Your guide to professional neighborhood tours in Miami.
Whether you’re a first timer or a frequent visitor, sometimes it helps to get the perspective of a professional on what there is to see, do and experience. However you decide to tour Miami - by air, water or land - you will be introduced to a wonderful world of natural and man-made sights and delights. Use the search tool above to find your perfect way to tour the city or take off on one of the following adventurous excursions with HistoryMiami.
Stiltsville and Key Biscayne Sunset Cruise
HistoryMiami's resident historian Dr. Paul George takes you on a relaxing boat ride to Stiltsville where you will learn how this once vivacious community was transformed into the seven houses that remain amidst the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. Known in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s as a playground for wealthy and well-connected Miamians, Stiltsville was once home to the now infamous Crawfish Eddies and Bikini Club. Cruise past the Cape Florida Lighthouse on Key Biscayne, while listening to the history of Stiltsville, Key Biscayne and the city of Miami. Tour leaves from Bayside Marketplace at 401 Biscayne Blvd. and tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children.
Design District Neighborhood Walk
Explore the heart of the Design District with HistoryMiami's Dr. Paul George. Learn how the cutting edge architecture and high-end boutiques evolved from the historic Buena Vista neighborhood. View public art installations, hear about the developer Craig Robins and learn about the neighborhood master plan created by Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Tours start at Luminaire Lab 3901 NE 2nd Ave. and are $30 per person.
A History of Street Art in Wynwood
Explore the Wynwood Art District with HistoryMiami and learn the story of how this textile warehouse and immigrant neighborhood, formerly known as “Little San Juan,” is quickly becoming the world’s largest outdoor art gallery. Stroll past huge murals and various street art displays as you listen to the history of graffiti from the advent of written language to today. Hear stories of the artists, residents and developers who made Wynwood home to over seventy galleries, five museums and seven art complexes. Tours starts at Panther Coffee, 2390 NW 2nd Ave. and tickets are $30 per person.
Downtown Archaeology & Architecture Walk
Walk along the confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay in Downtown and learn about Miami’s history, from the Tequesta people to early pioneers and modern times. You'll view the art and architecture along the walk to an archaeological site. Tour starts at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street and tickets are $30 per person.
Little Havana History & Culture Walk
Join a HistoryMiami tour guide on a fascinating tour of the world’s largest and best known Cuban neighborhood outside of Cuba. In Little Havana, sample a guava mojito as you mingle with local artists and preview over twelve art studios and private galleries. Along the way, learn the art of cigar making and discover rare Cuban art from early 19th and 20th century. See the Walkway of the Stars, paying homage to Latin American musicians, artists and entertainers. Stroll down Cuban Memorial Boulevard and hear highlights of important events in the Cuban exile experience. Tour starts at Los Pinarenos Fruteria at 1334 SW 8th Street and tickets are $30 per person.
La Petite Haiti Culture Walk
Learn about the Haitian diaspora with a HistoryMiami tour guide through the colorful neighborhood ofLittle Haiti. Visit the Little Haiti Cultural Center’s art galleries, shop at the Caribbean Marketplace and enjoy the rhythm and aromas from this vibrant community. Other tour stops include a botanica, Libreri Mapou Creole and French bookstore. Tour starts at the Little Haiti Cultural Center at 212 NE 59th Street and tickets are $30 per person.
Mystery, Mayhem and Vice Crime Bus Tour
Hear stories of mobsters, murderers, drug smugglers and bad guys on this bus ride with HistoryMiami's historian, Dr. Paul George. Visit the Miami City Cemetery, Bayfront Park, site of the attempted assassination of President Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Coconut Grove home of convicted murderer Joyce Cohen and sites where the original “Miami Vice” TV series was filmed. On the way to the South Beach get a glimpse of the historic Palm Island, where Al “Scarface” Capone lived. Tour starts at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street and tickets are $60 per person.
Islands of Biscayne Bay Boat Tour
Enjoy a cruise of Biscayne Bay from Indian Creek Village to South Beach, with Dr. Paul George. Along the way see the sites of homesteading communities Lemon City and Buena Vista, the islands that Christo wrapped and the famous hotels along the water. Tour leaves from Bayside Marketplace at 401 Biscayne Blvd. and tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children.
Moon Over Miami Cruise
Enjoy an entertaining and relaxing ride under the stars with Dr. Paul George as he recounts the history of Miami. Learn the story of the Miami River from the late 19th century, and hear tales of the area’s earliest known inhabitants, the Tequesta Indians, all while cruising through Downtown. Tour leaves from Bayside Marketplace at 401 Biscayne Blvd. and tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children.
From the wide ocean beaches in the east to the Everglades swamps in the west, discover a dazzling variety of Miami tour and sightseeing options arranged by experienced, friendly professionals. For more boat tours, read Wed & Wild Attractions: Water Parks and Boating Adventures in Miami. And to book a tour with HistoryMiami, register online, call 305-375-1621 (Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or email: [email protected].
Explore Miami’s coastline via SUP.
Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is not only a great workout, it’s also a scenic way to explore Miami’s coastline. The sport first took off in the United States in 2004 and experts say paddleboarding dates back to ancient Peruvian, Hawaiian and African cultures. For many in Miami, it’s become a way of life.
Resembling surfboards but thicker, paddleboards come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re a beginner, it’s usually better to choose a wider and longer board for more stability. As you balance on the board, you use a single paddle to sweep your board across the surface of the water. It’s also important to note for safety reasons that the U.S. Coast Guard requires that paddleboarders carry life vests.
In Miami, there are a variety of shops that rent out stand up paddleboards and windsurfing equipment. One of the most popular places to SUP is Virginia Key and Key Biscayne. The calm and clear waters of Biscayne Bay make for a perfect place to enjoy a day at sea.
Head to Sailboards Miami, which is located on the Rickenbacker Causeway at Mile Marker 6.5, to rent stand up paddleboards right on the beach. They have various boards to choose from, including 12-foot long boards for beginners. Sailboards Miami also offers one-on-one instruction from an experienced paddleboarder. Boards are available for $25 per hour. Some come with sails for windy days and there are rentals available for windsurfers as well. Call 305-892-8992 or just show up and start SUP-ing. Sailboards Miami is open Friday through Tuesday (closed Wednesday and Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Another great place to get out on the water is the Virginia Key Outdoor Center, located at Virginia Key Beach North Point Park (3801 Rickenbacker Causeway). The shop offers two types of boards: rotomolded ($25 per hour) and epoxy ($30 per hour), as well as instruction for beginners. They also offer discounts if you rent for two-hours, four-hours or a full day. Contact the Virginia Key Outdoor Center at 786-224-4777. They are open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
For a whole new stand up paddleboarding experience, head out on a full moon paddle with lights on your board. Or venture out on a bioluminescent new moon paddle where you can see little glow-in-the-dark plankton. Usually, viewing is best June through September. Trips are organized by the Virginia Key Outdoor Center.
The more experienced paddleoarder might want to test their skills at the Windhaven Insurance Orange Bowl Paddle Championship. This annual event takes place at the Miami Marine Stadium flexpark on Key Biscayne during the first week of May. The race features events for all levels including elite, recreational, corporate, sprint and a kids clinic. For more information visit www.Orangebowl.org.
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Information taken from the Greater Miami and the Beaches Website.