Things To Do For Free in Miami
By Matt Preston
Every globe-trotter knows how expensive travel can be; Flights, accommodation, and activities can add up rather quickly. Now more than ever, discounts and sales are easier to track down online. Miami has become a great place to enjoy discounted and, even better, free activities for all ages! You can travel to the colorful and cultural city of sand, turquoise water, music, and beautiful people without emptying your wallet. If the water and beach start to tire you out, here are five, free activities to get you out and about in Miami:
Bayfront and Bicentennial Park
Bayfront and Bicentennial Park are in a prime location, near the water and in the city. While it does host many large-scale events that require tickets, it has become a hub for the active tourist. Bayfront Park is located on the south side of Bayside Marketplace and Bicentennial Park is located on the north side of American Airlines Arena. A very popular, free activity is Yoga In The Park and is every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. It has been recommended by several publications and, is listed as “Best Of” by Miami New Times. Held outdoors by the bay, these classes offer a great atmosphere to relax and invigorate at the same time. All participants must be at least 18 years old and bring your own yoga mat, water, and towel. All classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor. If you have children, the Lee and Tina Hills Playground nearby is a fun option to let their energy loose!
Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays)
On Viernes Culturales (Culturala Fridays), Little Havana’s Calle Ocho turns into a open-air gallery, featuring hundreds of artists, sculptors, and musicians that fill the sidewalk with their creations, colors and tunes. The event is every last Friday of every month, and is free of charge. It is includes walking tours of Little Havana. This is a great way to experience the dense and lively Cuban culture of Miami.
The Miami Art Museum
Miami has one of the most diverse populations in the United States. With a mix of Caribbean, North, and South American cultures; it has become a capital for the arts. This museum reflects just that in its collections of contemporary art. The Miami Art Museum offers free admission every Sunday and second Saturday of the month. See what exhibits the Miami Art Museum has to interest you and plan your visit accordingly!
Art-deco Walking Tour of South Beach
Explore Miami’s historic art deco architecture on a self-guided walking tour through South Beach. Start on 5th Street north to Dade Boulevard, and Alton Road east to the Atlantic Ocean. Here you will find an area filled with more than 800 buildings showcasing the pre-war modernism of the 1930’s amidst the Deco District. The Miami Beach Architectural Historic District is located within a one-mile radius on South Beach. Stroll and pause on your own through the art deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern Styles. Also, each January, the Miami Design Preservation League hosts the three-day Art Deco Weekend with free lectures and films.
You may already be a fan of or be acquainted with the popular rum, Bacardi. Set up a visit at the World of Bacardi Museum to discover the corporate and family history, which began in 1862 and continues strongly today. Tours are free but an appointment is required.