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Big Fun on a Budget: The Best Free Things to Do in Miami
August 9, 2018
Whether you identify as a tourist or a local, there are seemingly endless things to do in Miami. The city is known for its incredible beaches, art and nightlife. And while you may assume these activities come with a hefty price tag, our list of incredible free things to do in Miami proves that the city can be big fun on a budget.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in Miami for 10 minutes or your entire life; if you love sun and sand, you already know that South Florida hosts some of the world’s best beaches. But Miami has more free outdoor activities beyond the beach than you may realize.
Old Cutler Trail
With almost a dozen miles to cover, Old Cutler Trail is a gorgeous route for both bikers and walkers. The trail winds through some of Miami’s most beautiful neighborhoods as well as several parks and gardens. Be sure to snag a picture under one of the many banyans along the trail.
Wynwood graffiti bike tour
Wynwood is known for fantastic street art and good times. What’s better than touring Miami’s best graffiti art? Doing it for free, on your bike. While some bike tours charge big bucks, Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide puts on a free tour every Sunday at 11:00 am. Just bring your bike and get ready to ride! (Pro tip: You can bring your bicycle on Brightline trains.)
Yoga at Bayfront Park
Get your zen on. Bayfront Park offers free yoga classes every Monday and Wednesday from 6:00–7:15 pm and Saturdays from 9:00–10:15 am. Each class is taught by a certified yoga instructor. You’re sure to feel stronger and more relaxed after doing downward dog in the sunshine.
Concerts and movies at the New World Center
Curl up under the stars as you watch the symphony or your favorite classic film. SoundScape Park at the New World Center hosts weekly concert and movie viewings, free of charge. Seeing works of fine art projected against the New World Center facade makes for a truly unique experience.
Arts & Nightlife
Once you’re done exploring the Miami outdoors, it’s time to go inside for a night full of fun. There’s no shortage of budget-friendly arts and nightlife activities here.
Salsa lessons at Ball & Chain
Get ready to dance the night away! Every Thursday from 9:00 pm–12:00 am, Ball & Chain hosts salsa dancing and live music. The restaurant and lounge is a Little Havana classic that brings the energy every night of the week. Get there Thursdays at 9:00 pm for free salsa classes from Ball & Chain’s legendary dance instructors.
Free tacos at Wood Tavern
Yes, you read that correctly. Every Tuesday from 6:00–9:00 pm, Wynwood’s famous Wood Tavern serves up free tacos. As you might imagine, the spot fills up fast for Taco Tuesday, but you’re sure to make some new friends over free food and loud music.
The Institute of Contemporary Art
If you’re looking for something a little more refined, head over to the Institute of Contemporary Art in the Miami Design District. The museum offers free admission every day, and visitors can even reserve their complimentary tickets in advance. Art lovers, rejoice.
A museum dedicated to railroad travel
For train lovers, commuters and travelers, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum is a one-of-a-kind spot to learn more about the history of transportation. And on the first Saturday of every month, you can tour the museum for free! Kids and adults are sure to learn something new at this classic Miami museum.
Little Havana walking tour and Viernes Culturales
On the last Friday of every month, Little Havana celebrates Cuban art and culture at Viernes Culturales. The festival is located in the heart of Little Havana and has been taking place for almost 20 years. Make the most of the Viernes Culturales by taking a guided walking tour, free of charge.
No matter your budget, it’s easy to find something free and fun to do in Miami.
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