Free Activities in Miami
Take a free tour
Miami is a fascinating city – vibrant, energetic, culturally diverse and rich in history. The best way to gain a deeper understanding of Miami’s history and culture is by taking a guided tour. There are several free tours which operate throughout Miami, such as the Biltmore Hotel tour, a historic hotel with an amazing history; The Barnacle Historic Site tour, Miami-Dade County’s oldest house; or the Cape Florida Lighthouse tour, the oldest building in South Florida.
While all of these tours are free, it’s worth bearing in mind that some may require a few dollars for tips or car parking.
Self-guided tours have also become popular in Miami, with the Coconut Grove Walking Tour, Miami Beach Walking Tour, Crandon Park Walking Tour and the Downtown Waterfront Walking Tour proving popular with tourists.
Explore Miami Design District
Formally part of the Buena Vista, the Design District is a neighborhood of greater Midtown Miami, made up primarily of low-rise warehouses and industrial spaces. During the 1990s the area received heavy investment, and began its transformation into the Design District we know today. The Design District is now a thriving hub of creativity, and its streets are lined with galleries, shops, restaurants and cafes.
On the second Saturday of every month over 100 local vendors open their doors from 7-10pm for Art and Design Night. This popular event gives members of the public an opportunity to soak up all the area has to offer, by exploring the galleries, showrooms and cafes, while enjoying a great selection refreshments, music, art and food.
Ride the Metromover
The Miami Metromover is a free-to-ride, automated train system which serves Downtown Miami, Brickell, Park West and Omni neighborhoods. The Metromover is a convenient way to travel around Miami, and links many of downtown Miami’s retail centres, office buildings and hotels. The service operates on three loops and stops at 21 stations, including Freedom Tower, City Library and Miami Art Museum.
Visit Miami Art Museum
Miami Art Museum is a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami. It was founded in 1984 as the Center for the Fine Arts, and became Miami Art Museum in 1996.
MAM, as its commonly known, specialises in exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries, with an emphasis on art from cultures of the Atlantic Rim – Africa, Europe and the Americas. Typically entry to MAM will cost $8 for an adult and $4 for a senior, however admission is free every second Saturday of the month.
Spend a day at the beach
A trip to Miami wouldn’t be complete without spending at least one day at the beach. Miami boasts some of the best coastline on the world, and has a great selection of beaches to suit everyone’s requirements, from bustling South Beach, to family-friendly Crandon Park Beach. A day at the beach costs nothing, and is one of the best ways to enjoy Miami.
There are so many great things to do for free in Miami, with just a handful listed above. By researching free activities online before you arrive in Miami, you can plan whole days out without having to break the bank.