What to Do in Miami in November

Posted by & filed under Miami.

Looking for something to do in Miami during November? This post covers nighttime activities, family-friendly events, free things to do, and a top 10 list that has been updated for 2018. If you need more ideas for things to do in Miami, check out our comprehensive post of Things to Do in Miami.

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER 

Here are the top 10 things to do in Miami during the month of November. We have noted events and activities that are family-friendly, free or fall into the nightlife category. 

If you’d like to learn more about the most popular activities in Miami, you can take a look at our bus tours, boat cruise, and pay-what-you-like walking tours pages.

Some of the activities below are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

Miami Tourist Attraction Discount Pass Comparison

Read more »

Miami beach

Top Ten Things To Do In Miami At Night

Posted by & filed under Miami.

Miami is a beautiful and vibrant city with many different sights and activities to enjoy. While it’s true that a lot of the most beloved attractions in the Magic City are only available during the day, the nightlife in Miami offers an entirely different experience. If you’re not interested in the typical tourist traps and you want to discover what this melting pot looks like after dark, here are several different ideas to consider.


Top 10 Things To Do at Night

1.Night Tour with Big Bus Miami

What better way to kick off a night in Miami, than by hopping on a 90-Minute Big Bus Night Tour all around the city? You’ll get to see the Magic City all lit up with it’s colors and vibrance on this tour. Better yet, the tour is included with the Go Miami Card. You can read more about the different types of Tourist Passes and which is best in our Blog Post.

 

2.Watch the Art Deco Turn From Day to Night

There is nothing more ‘iconic Miami’ than the neon lights of the Art Deco District. Stroll along Ocean Drive as the city illuminates and comes to life, with Latin music pouring outside of the countless bars and restaurants. Take our free self-guided audio tour of the Art Deco District after sunset, for a really unique experience!

 

3.Sunset Cruise in Miami

Before you go out on the town, perhaps you should see what the city looks like when the sun begins to set. Miami sunsets are one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see, and there’s no better way to experience them than by taking a cruise. Island Queen Cruises & Tours offers a sunset cruise that will truly set the mood for a wonderful evening in the city. You’ll cruise through Biscayne Bay, Port of Miami, Fish Island, Miami Beach and Millionaire’s Row as well as take in the unforgettable Miami Skyline.

 

4.Miami City Lights Air Tour

There is nothing more unforgettable than flying over the sparkling skyscrapers of Downtown Miami via airplane as the city lights come to life. Thanks to the Miami City Lights Air Tour, in 60-minutes, you’ll get to take in the neon lights of South Beach and the moon reflecting on Biscayne Bay from an aerial view. Although this may be one of the more costly activities on the list, at $175 per person, it is also one of the most highly rated experiences in Miami. If you’re looking for an exciting family activity, a nighttime air tour is a great way to see the city from a completely different perspective.

 

5.Art Walk at Night

If you’re looking for a way to save money while discovering the wonderful artwork in Miami’s art district, this is an excellent option. On the first Friday of every month, the Coral Gables Gallery offers free admission between 6 PM-10 PM. On the second Saturday of each month, thousands of locals and tourists alike flood the streets of Wynwood, Miami’s most colorfully decorated street art district, creating the city’s largest block party for the Wynwood Art Walk. More than 400 businesses open their doors after hours giving you access to delicious food, art galleries, boutique shops and so much more!

There is also a guided art walk provided by the Miami Design Preservation League on Thursday nights at 6:30 PM. One way to take advantage of this guided tour is by getting the GoMiami Card, which gives you access to a wide variety of attractions in the city. There are several different opportunities to discover the unique artistic vision of the Magic City, so make sure to choose the art walk that best fits your expectations.

 

6. Visit a Local Nightclub 

As you can imagine, there are a lot of interesting nightclubs in the Miami area. Some are focused on live music while others literally take the party to the roof. Some of the most popular in the city include Space-downtown Miami’s most popular club, LIV-dubbed the most popular club to spot a celebrity, Story-a 27,000 square-foot South Beach dance club and E11even-which is open 24/7/365.

