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Tourist Attractions in South Florida
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Have fun, stay safe, and find great things to do in Miami and Fort Lauderdale with our assortment of Travel Tips. Return to our main Travel Tips page.

We have divided our suggestions into a few categories that will make it easier for you to find things in line with your time available, and within each category there are many different styles of activities for any personal preference. There are many great things you can do that did not make our list for a variety of reasons, but we feel we have captured the best of South florida. Please select the type of activity you would like to do, and follow the link to the suggestions, and enjoy!

Things to do in Miami during the day

Things to do in Miami at night

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale during the day

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale at night

Great South Florida Restaurants



Daytime things to do in Miami

Metro Shuttle Miami City Tour – View the city of Miami and learn of its history, stopping at major points of interest along the way, like the art deco district of South Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Bayside and the skyscrapers in Downtown Miami. See details on the Miami Sightseeing Tour!

Metro Shuttle Everglades Tour – Take a trip to the Florida Everglades, see alligators and majestic birds in the wild, see an alligator show, enjoy an amazing airboat ride and learn about this natural wonder of the world. See details on the Florida Everglades Tour!

Metro Shuttle South Florida Beaches Tour – Take a sightseeing tour of the South Florida coastline, from the beautiful ritzy art deco South Beach, to the nautical Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal area, to the traditional Lighthouse Point Pier. See details on the South Florida Beaches Tour!

Metro Shuttle Fort Lauderdale City Tour – Go up to Fort Lauderdale and take a tour along the canals and skyscrapers of the city, see the sights, and learn some history, stopping into points of interest like the Las the Olas Boulevard riverwalk area, and the Fort Lauderdale beachfront. See details on the Fort Lauderdale Sightseeing Tour!

Metro Shuttle Florida Keys Tour – Get out of town and go down to the Florida Keys, a beautiful tropical paradise, with a laid back nautical ambiance, and fun things to see and do along the way. See the details on the Florida Keys Sightseeing Tour!

Metro Shuttle Shopping Excursions – Take the day to go shopping at the best South Florida Malls. Like Sawgrass Mills, the largest single floor mall in the USA, or Bal Harbour, the mall with the most sales per square foot in the world. See the details on the best shopping trips in Florida!

Go to the Beach – The Florida beaches are the original attraction in Florida. You can go either with our Florida Beaches Tour, or simply take private transportation to the shore. Spend a few hours in the sand, getting into the water, eating at the local places along the beach front, and getting a little sun.

Take a Boat Sightseeing Tour of Downtown Miami – The city of Miami is beautiful when seen from the water. You can either take our Miami City Tour, which will stop at Bayside with enough time to take a boat sightseeing tour, or take our Bayside Shopping Excursion, or simply take private transportation to Bayside, and enjoy the water tour and the Downtown Miami area.

Take a Fishing Trip – Bayside marina, in Downtown Miami has charters available to take people out on the ocean fishing. If you want to know what it is like to fish in the Tropical Atlantic, this is a great opportunity. You can take a fishing trip again with our Bayside Shopping Trip, or simply taking private transportation to Bayside. You could even fit in some time for sightseeing in the Downtown Miami area, and Bayfront Park.

Zoo Miami – If you like zoos, Zoo Miami is a beautiful one, and if you love animals, there are plenty to be seen. Some cute, some fascination, some dangerours, and all beautiful in their own way. The Miami Zoo has bicycle carts for rent, they are like a four bicycle wheel car, with pedals for everyone aboard, with a roof and place for four passengers. They are a cool and fun way to exercise down the path among the many paddocks with over 500 species of wild animals, like tigers, monkeys, elephants, giraffes, and many others. If you need transportation, we suggest either our private transportation services or renting a car. See the details on Zoo Miami!

Miami Seaquarium – The home of ‘Flipper’, for those who remember the old TV series. The Seaquarium is a great stop for a day, to see marine biology exhibits, Orca and Dolphin shows, and to spend some quality time with the family. If you need transportation, we suggest either our private transportation services or renting a car. See details on the Miami Seaquarium!

Jungle Island – This theme park is a combination of a zoo, petting zoo, and the focus of the original foundation that created it, a Parrot park. It is a great place to see and touch animals, see exhibits, and be entertained at a beautiful park in the Intracoastal, just minutes away from Downtown Miami and Miami Beach. If you need transportation, we suggest either our private transportation services or renting a car. See details on Jungle Island!

Calder Race Course – If your taste goes towards gambling and horse racing, Calder Race Course is a great option to spend a day in South Florida. Fast pace racing, slots, poker, black jack, and food and drink. If you need transportation, we suggest either our private transportation services or renting a car. See details on the Calder Race Course!

