Free Fun Is Totally Possible at These 10 Best Miami Spots

Living in or simply visiting Miami can get pretty expensive pretty quick. While the city is gorgeous and there is always something to do, many of these activities come with a hefty price tag. Sure, luxury hotels, fine dining, and 24/7 parties are great, but sometimes we need to budget ourselves.

Luckily, there are still plenty of totally free things to do in the 305. Some of these are pretty well-known activities, like spending a day on world-famous South Beach. Taking a day on the beach can also entail some budget-friendly activities, like having a picnic, swimming, riding bikes, jogging, or even building sandcastles. 

Then of course there are a number of beautiful parks in the Magic City. Among the best are Tropical Park, A.D. Barnes Park, Peacock Park, the list goes on. At these parks, visitors can do everything from enjoy the playgrounds with their children to playing baseball, basketball, or soccer, or enjoying a quiet stroll.

Miami also has a large network of libraries at which visitors can go and read, write, and learn. Free programming at the libraries includes storytimes for kids, book clubs, and occasional cultural programming.

Then of course there are plenty of free museum days to choose from (just check museum websites for info or pick up a free museum pass from your local library). 

Check the list for more ideas of completely free fun to have in Miami.

HistoryMiami doesn't sound like the name of a historical museum, which is exactly what organizers and board members had in mind. The less-bulky name signified a new direction for what was previously called the Historical Museum of Southern...  Read More

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Photo courtesy of Arsht Center

The monolithic Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts was built by Cesar Pelli, the architect famous for the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. It is not his loveliest building: In daylight it resembles a collapsed layer cake with jutting...  Read More

Holocaust Memorial
Photo courtesy of used in book.

Intensely moving, this memorial created by artist-architect Kenneth Treister honors victims and offers solace to survivors of the horrors of the Holocaust of the Jewish people in Europe. Included in its design are an arbor that depicts the...  Read More

This Homestead fruit stand, established by Robert Moehling in 1959 when he stood street-side selling cucumbers for his father, is a Miami institution. Here, you can stock up on all manner of tropical fruits�papayas, sapote, anon,...  Read More

The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables Golf Course features a par 71, Donald Ross design from 1926. Doglegs both right and left figure prominently here adding to the challenge - suitable for the University of Miami's women's team who play here. The...  Read More

The Little Haiti Cultural Center is the only place in Miami whose primary goal is to bring Afro-Caribbean culture to the masses. The facility houses an art gallery, a black box theater, art and dance studios, plus 3 multi-purpose rooms for...  Read More

This small neighborhood packs a big cultural wallop. Settled in the years following Castro's revolution, it's now home to a third of Miami's 2 million residents. Its main drag, Calle Ocho (or Southwest Eighth Street), is the heart of Little...  Read More

Little Haiti
Bayfront Park
Photo courtesy of Bayfront Park Facebook.

In addition to 30 acres of green space, Bayfront Park has an amphitheater that has hosted a variety of concerts, from Elton John to Rob Zombie. The park features several memorials, including one to the crew of the Challenger space shuttle. It's...  Read More

Overlooking the magnificent Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami, this vast shopping complex offers a wealth of boutiques for men, women, and children of all ages. More than 150 shops are conveniently housed in an upscale, attractive shopping...  Read More

Because South Beach is such a broad description, and the varying beaches here go on for miles, we thought we'd narrow it down. Lummus Park, the area of the beach located along Ocean Drive from 5th to 15th Street, is the all-encompassing South...  Read More


Meet Priscilla Blossom

Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

She spent the bulk...  More About Priscilla

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