2015 Summer Events & Things to Do in Miami

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 on doing a lot while you’re in town, consider picking up a Go Miami® Card to save up to 55% on admission to more than 30 of the area’s best attractions. Or, customize your own pass with two or more attractions and save a guaranteed 20%.


Redland Summer Fruit Festival

June 13 – June 14, 2015
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 12 – June 14, 2015
Foodies, this is the place for you. This festival 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 19, 2015
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.

Cruises & Tours

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.

Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Boat Cruise

biscayne-bay-sightseeing-boat-cruiseEnjoy 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 fro

Glass Bottom Boat & Snorkeling

ft-lauderdale-glass-bottom-boatFor a super relaxing experience, as well as some time spent actually in the water, take a trip on the Sea Experience Glass Bottom Boat through one of Fort Lauderdale’s most vibrant coral reefs, filled with tropical fish and marine life.

Those who want to get off the boat are provided snorkel gear and can swim through the crystal-clear waters looking at the colorful fish and marine life.

Key Largo “Princess” Cruise

key-largo-princess-cruiseThis cruise is conducted on a glass bottom boat, a vessel that allows you to see into the depths below and into the beauty of the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park – the nation’s only underwater park! You’ll also get a great view of the Florida Keys from the Key Largo Princess Cruise, making it the perfect sightseeing excursion.

Gator Park Airboat Tour

gator-park-airboat-tourExplore the wild and wonderful Florida Everglades on this famous sightseeing cruise. 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.

Jungle Queen Riverboat

jungle-queen-boatThe Jungle Queen Riverboat will sweep you away on a three hour sightseeing cruise that covers everything from the gorgeous celebrity homes of Millionaire’s Row to the animal denizens of a tropical isle, including monkeys, alligators, and rare birds. This is a nice longer option to allow you more time for photos and soaking up the atmosphere.

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

Zoos & Aquariums

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.

Lion Country Safari

A few of the exciting specimens you'll see on your Safari experience.

A few of the exciting specimens you’ll see on your Safari experience.

If Jungle Island is all about making you feel like you’ve stepped right into the jungle, then Lion Country Safari will really trick you into believing you’re in the heart of the Africa savannah instead of Miami.

Enjoy a 4-mile drive through a safari containing over 900 roaming animals that can come within inches of your vehicle. Then check out the Safari World Amusement Park with animal encounters and classic rides.

Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium

Last but certainly not least, 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.

So Remember…

Although the beaches are quite fine, Miami has so much more to offer the summer traveler than just sand and surf. Remember, if you’re thinking of doing a lot while you’re in town, consider a Go Miami® Card to save big on admission.

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