Miami Spring Break 2016 – Attractions & Things to Do

Miami is a fabulous spring break destination. Although it may seem a little clichéd, it’s on the top of every vacation list for a reason. And while you’ll certainly get your fill of nightclubs and beaches, there is so much more to do that you can easily craft a well-rounded and fulfilling spring break trip.

Check out our sample itineraries for three- and five-day trips to Miami for ideas and inspiration.

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Day 1: Relax on Beaches

During the Day:

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

First things first – let’s hit the beach. There are plenty of options to choose from in Miami, from the ritzier private beaches to the more affordable  (but equally warm and sunny) public parks.

Some of the most welcoming beaches (good for both adults-only groups and families) include North Hollywood Beach Park, Crandon Park Beach, and Matheson Hammock Park Beach.

If you’re looking for a beach with more greenery and perhaps some bike trails, North Shore Open Space Park is a good option.

Forget your bike, or couldn’t bring it? Rent a bike and enjoying pedaling the beachside trails to your heart’s content.

At Night: 

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

For your first evening in Miami, you’ll want to get a feel for the South Beach nightlife. Fortunately, there are so many options to choose from that you’ll have a hard time narrowing down your choices.

As far as dining goes, Miami Beach as a whole is a great place to roam. You’ll find everything from authentic Cuban to new American and delicious seafood.

Day 2: Explore the Cultural Side of Miami

During the Day: 

Image credit: Pérez Art Museum of Miami Facebook page.

Image credit: Pérez Art Museum of Miami Facebook page.

Now it’s time to prove that your spring break can consist of more than sand and drinks with tiny umbrellas. Fortunately for you, Miami is filled with great cultural attractions from art to architecture.

Start off the day with an exploration of the city’s fabulous art deco architecture. Take a self-guided tour, or just roam around on your own.

There will be plenty of photo opportunities!

Then, move on to a museum or two, like the wonderful Pérez Art Museum or the stunning Vizcaya Museum, complete with lush period gardens and equally fantastic historic architecture.

Close out your afternoon with a leisurely stroll along the Baywalk Path, which you can easily pick up in the Museum Park.

At Night:

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

If you haven’t had a chance to try delectable Cuban cuisine yet, tonight is your night to head to Little Havana for some absolutely amazing cuisine.

You’ll also enjoy strolling past colorful murals and fascinating monuments on an after dinner walk. 

This is also an opportunity to purchase some souvenirs, like Cuban coffee or hand-rolled cigars.

Day 3: Enjoy the Water

During the Day: 

Image credit: Miami Aqua Tours Facebook page.

Image credit: Miami Aqua Tours Facebook page.

Since you’ve already had a chance – hopefully – to enjoy a dip in the water on one of Miami’s many sunny beaches, you’ll want to experience the waterways of Miami from a new perspective – with a cruise!

Opt for a sightseeing cruise of Biscayne Bay, which provides amazing views of some of the top sites in the area, like the Venetian Islands, the Miami Herald Building, American Airlines Arena, and more.

Or if you’d prefer to explore a different side of a nature, why not choose a trip to the gorgeous Everglades?

An airboat trip is a great way to enjoy the water while combining the natural beauty of the wilderness with a chance to see some of Florida’s most famous critters!

At Night:

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Now is a good time to explore Bayside Marketplace, a fun little shopping and dining destination located right by your cruise pickup location. Have lunch or dinner here, and save some time for souvenir hunting.

The nearby Bayfront Park also has a lot to explore, from the beautiful fountain to amphitheaters and open-air pavilions.  There may be an event or two going on during your stay, so be sure to check it out for any outdoor concerts or plays! 

If you’re in town for five days, here are some ideas for your last two days and nights!

Day 4: Indulge Your Love of Animals

During the Day: 

miami attractions zooWhether you’re an avid animal lover, or you just enjoy the sight of a few tropic fish now and again, Miami has something to keep you happy.

Pay a visit to Zoo Miami and meet some of your favorite critters as they romp around spacious and modern enclosures.

Pretend you actually took a spring break to Africa with an afternoon spent on a wild safari…in the heart of the Florida wilderness. Drive through this open enclosure safari and snap some of the best photos of your life.

Prefer scales to fur, and maybe wishing you had an excuse to spend a little more time on the water?

Hop aboard a glass bottom boat cruise that takes you out to the Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the country’s only undersea state park. Here, you’ll get unparalleled views of aquatic life in the wild.

At Night:

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Once you’ve snapped a few dozen photos of your favorite critters, it’s time to stop for some more evening explorations.

A neighborhood you’ll want to hit up if you haven’t been already is Coral Gables, a beautiful historic neighborhood with excellent shopping and dining.

Take a stroll along the Miracle Mile for the best shopping in town and for the best happy hour spots. Be sure to stop by the Venetian Pool, a truly stunning local sight.

Day 5: Take a Day Trip to Key West

During the Day:

key-west-day-tripOn your last day in Miami, you’ll want to take advantage of a fabulous tour opportunity to explore the greater Southern Florida area.

Hop aboard a bus trip to Key West and explore the southernmost portion of the Continental United States.

After you arrive, you have several hours to explore Key West on your own, with optional additional activities like parasailing or kayaking on the menu, should you choose to partake.

Or, you can always stop by landmarks like the Hemingway House just to get a feel for the area.

This tour will take you all day (roughly 12 hours), so it will encompass both your daytime and evening activities.

Visitors agree that it’s a great complement to exploring Miami proper, as it provides a fun beachy vibe in a unique locale.

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So there you have it – a fabulous itinerary that makes the most of all that Miami has to offer visitors in the springtime.

Whether you’re available for a long weekend or for the whole five days, we’re sure you’ll find something to love about sunny South Beach.

And while it doesn’t cover everything, the Go Miami® Card cuts out a lot of the expense for activities and attractions. Visit museums, luxuriate on cruises, tour the islands, and much more for less.

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