Miami is a popular vacation spot for people all around the country looking for a taste of the tropics without having to go overseas. The Sunshine State’s second largest city is known for its beautiful beaches, ideal weather, art, culture and lively nightlife. The Magic City attracts nearly 14.2 million visitors a year. Miami has a lot to offer, some of it at no cost at all.
1. South Beach
South Beach, also known as SoBe, is one of the most recognized destinations in Miami. One of the most desired beachfront locations on Earth, South Beach is home to exceptional nightlife, world-class resorts, art galleries, unique shopping choices and excellent dining options. These attractions entice local, national and international travelers. Enjoy picturesque views of Ocean Drive’s Atlantic coastline and take advantage of public beaches. South Beach is not just a destination, it is an experience. Experience it with your group—for free.
South Beach Ocean Drive at night. South Beach.
2. Free movies outside
Feel like relaxing, but also being outdoors? Here is your solution! Miami offers free film screenings on the SoundScape wall at the New World Center every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Movies take place rain or shine. These events are completely free to the public. Take advantage of the Miami weather while watching some of the most in-demand films.
The SoundScape wall at New World Center. New World Center.
3. Yoga in the park
If your group is looking to stay active while in Miami, there is no better way to do that than yoga classes in the park. Bayfront Park offers free yoga classes to the public. Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. All classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor. Participants must be 18 years of age and bring their own yoga mat, towel and water. Beginner, intermediate and advanced yogis are welcome. Enjoy a stunning view of the bay while experiencing a unique and welcoming atmosphere. Namaste!
4. Frost Art Museum
At the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, admission is always free. The museum collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets art from all cultures throughout history. Frost Art Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m., but is closed on Mondays. New and exciting exhibits are always being displayed. Events are held regularly to celebrate the opening of an exhibit, appreciate artists and provide educational lectures. See some of Miami’s greatest artwork for nothing.
5. Biltmore Hotel tour
Take a free leisurely tour of this historic Coral Gables hotel on Sundays at 1:30 or 2:30 p.m. There is much to learn about the famous hotel, whose history dates back to 1924. Stand in the same place as iconic celebrities such as Babe Ruth. This walking tour will not only provide you with a rich history lesson, but it will also give you a chance to take in the beautiful view of the grounds, which are known for their rustic Mediterranean charm. Get a glimpse at one of the most well-known hotels in the world without spending a penny.
6. Little Havana
Explore Miami’s Cuban culture in the neighborhood of Little Havana. The neighborhood, home to colorful murals and recognizable monuments, is a source of excellent people watching. Calle Ocho, the main attraction of Little Havana, houses art galleries, fruit stands, cigar shops and ethnic restaurants. Walkway of the Stars pays tribute to Latin American celebrities. Domino Park is home to dedicated domino players who participate in daily heated games. Your group can also check out Tower Theatre, an Art Deco gem and cultural venue. Viernes Culturales, also known as Cultural Fridays, takes place on the last Friday of every month. The night showcases cultural arts from all around the neighborhood. Get a big taste of Cuban culture for a nonexistent price.
Little Havana Domino Park Mosaic Mural. Little Havana.
7. Biscayne National Park
Come see some of Florida’s most beautiful ecosystems—free of charge. Biscayne National Park has a number of activities that are sure to keep your group entertained. Observe many bird species and even earn your Biscayne Birding Trail Certificate. With 95% of the park covered by water, take advantage of the many activities the sea has to offer, including snorkeling, boating and sea turtle watching. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center houses a museum that showcases a virtual journey that explores the park’s ecosystems. It also features films that help educate guests about the park. Boca Chita Key is one of the most popular destinations in the park. It is home to a campground and a 65-foot ornamental lighthouse, which provides spectacular views of the islands, ocean, Key Biscayne and Miami skylines. Elliot Key is the park’s largest island and provides activities like camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking and wildlife watching. Adams Key has a short hiking trail. Biscayne National Park is also home to Heritage Trail, the only underwater archeological trail in the National Park System. Free park events include hikes, canoe trips and lessons, and snorkeling. Enjoy a mini vacation for zilch.
Boca Chita Key and the Miami Skyline. Biscayne National Park.
These free experiences can make your group’s trip to Miami both fun and affordable. Visit the websites to learn more about each of the places listed above. Have you been to any of these places before? Tell us about your experience in the comment section below!