Top things to do near Miami Airport
Wynwood Arts District
Home to over 70 galleries and museums as well as extensive public street art, the Wynwood Arts District is conceived as both an arts neighborhood and a complete open-air street art installation.
At the center of it all is Wynwood Walls, a set of colorful and detailed murals by a range of artists. One of the most memorable ways to soak it in is the Wynwood Art Walk, which takes you around some of the best galleries and pieces of street art available.
About seven miles (11.3 kilometers) from Miami International Airport, Wynwood is a unique encouragement of the arts in a lively hub of the city that’s awash with great little cafés and places to hang out; be sure not to miss this one.
American Airlines Arena
Home to Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA), American Airlines Arena is a great place to catch a game, but also packs in a theater space and entertainment such as music concerts, special events and theatrical performances.
Located about seven miles (11.3 kilometers) from Miami International Airport, the arena experience here is second-to-none.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Once the home of a wealthy local businessman, Villa Vizcaya is now owned by the County and has been opened to the public as a museum. Featuring Renaissance gardens, native woodland, historic buildings and extensive furnishings, decorations and artworks, it is open year-round.
About 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) from the airport, the villa has a rich history to discover and a collection spread across 50 acres (20.2 hectares) of land and over 70 rooms of arts and furnishings. Some of the interior designs are admirably creative and there are many unique pieces of work to take in that date from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
Miami's iconic strip of golden sand and blue sea is the primary reason why Miami has become known as the ultimate beach holiday destination. Only 13 miles (20.9 kilometers) from MIA, the beach stretches along the outside edge of the entire Biscayne Bay looking out onto the Atlantic.
Incorporating North Beach, Mid Beach, South Beach, Ocean Drive, the Art Deco District and the Bayfront Park and marketplace, this is a huge resort city in its own right that is alive with unique culture and atmosphere.
Whether you want to sit in the sun and listen to the waves or explore the amazing architecture and food, it's the original essential tourist location to visit in Miami.
Just four miles (6.4 kilometers) from Miami Airport, Little Havana is a neighborhood more than worthy of exploration.
Home to immigrants from across Cuba and Central and South America, Little Havana is best known for great festivals, food, music, independent stores and an astoundingly friendly street-life experience.
It’s an uplifting place to simply walk around and explore, given the fact that Little Havana quite literally brings a little piece of Cuba to the USA.
If you happen to be traveling in early spring, look out for the Calle Ocho Festival, which brings over a million people together in a Caribbean-carnival style celebration.
As the oldest and largest zoo in Florida and the only tropical zoo in the USA, Zoo Miami spreads over 3,000 animals across a 750-acre (303.5-hectare) park about 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) from Miami International Airport.
It supports conservation programs both locally and internationally, with animal exhibits at the zoo covering the ecology of the Florida Everglades, Asia, Africa, the Amazon and Australia.
There's so much to see that you could easily fill a few days here. It even offers cycle hire to get around the three miles (4.8 kilometers) of pathways.
Nine miles (14.5 kilometers) from Miami Airport is the Dolphin Mall, offering 1.4 million square feet (130,000 square meters) of retail space and a 19-screen multiplex movie theater. Anchor stores include Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Old Navy, with many of them offering an outlet-style service.
With a diverse range of restaurants and coffee shops on offer, you won’t struggle to fill a few hours there. The mall has recently added thousands of new parking spaces, but there are also bus services available from MIA.
Pérez Art Museum Miami
A contemporary art museum eight miles (12.9 kilometers) from Miami Airport, the Pérez Art Museum Miami is housed in a stunning, award-winning, modern building amidst beautiful terraces in Museum Park.
Around 2,000 pieces of 20th-century art are held in the collection, as well as work from the cultures of the Atlantic Rim. It’s enjoying record attendance at its new home, so it’s investing in its collection and committing to regular special exhibitions. The art, the architecture and the overall ambience combine to make this a special place to visit during your time in Miami.