There’s no doubt that Miami is one of America’s most exciting, vibrant, and bustling cities. From pristine beaches to world-class dining and entertainment, there’s no shortage of things to do while in this beautiful city. Check out our quick guide to Miami including cheap eats and great budget attractions.

Top Attractions

Seaquarium

The famous Miami Seaquarium is just past Little Havana area, on Virginia Key. Founded in 1955, it’s the oldest aquarium in the US – and one of the best. From shows and exhibits to interactions and tours, guests who spend the day here will never forget the manatees, dolphins, seals, and reefs they got to experience.

Zoo Miami

Spanning 300 acres, meet the 2000 animals that call Miami home. Zoo Miami is just south of Kendall, a short drive from downtown Miami. Aside from the exotic animals from all over the world and conservation efforts right in its own backyard, you can also experience the zoo’s unique guest attractions, such as nighttime tours, cultural events, and family campouts.

Bayside Marketplace

Bayside Marketplace, located in Downtown Miami, is a large outdoor style mall with several shops, authentic cafes and restaurants, and live entertainment everyday. Visitors can walk around for the day and enjoy everything from the water front views to the endless shops.

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is one of Miami’s most well known and favorite tourist destinations. From the awe-inspiring architecture to the unique artwork, the Vizcaya Museums and Gardens, built in 1916, is an excellent destination to spend the a few hours.

Miami Vizcaya museum garden view

Free Things to Do

Go to the Beach!

There’s no better way to say it. Miami is surrounded by the best beaches in not only the state of Florida, but also the entire country! Don’t miss out on a chance to swim in the crystal clear water and dig your toes in the powdery white sand.

Walk Around Ocean Drive

Take a walk past the art deco style buildings in South Beach. Spectators will admire the architecture of the golden era. It’s a complimentary activity for all to enjoy. Just put on your favorite pair of walking shoes and stroll through Ocean Drive!

Go on a Free Guided Tour

The Biltmore Hotel is a breathtaking historic hotel built in the 1920s and is a popular destination for celebrities. Visitors are welcomes for a free-guided tour held every Sunday at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. Guests can view the grounds and learn the history of The Biltmore Hotel during the tour.

Cheap Eats

There’s no shortage of restaurants in Miami. However, picking out the best to fit your budget may not be the easiest thing to do. For that reason, we pulled a few of our favorite cheap eats in sunny Miami:

Versailles Restaurant

3555 Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135

La Camaronera

1952 W. Flagler St. Miami, FL 33135

Yakko-San

3881 NE 163rd St. North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Bayside Seafood Hut

3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149

La Sandwicherie

34 Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130

Siam Palace

9999 SW 72nd St., Miami, FL 33173