Free Things To Do in Miami
There are many free things to do in Miami. Visit our glorious beaches, where locals and tourists alike go to socialize, attend beach yoga, sunbathe, surf, swim, see and be seen—or avoid all of that, and just relax.
Below, are a list of coastline sights in and around Miami.
South Pointe Park
South Pointe is at the most Southern point of Miami Beach. It has a 17-acre park with picnic areas, a playground, a fishing pier and you can enjoy people watching and have a sip of wine at Smith and Wollensky and watch the magnificent cruise ships go by. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Government Cut channel, it makes for a wonderful respite from the urban madness. Also enjoy a walk up South Pointe Park Pier, taking in the stunning skyline and surf of South Beach.
South Beach’s luxurious South of Fifth enclave plays host to a farmer’s market every Saturday. Organic produce and local wares can also be picked up at Lincoln Road’s weekly farmer’s market, also held each Saturday.
Lummus Park Beach
Volleyball, thatched huts and people-watching. There’s also a gay beach at 12th Street. Keep an eye out for the funky lifeguard stands, which make South Beach distinctive and picture perfect for postcards.
21st–35th Street Beach
A small stretch of sand, with sporadic lifeguard huts serving snacks. The Miami Beach boardwalk runs through it, turning into a paved surface as you head south past 23rd Street—ideal for joggers.
53rd–63rd Street Beach
The beaches are pleasant and are not too crowded and very family-oriented and it also has a play area at 53rd Street.
A sleepy residential enclave less than a mile square, dotted with two- and three-story apartment buildings and boasting little to entice visitors, save the promise of less crowded beaches.
A small beach with a Vita course, nestled inside this famously well-heeled town just north of Surfside. There are said to be more millionaires per capita in Bal Harbour than in any other city in the US—you need to be one to hang out here for long.
These dozen miles of white sand, ocean surf, landscaped dunes and shaded picnic areas rank as one of the area’s most scenic stretches of beachfront. Worth the drive or bus journey, the beach is fringed with dense vegetation that blocks out the visual pollution of nearby high-rises. There’s a nude beach (between the two northernmost parking lots) and a gay nude beach (north of the lifeguard tower).
Sunny Isles Beach
Beyond Haulover Beach Park lies Sunny Isles Beach, two miles of public beaches, souvenir shops, and hotels. Architectural kitsch and older tourists once prevailed here; in an effort to change its reputation forever, the place has undergone a luxury beachside condo boom and has some stunning residential buildings. Aventura Shopping Mall is very close by, catering to all of your shopping needs with plentiful restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.
Pelican Island was designated as the country’s first National Wildlife Refuge in 1903. The island can be reached either by private boat or by the 35-seat public boat that visits every weekend. Expect barbecue grills, picnic tables, volleyball nets, horseshoe pits, and of course pelicans.
Key Biscayne and Virginia Key
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area
Occupying the southern tip of Key Biscayne, this park’s wide beaches regularly make the national top ten lists. There’s history, wildlife, and plenty of activities too. You can tour the Cape Florida Lighthouse, the oldest building in South Florida or explore native wildlife planted in the aftermath of 1992’s Hurricane Andrew. Try your hand at shoreline fishing, windsurfing, cycling and inline skating. Covered pavilions are available for picnics, and the Lighthouse Café offers great food.
Palm trees line Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park, and shallow waters, picnic tables and barbecues make it a favorite destination for families. A winding boardwalk and convenient parking complete the picture.
Hobie Beach, named for the late surfboard pioneer Hobie Alter, is the beach of choice for enthusiasts of the sport. Windsurfing, jet-skiing, and sailing boat rentals are all available onsite.
The soundscape cinema screens free films on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall at the New World Center’s ExoStage, at the corner of 17th Street and Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Movies usually are at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays but there are also some films on Thursdays.
Shopping in Miami Beach
If you enjoy people watching and then you’ll enjoy Miami’s premier open-air shopping and dining venues, like Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive, Bayside Marketplace and Cocowalk in Coconut Grove. Whether you are in the mood to stroll the pretty tree-lined streets of the Grove, enjoy music at the water’s edge in downtown, or window shop in South Beach –you will find all that you want and more, free of charge, at these Miami hotspots.