When it comes to Miami’s clubs, you should expect the unexpected; there’s no such thing as average or ordinary here, as you’ll find venues that double as dinner clubs and even strip clubs. Some Miami nightclubs like Mango’s Tropical Cafe and Blume even offer live performances from flamenco dancers. It’s easy to dance the night away in an environment as dynamic and energetic as South Beach!

 

7.Live Jazz Performances

The Jazz scene in Miami is absolutely wonderful, with several different venues offering a variety of live shows. As a matter of fact, some clubs even pride themselves on having a live Jazz performance almost every single night. One such venue is Ball & Chain, located in Little Havana, offers live Jazz nightly Monday-Saturday and was voted one of the best live music venues in Miami. Or check out Le Chat Noir, which combines wine, cheese and live Jazz music Tuesday-Saturday.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami (MOCA) offers free entertainment for jazz lovers on the last Friday of each month at 8p.m. Concerts take place, rain or shine, on the plaza outside the Museum.

 

8.Outdoor Movies & Music 

When the sun goes down, Miami’s night owls all begin to gather at their favorite local hotspots. Some of them will visit dance clubs while others prefer the silent halls of a movie theater. If you’ve seen and done pretty much everything else, or want to relax with the family, why not enjoy the cool night air on a blanket under the stars while watching a movie at the New World Center’s ExoStage. The SoundScape Cinema Series (scroll toward bottom of page) screens films on a 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall. Movies are typically at 8pm on Wednesdays and run from October-May.

If classical music interests you more than movies, be sure to check out New World Symphony Wallcast Concerts, which allow you to experience free, classical music on their projection wall of the New World Center as well.

 

9.Sunset & Night Photography Workshop

If you want to cherish your memories of the Magic City forever, what better way than by taking a photography tour of the city at night? During this workshop, you’ll explore Miami Beach as the sun begins to set and see the city from an entirely new perspective. Whether you want to be a photographer and build your portfolio or you just want to take some great pictures of this beautiful city at night, this is an excellent opportunity to experience how Miami truly comes to life when the sun goes down. You will need a camera, tripod, and potentially a few different types of lenses in order to capture the best photos of Ocean Drive and South Beach.

 

10. The Local Theatre

The Actors’ Playhouse is one of the highest rated attractions in the city, with shows that appeal to almost everyone. In addition to several Off-Broadway shows, they also have productions aimed at more of a family audience. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, taking in a play at one of the most beloved theatres in Miami is definitely an excellent option. Featuring a beautiful art deco terrazzo, this award-winning playhouse has managed to capture the hearts and minds of Miami natives. Supporters of the performing arts owe it to themselves to discover this wonderful theatre located conveniently in Coral Gables.

 


Back to Top


Free Things To Do at Night

Surprisingly, there are so many things to do in the great city of Miami, even at night! You already know about the free movies and concerts at Soundscape Park, but, fortunately, there’s so much more. We’ve listed our favorites for both locals and visitors alike. Be sure to visit our post for the details on all the Free Things to do in Miami by both day and night!

 

Experience Cuban Culture on Calle Ocho in Little Havana

If you happen to be in Miami on the last Friday of every month, you’ll be in for a true treat! From 7-11pm, Calle Ocho comes to life during Viernes Cultural. Viernes Cultural literally translates to ‘Cultural Friday’ in which locals head out into the street to demonstrate the true meaning of Cuban culture. Visit their website for more information.

If you’re looking for a tour, Get Your Guide offers a 2-hour Walking Food Tour through Little Havana that is sure to please! 

 

Watch the Sunset on the Beach

Miami is synonymous with the beach and, although it’s fun to soak in the sun by day, it’s equally as exciting to enjoy the beach at sunset. Grab a bottle of wine and a blanket and watch the beach change from light to dark as you listen to the ocean waves. If you’re looking for something a little more quiet and intimate, then check out South Pointe Park or North Miami Beach. Both will be a much quieter alternative than bustling South Beach. 

Perez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM)

Visit Miami’s contemporary art museum with diverse exhibits. The Perez Art Museum (PAMM), which was once known as the Miami Art Museum, offers free daily tours led by museum guides at 11am, 12pm, 2:30pm and on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. The museum offers over 2,000 works of art for your enjoyment. Fortunately, entry is included with the GoMiami Card. You can read more about which Miami Tourist Pass is best for you here. 

