There’s no doubt Miami is full of fun things to discover, but sometimes it can get a little pricey.
It’s true, Miami may just be one of the most expensive cities in the country, but there are still tons of fun and free things to do in Miami. So if you’re in the 305 and you’re a bit of a budget, make sure to check out these awesome things to do and see completely free of charge!
1. Check out Downtown Doral’s new outdoor art exhibit.
LUX has turned Doral into a magical, artistic paradise, bringing a little bit of extra razzle-dazzle to the area! Combining projection mapping, LED technology and sound, LUX features a series of dynamic visual artworks created by an international roster of celebrated artists and design studios, that reflect upon a theme of balance between the human-made world and nature. The installation is completely free to access and it is best enjoyed between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. every night!
2. Go on a free, self-guided tour to discover Miami’s landmarks.
Tours are a great way to discover everything the city has to offer. No matter if you’re really into history or really into art, lucky for you, Miami is home to tons of gorgeous landmarks like the Art Deco District, Ocean Drive, Coconut Grove, or the Biltmore hotel you can explore completely for free on your own or by joining a local free walking tour
3. Enjoy a free yoga class at Bay Front Park.
Get your body flowing with some free yoga! Bay Front Park offers weekly free yoga lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Due to COVID, these are being held virtually but you can always take your yoga mat to the park and connect to the class from there!
4. Take a ride on the Metromover.
Created in 1986, the Metromover is an electrically powered free mode of public transportation that provides rides to almost 40,000 passengers daily. Even if it’s quite a popular transport option you get to enjoy one of Miami’s most iconic features and the bonus is you can get to other free things to do around the city just by hoping on it!
5. Walk the South Pointe Park Pier.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed and quiet activity why not head over to South Pointe Park? This gorgeous green spot is located at the southernmost point of South Beach and its much quieter than the busy Ocean Drive. Plus, it offers up some amazing sunset views!
6-17. Explore museums during free days.
Many Miami museums offer free entrance at least one day a month as well as other fun and family-friendly activities that you can check out completely for free!
6. Bass Museum of Art – Free on the last Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m.
7. Gold Coast Railroad Museum – Free admission every first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8. HistoryMiami Museum – Family Fun Day, the second Saturday of each month, offers free admission all day.
9. Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach – This outdoor spot is free to the public and is dedicated to the 6 million lives lost during the holocaust. It’s open all year long, from 9:30 a.m. to sunset.
10. Institute of Contemporary Art – Offers free access always as well as free guided tours which are available every day at 1 p.m.
11. Jewish Museum of Florida – Free admission every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
12. MDC Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) – Located at the Historic Freedom Tower, MOAD offers free admission on the last Sunday of every month from 1 to 6 p.m.
13. Miami Children’s Museum – Free on the third Friday of the month from 4 to 8 p.m. One Saturday per month, the museum is also reserved from 9 to 11 a.m. for children with disabilities.
14. Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) – Entry is donation based on the last Friday of the month when you can access by paying the amount you want from 7 to 10 p.m. They also offer free jazz concerts in their courtyard beginning at 8 p.m.
15. Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum – Offers free admission always as well as free guest lectures by leading artists, historians, and scholars throughout the year.
16. Perez Art Museum Miami – Admission is free every second Saturday of the month.
17. Wolfsonian-FIU– Offers free admission every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
18. Discover Miami’s vibrant Cuban culture at Little Havana.
Little Havana is the heart of Cuban culture in Miami. This vibrant neighborhood offers plenty of free things to see including Calle Ocho’s popular walk of fame and Viernes Culturales (“Cultural Fridays”) held every third Friday of the month from 7 to 11 p.m. for plenty of art, music, and food. And if you’re feeling a bit peckish you can always stop by at one of the local ventanitas where you can sometimes get some delicious croquetas, pastelitos and cafecito for a little over $1 (I know, not free — but comes super close!). You can take a look at some of our faves here.
19. Head on out to the beach
Of course, Miami’s famous beaches couldn’t be left out of this round-up! If there’s something our city is famous for is for its sprawling beaches and optimal, year-long sunny weather. There is a minimal fee for parking at some beaches but you can always take a stroll through the city on the way to the beach to make it completely free. So grab your parasol, your towel and your flip-flops and make a day out at the beach. Make sure you don’t miss out on our stunning sunsets!
20. Take in Wynwood’s gorgeous art street
Yes, Wynwood Walls does require a small fee to enter it, but there’s still plenty of gorgeous street art to check outside the Walls, so put on your best pair of walking shoes and get on exploring. The gorgeous public art pieces make for totally amazing Insta-worthy moments and there’s always a new piece popping up here and there too! Here are some of our favorites.
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