Things to Do in Miami for Adults – South Beach Ideas for Couples & Groups of Friends

Miami is an ideal destination for adult-only trips. With so many fun and exciting things to do in the city or at the beach, you can easily stay busy whether you’re here for a week or only a weekend.

If you’re looking for things to do in Miami for adults, check out our list of the top attractions and South Beach things for couples and groups of friends will enjoy, including:

  • Millionaire’s Row Sightseeing Boat Cruise
  • Jet Boat Miami
  • Big Bus Miami Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Duck Boat Miami Tour
  • Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
  • Zoo Miami
  • Miami Seaquarium
  • Everglades Alligator Farm
  • Miami Art Deco Walking Tour
  • Key West Day Trip from Miami
  • Key Largo Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
  • South Beach Bike Rentals
  • Explore Little Havana
  • Shop Bayside Marketplace

1. Get Out on the Gorgeous Water with a Millionaire’s Row Sightseeing Cruise

A boat cruises through Biscayne Bay with the Miami skyline in the back.As you look out onto the ocean, you’ll probably sigh with longing at the beautiful ships cruising along the bay. Well, why not join them?

Hop aboard a Millionaire’s Row Sightseeing Cruise and enjoy the combination of informative guidance and pure relaxation.

You’ll see all the top sights, from the natural beauty of Biscayne Bay and the Venetian Islands, to the homes of the rich and famous, and some top tourist highlights like American Airlines Arena, the Miami Herald Building, and more.

2. An Exciting Ride with Jet Boat Miami

A close-up shot of a Jet Boat.Looking for a more exciting cruise experience? Jet Boat Miami is an excellent choice. Combine exhilarating speeds with awesome sights, and you’ve got one heck of a boat ride.

Plus, you’re unlikely to find small children on a ride this fast-paced, so this makes for a good adults-only attraction.

3. Tour the City on a Double Decker Bus

A picture of a Big Bus vehicle.You came to Miami to get away from it all — so why not see what this city’s all about?

Adults will love this convenient hop-on hop-off Miami bus tour that lets you customize your day (and decide how much sightseeing you really feel like doing).

Some of the top site you can enjoy on this tour include the Barnacle Historic State Park, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, the Fontainebleau Hotel, and many more.

4. Play the Tourist on a Duck Boat

A Miami Duck Boat.Another option for sightseeing fun is a Miami Duck Boat Tour that indulges your inner tourist.

The Duck Tour in particular is a delightful option if you’d like the explore the city on multiple fronts, and can be a fun way to combine land and water excursions.

This 90-minute tour of South Beach highlights the Art Deco district (more on that below), Fisher Island, Star Island, and more.

5. Appreciate the Art Scene at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

The exterior front of the Perez Art Museum Miami.Miami is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, so it’s no surprise that it inspires people to make more beautiful things. Art lovers will find much to appreciate in this highly creative city, from world-renowned film festivals to fine art museums.

One of the most popular institutions is the compelling Pérez Art Museum Miami, which primarily features collections of modern and contemporary international art. There’s even a beautiful hanging garden for sitting and sipping a latte.

6. Marvel at the Architecture at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The estate at Vizcaya.If you’re looking to see artistic inspiration on a large scale, the must-see Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a surefire hit. Stunning, European-inspired architecture combines with historical furnishings and significant works of art to make for a truly inspiring visit.

Don’t forget the luxurious gardens that surround the estate! A visit here is brimming with potential romance–great for couples!

7. Animal Encounters at Zoo Miami


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You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy meeting some of the world’s most fascinating creatures at a top-notch zoo! Head to Zoo Miami, where you’ll meet critters large and small that hail from around the globe.

This 340-acre expanse features diverse habitats that mimic the animals’ natural surroundings, with exhibits like Africa, Asia, the Amazon, and Australia. “Amazon and Beyond” is a popular one, featuring jaguars, snakes, and a tropical rainforest.

Looking for more info about this popular zoo? Check out our visitor’s guide to Zoo Miami for full run-down.

8. Explore the Ocean at the Miami Seaquarium


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Or, if aquatic creatures are more your style, head to the  Miami Seaquarium. They’re renowned for their conservation work, and their marine animal shows are truly a sight to behold.

With nearly 40 acres of animal attractions to explore and several entertaining animal shows to enjoy, you’ll be able to spend a whole afternoon here with your partner or friends.