 


Back to Top


Family-Friendly Things To Do 

Aside from the Big Bus Night Tour, Miami City Lights Air Tourt and the Outdoor Soundscape Cinema Series, Miami offers more than you’d think for families in the evening.

 

Nighttime Jeep Tour of Miami

There are a lot of different tours offered by a variety of different companies in South Beach, but this is no ordinary tour. Instead of hopping on a bus or going for a long walk, Tons of Fun Tours will drive you around Miami in one of their stretch convertible Jeeps. Feel the cool night air blowing across your face as you explore the city at night and learn all about the wonderful culture. On this tour you will visit the Art Deco District, Downtown Miami, Bayfront Park, The Miami Tower and several other notable locations in the area. Discover what happens to SoBe after dark in style and comfort as you cruise around in one of these awesome Jeeps!

 

Fun Dimension

After dinner, take kids over to Fun Dimension in Wynwood for 15,000 square feet filled arcade games, laser tag, bumper cards and so much more! Fun Dimension also offers up a full service event space for birthday parties and other celebrations. There’s even a Bungy Dome where kids can soar as high as possible on a trampoline while they’re strapped into a harness.

 

Miami Trolley

While trolley service in Miami dates all the way back to 1906, the new 7 trolley car fleet was introduced to the city in 2003. The Miami Trolley is a convenient way to around the city and the coolest part is that it’s completely free! The trolley route spans all over the city of Miami from Wynwood to Brickell to Biscayne and many other popular tourist and local neighborhoods. It’s open until 11pm and kids always love riding along!

 

Enjoy a Major League Baseball Game at Marlins Park

An memorable evening out with the family can certainly be obtained at Marlins Park. Located in Little Havana, just outside of downtown, Marlins Park offers inexpensive tickets for you and your family to enjoy a baseball game in the heart of Miami (kids aged three and under are free)! If you happy to go on a Friday evening, your kiddos will be elated at the bonus fireworks display at the end of the night. On Sunday’s, kids can do a Diamond Dash around the bases at the end of the game.

 

Miami Children’s Theatre

If you’re child is dreaming of starring on Broadway one day, why not take them over to the Miami Children’s Theatre for a live show. All performances at the Theatre are produced, acted and choreographed by children. Watch the stage come to life as the talented performers showcase popular musicals such as Aladdin, Chicago High School Edition and even Once Upon a Mattress. It’s a truly amazing experience for both children and adults alike.

 


Back to Top


Night Clubs & Pub Crawls 

It’s no secret, other than it’s beaches, Miami is best known for it’s nightlife. Whether you want to dance the night away to electronic dance music, drink beer at a local pub, or experience true salsa dancing, this city has something for everyone. Miami offers up so many different nightclubs and pub crawls, it’s almost overwhelming. Fortunately, we’ve narrowed it down for you.

 

Night Clubs

There are an endless amount of nightclubs to choose from in the greater Miami area. Aside from the most popular as previously discussed above, there are some local spots that are certainly worth checking out. If you’re looking to dance the night away to a hip DJ playing Latin music, then Candela Bar Brickell is THE place to go. You’ll feel like a true local dancing at Candela. Basement is a unique night club, in that it not only is a club, but it also has a bowling alley and an ice skating rink. If you’re looking for a more relaxed dance music scene, then Wynwood Yard is an excellent choice. Here, you can drink local craft beer, sip on cocktails and listen to chill electronic music.

 

Pub Crawl in Coral Gables

If the Miami nightclubs aren’t your scene, perhaps you’d prefer to visit some of the lively pubs and bars that the beautiful neighborhood of Coral Gables has to offer. Although many of the venues in South Beach are high intensity clubs offering dinner, live performances and even strip shows, the entertainment you will find in other neighborhoods is much more relaxed.

Food Tours of Miami offers what they call the “Out and About Pub Crawl,” which will take you to several different pubs in the Coral Gables neighborhood. Many of the Pub Crawls you will find in Miami actually take you to a variety of clubs, so this is an excellent opportunity to avoid the nightclub scene and experience a side of the city that is often left untouched.

