant that has been serving delicious stone crabs since 1913. Apart from the famous stone crab claws, their menu also features fresh seafood, prime steaks and classic sides. Be prepared for a wait during peak times, as it is a popular spot.

Versailles Restaurant: Known as the "World's Most Famous Cuban Restaurant," Versailles is a Miami institution located in Little Havana. This vibrant and lively eatery offers an authentic taste of Cuban cuisine, including flavorful dishes like ropa vieja (shredded beef), lechón asado (roast pork) and delicious Cuban sandwiches.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar: If you're craving Southern comfort food, Yardbird is the place to go. Located in Miami Beach, this restaurant serves up delectable dishes like fried chicken, shrimp and grits and mouthwatering biscuits. Don't forget to try their extensive bourbon and whiskey selection.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro: Nestled in Miami's Design District, Mandolin Aegean Bistro transports you to the Mediterranean with its charming ambiance and authentic Greek and Turkish cuisine. Indulge in dishes like lamb kebabs, grilled octopus and flavorful mezes while enjoying the cozy outdoor courtyard.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink: Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Wynwood, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is a farm-to-table restaurant helmed by acclaimed chef Michael Schwartz. The menu showcases seasonal ingredients and creative preparations, with dishes like wood-fired pizzas, crispy pork belly and fresh seafood options.

These are just a few examples of the diverse culinary scene in Miami. From upscale fine dining to casual street food, the city offers something to satisfy every palate. Be sure to explore and try different cuisines during your visit to fully experience Miami's food culture.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guides, A Perfect Cruise Day Trip: Bimini, Bahamas by Golf Cart and Insider Guide to MSC Cruises Yacht Club.

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