10 Things to Do in Miami in May

The City of Miami is one of South Florida’s premier vacation destinations, and one of the most popular vacation cities in the world, with over 24 million visitors in 2019. Beautiful beaches, great weather, history, culture, sports, and a wide variety of entertainment is what attracts so many people to Miami, which is also a major center and leader in finance, commerce, and international trade.

May is a very popular month for tourists in Miami, before the summer heat kicks in, and there are plenty of things to do including family friendly activities, events, concerts, festivals, and things to do at night.

Here are 10 things to do in Miami this May that will make your stay in Miami a memorable one!

The Miami Marlins are off to a hot start, led by the super exciting play of second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr, so head out to Marlins park (now officially loanDepot park) and check out the Marlins as they fight for playoff contention in the highly competitive National League East division. The Marlins have 11 home games during May, so go check out their beautiful ballpark and root, root, root for the home team.

Island Queen’s Millionaire’s Row Sightseeing Cruise is one of the most popular excursions in Miami. This is a narrated trip that takes you around the bay to see all of our fabulous islands, including Monument Island, Fisher Island, homes of the rich and famous, the port of Miami, and of course the beautiful Miami skyline.

Visit the Zoo Miami. May is a great time to visit Zoo Miami as the weather is warm but not too hot. Plus, there are plenty of fun events going on like Zoo Camp and Zoofari Nights. Zoo Miami’s lush, tropical, open-air exhibits replicate the animals’ natural habitats and allow you to enjoy beautiful and endangered wildlife at a safe, yet remarkably safe range.

Catch a show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. This world-class performing arts center is home to a variety of shows and events. In May, you can catch everything from Broadway musicals to ballet performances. The Arsht Center is one of the largest performing art centers in the United States and is home to the Florida Grand Opera, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. Shows in May include the band Pink Martini, Prodigal Son by the Miami City Ballet, and Broadway musicals In the Heights, and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Explore Wynwood Walls. This outdoor art gallery is one of the coolest things to see in Miami. It’s made up of murals from some of the world’s best artists and is always changing, so you can never get bored of it. In general, admission to Wynwood Walls is free if you just want to walk around. But to maximize your experience, and learn something while you’re at it, take a tour.

Visit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This 83-acre garden is a haven for plant and animal lovers. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in nature. The mission of the garden is to harness the power of plants for humankind and share the joy and beauty of tropical gardening with everyone.

Eat your way through the city. From Cuban food to fresh seafood, Miami has it all. If you’re a foodie, you’ll definitely want to check out some of the city’s best restaurants. From garlic rolls at Flannigan’s to sandwiches at Hungry Bear, you can find just about anything you want food-wise in Miami.

See a concert. Big name acts are constantly stopping through Miami and this May is no different. J Balvin is playing at FTX Arena (formerly American Airlines Arena), Skid Row, Quiet Riot, and Warrant are teaming up at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, and both Sting and Paul McCartney are doing shows at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole.

Visit the Everglades Safari Park. May is a great time to explore the Everglades as the weather is warm and dry. The most popular tourist attraction in Miami is visiting the Florida Everglades and its treasured EcoSystem that is completely unique to South Florida. Everglades Safari Park has a modern fleet of airboats of all sizes, capable of accommodating singles, couples, families, and large groups.

Bayside Marketplace provides an ecletic experience including a ferris wheel, the Hard Rock Café, and plenty of great people watching and live entertainment. With a wide variety of shops, bars, and restaurants, Bayside Marketplace is a fantastic hub that gives you a ton of great options all right in the heart of Miami on Biscayne Blvd. Be sure to check out Pier 5, a newly opened, freshly renovated space with signature deck games, multiple shaded lounge areas and bars, and entertainment space.

Whether you’re looking for things to do outdoors or indoors, there’s something for everyone in Miami in May. So get out there and enjoy everything the city has to offer!

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