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens – If your taste is more for a cultural experience, Vizcaya could be the ideal place to go. A museum, that was the former residence of a very wealthy settler of Miami. The entire interior was brought in from Europe, the gardens are immense and spectacular, everything was built to a standard that is unreal. It is a house, in the same way as the Colosseum is a stadium, and you can see it either with our Miami City Tour, which stops at Vizcaya, or simply take private transportation. See details on Vizcaya!

Gold Coast Railroad Museum – See historic train cars, and even take a ride on a historic train, with many exhibits, and interesting artifacts from days past. It is especially well suited for people who love trains, or as an educational visit with your children, creating that positive, enriching connection with them. If you need transportation, we suggest either our private transportation services or renting a car. See details on the Gold Coast Railroad Museum!

Miami Science Museum – A planetary show, with gallery exhibits, nestled in downtown Miami. It is especially well suited for an educational visit with your children, creating that positive, enriching connection with them. If you need transportation, we suggest either our private transportation services or renting a car. See details on the Miami Science Museum!

Miami Children’s Museum – A museum with a lot of interesting activities, exhibits, and areas that will inspire fun learning. A great place for children, and a few minutes away from the Downtown Miami, and South Beach areas. If you need transportation, we suggest either our private transportation services or renting a car. See details on the Miami Children's Museum!

Play a round of Gold – South Florida has a lot of golfing. There are golf courses close to any hotel in the area, and they can be fun as an outing with friends, or older children. Most will have clubs for rental, and GPS equipped golf carts. The Doral, is a PGA golf course, that is very good, in the NW Miami are, or one of our favorites is the Crandon Park Golf Course on Key Biscayne only minutes from Downtown Miami, and with the ocean breeze over the golf course. It is truly refreshing. If you need transportation, we suggest either our private transportation services or renting a car. See details on the Crandon Golf Course!

Nighttime things to do in Miami

Have a nice meal at one of the top Miami Restaurants – See our great Miami Restaurant suggestions page for ideas of where to eat.

Limo Night Out – If your idea of a good time is having a nice dinner and going clubbing, Miami is a great place for you. There are so many places to go, that it is impossible to put together a list with everything. One of the best options for a night out in Miami is to hire a limo, and go club hopping. It is chic, fun, and you don’t have the regular problems of parking and walking to clubs. Just a phone call, and your chauffeur takes you to your next stop of choice. See details on our Miami limo service!

American Airlines Arena Events – The home stadium of the Miami Heat, also holds major events, concerts, wrestling, shows, Disney on Ice, and many other venues. The Triple A Arena has a calendar of upcoming events on their website, that may have something that interests you during your stay. See details on upcoming events to the AAA Arena!

Marlins Park – This new magnificent ball park is home to the Miami Marlins, and hosts all Marlin games, and plenty other activities during the year. The Marlins Park events can be seen at the Miami Marlins web page!

Gusman Center for the Performing Arts – Built in 1926 as a silent movie theater, Miami’s Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center is a magnificently restored venue for live performances in classical music, opera, plays, and films. See details on the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts!

Florida Grand Opera – America’s seventh oldest opera company, they perform at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. If you like classic opera, visit the Florida Grand Opera site for information on upcoming events. There may be something you would want to see. See details on the Florida Grand Opera!

SoBe – South Beach is an icon of international partiers, and has been for a long time. The Art Deco buildings of Ocean Drive with their bright neon colors, live music, al fresco dining, and clubs lining the strip. If you love great nightlife, and you are in Miami, South Beach is a must see. Parking can be difficult, and having your own private transportation service is ideal.

Clevelander – With its outdoor Art Deco pool bar in the center of the party strip of Ocean Drive in South Beach, the Clevelander is a historic South Beach club. It has fun neon colors on its 360 degree bar, and vibrant music. See details on the The Clevelander!

Mango’s – Sexy Latin spice meets mega club, in a SoBe style, on the Ocean Drive party strip in South Beach. If you like the high energy sexy latin influence to club beat, this is the place to go. See details on the Mango's!

Cameo – A club built in the refurbished famous landmark Cameo theater, with 3 floors of dancing, four bars, frequent live music of many styles on its stage, and its renown VIP club. See details on the Cameo!

LIV – With the success of South Beach, it seems the famous Fontainebleau Hilton hotel was feeling left out, and they created LIV, an over the top trendy and elegant club, with top DJs, that attracts celebrities from around the world. LIV is in Miami Beach, a few minutes ride north of the SoBe strip, out of walking distance, and requires a separate stop. See details on LIV!

