15 Famous Landmarks in Miami, Florida, to Visit

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Miami is a vibrant city with many incredible landmarks

Miami in Florida, United States is a favorite destination for many tourists. From families to spring breakers and even the rich and famous. The city has a flashy beach town vibe and features Art Deco buildings, high-end shops and restaurants, and sandy beaches.

As one of the US' major cities, you'll discover numerous famous landmarks in Miami, Florida. Interestingly, many of these landmarks are areas of the city instead of physical buildings and monuments. These areas include the Art Deco District and South Beach. You will also find some famous buildings to see, however, such as the Freedom Tower.

To find out what you must see when in this part of Florida, read on for 15 landmarks of Miami.

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Miami Landmarks Map

Using the map of Miami, you can explore all the landmarks.

One of the famous landmarks in Miami, Florida, is Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park is one of the famous landmarks in Miami, Florida

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is a wetland preserve in South Florida and one of the best national parks on the East Coast. It is located about an hour outside of Miami. The wetlands span 1.5 million acres and are home to a range of wildlife, including alligators, leatherback turtles, and Florida panthers.

There are many ways to explore the area, and a range of tours of Everglades National Park are available. These excursions include boat and airboat tours, kayaking tours, and walking eco-tours.

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Miami Beach is known for its luxury, stunning beaches, and fun attractions

Miami Beach

Miami Beach is one of the most iconic landmarks of Miami. Miami Beach is its own island, connected by bridges to mainland Miami. Miami Beach features many landmarks discussed here, like South Beach and the Art Deco District.

Miami Beach oozes luxury, and there are many fun things to do there. To start with, you’ll find a host of high-end bars and restaurants, many of which offer beachside dining. There are also incredible shops and museums and unique architecture. Of course, you’ll find beautiful sandy beaches to relax on as well. When in Florida, you must see Miami Beach!

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You'll find many beautiful buildings in Miami's Art Deco Historic District

Art Deco Historic District

The Art Deco Historic District, near Miami Beach, is one of the famous landmarks of Miami. However, it’s an area of the city instead of a building or monument. The district is known for its retro vibes and over 800 art deco-style white and pastel stucco buildings.

When in Miami, be sure to walk around this area or consider joining an art deco walking tour. You’ll learn more about the Art Deco District and the architecture thanks to a knowledgeable guide and admission to the Art Deco Museum is included.

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Climbing to the top of Cape Florida Lighthouse offers incredible views of Miami

Cape Florida Lighthouse

Cape Florida Lighthouse is another of the fascinating landmarks of Miami. The lighthouse sits in Bill Baggs State Park on Cape Florida at the south of Key Biscayne. This landmark was constructed in 1825 and has sat on the Cape ever since. It’s notably the oldest structure in the Miami-Dade area.

Visitors can climb up 109 stairs to the top of the lighthouse. Once at the top, you’ll get to enjoy breathtaking views of Cape Florida, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Coral Gables Merrick House and Gardens

The Coral Gables Merrick House is a National Historic Landmark in greater Miami. The house was home to George Merrick and his family. Merrick was the founder of the city of Coral Gables and the house acts as a museum dedicated to his life and the history of the city.

Once inside the building, you can explore all 14 rooms which are decorated as they would have been in the 1920s. A guide will offer more information on the Merrick family and the home. You can then wander around the 1.3-acre grounds. In the gardens, you’ll discover multiple species of fish, a lily pond, and various beautiful plants, flowers, and trees.

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Freedom Tower is a historically significant building that today houses an art gallery

Freedom Tower

Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower is one of the many famous Miami buildings. The North American landmark was designed by Schultze and Weaver in 1925 and today houses a contemporary art museum. Interestingly, the tower acted as an immigration center in the 1960s for immigrants arriving from Cuba.

When visiting, you can appreciate the stunning architecture before heading into the museum. At the museum, you’ll discover a range of exhibits with contemporary art, as well as a few featuring other styles of artwork. A visit to the Freedom Tower is an ideal activity for those interested in history, art, and architecture.

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a luxurious estate in Coconut Grove

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Located in Miami’s Coconut Grove Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an Italian-style villa and estate previously owned by James Deering. Today, the building houses a museum that features many of the original furnishings and exquisite artworks.

Once you’ve taken in the luxury of the main house, you can explore the Mediterranean gardens. These gardens feature many plants, including roses, orchids, and champion trees.

Outside, you’ll also discover a range of antique outdoor sculptures and fountains from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens exhibits pure luxury and decadence and is a must-see in Miami!

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FTX Arena is home to the Miami Heat and hosts many musical events

American Airlines Arena (FTX Arena)

FTX Arena, formerly known as American Airlines Arena, is a sports and entertainment complex in downtown Miami. The arena is notably recognized as the place that the Miami Heat NBA team plays. If in Miami, catching an event at the arena is well worth it.

