The best Miami tours lead the way to the city’s top sights and eats

Tourist or not, the best Miami tours offer a fun and easy way to experience the city
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How well do you know Miami? If you’ve spent time swimming in the Miami beaches, visiting the best museums in Miami or sampling Cuban food in Little Havana, you’ve gotten a taste of what the Magic City has to offer. But there’s still so much more to experience. Consider one of these best Miami tours as a fun way to delve deeper into the local culture, try authentic Latin cuisine and see a side of Art Deco Miami you never knew existed. Tours in Miami aren’t just for tourists anymore; these guided ventures give you a glimpse of the city you never knew you needed. 

Best Miami tours

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Little Havana Food and Walking Tour
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Little Havana Food and Walking Tour

If you’re the type who researches a city’s food scene before booking travel, this culinary tour will keep you from spending precious hours Googling away. Set off on a gut-busting journey through Little Havana, sampling the Cuban neighborhood’s authentic delights—from ice cream and cafecito to those irresistible croquetas. Between stops, you’ll learn about the people, the culture and, of course, the food that make this place so special. $59

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Stiltsville
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Stiltsville and Key Biscayne sunset cruise

No matter how jaded locals get about Miami’s waterfront, they never tire of Stiltsville, the group of wood stilt houses at the edge of Biscayne Bay. Part of the novelty is how difficult they are to get to, but HistoryMiami is changing that with their monthly Stiltsville and Key Biscayne sunset cruises. Unlike other tours that navigate the same waters, the museum’s resident historian Dr. Paul George, who really delves into the history of each site, leads this one. He’ll narrate the trip as it takes you past the Cape Florida Lighthouse, where you may even catch a glimpse of dolphins and other wildlife. $60

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Duck Tours South Beach
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Miami Duck Tour

Few tours will take a Pitbull dance break at a red light, but Duck Tours is unlike any other tour you’ll take in Miami. You’ll ride an amphibious truck, meaning it can travel on land and on water, through the streets of Miami Beach and downtown Miami, past Bayside Marketplace and into Biscayne Bay for a truly 360-degree view of the city. Guides are informative but also really fun, so expect to hear the “#SELFIE” song when your peers start wielding their selfie sticks. $35.59

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Art Deco Miami
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Miami Beach Food and Art Deco Walking Tour

More than showing you where The Birdcage was filmed, Art Deco walking tours are a fun, interactive way to learn all about South Beach’s historic architecture—without ever needing to refer to your guidebook. You’ll learn to distinguish Mediterranean Revival from Miami Modern and be able to tell all your friends back home you were inside an actual Art Deco structure. Bonus: the three-hour tour includes five stops to snack and rest your feet. $56

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Little Haiti Graffiti Lesson
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Little Haiti Graffiti Lesson

No matter what the countless murals in Wynwood might lead you to believe, spray painting a vacant wall is still very much illegal. Fortunately, this Little Haiti tour gives you free rein without the risk of defacing public property. Led by a real-life street artist, the class takes place inside an artist studio. Students are handed a can of paint, a mask (safety first!) and shown how to write, blend colors and illustrate using different spray tips. $45

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Miami Brew Bus
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Miami Brew Bus

This tour combines some of our favorite weekend activities into one: day drinking, sampling craft beers and letting others drive us around. If you’re interested in learning about Miami’s burgeoning local breweries, or just like drinking really good beer, grab a seat on the Brew Bus immediately. You’ll be whisked away to several South Florida breweries on an air-conditioned mini bus, given a tour of each facility and handed a complimentary beer of your choice at every location. Cheers to that. $70

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The Grand Miami Air Tour
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The Grand Miami Air Tour

Pressed for time? This is how you see Miami’s essential sights in under an hour. Fly over South Beach, through Downtown and across Biscayne Bay as you soak in the city’s beautiful skyline and indelible Art Deco architecture. Your pilot will not only steer you clear of danger but also give you the lowdown on what you’re seeing below. $165

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Everglades Miami
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Florida Everglades Hike, Kayak and Airboat Tour

Those willing to brave the elements for an up-close glimpse of South Florida’s most impressive landscape should opt for an amphibian experience. Start with a one-hour airboat tour, which whisks you through thousands of tiny islands and past native wildlife. You’ll see crocodiles and alligators (the Everglades is among the few places in the world where the two species cohabitate), as well as all sorts of other wildlife, many of which are endangered. A dry hike led by a naturalist and lunch are included in this unique adventure. $185

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Big Bus Miami Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Big Bus Miami Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

What’s a sightseeing tour throughout Miami without a little traffic? Not an authentic one, that's for sure. If you're bound to get stuck beyond the wheel, it’s best you leave the driving to someone else so that you can spend the afternoon gawking out the window, taking in the city’s fabulous architecture and those stunning ocean views. Plus, each bus has its own tour guide to point out and the explain the sites. Another perk of riding the Big Bus? You'll never have to deal yet another Miami transportation struggle: parking. $26

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Wynwood Buggy Tour
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Wynwood Graffiti Golf Cart Tour

Cover more ground while exploring Wynwood’s myriad murals on a graffiti buggy tour. You’ll hop on the golf cart for a one-hour ride through the colorful arts district, learning about the popular street art and the artists who created it. The fast-paced route brings you past more than 50 of the area’s galleries and murals. $39

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Key Biscayne kayak adventure tour
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Miami Beach Kayak Adventure

You can only spend so many hours parked on the sand before the beach starts to lose its appeal. Fall in love with the shoreline again on this two-hour kayak adventure in Miami Beach. Bring the kids, make it a date or go solo as you paddle through waterways peeping wildlife, mega yachts and more. $37

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downtown Coral Gables
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Coral Gables bike tour

The fastest way to learn why Coral Gables was nicknamed the City Beautiful is on one of its family-friendly bike tours, presented by the Coral Gables Museum and Bike Walk Coral Gables. You’ll ride down tree-lined boulevards, around historic fountains and past picturesque homes built in the grand Mediterranean Revival architectural style. The route changes monthly to include different neighborhoods and bike rentals are available. $10

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Miami Segway Tour
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Miami Segway Tour

Don’t let achy feet come between your plans to explore Miami Beach. Instead of trudging down Ocean Drive, complaining, hop on a Segway and glide past South Beach’s beautiful Art Deco buildings and woosh down Lincoln Road (you didn’t have the cash to shop anyway). The guided tour lasts two to three hours and includes the neighborhood’s most popular landmarks. $69

Tired from all the sightseeing? Find a place to kick back.

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