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Save Some Cash By Checking Out These 10 Free Miami Attractions



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.


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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 signature 17th hole features a green surrounded on three sides by water. On several holes the impressive Biltmore Hotel, a member of Historic Hotels of America is visible in the background. After your round take a refreshing dip in the largest hotel pool in the United States located on site just behind the clubhouse.You could also treat yourself to the Biltmore Spa. Guests start in a steam room bedecked with alluring Mediterranean decor and then move on to aromatherapy massages.




Once upon a time, Miami's place for modern art downtown was known as the Miami Art Museum. It was a well-sized museum adjacent to the Government Center and was a mish mash of contemporary and modern art from around the world. But in 2013, the former MAM outgrew its old home and was transported to a waterfront lot that, in conjunction with the soon-to-be-open Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum, would become Museum Park. What resulted is the wonderfully extravagant Perez Art Museum Miami. The museum continues to display modern and contemporary works of the 20th and 21st century, with a larger focus on Caribbean and North and South American culture. Along with its permanent collections and rotating exhibitions, the museum also educational programs for all ages, an outdoor music series, daily tours, evening artist talks and lectures, plus workshops, performances, and more.


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Bayfront Park
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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 also a great place for a stroll or a picnic, so don't forget to bring your camera for the outstanding views of Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami. Bayfront Park also hosts free yoga classes on Monday and Wednesday nights, as well as Saturday mornings. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats and water. Bayfront is also home to The Flying Trapeze School.


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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 Florida. Today, the museum, which actually began as a historical association in 1940 (George Merrick and Marjory Stoneman Douglas were members) continues to offer the exhibits that were developed throughout the previous decades, along with new ones. Now a a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, the facility has a newfound ability to launch its own collections and publications, as well as lend and borrow traveling exhibits. In addition, the famed Miami Circle site has been incorporated as part of the museum. City tours of the Circle are offered, as well as eco-history bus, boat and walking tours of external attractions ranging from Calle Ocho to the Everglades.


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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 history of the Holocaust in black granite and a tunnel that opens up to "The Sculpture of Love and Anguish." This enormous bronze arm, with its base of writhing human forms, is variously interpreted as a symbol of despair or hope. The memorial also encompasses a reflecting pool and walls inscribed with the names of thousands of victims. The overall effect is visually and emotionally stunning.




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, jackfruit, avocado�as well as Haden, Kent and Keitt mangos (in season). In addition to offering tropical and citrus fruits and vegetables, the store stocks sweet, savory and spicy preserves and pickles as well as homemade salsas and sauces, and visitors. When you first arrive, make sure to order a key lime, guava, dragon fruit or passion fruit milkshake to sip as you roam the shelves or head outside to visit with the animals; Robert and his family keep emus, goats, geese, tortoises and donkeys, and even have a park for picnics and a splash fountain exhibit on the premises. Robert Is Here opens for the season in November and typically closes in late August.


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 environment. Favorites include Gap, Guess, and Brookstone. When your shopping is complete, entertainment, nightlife, and dining choices abound, with options such as Miami's Hard Rock Cafe, Los Ranchos, and Chilis, and a spacious international food court. Performers often take the stage in the numerous plazas built into the marketplace especially in the evenings on weekends, and you can even take a boat tour for great views of the bay.




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 Havana, a place to indulge in authentic food, hand-rolled cigars and strong, fragrant coffee. In Maximo Gomez Park, older folks gather daily to play dominoes, talk politics, and share stories, while each March, the Calle Ocho festival celebrates Latino culture in a boisterous street party. There's the Cubaocho Museum and Gallery for those interested in learning about Cuban art and culture, nightclubs like Hoy Como Ayer to dance in at night, and plenty of delicious eateries in which to sample and savor Cuban (and Nicaraguan, Honduran, Mexican, and Salvadorean) foods. Don't leave without trying the Cuban coffee, which is said to be the lifeblood of Miamians.




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 community enrichment programs and a sizable courtyard adorned with colorful murals--a space which often serves as the venue for events like their monthly Big Night in Little Haiti. The LHCC has several resident dance companies under their roof, including the Deloue Africa Dance Ensemble Inc. (D.A.D.E.), Haitian Arts and Culture for Children, Peter London Dance Company, the Dance NOW! Ensemble, and MAD Dance. In addition to dance performances, classes are offered in this as well as other disciplines, including capoeira, tae kwon do, yoga, screen printing, photgraphy, French, and Creole.




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 Beach experience. This is the strip of sand that is always the most crowded, which makes for excellent people watching. There is a mini playground before the entrance to the beach for children ages two through 5, however, the kids will generally tire out playing in the water all day. With Brazilian bikinis and fluorescent tans as far as the eye can see, adults will likely tire their necks from spinning around doing a double take at colorful locals. Once you've soaked up all of the sun you can possibly fit into one day, the strip of restaurants and bars lining Ocean Drive are close at hand.


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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.

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