Sunshine and good vibes. Must be the Magic City! 

Whether you’re already living in Miami or planning to move there soon, we’ve created a must-do checklist for every resident of Southern Florida.

As for where you should stay, that’s easy. Blueground’s fully furnished apartments provide a hassle-free way to live in comfort and style in Miami’s best neighborhoods. 

Living in such a convenient spot, you’ll have no trouble checking off this entire list!  

1. Explore the Best Boat Tours in Miami

 

Friends jumping off sailboat

The options for aquatic fun in the Magic City are infinite.

Perhaps the best?

Miami boat tours!

Do you like to take it easy or get your heart racing?

No matter your speed, there’s a style of a boat tour to match it.

Here are some of the best boat tours Miami offers. 

Boat Tour #1. Speedboat Sightseeing Tour of Miami

No Miami experience is complete without some time on the water.

And why not see as much of the city as possible while you’re at it? 

With Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures, you’ll view Biscayne Bay, the City of Miami Beach, Fisher Island, the Mansions on Star Island, and the Miami skyline.

In operation since 2006, this 45-minute speedboat tour is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

It departs every hour from 10 am to sunset on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays.

Even better?

Adults (12+) pay only $40 and kids (3-11) cost just $30. 

Boat Tour #2. Miami Millionaire’s Row Cruise

See how the rich and famous live as you cruise along Biscayne Bay, see the downtown skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, and more. 

These Millionaire’s Row Cruises feature a relaxed vibe, are typically 90 minutes long, and are narrated by a bilingual guide.

Better yet, most are incredibly affordable, with prices for a cruise around $30. 

Get the inside scoop on the city itself and the stars who live there, such as Shaquille O’Neal, Gloria Estefan, P. Diddy, and others!

It’s a great activity for your first weekend in Miami!

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Boat Tour #3. Private Sailing Adventure in Miami’s Biscayne Bay

Ahoy! Take to the sea in nautical style aboard a wind-powered sailboat.

Maybe the most appealing part of a private sailing adventure?

No crowds! Just a crew and your group of up to 5 people.

On this laid-back journey along the coastline, you’ll venture to sandbars, mangrove areas, and other spots that larger vessels can’t explore

You might even catch a glimpse of manatees or dolphins!

Tickets cost approximately $130 per adult for a 3 hour and 30 minute experience.  

2. Check out South Beach

South Beach Miami

Ah, South Beach. The trendy Miami area is known for beautiful beaches, Art Deco architecture, and no shortage of outstanding dining and shopping options.

This is an ideal area to explore on foot or two wheels

And it’s easy to take a self-guided tour with the help of apps like GPSmyCity, which takes you on a 2.5-mile walk to some of the area’s top attractions.

Points of interest in South Beach include:

  • Lincoln Road Mall
  • Lummus Park Beach
  • Ocean Drive
  • South Beach Boardwalk
  • Espanola Way
  • And so much more! 

3. Raise your glass at a sunset boat party

Woman on boat at sunset

A Miami boat party at sunset may be the best way to end a day in the Magic City. 

Relax and enjoy cool breezes, great drinks, and breathtaking sights as a professional tour guide points out local landmarks. Some tours are also offered in Spanish. 

Available aboard double-decker boats, catamarans, and more, these boat parties in Miami often operate daily.

So you don’t have to wait until the weekend.

In fact, they’re usually less busy on weekdays.

Would you prefer to sit in the open air, an air-conditioned space, or go back and forth?

Be sure to consider which you’d like before selecting your party boat provider.

A few of our favorites?

Miami Tour Company, South Beach Party Boats, Miami Sea Party, and Miami on the Water.

Prices can range from $30 to $400 or more depending on the length of your cruise, whether you want unlimited drinks, where you go, and what type of boat you’re aboard.  

4. Catch a show at the Faena Theater

There’s no shortage of night life and live shows in Miami. One of our top picks?

A show at the Faena Theater inside the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. 

Featuring highly acclaimed cabaret performances, live music, and more, this theater is a sensory treat.

The venue itself is stunning—an intimate theater inspired by old-world opera houses that’s luxurious, glamorous, and bursting with gilded and velvety touches. 

While the dress code is casual, it’s a great place to dress up to match the elegant setting. 

You can even enjoy small bites, caviar, and a variety of alcoholic drinks while you watch performances. 