Tobacco Road – The oldest bar in Miami, and proud owner of liquor license #1, Tobacco Road is still very much a bustling nightclub. Specialized in beer and cocktails over live jazz music, it is the symbol of Miami’s fun nightlife tradition. See details on Tobacco Road!

Club Space – The largest club you could want to be in, with techno music, famous DJs and high tech decorations, it is for those who wish to experience the leading edge of modern clubs. See details on Club Space!

Bongos Cuban Café – Founded by Gloria Estefan, this nightclub is all about the rhythms of the night. If you like latin music, Bongo’s has salsa, merengue, and bachata all night long, beautiful views of the Miami skyline, and the intracoastal, and amazing Mojitos. See details on Bongo's Miami!

Democratic Republic of Beer – If you are into beer, this is a place to consider. With over 500 beers from over 60 countries, the DRB is a fun nightlife option for you. See details on DRB!

CocoWalk – In the heart of Coconut Grove, CocoWalk is a mall during the day that becomes a party town at night. It has plenty of bars and clubs, and attracts an affluent and young following. Some clubs are more active, and some bars are more rustic and laid back. There is something for many tastes. See details on CocoWalk!

Monty’s Raw Bar – Located in the Marina in Coconut Grove, it is a good laid back place for beers and cocktails overlooking the water with music. They also have great burgers and conch fritters. See details on Monty's Raw Bar!

Daytime things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Metro Shuttle Fort Lauderdale City Tour – View the city of Fort Lauderdale and take a tour along the canals and skyscrapers of the city, see the sights, and learn some history, stopping into points of interest like the Las the Olas Boulevard riverwalk area, and the Fort Lauderdale beachfront. See details on the Fort Lauderdale Sightseeing Tour!

Metro Shuttle Miami City Tour – Go down to the city of Miami and learn of its history, stopping at major points of interest along the way, like the art deco district of South Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Bayside and the skyscrapers in Downtown Miami. See details on the Miami Sightseeing Tour!

Metro Shuttle Everglades Tour – Take a trip to the Florida Everglades, see alligators and majestic birds in the wild, see an alligator show, enjoy an amazing airboat ride and learn about this natural wonder of the world. See details on the Florida Everglades Tour!

Metro Shuttle South Florida Beaches Tour – Take a sightseeing tour of the South Florida coastline, from the beautiful ritzy art deco South Beach, to the nautical Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal area, to the traditional Lighthouse Point Pier. See details on the South Florida Beaches Tour!

Metro Shuttle Florida Keys Tour – Get out of town and go down to the Florida Keys, a beautiful tropical paradise, with a laid back nautical ambiance, and fun things to see and do along the way. See the details on the Florida Keys Sightseeing Tour!

Metro Shuttle Shopping Excursions – Take the day to go shopping at the best South Florida Malls. Like Sawgrass Mills, the largest single floor mall in the USA, or Bal Harbour, the mall with the most sales per square foot in the world. See the details on the best shopping trips in Florida!

Go to the Beach – The Florida beaches are the original attraction in Florida. You can go either with our Florida Beaches Tour, or simply take private transportation to the shore. Spend a few hours in the sand, getting into the water, eating at the local places along the beach front, and getting a little sun.

Take a Boat Sightseeing Tour of Downtown Fort Lauderdale – The city of Fort Lauderdale is beautiful when seen from the water. It has so many canals and marinas on the Intracoastal, that it is considered an American version of Venice by many people. You can either take our Fort Lauderdale City Sightseeing Tour!, which will stop at the Riverwalk area with enough time to take the water taxi for a boat sightseeing tour of the area, or simply take private transportation to the Riverwalk, and enjoy the Water Taxi tour and the canal view of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale cultural area.

Go Fishing – The Lighthouse Point Pier has rental fishing gear, as does the Holiday Park in the Everglades. If you want to know what it is like to shore fish in the Tropical Atlantic or in the pristine Everglades, this is a great opportunity. You can go fishing with our South Florida Beaches Tour or our Florida Everglades Tour, or simply taking private transportation to the Lighthouse Point Pier, or Holiday Park.

Calder Race Course – If your taste goes towards gambling and horse racing, Calder Race Course is a great option to spend a day in South Florida. Fast pace racing, slots, poker, black jack, and food and drink. If you need transportation, we suggest either our private transportation services or renting a car. See details on the Calder Race Course!

Las Olas Boulevard Window Shopping – Take a long walk along the beautiful sidewalks of the renovated Las Olas Boulevard, with art galleries, cafes, and boutique stores lining both sides of the street. See more details on Las Olas Boulevard!

