If you are planning to go to Miami, here are 10 things that won’t bust your budget. 10 things to do in Miami under $10.
Experience Little Havana
Maybe you can’t afford to visit Cuba right now, but you can get a taste of the culture in Miami’s Little Havana. This Latin neighborhood is brimming with dive shops and galleries. Check out Domino Park where old men play dominoes and smoke cigars. Little Havana hosts Cultural Fridays, listen to local bands and musicians, browse through the street art, and dig into some delicious Cuban food.
While you are in the Ocho/Little Havana neighborhood, check out Versailles. It’s a f
avorite with locals and tourists alike. Get there early to avoid the lines. Try the Cuban Sandwich ($6.50) or the Plantain Pie with “Picadillo” ($10). Wash it down with a Cuban Espresso ($1.50). The daily specials are almost always under $10.
Catch a Free Flick
Skip the spendy trip to the cinema. Miami’s Arts in the Parks program hosts free movie nights every Wednesday at 8:00 pm at the Exostage. The Actor’s Playhouse puts on free classic films for vintage movie lovers once a month on Friday or Saturday nights. The Miami Jazz Society also offers a chance to screen movies at their venue every Tuesday at 6:15 pm, for free. So pack up your snacks and head to the movies.
Take an (Art) Walk
Ready to be inspired? Miami has some amazing art walks. On the first Friday of every month, art lovers can gather and tour galleries around Coral Gables for free. Add the Design District Art Walk to your “to do” list. You can walk through over 100 different galleries with a variety of art mediums and pieces, all for free.
Need more art? The Lowe Art Museum offers free admission on the first Tuesday of each month, with a free tour at 1p. While smaller than many museums, the Lowe has a unique collection, unlike others you are likely to see at other Miami’s art museums.
Get Your South Beach Groove On
A night out on the town in Miami’s posh South Beach district can cost a fortune. However, The Betsy Hotel hosts a free music series at 8p, every week on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Don’t worry about a cover charge, and there is no mandatory drink minimum! Dress up, grab your date to experience South Beach!
Hankering for more Cuban cuisine? Roll up to Las Olas Café in South Beach. There you can find one of the best Cuban Sandwiches ($6.50) in the city. Delicious roasted pork layered with ham, mustard, pickles, and Swiss cheese heaped on top of a toasted baguette. Add a strong cup of Cuban coffee (café con leche) for $2, and you’ve got yourself iconic Miami meal.
Bum Around At the Beach
Miami has miles and miles of sandy white beaches. Most are free and open to the public. Each of Miami’s beaches has different features to attract a different kind of beachgoer. Some are equipped with jogging trails or volleyball courts. If you are a people watcher, South Beach is a hot spot. Hobie Beach is terrific for windsurfing, while Haulover Beach is the perfect place to tan (it’s clothing optional). Virginia Key Beach is a quiet beach to escape the city.
Hop on a Trolley or Sky Train
Explore Miami by trolley or sky train. The city’s trolley is free! The trolley makes its rounds through all kinds of neighborhoods and districts in Miami. The trolley operates on Monday and Wednesdays, with some limited routes open and running on Sunday.
See Miami from the sky by hopping aboard the Metromover. There are 20+ stops in downtown Miami. Jump on board this driverless train several stories above the street. Ride as many times as you like for free, and a new train arrives every few minutes.
Meander through a Farmer’s Market
Miami Springs Farmer Market has over 30 booths filled with the fresh produce, food, and goods. Catch it every Saturday from 9a to 1p. The Upper Eastside Farmer’s Market is open from 9a to 2p every Saturday. The organic Southwest Community Farmer’s Market is held Saturdays from 9a to 3p. Any of them are worth a walk through.
Buy a Bagel
For the best bagels in Miami make your way to Toasted Bagelry and Deli in the heart of Brickell, a vibrant neighborhood just south of downtown. They have a second location in Coral Gables. Tucked into a picturesque residential neighborhood in southeast Miami, this bagel joint will have your mouth watering. Order the Little Havana Bagel ($7), with egg, steak, grilled onions, and American cheese and Iced Coffee ($3) with frozen coffee cubes.
Visit the Holocaust Memorial
Each Saturday, the Jewish Museum of Florida offers free admission, giving you a glimpse into the history of Jewish influence in Florida. The museum is housed in two historic synagogues and gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the little-known facts of Florida’s Jewish history.
The Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach hosts a moving memorial, Titled “The Sculpture of Love and Anguish,” This fascinating tribute should not be missed.
Explore Key Biscayne
You don’t have to go all the way to Key West to explore some of Florida’s Keys. Key Biscayne is located right off shore of Miami! The picturesque island towns, parks, walking trails and beautiful beaches are worthy of your time. Drive the causeway over the ocean. You can snorkel around the coral reefs and explore the only underwater archaeological trail to exist in the country.
For late night munchies, be sure to stop by Mary’s Coin Laundry, where everyone is ordering is Pan con Bistec, a steak Sandwich for $5.50. Yep, this place is in a laundromat!
Want to get spooked? Take a tour of the infamous 13th floor of Biltmore Hotel. There are free tours to this bizarre floor every Sunday from the hotel’s lobby at 1:30p and 2:30p.
Hop on your bike and explore the Commodore Trail. Enjoy 5 miles of paved bike trails through Coconut Grove. Stop at the Alice Wainwright Park, the Barnacle Historic State Park, or Peacock Park along the way. Extend your ride by connecting to the Old Cutler Trail for an additional 11 miles.
Miami’s “original neighborhood” – Coconut Grove is located in the heart of Miami, The Grove has that small-town neighborhood feel with sidewalk cafes, shops, and galleries. Stop at the Greenstreet Café, a neighborhood staple since 1990. Order up their photo worthy Nutella Filled French Toast ($9). If you don’t have a sweet tooth you can’t go wrong with the Two Eggs Any Style with Potatoes and Toast ($8).
On the first Friday of each month, the Miami Science Museum offers free admission to the observatory. The planetarium is the home of two Meade telescopes. Learn about the galaxy, exhibits and watch live scientific demonstrations throughout the museum.
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