Planning a weekend in Miami, but unsure what to do to maximize your time? We’ve put together a great itinerary for 2 days in Miami that will show you the best of South Florida in just one weekend! From sightseeing tours and museums to historical buildings and beyond, Miami has so much to offer that we know you’ll love your trip. This itinerary includes:
- Duck Tours South Beach
- Miami Beach Botanical Garden (free!)
- Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise
- Key West Day Trip
We’ve also put together a 1 day and 3 day itinerary, should you be in the Miami area for more or less than a weekend. Got some more time to explore? Then we suggest taking a peek at our driving from Miami to Key West itinerary (though this itinerary includes a guided excursion from Miami to Key West, too!).
Save on Attraction Admission
Pick up a 2-Day Go Miami® Card and save big off combined admission prices vs paying at the gate. Remember, this 2 days in Miami itinerary is just one of many ways to experience Miami. The Go Miami® Card gives you the flexibility to create your own itinerary, so you can choose from dozens of top attractions and create a vacation tailored to your interests.
Stop #1: Duck Tours South Beach
There’s no better way to start off a weekend getaway to Miami than with a 90-minute, comprehensive tour aboard one of the city's famous "Duck Boats." These delightful tours are hosted aboard a charming amphibious vessel that will escort you all throughout South Beach and beyond. You'll see all the top sites and immerse yourself into the local South Beach scene. This interactive and informative tour will showcase local landmarks and points of interest like the famous architecture in the Art Deco District, the gorgeous mansions in Millionaire’s Row, Star Island, and lots more. It’s a great opportunity to take some memorable photos, too. This tour takes 90 minutes, and advance reservations are required. Be sure to mention that you have a Go Miami Card when making reservations. Getting In: Duck Tours South Beach tickets are included on the Go Miami Card.
Stop #2: Miami Beach Botanical Garden (free!)
After your cruise, why not explore the natural world of Miami with a visit to the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, an urban oasis? This totally free attraction is filled with subtropical plants that are native to Florida including charming trees, flowers, grasses and more. There are over 2 and a half acres to explore, so you can really immerse yourself in nature! The garden also often features cultural and artistic programs for all ages throughout the year. Be sure to check out their calendar of events to see what's on during your visit. We recommend reserving at least an hour to explore. Getting In: Admission to the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens is free!
Stop #3: Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise
What’s more Miami than gorgeous blue waters? This 80-minute Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise is the perfect opportunity to see the natural and architectural highlights of Biscayne Bay, all while relaxing on a premier cruise. Enjoy taking in the beauty of the Venetian Islands and the Bay itself as you sip refreshing drinks -- alcoholic or non, per your pleasure. You’ll also be able to see celebrity homes and other significant landmarks in South Beach, like the Miami Herald Building and American Airlines Arena (home of the Miami Heat). There are multiple departures daily with a fleet of three different boats. While reservations are not required, we recommend arriving at least 20 minutes in advance of your desired cruise time. Cruises take approximately 80 minutes. Getting In: Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Boat Cruise tickets are included on the Go Miami Card.
Key West Day Trip (All Day Activity)
This full-day activity is the perfect opportunity to explore the southernmost city in the continental U.S. Key West is a gorgeous island filled with sunny tropical beaches, warm waters, swaying palms, and so much more. Your tour will travel across 42 bridges and through 32 islands en route to your final destination, Key West, the southernmost point in the continental US. You'll get to Key West around noon and have about 6 hours of free time in Key West itself to explore. There are tons of street artists and performers to amuse you, or plenty of other attractions to explore on your own while in Key West for the day, like eco-tours, a dolphin-watching cruise, or the Hemingway House. Additional popular attractions include the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, the building that once served as Harry S. Truman's winter White House, the Key West Aquarium, multiple maritime museums, and so much more. Reservations are required; you’ll be picked up at your hotel in the morning and have approximately 6 hours of free time in Key West itself. This trip will take the whole day. Getting In: Key West Day Trip from Miami tickets are included on the Go Miami Card.
So there’s your perfect weekend in Miami – filled with all the best of surf and sand that a beach-lover could ever ask for. This 2 days in Miami itinerary will introduce you to the best of the local beaches and give you a taste of what it’s like to experience the sunniest side of South Beach. Purchase a 2-Day Go Miami® Card and save on combined admission when you hop aboard the Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise, enjoy the Duck Tours in South Beach, and take the Key West Day Trip. You’ll also be able to save even more on shopping and dining with the additional discounts that come with your Go Miami® Card!