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10 Things to do in Miami for $10

Submitted by on 12/05/2011 – 6:32 pm2 Comments
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Few cities in the USA are as welcoming to backpackers as Miami. From touring the Ancient Spanish Monastery to visiting South Beach, there are many fun things to do in Miami for $10 or less!

Our first top tip to save money… drum roll please… consider staying in a hostel in Miami. Staying at a hostel is a great way to meet new friends and save a lot of money. Many offer free tours, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, parties, bbq’s, film nights, you name it they are doing it!

1. Visit the Miami Art Museum. If you enjoy art, a visit to the Miami Art Museum is a must! Located in Miami’s Cultural Center Plaza, this hot attraction boasts many stunning art exhibits. Be sure to check out the Wilderness exhibit, as it’s one of the most popular! Admission into the Miami Art Museum is $8.

2. Tour the Ancient Spanish Monastery. Few sites in Miami are as out of place as the Ancient Spanish Monastery. Originally built in Spain, the Ancient Spanish Monastery was dismantled and shipped to the US and then rebuilt in North Miami Beach. Admission costs $8. Tours of the Monastery and gardens are self-guided and can only be taken after regular business hours. The Monastery closes to tourists during business hours to host special events.

3. Dine at the Original Daily Bread Marketplace. If you’re looking for an exotic fine dining experience in Miami at an inexpensive price, look no further than the Original Daily Bread Marketplace. The Original Daily Bread Marketplace is a Middle Eastern grocery store and restaurant located in Coconut Grove. Salads start at $5.25, pita sandwiches start at $4.95, platters start at $6.95, plates start at $5.50, side orders start at $0.50, sweets start at $0.75 and beverages start at $1.50.

4. Visit the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Sitting on 4 and 1/2 acres, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden boasts an elaborate Japanese garden, walking tours, a conservatory and a vast array of plants including orchids, subtropical palms and bromeliads. Admission is free.

5. Explore the Everglades National Park. Whether you’re interested in bird watching or hiking, a trip to the Everglades National Park is essential if you want to enjoy the natural beauty of Miami up close and personal. Entrance into the Everglades National Park is $5.

6. Tour the Cape Florida Lighthouse. Few attractions in Miami boast as much historical importance as the Cape Florida Lighthouse. Besides being the oldest structure in south Florida, the Cape Florida Lighthouse is also the only lighthouse in Florida that was attacked by Indians. While touring the Cape Florida Lighthouse doesn’t cost a dime, entrance into the park, where the lighthouse is located, costs $2. Guided tours of the lighthouse are given from Thursday to Monday, twice a day.

7. Visit the Bay of Pigs Museum. If you’re a history buff, a visit to the Bay of Pigs Museum should be right up your alley! The museum boasts artefact collections and educational programs about the Cold War and the missile crisis. Admission into the Bay of Pigs Museum is free.

8. Explore Little Havana. If you want to experience Miami at its cultural best, head out on-foot to Little Havana. Besides boasting a memorial park, Little Havana also features delicious and inexpensive Cuban street food and unique Cuban memorabilia, proudly displayed in diverse places throughout its neighbourhood. Exploring Little Havana, on your own two feet, is free of charge.

9. Sunbathe, swim or simply relax at one of Miami’s many natural beaches. From Crandon Park Beach to Lummus Park Beach, there are many natural beaches in Miami to enjoy. Visiting a beach in Miami is free of charge, unless the beach is located inside a park. Some parks require visitors pay a small admission fee.

10. Explore South Beach. If you do nothing else in Miami, make sure you take the time to explore South Beach. Besides boasting an art deco landscape, South Beach also features a booming nightlife, unique people and scenic views. Exploring South Beach doesn’t cost a thing, except your valuable time!

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