Updated: Aug 21, 2019
Miami is the center of laid-back beach life combined with a broad art scene, high quality restaurants, luxury hotels and a night life that floods onto the streets and continues until dawn. There are many districts to take a stroll on foot, but what would you do once you are finished visiting the main attractions? Perhaps, you might be looking for an alternative activity that you will remember for a life time. Take a look at our article about the sightseeing tours that will provide picturesque views of Miami.
Double-decker hop-on & hop-off bus is an all-time favorite in almost every major city in the world, so it’s no surprise that this bus is one of the most popular ways of sightseeing in Miami. This bus tour is advantageous in many ways. It is the most affordable method of sightseeing in a short time-frame. The hop-on & hop-off bus is also quite convenient; enabling you to get off at any location you want and explore that area until the next bus arrives. The buses operate four times daily departing from Art Deco District and making brief stops beaches, Downtown, Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Bayside and Coral Gables. You can listen to the audio-guide if you want to find out more about the history of the city.
Do you want some adrenaline rush while exploring Miami? Then, speed boat is an excellent opportunity. Departing from Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami, speed boats will take you to nearby locations like Star Island, Fisher Island and South Beach where you can view the iconic buildings from off-shore. You can even look at celebrity mansions if that’s your thing. The average length of boat tours range from 45 minutes to an hour. The thrill factor varies, meaning there are tours with regular speed and ones with extreme speed.
DOUBLE-DECK BOAT CRUISE
Another option if you want to be in the ocean is to take the Double-Deck Boat Cruises. This type of tour is very similar to speed boats, but it’s twice as long and more comfortable. The tours are usually 90 minutes to 2 hours long, so snacks and beverages are provided for those who can’t control their appetite any longer. The tours are fully narrated as the cruises pass though Biscayne Bay, The Port of Miami, Fisher Island and Millionaire’s Row.
Do you like fishing? How about catching your own meal in Miami? Besides the regular cruises, there are also fishing cruises suitable for all levels. You don’t need prior experience because there are experienced instructors that will give you training beforehand. You also don’t need to bring the gear since the instructors provide bait, tackles, rods and reels. The best part is, at the end of your fishing experiences against spectacular views of the Miami Skyline, you will be rewarded with fishing licenses.
EVERGLADES PARK AIRBOAT TOUR
Everglades National Park in Miami is known for its unspoiled wildlife including endangered birds and wild alligators. The park could be dangerous to explore on your own since there are venomous snakes, endangered panthers and crocodiles. This is where the airboat tours weigh in. They depart frequently, offering the passengers a closer look at these creatures without disturbing them. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to look, the experienced guides will give you tips to spot them along the way.
Perhaps, none of the options above are appealing and you want to have a bird’s eye-view on Miami. Luckily, there are several companies offering helicopter tours. While the route depends on the company you choose, almost all of them fly over Miami Skyline, Golden Beach, Sunny Isles Beach and the Everglades National Park. The experienced guys will stop at nothing to entertain you while giving you unique information about Miami in every aspect. On a side note, many of these companies operate for birthdays, wedding proposals and anniversaries, so keep that in mind if you want to surprise your loved ones with an unforgettable helicopter ride.
Below is a list of websites of tour companies if you don’t know where to start:
Everglades Airboat Tours: