Things to Do in Miami in the Summer 2016

Everyone thinks of Miami when they think of summer fun – after all, where could you find better sand and surf than South Beach?

Of course, there’s more to Miami than just getting a tan – there are also plenty of fun festivals, events, cruises, and more to get you and the whole family set for summer.

If you’re planning a visit and looking for things to do in Miami in the summer, check out our list of the top attractions and activities going on this year, including…

  • Key West Day Trip from Miami
  • Key Largo Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
  • Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Boat Cruise
  • Gator Park Airboat Tour & Florida Everglades
  • and more…

Heading to the area to celebrate Independence Day? Then check out our post on things to do in Miami 4th of July Weekend.

Be here around Labor Day? Our suggestions for things to do in Miami Labor Day Weekend.

Save on Attraction Admission

Regular admission to a number of of these popular Miami activities are included on the Go Miami® Card.

Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more.

Please note, the special summer events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Miami Card.

Duck Tours South Beach

duck-tours-south-beachExperience South Beach by land and sea on a 90 minute narrated Duck Tour packed with entertainment and exclusive insight to all that the city has to offer.

This tour covers the most popular spots in Miami including, South Beach, Art Deco District, Fisher Island, Millionaire’s Row, Star Island, and many more.

Each tour guide has a professional background in comedy and acting and will provide insider knowledge of Miami’s history and all the city has to offer.

Key West Day Trip

key-west-day-tripLooking for a tropical getaway in the middle of your Miami vacation?

This day long trip to Key West from Miami is an excellent option. Cruise down to the southernmost city in the Continental U.S., and then spend the day biking, strolling, exploring, or shopping in Key West.

You will cross 42 bridges and hop 32 islands before reaching the Southernmost city in the continental U.S., Key West. This day trip is one of my absolute favorite things to do in Miami in the summer (but, really anytime of year).

Here you will find a beautiful Caribbean atmosphere, street artists, outdoor cafes, restaurants, and much more.

Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Miami-Aqua-Tours-1Enjoy this peaceful, 80-minute tour of Biscayne Bay and the Venetian Islands with the whole family.

Soak up the natural beauty of the waters around Miami and take a few moments to scope out the homes of the rich and famous.

You’ll also find food and beverages available on board, so it’s a pretty sweet little cruise.

Before or after your tour, take advantage of where the Sightseeing Cruise departs from and do some shopping or even more sightseeing at Bayside Marketplace. The waterfront Marketplace also offers a variety of entertainment choices and myriad dining options for you to choose from.

Key Largo Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

key-largo-princess-cruiseSail aboard the M.V. “Key Largo Princess” glass bottom boat and view the underwater world of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the only undersea park in the United States.

You’ll also get a great view of the Florida Keys from the Key Largo Princess Cruise, making it the perfect sightseeing excursion and fun thing to do in the Miami area.

Gator Park Airboat Tour & Florida Everglades

gator-park-airboat-tourExplore the wild and wonderful Florida Everglades on this famous sightseeing cruise (tickets to Everglades National Park are now available online).

Some of the highlights of the Gator Park Airboat Tour include a replica of a Native American fishing camp, some fascinating natural sights like a chickee, and lush, tall sawgrass.

Zoo Miami

miami attractions zoo

Spanning 340 acres right in the heart of Miami, Zoo Miami is home to more than 3,000 animals and 1,200 plants from around the world.

This zoo is also a tremendously interactive experience: feed rhinos, ride a camel, meet keepers, and much more. Perfect for family trips!

Jungle Island

jungle-island A totally immersive jungle experience awaits at Jungle Island. Tour exhibits featuring some of the most exotic and rare species from around the globe, including the famed liger!

You’ll also have the option to interact with select animals, watch animal performances, listen to informative lectures from keepers, and even go on guided, behind-the-scenes tours.

Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium

The Miami Seaquarium is a marvelous destination filled with stunning animal shows, fascinating exhibits, intriguing demonstrations, and informative presentations.

Spread across 38 acres on a tropical island, the Seaquarium really feels like a destination unto itself.


Redland Summer Fruit Festival

June 18 – June 19, 2016
This is a great family-friendly event that gets everyone outdoors and enjoying the bounties of nature.

The Redland Summer Fruit Festival, as you may have guessed, showcases local agriculture, as well as tropical fruits, local wines, and food samples.

Admission is $8 or free for the 11 and under crowd.

Taste of the Caribbean

June 9, 2016
Foodies, this is the place for you. This is the region’s “premier culinary competition and cultural showcase.” Come to see the area’s best chefs come together to compete, demonstrate, and teach their craft. The specialty, of course, is delicious Caribbean cuisine.

Tickets are moderately priced for attendees.

Colombian Independence Day Festival

July 16, 2016
Come celebrate the annual Colombian Independence Day with music, arts and crafts, and delicious traditional food.

This is another great family event, conveniently located in Miami Gardens.

Let’s Recap

So there you have it. Our picks for some of the top things to do in Miami in the summer.

Please note, the summer events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Miami Card.

Plan to visit some of these top attractions during your trip. Whether you are traveling with your family or a couple of friends, we’re sure you will have a great time.

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