View upcoming shows and purchase tickets here for the Faena Theater in Miami. 

Address: 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

5. Flyboard in Miami

It may look like a future mode of travel, but flyboarding is here for your enjoyment right now. 

Flyboarding in Miami is well-suited for those that love watersports and a thrilling experience. 

The device is strapped to your feet and shoots powerful jets of water that propel you up to 30 feet above the water’s surface

It feels like you’re balancing on some kind of aquatic stilts as you hover, turn, or flip in midair.

Surprisingly though, it’s pretty easy to get the hang of.  

A 30-minute flight ranges from $95 to $115. Top flyboard operators in the Miami area include: Miami Beach Flyboard & Jetski Rentals, Aquajet Miami, and Miami Tours & Water Adventures.  

6. Cheer on the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium

Ever seen a football game in person?

The energy, action, and atmosphere make it one of the most entertaining live sports experiences in the world. 

That’s why it’s a must to catch a Miami Dolphins game any time you visit this South Florida destination.

Especially right now because when the season kicks off in September, there will several exciting, new faces on the team. That includes head coach Mike McDaniel and speedy wideout Tyreek Hill. 

You can buy tickets directly from the Dolphins or a ticket company such as TicketMaster or StubHub

The team plays at Hard Rock Stadium. With a capacity of 65,326 fans, it’s one of the best sports venues to check off your bucket list. 

It’s only 17 miles from Hard Rock Stadium (located a little north of Miami) from Miami International Airport (MIA), so getting to a game is easy. 

Your transportation options include getting a taxi/Uber/Lyft, renting a car, taking the line 297 bus, or hopping on a shuttle. It can take as few as 23 minutes to go from the airport to the stadium. 

Here’s Hard Rock Stadium’s address: 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, FL 33056

7. Go bananas for Monkey Jungle

Capuchin monkey

Opened in 1933, Monkey Jungle in Miami is entertaining and educational no matter your age

This 30-acre zoological park offers one-of-a-kind eco-shows in a subtropical forest. 

From wild monkey swimming pool shows to a parrot sanctuary, you’ll get up close to squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and more in their natural habitats. 

Current Monkey Jungle Miami prices are $150 per person for guided tours.

Call (305) 235-1611 for tickets

Address: 14805 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33170

8. Snorkel at Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary

Couple snorkeling

In the Miami area, there’s plenty to see underwater as well—shipwrecks, coral reefs, seagrass fields, and an endless variety of marine life.

Whether you’re an avid snorkeler or want to try it out for the first time, there’s no better place than Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary.

This protected aquatic spot is part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which includes the third-largest coral barrier reef in the world. 

There are also six preservation areas in this space of 103 square nautical miles.

The most famous might be the Statue of Christ of the Abyss. This 9-foot-tall bronze statue is close to the water’s surface, making it a favorite landmark (or seamark, in this case) for snorkelers. 

9. Ride shotgun in a panoramic seaplane tour

Seaplane

Want a true bird’s-eye-view of the beaches or skyline?

Miami Seaplane Tours offers daily opportunities to take to the skies.

With flights that last 30 minutes or more, a seaplane tour of Miami is an unforgettable way to see the city. 

This thrilling aerial experience has loads of highlights, from spotting marine life to seeing beautiful mansions owned by Miami celebrities. 

Prices start below $200, with a wide range of tour destinations available. 

10. Kick back and drink up at Onyx Bar

Casa Villa Miami

Onyx Bar may be the most exclusive spot in Miami to grab a drink, but for good reasons—it’s size and previous owner.  

This tiny, six-table bar is found in fashion designer Gianni Versace’s former home. Yes, that home.

One of the most photographed mansions in America, this Mediterranean-style home in South Beach is now a high-end hotel. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a hotel guest to check it out. 

They offer a top-notch selection of wines, bourbons, and scotches as well as small bites from a delicious menu. 

Ready to make your reservation?

Simply call 305-908-1462. The address for Onyx Bar Miami is 1116 Ocean Drive

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Need more time to do it all?

Blueground offers turnkey apartments for stays of a month, a year, or longer. 

Each space features a fully equipped kitchen, premium linens, smart entertainment essentials, and more. 

And it’s easy to extend your stay with Blueground through the Guest App. 

Miami, here you come!

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