Things to Do

Explore the Best Miami Beach has to Offer

Each of the Charles Group Hotels is nestled in the heart of Miami Beach – offering the perfect gateway to this vibrant international playground by the sea.

But choosing what to see or where to go, or where to even begin, can be a little overwhelming – whether this is your first visit or your five hundredth. In a city with so much to discover, from the high-end restaurants and nightlife of Ocean Drive to the authentic, gritty embrace of Espanola Way, you have to have a plan.

To assist you in mapping out your Miami Beach adventure, Charles Group Hotels has put together a comprehensive list of can’t-miss Miami Beach attractions and things to do.

It’s certainly not everything there is to see and do, but it’s a great start. And if you find someplace new, let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Art Deco District

Art Deco is the prevailing style of America's own Riviera, as South Beach is often called. Bordered by the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean, this architectural district is framed roughly by Sixth Street, Alton Road, and Collins Canal and Dade Boulevard, and you’ll know it when you’re there. Over 950 historic buildings, built between the 1920’s and 1940’s, line the streets, each one more strikingly fabulous than the next, are part of the world’s greatest collection of Art Deco architecture.

Bal Harbour Shops

We challenge you to choose a more au courant group of boutiques than those dotting the sophisticated streets of Bal Harbour: From reliable department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Saks to provocative designers the likes of Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Roberto Cavalli and Alexander McQueen, this upscale shopping area is packed to the brim with the latest in haute couture. Discover your next deal at 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour. 

Bass Museum of Art

Bridging the gap between historical artwork and contemporary art collections, the Bass Museum of Art boasts a selection of antiquities, Renaissance, and Baroque art, as well as modern pieces and exhibitions. Guests of all ages will appreciate the museum's educational programming, and the museum’s own inviting, South Beach-inspired architecture. Visit their website to plan your visit:

Bayside Marketplace

Bayside is more than a mere mall. It’s a fashion oasis, replete with all the amenities a fashionistas could desire, in addition to the big-name shops mall rats love to frequent, from the Gap and Foot Locker to Guess, Victoria’s Secret, and Bath & Body Works. Explore on your own or take advantage of one of Bayside’s own shopping excursions, including boat charters and sightseeing tours. You’ll find the fun at 401 Biscayne Blvd., R106, Miami.

Duck Tours – South Beach

Pile into one of Duck Tours' famous "amphibious vehicles," and get ready for 90 minutes of action-packed fun whizzing through local landmarks like Biscayne Bay, the Intracoastal, Star Island, and Venice of America. Departing from Lincoln Road in South Beach, as well as Miami Downtown and Fort Lauderdale locations, Duck Tours thrill children and adults, friends and even adventurous colleagues alike. Learn more and plan your own adventure online at

Jungle Island

A tropical landscape park abounding with unusual creatures that hail from throughout the world can be found right here in Miami, at Jungle Island. (You might even recognize the Jungle's pink flamingos from the opening credits of TV series hit, "Miami Vice.") The theme park is filled with gorgeous flora and fauna, and offers attractions, tours and exhibits for guests of all ages, 365 days of the year. Get more details at:

Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road is a pedestrian’s paradise. Bursting at the seams – er, streets – with shops, restaurants, bars, galleries, and entertainment, this vehicle-free plaza is the very pulse of South Beach. Stop by at any time of the day or night and indulge in the area’s most fabulous people-watching and bargain hunting. Find your way to Lincoln Road online:

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Gorgeous, green, and free, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is dedicated to preserving the environment, educating its visitors, and providing a relaxing respite for Miami visitors and residents. Programs range from yoga, basket design and vegetable cultivation to workshops on aromatherapy, and herbs and medicinal plants. Learn more about what’s going on this season at the Botanical Garden online:

Miami Beach Cinematheque

Film buffs can cozy up at MBC, the Miami Beach Cinematheque, where a screening room, gallery, bookstore-library, and cafe await. Provocative films, the perfect antidote to commercial blockbusters, are screened daily. Check out the MBC’s extensive calendar of happenings and showings online here:

Miami Children’s Museum

Now occupying its brand-spanking new, $25-million home since 2003, the spiffy Miami Children's Museum is more than the perfect antidote to kids suffering from cabin fever: it's a community-focused and child-centered institution dedicated to educating little ones with fascinating exhibits, galleries, and programming. Camps, classes, and educational programs abound here. View the latest programs online:

Miami City Ballet

As the eighth-largest ballet company in the U.S., the Miami City Ballet boasts a 98-ballet repertoire, with such masterpieces as "Prodigal Son," and "Jewels," as well as contemporary choreography from modern artists. The associated Miami City Ballet School offers summer programs, year-round classes, and open classes in yoga, contemporary dance, floor-barre, and, of course, ballet. Find a spot as a dancer or as a spectator online at

Miami Seaquarium

The longest operating oceanarium in the U.S., the Miami Seaquarium is home to superstar Flipper, who performs alongside friends in the daily Flipper Dolphin Show, as well as other marine life fan favorites, including Pacific White-Sided dolphins and a half-ton killer whale named Lolita. Park visitors are able to get up close and personal, with dolphin encounters, sea lion shows, and a rescued manatee exhibit. Plan your visit to this animal kingdom by logging on to

Ocean Drive

Glamour, glitz, and fantastic local color overflow along Ocean Drive, the main artery of South Beach, which runs from approximately 15th Street to South Pointe Drive. The nearly mile-and-a-half long stretch is home to the Art Deco District, the infamous Versace mansion, and countless bars, lounges, restaurants, and shops. You’ll find delicious dining options, creatively concocted cocktails, unusual souvenirs, boating and fishing charters, and more along this personality-filled main drag. Learn more before your visit online:

South Pointe Park

With stunning oceanfront vistas, lush rolling grass, and plenty of benches, South Pointe Park (simply “South Pointe” to the locals) is a leafy refuge amidst the bustle of South Beach. Found at 1 Washington Avenue, the recently renovated green space offers the perfect point for people-watching, or gazing out as the cruise ships sail to and fro. Bring Fido, friends, or come solo to enjoy a verdant urban respite.


First opened as James Deering's subtropical winter abode, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is, these days, a national landmark and beloved museum. Visit the Main House, where 34 bedecked rooms hold more than 2,500 artworks and furnishings, as well as 10 acres of formal gardens, an orchid collection, and a 25-acre forest. Educational programs, film screenings, seasonal events, and tours such as the Moonlight Garden tour make it easy for visitors of all ages and interests to get involved. Visit for more details about this beloved historic site. 

Zoo Miami

Though the numbers are impressive – three miles of walkways, 40-plus endangered species, hundreds of orchids, and more than 100 exhibits – they don't reveal Zoo Miami's full, colorful story. Abounding with a selection of the world’s most unusual animals and birds, a wealth of educational activities, gorgeous gardens, and plenty of child-centered programming, the magnificence of Zoo Miami has to be experienced in order to be believed. Learn all about the Zoo’s exhibits, programs, and events online at, where you can plan your visit.