20 Things To Do In Miami at Night

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Miami is one of the most well-known party cities in the world, with a reputation for superb dining, top-notch entertainment, and spectacular nightlife, making it a luxurious paradise for well-heeled travellers. In addition, the blend of tropical weather and exciting attractions makes it a desirable destination.

The fun never stops in Miami, even when the sun goes down. Whether you’re visiting solo, as a couple or with the family, Miami is a city that rocks. From Miami Beach to Little Havana, tick these things to do in Miami at night off your list.

Miami at Night

20 Things To Do In Miami At Night

1- Party In Miami Beach

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The Miami skyline at night is bright in Miami Beach.

Although Miami’s nightclub scene has expanded westward, Miami Beach is still a popular party hub with great spots in Miami’s Downtown and Wynwood.

Miami Beach lights up at night and turns into a buzzing hub of neon lights, all-night parties and techno music pumping out of dimly lit lounges within art deco buildings.

Keep an eye out for A-list celebrities like Rihanna, Travis Scott and Kanye West vibing out along an ecstatic crowd of a Miami Beach club.

If you’re looking to party at Miami Beach, check out Eventbrite for pop-up events. Here are a couple of cool nightspots:

  • Story Nightclub at 136 Collins Ave, Miami Beach.
  • Cameo Nightclub at 1445 Washington Ave, Miami Beach.

2- Learn To Salsa

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Dance the night away in Miami at night. Pictured here is LIV nightclub, Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach.

Miami’s warm weather, relaxed atmosphere and Latin-American population have encouraged the popularity of salsa dancing, which is now a valuable skill for any Miami party-goer to add to their skill base.

Salsa has become a popular social activity, and Miami’s salsa options range from Latin dancing nights at hotel bars to specialty salsa-only nightclubs in Miami Beach.

Beginners might want to take a class or two at a salsa dance studio to get their confidence up.

Learning the salsa in Miami is a great way to burn off those extra cocktails while gaining an immersive experience in this party town.

Salsa Mia in Mango’s Tropical Café offers salsa sessions in the Mojito Room every night for beginners and keen salsa dancers wanting to improve their technique.

Hard-core salsa dancers frequent the famous salsa clubs and watching the experts dance Miami’s unique Rueda or Casino-style salsa is exciting.

Salsa Mia is at 900 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach.

3- Explore Little Havana

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The cigar factory in Little Havana is an interesting place to visit.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of the salsa, head to Little Havana, where the city’s heart beats the loudest, where the smell of tobacco wafts from cigar shops and the sound of Cuban music makes you want to break out into dance.

Miami’s Cuban precinct around Calle Ocho is packed with restaurants, bars and is a vibrant spot to soak up Cuban culture.

Head to Maximo Gomez Park to hang out with the locals and join in a game of dominos.

One of Miami’s oldest cultural attractions is in Little Havana, the Tower Theater in Miami Dade College, which shows arty movies.

Another place to soak up local culture is the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center, which has an excellent Cuban art collection and a program of live music and dance performances.

Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center is at 1465 SW 8th St #106, Miami.

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4- Discover Creole Culture in Little Haiti

Discover Little Haiti’s vibrant culture and delicious Haitian and Caribbean food, such as seafood criollo stew, classic pig griot stew, fried lobster, shrimp and fish platters.

Wander past colourful Caribbean Victorian architecture and explore the Caribbean Marketplace and Haitian literature bookstore, Libreri Mapou.

Little Haiti is home to a thriving arts scene, with Haitian art displayed in the precinct’s galleries and Caribbean shows at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex.

5- Jive to Live Jazz

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This city of music has plenty of cool sounds to enjoy in Miami at night.

If jazz is more your scene, Miami is also the place to be as it has a jumping jazz scene, with some jazz bars putting on live performances every night.

Ball & Chain in Little Havana is a historic jazz club that has changed hands several times since 1935. It has jazz performances as well as salsa nights.

For free jazz performances, check out the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami (MOCA) on the last Friday of each month. 

The Museum of Contemporary Art is at 1513 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135, USA.

6- