Things to Do in Miami in Winter 2016 – December Holidays & More

If you’re looking to escape the chill of winter, then we’ve got just the place for you. Head to sunny South Beach for warm weather, beautiful beaches, and cool drinks.

Miami is the perfect destination for a winter getaway and we just know you’ll love the amazing combination of nature and culture that Miami brings to the table.

If you’re looking for things to do in Miami in Winter 2016, check out our list of some of the best holiday activities and attractions.

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Please note, some of these special Winter events may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Miami Card.

Enjoy the Water

When it comes to leisurely sails and cruises, Miami has options! Hop on board a relaxing cruise on Biscayne Bay, where you’ll get the best sightseeing, including the downtown Miami skyline, Fisher Island, Miami Beach, and Millionaire’s Row.

If you’re more interested in what’s under the sea than what you can see on land, the Glass Bottom Boat Cruise is for you. Aboard the Key Largo Princess, you’ll sail off to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, which is the only undersea park in the United States.

In the colorful coral reef, keep your eyes open for sea fans, sea plumes, and hundreds of fish from the small and exotic to the big ones that fishermen are after.

Marvel at Nature

everglades alligatorFor the truly adventurous, travel inland a bit and you’ll get to experience the amazing Everglades in a way as unique as the ecosystem itself.

An Everglades Airboat Tour immerses you in the lush vegetation, among the exotic wildlife, so you can see animals like the Florida alligator in their natural habitat. Sure beats shoveling back home, am I right?

Explore Architecture

Miami attractionsWintertime brings unbeatable mid 70s temperatures in Miami, perfect for strolling along the beautiful Art Deco District in South Beach for which Miami is known around the world.

If you’ve not been before, or if you’re interested in art history or architectural design, take the Official Art Deco Walking Tour to get the full experience.

Have a “Wild” Encounter

Miami SeaquariumMiami is also a wonderful place for animal lovers, whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart.

From the tropical paradise of Jungle Island to the amazing transplanted safari experience of Lion Country Safari, you can meet the animals of the globe without ever leaving Miami.

Those of you who prefer aquatic animals will love the rehabilitation mission of the Miami Seaquarium, and everyone will get a kick out of Zoo Miami.

Immerse Yourself in Art

vizcaya museum and gardens

The Vizcaya Museum.

Miami is also home to numerous cutting edge art museums, including the World Erotic Art Museum, the Bass Museum of Art, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (formerly known as the Miami Art Museum).

There are also a number of smaller art museums affiliated with local universities, such as the Wolfsonian Museum and the Lowe Art Museum.

A visit to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will transport you to America’s Gilded Age. It’s always enjoyable in the winter months, when the lush subtropical forest surrounding the estate is at its fines.

The historic mansion, manicured gardens, and view of the Bay make for a relaxing afternoon outing.

Relax on the Beaches

Miami-South-BeachNo, we didn’t forget about the #1 reason you’re visiting Miami this year.

Soaking up the sun on the beach all day (while protecting your skin with sun block, of course) is probably one of the activities you’re most looking forward to, and we don’t blame you!

If you’ve got the winter blues, it’s nothing a game of beach volleyball or a quick dip in the ocean can’t fix.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

So there you have it. Our list of a few things to do in Miami in the winter, including holiday events, other seasonal activities in December, and more.

Remember, many of these options are included on the Go Miami Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

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

We hope you plan to add a few of these fun options to your winter vacation itinerary.

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