 

Pub Crawl Miami

Maybe your on a limited budget and cannot fathom paying the cover prices at all the most popular night clubs that Miami has to offer. If so why not go on a sampler Club Crawl instead?! Every Friday and Saturday Night, Pub Crawl Miami takes guests to 4 different South Beach bars, lounges and clubs. Their flat fee includes entry to each and exclusive drink deals!

 

World Crawl Miami

If you’re looking to meet and mingle while in Miami, then World Crawl Miami is the tour for you! The night kicks off with icebreaking party games and ends at Mansion or Story (two of the most popular nightclubs in Miami). It’s an all-inclusive tour, which includes free food, drink tickets, express entrance and cover for four-six bars and clubs.

 

Sip, Savor and Salsa Nightlife Experience

Get Your Guide offers an unforgettable 2-hour tour where you’ll learn to dance Salsa and Bachata, enjoy great local food and sip mojitos in Miami’s hottest Latin cub in South Beach. After learning the moves upstairs at Mojito Room, you’ll test them out on the dance floor downstairs in front of the live band.


Back to Top


Other posts you might be interested in:

 

Miami bus tour banner

Which Miami Bus Tours Are Best?

Posted by & filed under Miami.

This post reviews and compares the many different bus tour options available in Miami. We have compiled a list of what we believe to be the best Miami bus tours, and we will provide a breakdown of the services you can expect from each company.

 

 


Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tours

These bus tours will allow you to hop on and off and explore all of the most popular sites in Miami. While some services give you the opportunity to wander around at your leisure and hop back on whenever you wish, others are kept to a much tighter schedule. 


Big Bus Tours Read more »

Which Miami Tourist Pass is Best?

Posted by & filed under Miami.

If you’re looking to save some money on attractions and activities in Miami, you may want to consider getting a tourist pass. This post will provide all the information you need to pick the best discount pass for your needs.

 

 


Before You Buy

In this section, we summarize how each type of tourist pass works. We also compare and contrast some of the differences between each pass and how they can be used. Each link will take you to a more in-depth breakdown of each type of pass. Read more »

Miami Food Tours

Which Miami Food Tours are the Best?

Posted by & filed under Miami.

The Miami food scene is a cultural melting pot of local, regional and international flavors and you will discover unique dishes you won’t find in many other places. The local cuisine is somewhat centered on seafood given the fresh abundant local supply. Miami is also known for its authentic and amazing Cuban cuisine, but other Latin American ingredients are used in restaurants throughout the city. With so much great foods waiting to be tasted, you can bet that there are many food tours to choose from. We’ve vetted the many options so you can find one that is right for you.

Some tours visit several different neighborhoods, while others focus on one specific neighborhood. Most tours are in Miami’s popular areas: South Beach, Wynwood and Little Havana. The two most popular food tour companies are Miami Food Tours and Miami Culinary Tours. The average price per person (in 2016) is between $45-$60 and includes tastings and in some cases includes transport. Group size is usually limited to under 15 people which is a nice size to enjoy your tour. We recommend that if you have any food allergies or restrictions, make sure to check each tour carefully  to see whether or not they can accommodate you before buying a ticket.

 

SOUTH BEACH FOOD TOURS

If you’re looking for a tour that offers a taste of almost everything under the sun, South Beach is your best bet. Discover what happens when foods typical of Cuba, Argentina, Spain and the Caribbean make their way to Florida and end up in creative and inventive meals.

Read more »

Miami Art Deco District

Miami Art Deco District Self-Guided Tour

Posted by & filed under Miami.

In the early 20th century, Miami was becoming a popular tourist destination during the winter due to its warmer climate and beautiful beaches. Travelers looking to escape the cold weather of northern states began to visit the Magic City in droves as soon as the first snowflake hit. It was due to this behavior and similar movements around the country that many of these visitors became known as “snowbirds.” In order to accommodate these audiences and many more, developers began to construct hotels and hostels that would attract them, choosing unique Art Deco designs both to save money and to attract potential customers.

