Editor’s note: This blog post was last updated on 4/15/2015
Miami is more than just perfect weather, pristine beaches, and great nightlife, it’s also a busy, multi-cultural metropolis with lots to offer visitors.
Explore all that Miami has to offer on a budget. In addition to our pick of the 5 best free things to do in Miami listed below, be sure to check out discount passes to top Miami attractions.
Miami Design District’s Art and Design Night
Check out a Miami Art Walk: On the second Saturday of each month, the 100-plus galleries and showrooms in Miami Design District keep their doors open from 7 pm-10 pm for the Design District Art Walk.
The event is a great opportunity to see the work of some of the best up-and-coming local artists.
Make a night of it: Surrounding restaurants and bars get involved too, putting on entertainment and providing refreshments.
No trip to Miami is complete without a visit to Little Havana.
This vibrant, south-of-downtown neighborhood is packed with art galleries, unique shops, and busy restaurants and bars.
Explore the area: Head to Maximo Gomez Park (known as Domino Park by the locals) for a real flavor of Hispanic culture, to watch men playing dominoes outdoors, smoking cigars and arguing about politics. Look out for the huge mural depicting the Summit of the Americas in 1993.
Fan of Latin cinema? Another highlight is the Little Havana Paseo de las Estrellas (Walk of the Stars), which is a Latin American version of the Hollywood Walk of the Stars, commemorating Latin American actors, writers, artists and musicians.
Cutural Fridays (Viernes Culturales) are monthly events in Little Havana showcasing local musicians and outdoor art exhibitions, and there is no admission fee.
Free Sky Ride
The Metromover is a free, driverless sky train that links several of Miami’s downtown hotels with the Metrorail.
Stop off at any of the 20 stops such as the decorative Freedom Tower or the Miami-Dade Cultural Center (home of Miami Art Museum). The cars arrive every 90 seconds during peak times and every three minutes off-peak. A digital display in the center of the platform tells you where each car is heading.
Insider tip: avoid the Metromover during busy commuting times.
Miami Art Museum
Experience Miami’s Museum Scene: Head to the Miami Art Museum between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month, when it’s free for families with children.
It’s a great opportunity to create art, enjoy exhibitions and learn something new with your kids. An organized family tour takes place at 2 p.m. If you are in Miami during spring, try to get to the Miami Art Museum Family Festival, when the Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza is filled with art activities, entertainment, and games.
Miami is known for its beaches and South Beach has something for everyone. Lummus Park Beach is a great place to spend an afternoon of people watching. If you have kids to entertain, South Pointe Park has a playground and splash fountain, and is the ideal setting for a picnic. If you want to escape the crowds for an hour or two, Miami Beach Botanical Garden has 4-1/2 acres filled with subtropical plants, right in the center of South Beach.
Wander around the beautiful Art Deco hotels and houses, such as Casa Casuarina, the former home and murder site of fashion designer the late Gianni Versace. Follow the Art Deco District Walking Tour to make sure you do not miss any of these carefully preserved buildings.
Many of the South Beach Museums offer free admission on certain days, including the Holocaust Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU Art Museum, and the Jewish Museum of Florida.
To see the best Miami has to offer on a budget, be sure to check out a Go Orlando® Card, build your own Orlando Go Select® Pass, or choose from Value Package Deals for an itinerary tailored to your interests for discount tickets and savings on more Miami fun.