9. Check out the Wildlife at the Everglades Alligator Farm

An alligator on the bank of a body of waer,

By Andrew Bone from Weymouth, England (Alligator, Everglades Florida 1995) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

We all know Miami has some excellent outdoorsy things to do, but many of us don’t think beyond the beaches and boardwalks.

If you’re looking to see more of South Florida than some (admittedly very beautiful) sand, try a trip the Everglades Alligator Farm.

First, enjoy the Alligator Farm’s exhibits and shows, which is home to more than 2,000 alligators. (That’s not a typo.)

Then, hop aboard an airboat ride, during which you’ll see lots of the gorgeous Everglades National Park including marshlands and rivers of grass, as well as wildlife ranging from snakes to native birds.

10. Roam the Art Deco District in South Beach

An example of Art Deco architecture in South Beach. (A lifeguard station)South Beach is probably the most popular beach in Miami, but don’t let that turn you off from visiting what many call the Surf Capital of Miami. If you’ve never seen surfers before, South Beach is an excellent spot for seeing these impressive athletes in action.

The people-watching at South Beach is also ideal, as you could see A-list celebrities on any given day. Spend some time at South Beach and enjoy a relaxing a day of sunbathing, rollerblading, shopping, dining, and swimming. You won’t be disappointed!

For the architecture buffs out there, there’s also the Art Deco Architectural Historic District, which is a rare, diverse collection of Art Deco buildings. Take an Art Deco walking tour of the neighborhood and snap those perfect Instagram photos.

11. Head Down to Key West

A photograph of the buoy indicating the southernmost point of the Continental USA.

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You can’t come this far south into Florida without venturing just a little bit farther.

Spend an entire day exploring with a delightful Key West Day Trip tour, which gives you time and space to actually explore this amazing Caribbean atmosphere.

When you get to Key West, there are plenty of great shops and unique attractions to explore, from the house where Ernest Hemingway lived to a lush Botanical Garden. Be sure to head to Mallory Square around sunset for some gorgeous photos.

12. Enjoy a Sightseeing Cruise

People looking through the glass bottom of the Key Largo Princess.Another great option for exploring the vivid blue waters around Miami is to hop aboard the Key Largo Princess. This glass bottom boat offers a relaxing and engaging cruise around the Florida Keys that both couples and groups of friends will love.

On your two-hour cruise, you’ll get to enjoy the cool sea breezes, the gorgeous waters, and most importantly, what’s below you.

See the many vibrantly colored inhabitants of the Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the country’s only underwater State Park. You’ll love this unique chance to see them without getting wet, and snap some excellent, unique photos.

13. Ride a Bike Around South Beach

A woman on a bike.Be active and explore South Beach and beyond via bike. If you weren’t able to bring a bike with you, it’s easy to rent a bike. Just hop aboard and you’re ready to roam around this bike-friendly beach region.

Rentals from Bike and Roll come with a map, too, so you’re not left just exploring on your own without guidance. Of course, you can feel free to go wherever the spirit moves you, too.

14. Explore Little Havana

An historic home in Little Havana.

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Miami’s Latin Quarter, also known as Little Havana (or La Pequeña Habana), is a quaint neighborhood where you’ll find art galleries, shops, restaurants, live music, and more.

Full of authentic Cuban restaurants and shops, Calle Ocho is the hub of life in Little Havana. You and your friends will have a blast here.

You may even have the chance to see an exciting cultural event like Carnival Miami, Cultural Fridays, and the Three Kings Parade!

15. Shop Bayside Marketplace

An exterior photo of Bayside Marketplace buildings.

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Shopping and dining doesn’t get much better than what you’ll find at the fabulous Bayside Marketplace.

Home to both smaller local stores and traditional chain stores like Gap and Foot Locker, this outdoor mall has something for everyone. Pick up some cool souvenirs, check out the live music, and have a delicious lunch at the Hard Rock Café or Tradewinds Bar & Grill.

With the Go Miami pass, you even get a special discount book to use here–simply present your pass at the Bubba Gump or Hard Rock Café gift shop to get your savings Passport.

Save on Attraction Admission

That should do it! Our list of some of the most fun things to do in Miami for adults during your vacation. These ideas are great for couples or if you are traveling with a group of friends.

Miami really does have just about everything that you could possibly want on an adults-only vacation — food and drink, shopping, exploring, and relaxing. If you really want to explore further, you might also find our Miami neighborhoods guide helpful.

Pick up an all-inclusive Go Miami pass to help save up to 55% on admission to these and many other top adult-friendly attractions in Miami.

Consider adding a few of these fun options to your kid-free vacation itinerary. Enjoy!

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