If you like sports, be sure to get tickets to a Heat game (if visiting during the basketball season.) Alternatively, FTX Arena hosts many music events and concerts, especially featuring Latin artists. No matter what you decide to see, you’re sure to have an amazing and memorable time.

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Little Havana is a fun district with a strong Cuban influence

Little Havana

Little Havana is the city’s Cuban district and the area is well-loved as one of the numerous landmarks in Miami, FL. In the 1960s, many Cuban immigrants arrived in Miami, and they brought with them their rich culture and heritage.

The district of Little Havana features Cuban restaurants, shops, and other attractions. With Latin music often playing in the street as well, you could easily think you were in Central or South America!

A cool way to see the area is via a Little Havana guided tour. Options to choose from include walking tours, food tours, and tours combined with other stops around Miami. All are great options as long as you get to see this vibrant and exciting area of Miami!

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The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables is one of the most luxurious hotels in Miami

The Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel is an iconic location found in the Coral Gables area of Miami. The luxury hotel is another Miami landmark designed by Schultze and Weaver and was constructed in 1926. The design of the building takes inspiration from Seville in Spain.

Today, the hotel remains in its former glory and features exquisite European-style guest rooms and a beautiful pool and spa. If staying here, you can relax by the pool in a cabana, dine at the high-end restaurant, or play a round of golf on the Biltmore Golf Course. Being at the Biltmore Hotel is the ultimate opulent experience.

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Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science has been in Miami since 1949. The museum features many hands-on exhibits relating to science, weather, and technology. There’s also a planetarium and an aquarium. This location is notable as it houses the only aquarium, planetarium, and science museum in the city.

Exhibits at the museum cover topics like space travel, dinosaurs, the body, and scientific research and discovery. Once you’ve explored the museum, head to the aquarium to get up close with marine life, like stingrays and sharks. Finally, visit the planetarium to learn more about space and the cosmos. A trip to the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is fun for both kids and adults!

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South Beach is the perfect mix of relaxed beach and urban city vibes

South Beach

South Beach is a landmark area of Miami known for beautiful beaches, high-end eateries and shops, and glamorous vibes. You can also find more Art Deco-style buildings and features here, especially on the renowned Ocean Drive.

When in the area, you’ll discover a variety of exciting South Beach tours and activities to keep you entertained. Things to do include food tours of the area, cruises, and guided walking tours. You can also do yoga or hang out on the beach and simply explore the scenic area.

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The Wynwood Walls Street Art is incredible to view and offers a great photo backdrop

Wynwood Walls Street Art

Miami is a highly artistic city, and the Wynwood Walls Street Art is a prime example of this. The free outdoor display features an array of colorful and unique murals. The art has been placed there by various artists from across the globe. You can also find a vast selection of art galleries, shops, and restaurants in the area.

A fun way to see the street art is on a Wynwood Walls Street Art tour. You’ll find multiple options to choose from, including short trips and tours that combine visiting the murals with stopping by other Miami landmarks. Viewing the street art is a must for anyone visiting Miami and is the ideal way to get some incredible photographs.

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There are many things to do in the beautiful Biscayne Bay area of Miami

Biscayne Bay

Biscayne Bay is another of the landmarks in Miami, FL, that is an area of the city instead of a physical landmark. Biscayne Bay is actually a lagoon and features crystal clear water, a marina, and many attractions. This part of the city is also home to some of the most high-end hotels in Miami and attracts the rich and famous.

You can discover a host of things to do in Biscayne Bay, including jet-skiing, cruises, and boat parties. The area also has multiple golf courses and a selection of restaurants, bars, and shops.

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Bayside Marketplace is an open-air mall on Biscayne Bay with shops and restaurants

Bayside Marketplace

Bayside Marketplace is a unique open-air shopping mall. The mall covers two stories and features shops and restaurants. It's also recognized as one of Miami's most visited attractions. Stores to explore include well-known brands and interesting independent shops.

Once you've shopped around, stop for a snack and drink at one of the multiple bars, cafes, and restaurants. Dining options include chains like Five Guys and lesser-known brands. Best of all, you can shop and eat right on the water's edge, taking in the stunning surrounding views of Biscayne Bay.

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In Summary

Miami is an incredibly fun city to visit. There are also a host of landmarks in Miami, FL, to see. From amazing beaches to stunning estates and quirky neighborhoods, you'll never get bored when exploring Miami!

Written by Alli Sewell

allisewell WRITER Currently based in Canada, I've also lived and worked in the UK and Brazil and travelled in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. I love finding the best photo-ops and food and drink locations wherever I go!

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