Like any large city, Miami has a wealth of landmarks and happenings to explore, but visitors may not know where to start. That's where Miami Open City Tour comes in. The company rolls out spacious, double-decker buses that transport riders along two routes, allowing them to hop on and off at their leisure. As they meander through various neighborhoods, they can listen to narrated facts on provided headphones, learning about the artistry of Coconut Grove, the music of New World Symphony Center, and the plastic black and white trees of Domino Park.
CitySightSeeing Miami encourages tourists not just to see the sights around them, but also to explore them. Professional multilingual guides educate tourists on historical facts and fun city locations, leaving visitors with a deeper knowledge about Miami. When the urge strikes to linger at a tour stop, guests can hop off their double-decker buses and roam alone. Throughout the day, more buses arrive at each stop in intervals to pick up wandering customers and continue their tours while pairing them once again with the bus’s free WiFi and interior AC.
HistoryMiami celebrates Miami's unique legacy with rotating exhibits tracing the area’s history from prehistoric times to the modern day. On the first Wednesday of every month, HistoryMiami throws down an open smorgasbord of live jams, fine wine, and tempting tidbits to flutter the wings of local social butterflies. July's Wine Down Wednesday celebrates the new Aviation in Miami exhibit with a special performance by the Oscar Fuentes Combo, whose poetic, Latin-fused rhythms evoke the history of Florida's skies, from Howard Gill's cardinal flight a century ago to today's majestic herds of domesticated clouds. Imbibe from the open wine and food bar while enjoying access to the museum galleries, outdoor courtyard, and spectral Crockett and Tubbs. Free parking is available at Cultural Parking Garage at 50 Northwest Second Avenue.
Miami is known for many things?art-deco architecture, vibrant nightlife, and mix of cultures. But the glue that binds Miami's spectral smorgasbord is the ocean, which is where Watersports of Miami comes in. The company rents out boats and yachts along with a bilingual captain and accoutrements such as stereo systems, coolers, and wet bars. Small groups can lounge or revel in the south Florida sun while cruising past the Miami skyline, near pods of dolphins, and safely away from the Earth's searing, molten core. But the company doesn't stop with just boats and yachts. Staffers can pair customers with water tubes and wakeboards, each of which can be rented alone or added to a boat rental.
Palm trees, drinks with little umbrellas, and secluded beaches where stress washes away with the tide. For Miamians, it's quite easy to turn this tropical daydream into reality. Just 50 miles to the east of the city lie the Bimini Islands. Sure, there's a little bit of ocean in the way. But one of the islands' main attractions, Resorts World Bimini, solves that with Bimini SuperFast, a luxurious behemoth that ships out of Port Miami and kicks off passengers' vacations as soon as they step on board. Six restaurants offer fuel for games of craps, roulette, and slots in the onboard casino, making the two-hour trip go by in the blink of a flirtatious mermaid's eye.
At the resort, guests disembark onto miles of white sand beaches and head off to find adventures such as kayak tours, fishing expeditions, and autograph sessions with wild dolphins. For a true thrill, local scuba experts lead diving expeditions to view up to 45 different species of sharks. Back on land, six restaurants cook up pizzas, steak, and fresh seafood. At the end of the day, explorers return to accommodations that range from studio units all the way up to private island homes overlooking the bay.