The Miami area is known for being expensive but you can have fun here without busting your wallet. Go to the beach. This is Florida, and itís required. The counties oversees some beaches. Others are at state parks. Some municipalities also operate beaches. With hundreds of miles of coastline in Miami-Dade County, thereís sure to be a spot on the sand that suits you.
Live jazz at MOCA. At 8 p.m. on the last Friday of every month, music lovers gather on the plaza outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. Concerts are free and the museum is open by donation.
Farmers markets. Even when you donít need locally grown organic vegetables & fruits, these markets are great places to people-watch or pick up other items, such as jewelry and accessories. Some offer extras including live music, exercise classes, and much more.
Viernes Culturales and Big Night in Little Haiti. These monthly street festivals showcase some of what gives this area its fascinating multicultural identity. Big Night in Little Haiti happens on the third Fridays of every month. The following week, head across town to Little Havana for Viernes Culturales or Cultural Fridays. Both offer live music, vendors, arts and crafts, food, childrenís activities and much more.
Free museum visits. The Miami-Dade Public Library offers free passes to local museums. The passes, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, allow up to a family of four to check out the Miami Childrenís Museum, Zoo Miami and others. Click here for more details.
Take a Free Tour:
Miami is a very fascinating city, and taking a tour is a good way to gain a deeper understanding of its beauty and history. The guided tours listed here are offered for free (or almost free). There are also several excellent self-guided walking tours to choose from.
Visit a Museum or Art Gallery for Free
Miami is a world-class cultural city with excellent art, science, and cultural museums. Many of these museums and galleries offer free admission to the public on certain days.
Explore a Garden for Free
Miami has several beautiful gardens that offer free admission year-round. Plus, some of the larger gardens offer free admission on certain days each year.
Attend a Free Event or Festival
Due to our mild weather year-round, Miami is a hot spot for national and international events and festivals, some of which are free to attend..
Explore South Beach
South Beach is a wonderful place to just walk around and see the people, scenery, and buildings. Sure, you can choose to spend a lot of money when exploring South Beach, but you certainly donít have to! Here are some fun ways to explore for free (or almost free).
Explore Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove has a rich history and is a unique part of Miami. The free things to do here include The Barnacle State Historic Site and Peacock Park, plus browsing at Cocowalk, the Streets of Mayfair, and the quaint streets and shops sprinkled throughout the neighborhood.
Explore Downtown Miami's Waterfront
One of the features that sets Miami apart from other big cities is the way it integrates itself with the water. To witness this, look no further than the downtown waterfront area. It costs nothing to stroll through Bayfront Park, Bayside Marketplace, and Pier 5, and observe the Freedom Tower.
The Hollywood Beach Boardwalk off North Ocean Drive was declared by the Travel Channel as one of top six boardwalks in the nation. It has 2.6 miles of ocean and white sand views. You can skate, walk, run or bike along the wide lane from sunrise to sundown seven days a week.
Travel Holiday magazine named the Delray Municipal Beach as the top beach in the southeastern United States for its warm waters, safe currents and shimmering white sands. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year along its 1.5 miles off Atlantic Avenue and A1A, with lifeguards present every day.
Fort Lauderdale's multimillion dollar Riverwalk Park offers a mile of New River waterfront paths, lush subtropical landscaping and historic buildings. The park runs from the Stranahan to the Broward Center for Performing Arts in downtown off Las Olas Bouldevard.
The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail provides a 110-miles pathway that takes you through six counties and provides you vistas of the nation's second largest freshwater lake. There are entrances to the trail in several spots along the lake, including off U.S. Highway 27. You can get a map of the trail at 525 Ridgeland Rd. in Clewiston or call 863-983-8101.
The South County Regional Park in Boca Raton provides families just about everything for free: a large playground,a doggie park, fishing, baseball fields, basketball courts, even a nature center and big Fourth of July concert and fireworks celebration. The water park, however, is extra. The regional park is at 11200 Park Access Rd.
The Miami Art Museum opens its doors for free from noon to 5 p.m. on the second Saturdays of the month. It offers special programs for the kids then, including art projects. Adults may go on guided tours at the museum, 101 W. Flagler St. in downtown Miami.
Once you've seen art, you can hop on Miami's free downtown Metromover, an automated elevated electric bus system that provides views of Biscayne Bay, high rises and Brickell parks. You can get on and off on Metromover's three routes. There's a main station across from the Miami Art Museum at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St.
The Fox Observatory shows the beauty of the universe when it opens its doors to the public free of charge on Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association sponsors the weekly program at the observatory at Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, in Sunrise.
You can spot marsh rabbits in the grasslands while largemouth bass and snapping turtles swim in nearby waters at the Chapel Trail Park Nature Preserve, 19800 Sheridan St., in Pembroke Pines. The 420-acre parks also offers vistas of a lone eagle flying overhead, joining hawks, herons and egrets. It is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to dusk.