Miami is a hot destination with plenty of beaches to visit and nightlife opportunities, but there are plenty of great day trip options as well. Whether you are embracing nature at the Everglades National Park or magic at Walt Disney World, you can’t go wrong with these adventurous day trips from Miami.
Best Day Trips from Miami, Florida
Take a walk on the wild side by visiting Florida’s enchanted Everglades National Park. Roughly an hour away, this is the third-largest national park in the continental United States at over 2,400 square miles. Embrace the outdoors by going on a bicycle tour and walking the tree-covered Gumbo Limbo Trail. For a break indoors, explore the Ernest Coe Visitor Center for informative movies and exhibits.
Palm Beach is all about the glitz and glamour of the Gilded Age. Travel back in time by visiting the Flagler Museum and step into Henry Flagler’s estate, Whitehall. Do Sunday brunch the right way by visiting The Breakers for Belgian waffles, fresh fish, caviar, and more. Finally, go shopping on Worth Avenue and fill your luggage with items from luxurious shops Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Neiman Marcus.
Why not leave the US for a day and travel to the Bahamas? It’s only a short three- to four-hour boat ride from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport. Once there, take advantage of the beautiful pink beaches, go ziplining at Pirate’s Cove Zipline and Waterpark, and take pictures with some adorable Insta-worthy pigs at Crystal Beach.
Explore the Most Magical Place on Earth with a quick trip to Orlando. Fly the Millenium Falcon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Galaxy’s Edge or a banshee at Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Flight of Passage. For a great dinner, head to STK, the Boathouse, or Raglan Road at Disney Springs.
Blast off at Cape Canaveral by visiting Kennedy Space Center. Here you can pick an astronaut’s brain before entering an astronaut training center where you can learn how to dock and land a space shuttle.
Explore the former Florida Key home of writer Ernest Hemingway and appreciate its 17th- and 18th-century Spanish furniture. Keep an eye on the cats descended from his original pets.
Go snorkelling in Islamorada’s Cheeca Rocks and Alligator Reef Lighthouse to see some beautiful fish and coral. You’ll get a chance to see dolphins, manatees, crocodiles, birds and much more in the wild, snorkel the coral reef or end the day with an amazing sunset. After, go swimming with dolphins at the Theater of the Sea.