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Top Miami Attractions

The first time you visit Miami, or any new destination, the question asked isn’t usually what attractions should be scene but what attraction to see first, what to expect, how to get there, and how much time is needed. We’ve provided tips, advice, and other information about the top tourist attractions in Miami to help with your itinerary planning.

Freedom Tower Freedom Tower
China Grill Management China Grill Management
The Everglades The Everglades

Freedom Tower

 Address 600 Biscayne Blvd
 Phone (305) 577-8544

This tower is a standard silhouette of the Miami skyline. Of Spanish baroque style, the octagonal tower was inspired by Giralda, an 800-year-old bell tower in Seville, Spain. Located downtown, this architectural wonder was built in 1925 for the Miami Daily News. However, when the newspaper went out of business over 30 years later, the building lay vacant for some time. In the 1960s, when Fidel Castro came into power, Cuban refugees started flooding southern Florida, so the tower was taken over by the U.S. government. It was used to provide services to the immigrants as a Cuban Refugee Center from 1962 to 1974. During its history, over 500,000 Cubans who entered the US escaping Castro’s regime were processed here. A restoration of the exterior was completed in 1988, however in 2002, the Freedom Tower was renovated to become a Cuban American Museum. Its rooftop terrace is used for receptions, as it provides a beautiful view of downtown Miami, the Miami Bay, port facilities and American Airlines Arena. This building was listed on the National Register of History Places in 1979. It measures 256 feet with 17 floors.


China Grill Management

 Address 404 Washington Ave.
 Phone (305) 534-2211

A trip to Miami is not complete without dinner at South Beach. Located in the heart of the Art Deco district, fine dining awaits. Even late at night, you can find hundreds still milling around the line of restaurants near the water. One such restaurant is the China Grill. Although you can find China Grill at a few large cities around the country, this Miami location is boasted as “China Grill with a tropical twist” and is one of south Florida’s most popular dining destinations. Celebrity sightings are frequent, so come in your fancy dress to mingle with the well-to-do. The multilevel interior offers an ecletic, contemporary atmosphere with limestone floors, custom wood floors and dramatic lighting. You will also find an ice-top sushi bar if you do not prefer the dining room. For those warm Miami evenings, you can dine al fresco under the stars and partake of the sea salt air. The chef creates a fusion of flavors using many different ethnic varieties in each dish. Every plate is a masterpiece, like edible artwork, you’ll almost not want to eat it.


The Everglades

 Address Everglades Day Safari, Sanibel FL
 Phone (239) 472-1559

This tour company offers a safari-like experience without having to leave the country. Experience an adventure passing through the nature haven known as the “Everglades.” See species in their natural habitat, take a boat ride down the river through dense swamp land and visit the mangrove estuaries. On this tour, you will receive:

  •  A scenic boat ride through mangroves to the Ten Thousand Islands
  •  A nature walk deep into a Cypress swamp
  •  Lunch featuring specialties such as alligators (give it a try!)
  •  A drive into the "Outback" on dirt roads filled with wildlife
  •  An airboat ride for West Coast Safariers into the swamps and sawgrass prairies of the Everglades in search of mammals, reptiles and birds; or an airboat ride with the Miccosukee Indians through the "River of Grass" for East Coast Safariers

Be sure to bring a camera for these once in a lifetime photo opportunities. You will be accompanied by a guide who will discuss the past and present of this “jungle.” You will also learn about the wide variety of wildlife seen throughout the tour.

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