Miami is known for its late night parties, swanky hotels, congested traffic and some pretty epic beaches, but there is more to Miami than just your typical big city sights. Discover a warehouse district turned into a street art haven, stroll through one of the best botanic gardens in the world or get your shopping on at the unique pedestrian only outdoor mall. Relax on the beach while palm trees sway in the wind, take a thrilling ride through the Everglades or simply try the best Cuban cigar this city has to offer. Miami is a city full of high energy with a rocking atmosphere and here are the top 12 things you must see and do here.
1. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
One of Miami’s famous landmarks is often very busy with tourists but because of its greatness it must be on our list of things to see while visiting the city. We do recommend coming in the morning or at sunset to avoid most of the tourists and to get some incredible photos. Built from 1914-1923 this incredible 34-room mansion is surrounded by pristine gardens and landscape. The architecture, decor and art within the mansion are enough to take your breath away but it’s the grounds that most people flock to. Secret gardens full of stairs, hiding spots, mazes, bridges, fountains, turrets and flowers will have you enchanted for hours and we haven’t even got to the water yet. Located right on Biscayne Bay the mansion has impressive views but perhaps the most impressive is the barge located in the bay that is carved out of Florida limestone and is adorned with decorative sculpture.