Thanksgiving in Miami 2018 – Things to Do in November & More

Looking forward to spending Thanksgiving in Miami and sunny South Beach, but searching for something to do in between turkey and shopping?

Check out these suggestions of local activities and more seasonal things to do in November.

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Regular admission to a number of these Miami attractions are included on the Go Miami® Card.

Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

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Please note, some of these special November events may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Miami® Card.

Big Bus Miami Tour

big-bus-miamiA fall visit to Miami is a great opportunity to take advantage of (slightly) cooler temps and thinner crowds to really see the city and its many wonderful sights.

Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour for maximum flexibility, and let it guide you to the top spots around the Miami area.

It’s also the perfect way to squeeze in a lot of sightseeing into a short amount of time if you’ve got other Thanksgiving events to attend!

Getting In: Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Miami tickets are included with the Go Miami® Card.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

VizcayaVisit one of the most beautiful places in all of Miami with an afternoon spent at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

This stunning example of European-inspired architecture from the early twentieth century is something to marvel at, with its distinctive, old-world feel.

Inside the residence, you’ll be able to explore their collection of historic artifacts from painting to sculpture to furniture. Then, head out to the lush gardens – be sure to stop by the Orchidarium!

Getting In: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens tickets are included with the Go Miami® Card.

Art Deco Walking Tours

Miami attractionsAnother great outdoors opportunity for those who love Miami best when it’s slightly less humid.

Take a tour of the marvelous Art Deco District for a chance to see some of the most unique examples of this architectural style in the world.

Or, take a walking tour to learn more about many of Miami’s varied architectural trends, which go beyond Art Deco to also include Mediterranean revival, and more. Keep your phone charged for these tours!

Getting In: Miami Art Deco Walking Tour tickets are included with the Go Miami® Card.

Biscayne Bay Cruises

Miami AttractionsRelax on a soothing, 80-minute cruise through Miami’s gorgeous Biscayne Bay.

This tour will escort you around the Venetian Islands and past popular local landmarks like the Miami Herald Building, the Miami Children’s Museum, and many more.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy Miami’s nice fall weather and still see the top attractions, all without leaving the comfort of your intimate vessel!

Getting In: Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise tickets are included with the Go Miami® Card.

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Image credit: Pérez Art Museum of Miami Facebook page.

Image credit: Pérez Art Museum Miami Facebook page.

If you’re looking for some more culture for the whole family, then a visit to the Pérez Art Museum Miami is a smart choice.

This popular art museum is a work of art itself, with inspiring architecture and well-designed gallery spaces.

But it’s within that you’ll find the real treasures! PAMM’s collections are expansive and nuanced, and are known for modern and contemporary international art.

Special exhibitions also work to highlight Miami’s role as a cultural crossroads, and always offer something new and exciting to see.

You’ll also get a free guided tour of the museum with your admission, so check the schedule of tours to time your arrival.

Getting In: Pérez Art Museum Miami tickets are included with the Go Miami® Card.

Miami Book Fair International

Miami Dade College
November 11-18, 2018

Image credit: Miami Book Fair Facebook page.

Image credit: Miami Book Fair Facebook page.

This amazing book festival is among “the nation’s finest literary gatherings,” inspiring thousands of guests who come to see hundreds of famous authors participate in this eight-day event.

You also won’t want to miss the street fair, which features tons of kids’ activities plus books and other literary artifacts for purchase. Stock up on some holiday gifts now!

Getting In: Admission to the Miami Book Fair is free.

Winternational Thanksgiving Parade

North Miami
November 22, 2018

Image credit: Great North Miami Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Image credit: Great North Miami Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Who doesn’t love a good parade? Or even better, a parade with all your favorite all-star athletes and celebrities? The Annual Winternational Parade features bands, dance troupes, professional floats, community organizations, and much more.

The parade starts at 10 am, but arrive early for a good vantage point. As far as the weather goes? No need to bundle up – just enjoy the day!

Getting In: Admission to the the Winternational Parade is free.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Bayfront Park
November 23, 2018

Image credit: CBS Local (Miami).

Image credit: CBS Local (Miami).

Usher in the 2018 holiday season as you marvel at a beautiful Christmas Tree, located in Miami’s own Bayfront Park. This 50-foot-tall tree is bedecked with thousands of shiny white lights and is a sight to see.

Visitors can also enjoy seasonal music and delicious local food trucks, and, of course, the wonderful festive atmosphere. It’s a great family event, and is also conveniently located near the shopping mecca of Bayside Marketplace.

Getting In: Admission to the Bayfront Park Christmas Tree Lighting is free.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

So whatever you decide to do to celebrate Thanksgiving in Miami 2018, consider incorporating one or more of these great seasonal events into your larger vacation plans.

Of course, there are plenty of other activities to help fill your plans, we just listed just a few fun suggestions for things to do in November.

Remember, many of these great options are included on the Go Miami Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

Please note, the November and Thanksgiving events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Miami Card.

Consider adding a few of these fun options to your November weekend itineraries.

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  1. Valeri says

    Glad you included the Miami Book Fair which is over before Thanksgiving. I’m looking at this list for a single person with no family researching things to do on Thanksgiving Day. Nothing here is very helpful.

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