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum – This quaint museum holds many amazing cars from days past. If you are into history or antique cars, this museum will be well worth the time for the visit. Do not plan on spending over a couple of hours there, as it is not very big. See more details on the Antique Car Museum!

Stranahan House – This museum/antique house built in 1901 in the heart of what is now Downtown Fort Lauderdale, was once the home of Frank Stranahan, considered a founding father of Fort Lauderdale. His wife Cromartie Stranahan is credited with being the first school teacher of Fort Lauderdale. It is one of the oldest structures in the area, and has a beautiful history in it. You can see it as a part of the Fort Lauderdale City Tour, or taking private transportation. See more details on the Stranahan House!

B-Cycle – An interesting and healthy new concept, B-Cycle has an automated bicycle rental program. Sign up online, and visit any of their 20+ locations and take whichever bicycle you choose. An excellent solution to ride up and down the beach boardwalk. See more deatils of B-Cycle!

Museum of Discovery and Science – Two floors of exhibits and interactive information, and an Imax theater for a change of pace, nestled in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. See more details on the Museum of Discovery and Science!

Ski Rixen – The only cable pulled water ski ride in Florida, pulls you silently over smooth water. It is a lot of fun, and is a lot safer than regular water skiing. Knee board rentals available and very reasonable pricing packages. In Deerfield Beach, just 15 minutes north of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. See more details on Ski Rixen!

Butterfly World – If you love butterflies, at Butterfly World, you will be able to see over 150 species of butterflies in outdoor aviaries that you can walk through. It is an interactive experience that is good family education and bonding. See more details on Butterfly World!

Flamingo Gardens – A beautiful natural habitat of the everglades with resident Flamingos, and a variety of other animals and plants. A great place to go with a family to see South Florida nature. See more details on Flamingo Gardens!

Play a round of Gold – South Florida has a lot of golfing. There are golf courses close to any hotel in the area, and they can be fun as an outing with friends, or older children. Most will have clubs for rental, and GPS equipped golf carts. One of our favorites is the Hillcrest Golf and Country Club in Hollywood, only 15 minutes south of the Fort Lauderdale Airport, beautiful course, nice people, and good rates. If you need transportation, we suggest either our private transportation services or renting a car. See details on the Hillcrest Golf Course!

Nighttime things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Have a nice meal at one of the top Fort Lauderdale Restaurants – See our great Fort Lauderdale Restaurant suggestions page for ideas of where to eat.

Limo Night Out – If your idea of a good time is having a nice dinner and going clubbing, Fort Lauderdale is a fun place for you. There are very many places to go, in different areas, like the Riverfront, the Beachfront, and inland hot spots. One of the best options for a night out in Fort Lauderdale is to hire a limo, and go club hopping. It is chic, fun, and you don’t have the regular problems of parking and walking to clubs. Just a phone call, and your chauffeur takes you to your next stop of choice. See details on our Fort Lauderdale limo service!

Florida Grand Opera – America’s seventh oldest opera company, they perform at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. If you like classic opera, visit the Florida Grand Opera site for information on upcoming events. There may be something you would want to see.See details on the Florida Grand Opera!

Broward Center for the Performing Arts – Holds many plays and shows, like the Sesame Street live show, and many others. Please check the calendar of events at their website. See details of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts!

BB&T Center – Home of the Florida Panthers NHL, and site of many concerts, fairs that are open to the public, Disney on Ice, Cirque du Soleil, and plenty other great events. Feel free to check the BB&T Center calendar of events to see if there will be anything of interest for you during your stay!

Las Olas Riverfront Clubs – The nightlife at the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, several clubs, bars, and restaurants to choose from. See details on restaurants and clubs in the Las Olas Riverfront!

The Beach Place – Three floors of bars, clubs and Restaurants on the beachfront in Fort Lauderdale. Great walking distance to the beachfront clubs on the Fort Lauderdale Beach strip too. See details of the Beach Place!

Hard Rock Café Casino – They say that what happens in Vegas happens here too. It is very true. The Hard Rock is a big, modern casino reminiscent of the Vegas Strip Casinos, with all the games, shows, restaurants and clubs, only 10 minutes west of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. If your taste is for gambling, a night at the Hard Rock Casino is sure to please. See details on the Hard Rock Casino!

Dania Jai Alai – The world’s fastest, and one of the most dangerous team sports in existence. Jai Alai is played with a rock hard ball that travels at speeds of up to 170 miles per hour. It is a unique sport not found many places, and a staple of South Florida. See details on Dania Jai Alai!

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