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Cheap activities in Miami are something worth screaming about.
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Twelve Great Things You Can Do Anytime in Miami for $10

Let's be real — Miami is ridiculously expensive. The city's median condo rent is the eighth-highest in the nation, ringing in around $1,900 a month. Luxury cars, fancy restaurants and clubs, and high-priced designer shops are frequent sights for a local. But for better or worse, many of us don't have hundreds of dollars to blow on just one day or night in the 305. 

Instead, here are 12 things to do in Miami for $10. Yes, ten bucks. From abnormally large plates of pasta to parks, concerts, trampolines, and doughnuts — spend a sunny day without breaking the bank.

Antica Mare offers $10 pasta Tuesdays.
Antica Mare offers $10 pasta Tuesdays.
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12. Get a big bowl of pasta. 
Quality food, sizable portions, and affordable prices are a lot to ask for. Luckily, there's a smattering of Miami eateries that offer giant bowls of pasta for exactly $10. They're guaranteed to keep you full well into the night, which means you might be able to get away with spending just $10 on food for a given day. Some are topped with cheese and veggies, and others are submerged in bowls of red sauce or gooey cheese. On Tuesdays, waterfront restaurant Antica Mare features ten house-made pastas and risottos for $10; Perricone’s has $10 pasta Thursdays, with dishes like whole-wheat penne and fresh salmon eggplant parmigiana at a discounted price; and Mondays, Via Verdi features 50 percent off all pastas, making most dishes a little less than $10 each. What are you waiting for? Bon appétit!

11. Spend the day at Bill Baggs State Park.
A day on the sand or near the ocean is a must for Miamians and tourists alike. But traffic, tolls, and parking can put a damper on your plans (and cost nearly $30). At Key Biscayne's Bill Baggs State Park, tolls and full-day parking cost just $10. It's one of Miami-Dade's best-kept secrets. Parkgoers can tan, swim, picnic, walk, run, and bike on nearly a mile of sandy coastline. There are free lighthouse tours on the island too.

Churchill's holds concerts almost nightly.
Churchill's holds concerts almost nightly.

10. Go to a concert at Churchill's
Miami's punk-rockers know Churchill's is the best place to watch a band and grab a cold beer. The Little Haiti spot includes pool tables, a patio, and a large concert space. The venue hosts a different band nearly every day. If you're at a loss on how to spend your night, there's a good chance a concert is happening at Churchill's, and the cover charge is usually about $10 or less. 

9. Jump around at Sky Zone
Fitness classes can get pricey. But every Monday and Wednesday, Sky Zone offers SkyRobics, where attendees jump around in a warehouse lined with floor-to-ceiling trampolines. The fitness class tests your strength and cardiovascular levels in the most energetic way possible — trampolines are not just for kids. The best part is it easily burns up to 1,000 calories per hour and costs only $10 per person.

Twelve Great Things You Can Do Anytime in Miami for $10
Courtesy of The Raleigh

8. Hang out in a beer garden.
Every third Thursday, the Raleigh transforms its patio into a mecca for local craft brews, backyard bites, and lawn games. Valet costs $5, admission is free, and food and drink tickets can be purchased for $1 each. A different local brewery is featured monthly and serves 12-ounce pours for five tickets (which equals $5). All food items are well under ten tickets too. Take your pick of a beer and a few bites for $10 (and make a friend pay for parking). Or park your car yourself, snag a cold brew, and kick back with good company for the night.

7. Paddleboard in Miami Beach.
Spend an afternoon on the ocean learning how to paddleboard with Miami Beach Paddleboard. A one-hour instructional session costs about $10 (with tax) and guides you through the water near the Venetian Causeway. Miami Beach Paddleboard is year-round from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.   

6. Watch a late-night movie.
If you're not a morning person, this one is for you. Every Saturday at 11:30 p.m., O Cinema Miami Beach features a late-night movie screening for $10. The films are programmed by the Secret Celluloid Society. Flicks such as The MatrixNatural Born Killers, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are offered weekly, so there's an option for every type of late-night moviegoer. 

Twelve Great Things You Can Do Anytime in Miami for $10
Courtesy of New World Symphony Concert

5. Drink wine at an outdoor New World Symphony concert.
Grab a blanket, pick up a $10 bottle of wine from the corner store, and immerse yourself in one of New World Symphony's concerts in SoundScape park. Each concert is free and projected on a 7,000-square-foot screen. Invite a few friends, ask them to bring some food (or more booze), and — voilà! — you have the perfect outdoor picnic on a budget.

Twelve Great Things You Can Do Anytime in Miami for $10
Courtesy of Micro Teatro

4. Experience a play at Micro Theater Miami.
Inside shipping containers behind the Spanish Cultural Center (1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) you'll find 15-minute miniplays in Spanish and English fit for 15 attendees. The microplays are quick but intimate, with each troupe performing up to six times in one night. That means nearly 42 plays happen every Wednesday through Sunday night. Each performance costs $5, so make it an evening by watching two consecutive performances for $10.  

Twelve Great Things You Can Do Anytime in Miami for $10
Courtesy of the Rum Line

3. Walk around Miami Beach and do happy hour at the Rum Line.
Miami Beach can be hella expensive. Fortunately, strolling up and down Collins Avenue is still free. But what about a place to unwind, listen to some tunes, and grab some food and drinks for $10? Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., make your way to the Rum Line in the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Executive chef John Iatrellis offers a variety of affordable options, including fresh oysters ($1.25 each), conch salad with bell peppers and cilantro ($3), mini oyster po'boys with spicy mustard aioli ($4 each), shrimp tostones topped with mango salsa ($3), and crispy calamari drizzled with a smoked chili glaze ($4). Mix and match and stay comfortably within a $10 budget.

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Courtesy of Robert Is Here Fruit Stand and Farm

2. Milkshakes and casual hangouts at Robert Is Here Fruit Stand and Farm.
If you're in or around Homestead, make your way to the iconic Robert Is Here for one (or two) of the stand's famous milkshakes. They're made with fresh fruit straight from the farm and blended with ice milk, which is a mixture of low-fat ice cream and yogurt. Flavors vary from passionfruit and cherry/key lime to blackberry and papaya; you can even choose your own combos. Milkshakes cost $6.50 each, but splurge and add honey for an extra buck. With tax and a few dollars for gas, a trip to the fruit stand can cost about $10. Go on a weekend and spend the afternoon enjoying live music and feeding the goats and other animals.

1. Doughnuts and coffee at the Salty Donut. 
If you're in-the-know, you've probably heard about the Salty Donut. The weekend pop-up shop, which is expected to open a brick-and-mortar location this summer, attracts young and old sweets-lovers from near and far. The doughnuts alone are worth the trek, with flavors like brown butter and salt, guava and cheese, and baked chocolate cake. It's enough to make one's stomach (and heart) happy. The pop-up sells nitro cold brews too, which are iced-coffee mixes that use nitrogen for an added kick. Pair a doughnut with a nitro and then spend the afternoon in its artsy courtyard in the center of the Wynwood Arts District. Add an hour or two's worth of street parking, and you're looking at about a $10 outing. 

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