Miami Itinerary – 3 Days in Miami for First Timers

Spending a long weekend in Miami and aren’t sure what to do with your time? Check out this popular 3 Days in Miami Itinerary for ideas on what to do and where to go.

This 3 day itinerary includes:

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sightseeing Tour
  • Everglades Tour from Miami
  • Jungle Island
  • Key West Day Trip
  • Duck Tours South Beach
  • Miami Seaquarium

Only have a few days in Miami? We’ve also put together a 1 day and 2 day itinerary.

On the flip side, if you have more vacation time, we recommend you spend some additional time down in Key West – this Florida Keys road trip itinerary is a fun way to explore Miami and everything in between Key West.

Save on Attraction Admission

Pick up a 3-Day Go Miami® Card and save big off combined admission prices vs paying at the gate.

Remember, this 3 day itinerary is just one of many ways to experience Miami.

The Go Miami® Card gives you the flexibility to create your own itinerary, so you can choose from dozens of top attractions and create a vacation tailored to your interests.

DAY 1

Stop #1: Big Bus Miami Sightseeing Tour

big-bus-miamiThis hop-on, hop-off tour is an ideal introduction to the city of Miami itself. Big Bus Miami will take you throughout the city and the surrounding neighborhoods, hitting all the major highlights and hotspots.

Some included sights on your tour include the Vizcaya Museum, the Freedom Tower, the Venetian pool, and much much more.

You can even choose from three distinct routes to customize your adventures: the relaxing Beach Loop (Blue Route); the comprehensive City Loop (Red Route); and the fun Attractions & Museums Loop (Yellow Route).

Remember to pick up your ticket in advance at the Big Bus Miami Central Station. If you don’t hop off at any point, the tour is a full 3 hours.

Getting In: Big Bus Miami Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour is included on the Go Miami Card.

Lunch in Little Havana

Once you’ve returned to Miami, head to one of their most famous neighborhoods for some authentic Cuban cuisine.

There’s a wide variety of styles and prices, but it’s all delicious!

Stop #2: Everglades Tour

everglades-tour-from-miamiThis Everglades Tour (departing from Miami) is the perfect way to see and experience the fantastic natural world of the Florida Everglades.

It’s a half-day long excursion that exposes you to the wild and wonderful throughout the swamplands.

Take an airboat ride, marvel at the Wildlife Nature Show, stroll the Jungle Walkway, and more at this enchanting attraction.

Don’t forget your camera to capture some photos of the iconic Florida alligator (from a safe distance, of course)!

This tour lasts approximately 5 hours.

Insider Tip: You can now buy Everglades National Park tickets directly from us before you go; visit our website for more information.

Getting In: Everglades Alligator Farm & Airboat tickets are included on the Go Miami Card.

Stop #3: Jungle Island

Jungle IslandJungle Island is a magical place to visit. If you’ve used the Big Bus sparingly, you have plenty of time to explore this fascinating and educational attraction.

Part animal park, part discovery center, Jungle Island is fun for the whole family.

Exhibits feature some of the world’s rarest and most exotic species, from large mammals and primates to fish and plants.

You can also participate in VIP tours and animal interactions to enrich your experience. Check out their special shows for some more animal fun, too! Choices included “Winged Wonders,” “Wild Encounter,” and “Wild Adventures.”

We recommend reserving between 2-3 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Jungle Island tickets are included on the Go Miami Card.

Dinner in Miami Beach

This restaurant haven is filled with beachside dining options known for their delicious seafood.

You must dine in Miami Beach at least once during your vacation, even if only to enjoy the scenery – many restaurants have gorgeous waterfront views!

DAY 2

Stop #1: Key West Day Tour

key-west-day-tripToday is your day for total relaxation and fun. Take a day trip to Key West and do nothing but lounge and enjoy the sunshine and waves. Or, you can opt to shop, dine, and otherwise explore Key West itself.

Some optional activities you can do while in Key West include paying a visit to the Hemingway house, hopping aboard an eco-kayaking adventure, or setting sail on a dolphin-watching cruise.

Whatever suits your fancy, you’ve got all day in Key West to enjoy it. Be sure to time your trip so that you see the setting sun in Mallory Square — you’ll get some of the most beautiful photos you’ll ever take.

This tour will take the entire day, beginning early in the morning.

Getting In: Key West Day Trip tickets are included on the Go Miami Card.

DAY 3

Stop #1: Duck Tours South Beach

duck-tours-south-beachTake your last day in Miami to spend a little more time in South Beach.

The Duck Tours South Beach will give you a broad overview of the highlights and hotspots of South Beach and beyond, providing some really stellar photo opportunities.

Some highlights of your tour will include the Art Deco District, Fisher Island, Millionaire’s Row, and Star Island, among many others.

Plus, your tour guide is a professionally trained actor and comic who is sure to delight passengers the entire time.

This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Getting In: Duck Tours South Beach tickets are included on the Go Miami Card.

Lunch in South Beach

For lunch, we especially recommend the beachside News Café, the perfect people-watching locale.

There are also many other dining options to consider along the beach, featuring everything from Italian and Thai food to authentic Cuban cuisine and high-end steaks.

Stop #2: Miami Seaquarium

miami-seaquariumLocated on lovely Virginia Key, the Miami Seaquarium is the premier destination for all things marine life in Miami.

Filled with exciting animal shows, educational exhibits, and informative presentations, an afternoon at the Seaquarium will delight the whole family.

This institution is also dedicated to wildlife conservation and rescue, so many of the creatures that call the Seaquarium home have actually been rescued and rehabilitated from the wild.

Be sure to pay a visit to the manatees, who represent the single largest population of rescued marine creatures at the park.

We recommend reserving about 2 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Miami Seaquarium tickets are included on the Go Miami Card.

Dinner on Virginia Key

Why not take some more time to enjoy this lush island with a meal at one of the restaurants scattered along the Rickenbacker Causeway?

The Rusty Pelican serves modern American fare, while Whisky Joe’s is known for its island theme and great drink menu.

You could also opt to head back to downtown for another meal.

Let’s Recap

This 3 days in Miami itinerary is designed to combine the best of the beachy, relaxing attractions with entertainment and education.

Our suggested list of things to do will also help you really get a feel for the area, and allow you to leave knowing you’ve made the most of your limited time.

If you visit all of these attractions with the 3-Day Go Miami® Card, you’ll save on combined admission prices vs. paying at the gate.

Plus, Go Card holders can save even more on included extras like shopping, dining, and additional attractions.
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