31 Free Things to Do in Miami Anytime
Miami is no stranger to high-priced luxuries. From fancy clubs to indulgent restaurants, many things in the Magic City require magic money. Thankfully, not everything comes with a price tag. There are plenty of budget-friendly activities any given day, like free movies, yoga classes, museums, jazz concerts, and farmers' markets. Here are 31 ways to spend any day totally gratis and totally entertained.
31. Bike, Run, Walk, or Admire the Venetian Causeway
The greatest mainland-to-beach pathway is back in operation. A near three-mile loop offers a postcard-like skyline that — whether you're a tourist or a lifelong local — never gets old. The Venetian is pedestrian-friendly, making it perfect for an afternoon bike ride, run, jog, or
30. Run in Homestead
Every Tuesday, the Homestead Run Club meets at Homestead Hospital at 7 p.m. for a
29. Attend a Drum Circle
Spend an evening with music, dancing, and lots of drums in celebration of the full moon. NE 79th Street and Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.
Photo by Karli Evans
28. Go on a Full Moon Bike Ride
Forgo the drum circle during the next full moon for a 15-mile bike ride instead. The Shark Valley loop in Everglades National Park is open for rides every full moon. Shark Valley Loop Road, Miami; 305-221-8455, nps.gov.
27. Go to an Improv Class
Command the stage with your best jokes at the Palmetto Bay Library's weekly improv class at 7 p.m. 17641 Old Cutler Rd., Palmetto Bay.
26. Hang Out With Cows and Pigs at a Farm
Visit Bill Graham’s Farm Village at Amelia Earhart Park and see horses, ponies, cows, pigs, sheep, geese, and chicken. There's an old-style general store too. 401 E. 65th St., Hialeah; 305-685-8389; miamidade.gov.
25. Take a Breather With a Meditation Class
Disconnect from everyday chaos with a stress-relieving and energy-renewing meditation class offered every Thursday night at the North Miami Public Library. No registration is required, and all ages are welcome. 835 NE 132 St., North Miami; 305-891-5535; northmiamifl.gov.
24. Go Behind the Scenes at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Every Monday and Saturday at noon, the Adrienne Arsht Center takes guests on a tour through its theaters, with
23. Stroll Through Flower Gardens
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden offers daily garden and flower tours. Wednesdays and Saturdays, there's yoga in the garden too. Admission is free, but there's a suggested donation of $5 for tours. 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651; fairchildgarden.org.
22. Something Is Probably Happening at Books & Books, and You Should Go
It would take too long to list the many events, such as book signings, author talks, and writing classes, that Books & Books hosts at any of its three locations. So just know there's a good chance an event is happening today and any other day. booksandbooks.com.
21. Explore Downtown via Metromover
That weird, above-ground train you see in downtown Miami is called the Metromover. Hop on it and get a free tour of Brickell, Bayfront Park, and the financial district. It beats walking and gives you a few minutes of air-conditioned glory.
20. Visit the Florida Room at the Main Library
Here you'll find some of Miami's rarer history items on display. It's not automatically open to the public, so you'll have to ask a librarian for permission. 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-2878; mdpls.org.
Photo by Alissa Christine
19. See the View at South Pointe Park
Experience an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean from Miami Beach's southernmost tip. 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach.
18. Spend the Day in Nature
Hang out at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and enjoy its lush plants, flowers, and landscaping. Admission is always free, and the garden offers a self-guided tour. 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-7256; mbgarden.org.
17. Explore the Holocaust Memorial
The memorial, which took four years to build, is right next door to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Soak in a little history any day, because admission is free year-round. Donations are welcome. 1933-1945 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-1663; holocaustmemorialmiamibeach.org.
16. Free Concerts at Hialeah Park
Every Saturday night, the Fountain Terrace at Hialeah Park hosts a free concert featuring a different live band. Showtime is 8 p.m. rain or shine. 100 E. 32nd St., Hialeah.
15. Express Yourself at an Open Mike
Take the stage or watch others perform spoken word, poetry, rap, comedy, song, or dance at FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios' monthly open-mike series. 420 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-535-1464, mbus.fiu.edu.
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