Things to Do in Miami: Outdoor Adventures

From casual walks on the shore or in a park, to adrenaline filled moments, Miami and South Florida offer endless opportunities for absolutely unforgettable experiences. Grab some beverages and head to the park to take in the natural beauty of the area’s foliage. Events and outdoor activities overflow [or fill] the city’s calendar throughout the year—enough to keep any visitor busy deciding what to do!

Tip: Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, water, sunglasses, sandals and beachwear to be prepared for the fun the day will bring.

Jet Boat Miami

On this totally amped-up water tour, captains will show you sights from the houses of Flagler Memorial Island to Hibiscus Island. Then hold on tight and embrace the adrenaline rush through tight corners and 360-degree turns for an unforgettable trip. 

Biscayne National Park

In the crystalline waters of this marine park, observe the coral reefs, sponges, exotic fish and sea animals. The park’s 173,000 acres extend almost to the southern tip of Key Biscayne, close to downtown Miami. Snorkeling and diving excursions depart regularly. Visitor center open 9 am-5 pm daily.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering. Opened in 1916, this magnificent museum is an example of when the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs built lavish estates inspired by the stately homes of Europe.

Jungle Island

Mingle with birds, monkeys and some of the world’s rarest creatures in a tropical jungle setting. Jungle Island is home to animal wonders including lovable lemurs from Madagascar, the only tame cassowary on the planet, twin orangutans Peanut and Pumpkin, and Australian red kangaroos.

Coopertown Everglades Airboats

At the home of the original airboat tours since 1945, learn the secrets of the Everglades ecosystem while professional guides take you on an educational tour of the Everglades National Park covering seven to eight miles. 

Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami features more than 3,000 creatures that squawk, slither and swing from branches. Miami’s big zoo offers interactive opportunities like giraffe, camel, parrot, giant tortoise and rhino feeding.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

One of the world’s pre-eminent botanical gardens, Fairchild sits on 83 acres filled with rare tropical plants from around the world. It offers narrated tram tours, and the Glasshouse Café serves lunch. Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm.

Tons of Fun Tours and Rentals

This tour and rental company offers tours of the Everglades and of Miami in the world's only giant Jeep Wrangler. Every tour comes with a licensed chauffeur driver and a private tour guide. Tours starting at $119; Jeep rentals starting at $99 a day. 

Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park is home to many activities that you would not expect in the center of Miami. This park has a half-moon white-sand beach, paths for hiking or mountain biking and a concessionaire who rents water-sports equipment from canoes to paddleboats. Open daily 8 am-sunset.