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33 Actually Great Free Things to Do in Miami

Published On 08/06/2015 Published On 08/06/2015

They say the best things in life are free, so it’s safe to assume that “they” either... um, haven’t been to one of Miami’s best strip clubs lately, or done anything in Miami, for that matter. Either that, or they checked out our list of 33 actually great things you can do in Miami for the grand total of zero dollars.

Courtesy of Sarah Shake

1. Take a selfie at the beach

Miami Beach
There's 24/7/365 access to beach weather and at least a dozen white sand beaches, and that = #blessed. Seriously, go already. Just watch out for these people.

Flickr/Hugh Millward

2. Ride the Metromover

Downtown Miami
Explore Downtown from a different vantage point. Plus, it’s a good way to get outta the heat for a minute or two... or go on a bar crawl.

Flickr/Daniel X. O'Neil

3. Visit the Florida Room at the Main Library

Downtown
Not only is the room beautiful, but also it houses some of the more rare items of Miami history. You have to ask for it 'cause it’s under lock and key.

Flickr/Juan Cristobal Zulueta

4. Check out Wynwood’s murals on bike

Wynwood
BYOBike for a one-hour tour of Wynwood’s mural and graffiti art every Sunday afternoon. Sign up here.

Courtesy of Karina Mestre

5. Yoga at Bayfront Park

Downtown Miami
De-stress after work with free yoga at the Tina Hills Pavilion, Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm, and Saturdays at 9am.

Flickr/Knight Foundation

6. Big Night in Little Haiti

Little Haiti
The music- and culture-filled event happens on the third Friday of each month, and you’ll... waitforit!... Hait(i) yourself for not going.

Flickr/Danny Fowler

7. Art Deco DIY tour

Miami Beach
Brush up on Art Deco history, then download this map to explore on your own.

Courtesy of Coady Photography

8. Hialeah Park Racing & Casino

Hialeah
In season, you can catch races for free. Plus, the flamingos take flight around 3pm.

Flickr/Matt Kieffer

9. Biltmore Hotel tour

Coral Gables
Find out what really happened on the 13th floor and other unknown secrets. Tours depart from the lobby every Sunday at 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

Flickr/Joe Ross

10. Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays

Little Havana
Sure, Little Havana is fun during the day, but at night, it takes on a whole new vibe, especially on the last Friday of the month when the streets come alive with domino games, cigar rollers, cafecitos, mojitos, dancing, and Cuban art.

Flickr/Ines Hegedus-Garcia

11. Wynwood Art Walk

Wynwood
Second Saturdays resemble more of a party these days (it’s Miami, after all), but they're still a great way to see things you normally wouldn’t have access to.

Courtesy of New World Center

12. Catch a SoundScape movie or WALLCAST Concert at New World

Miami Beach
All you need is a blanket, some booze & snacks, a friend, and you’re set.

Flickr/ActuaLitté

13. Attend one of 700+ Books & Books events

Various locations throughout Miami
For serious, there is an event nearly every night of the week at any of its three locations.

Flickr/JON_CF

14. Go fly a kite

Haulover Park
Kites are hella cool, especially when they are 150ft rainbows, 100ft squids, 30ft fish, etc., so do yourself a favor and check out Kite Festival.

Courtesy of Carlos Miller

15. Catch a game at Domino Park

Little Havana
Most will agree that dominoes are Miami’s favorite pastime. Domino Park is the place to learn from the best or just watch all the action.

Flickr/Bob B. Brown

16. Sneak into a hotel pool

Various locations throughout Miami
That IS where all the hotties are. Pro tip: start with these.
 

17. Hang out at Canvas Miami

Arts & Entertainment District
They host some of the sweetest events in Miami including movies under the stars, lazy BBQ brunches, indie flea markets, and live music, all in a cool Downtown space.

Courtesy of Juxtaphotographer

18. Casa de Haha

Little Haiti
Laugh your head off every second Tuesday of the month at Sweat Records. It’s the city’s longest-running comedy showcase for a reason.

Flickr/Mark Bonaparte

19. Sofar Sounds

Various locations throughout Miami
Sign up here and then wait for your FREE invite to a secret gig at a secret location.

Flickr/notauniqueid

20. King Mango Strut

Coconut Grove
The weirdest parade in the world takes place on the last Sunday of the year with satirical costumes, floats, and marching bands recapping & mocking stories of the past year.
 

21. Bookleggers Library

Bookleggers is a popular community mobile library that pops up all over town and provides attendees with one FREE book. You can also trade your own books for new ones.

Flickr/Marcos COMUNE

22. Old Cutler Trail

Coral Gables and Cutler Bay
Old Cutler is 11 miles of paved trail along Matheson Hammock Park, Biscayne Bay, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Pinecrest Gardens, and Deering Estate. It connects with Biscayne and Commodore trails on either end if you want to extend your trip.

Flickr/Dan Lundberg

23. Check out PAMM…

Downtown Miami
Admission is free every second Saturday of the month and every first Thursday from 10am to 9pm.
 

24. ... and Friday nights at The Wolfsonian-FIU...

Miami Beach
Admission is FREE every Friday from 6pm to 9pm and includes films, talks, and drink specials to continue that whole cheap date thing.
 

25. ... or MDC Museum of Art + Design...

Downtown Miami
Admission is ALWAYS FREE at this Downtown museum that focuses on visual arts and design and is housed inside the Freedom Tower.
 

26. ... and ICA Miami

Miami Beach
Admission is also always FREE. It has some sweet digs in the Design District where it’s all about contemporary art here.

Flickr/christpoherneetz

27. Miami Critical Mass

Downtown Miami
Biking in Miami is still a bit of a risk, but this group is fighting back with a group ride event every last Friday of the month.

Flickr/Ed Webster

28. People-watching on Lincoln Road

Miami Beach
From European tourists to regular old tourists, locals walking their dogs, model restaurant hostesses, and streets performers, you’ve got the day or night cut out for you.

Flickr/Lee Cannon

29. Watch a game of jai alai

Miami Springs
The “world’s fastest game” is on for free every day except Tuesday. Now, about the rules of the game, we’re still trying to figure them out, too.

Courtesy of Sweat Records

30. Sweatstock

Little Haiti
You had us at FREE all-day block party.

Courtesy of Phillip Pessar

31. Check out Downtown’s public art

Downtown Miami
This one may require a little bit of research and some time, but there’s hidden and not-so-hidden public art all around Downtown from Bayfront Park to the Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels.

Flickr/Jared

32. South Pointe Park

Miami Beach
Located on the southern tip of the island, it offers priceless views of cruise ships leaving Port of Miami and the Atlantic Ocean. Plus, parts of the park are open until 2am.

Flickr/Matthre Hoelscher

33. Walk, run, or bike Bill Sadowski Park

Palmetto Bay
... which includes 30 acres of pineland and tropical hardwood hammocks, an aquarium, a live animal exhibit, a nature trail, and tons of bird-watching. Fun fact: the park is home to the Southern Cross Astronomical Society, which has a large telescope for stargazing and planet searching.

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Mandy Baca (@mandybaca on Twitter) is a Miami native and freelance writer, so obviously she’s always on the lookout for free things to do in the city.

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