Many of these locations still exist today, and their architectural style is a fantastic sight to behold. Depending on the era in which they were built, these buildings often represent interesting time periods in Miami’s history. Simply walking down Ocean Drive reveals much of the city’s history through the eyes of several creative architectural designers. With that in mind, let’s go on a tour of Miami’s Art Deco District and discover how South Beach has developed over almost a century.

This self-guided walking tour will take at least an hour or two to complete, so be prepared for the trek and make sure to bring some water with you. If you ever feel like taking a break at one of the many restaurants that you will see along the way, don’t hesitate to get off your feet for a little while and enjoy some of the delicious flavors of South Beach. Remember, this tour is under your control, so you are free to take it at your own pace. Relax and have fun while learning all about Miami’s architectural history!

Read more »

Which Miami boat tour is right for you?

Posted by & filed under Miami.

As you can no doubt imagine, a city located near the ocean is going to have a lot of different boat tours. This is definitely true for Miami, but you might still be surprised at the wide variety of boating tours you can expect to find in the Magic City. In addition to several airboat tours of the Everglades, you’ll also find a lot of speed boat tours, cruise ship tours, sail boat tours, kayak tours and more. Whether you want to explore the river of grass in the Everglades, or you’re more interested in discovering the South Beach area, there are several different Miami boat tours that will help you to discover everything that this subtropical paradise has to offer.

Some of these tours offer more than just a boat ride, while others are little more than just transportation. With that in mind, we’ve decided to compile a list of the available boat tours in Miami and compare them for your convenience.

 


Speedboat Tours

Combo Package Tours


 

Read more »

Everglades Swamp tour

Which Everglades tour is the Best

Posted by & filed under Miami.

The Florida Everglades represent the largest subtropical ecosystem in the United States, and they are home to a variety of flora and fauna that you won’t find anywhere else. Anyone can go to a zoo and see animals from exotic locales, but it’s a lot more exciting to actually see them in their natural habitat. Everglades swampWith that in mind, we’ve decided to compare and contrast some of the most highly rated tours of the area. Whether you’re hoping to find out more about swamp tours or airboat tours, we’re going to take a closer look at the companies providing these services in order to help you make the right choice for the best possible experience.

Most of the tour companies that visit the Everglades are located along HWY 41, just outside of Miami, Florida. A short drive outside of the city could take you to some truly amazing places. Some tours specialize in taking you close to alligators in the wild, while others focus more on the natural beauty of the environment. No matter what you want to see, chances are that these businesses will offer the experience of a lifetime. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to find when you start looking for a tour of the Everglades.

 

PUBLIC AIRBOAT TOURS

PRIVATE AIRBOAT TOURS

SWAMP BUGGY TOURS

Read more »

Is Travel Insurance Worth It?

Posted by & filed under A Blog on Visiting New York City, Berlin, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, London, Miami, New Orleans, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC.

Is Travel insurance worth it?Travel insurance is often the last thing you have on your mind when planning your next trip for just yourself, with your family or with friends. We look forward to a well-earned and long-desired vacation and we know deep down, however, that travelling brings about the unexpected (mostly in good ways). For the hopefully rare bad case scenarios, where you need to cancel a trip due to hazardous weather, sickness, the death of a family member, or any accidents during your trip, stolen or lost luggage/passports/wallets, and even worse injury or death of a travel mate, you want to be covered. Instead of overthinking the many things that might happen, travel insurance can help to put your mind at ease for the many what-ifs, so you can get back to planning and enjoying the fun things about your next trip.  So, is travel insurance worth it?

Be sure to read our post on purchasing a SIM Card for the US.

Travel insurance – what to look for:

Most travel insurance plans cover 2 main things: travel benefits and medical benefits. Those usually entail:

  • a refund when you need to cancel your trip due to emergency
  • covered expenses when a flight is delayed or cancelled or when you miss your flight
  • compensation of expenses if your carrier loses or delays your luggage
  • Coverage of expenses for any medical or dental emergency during your trip
  • Coverage of cost for medical emergency evacuation or accidental death or dismemberment
  • Optional benefits include car rental insurance

Depending on the provider benefits may differ in cost and range, so make sure you read the small print. Read more »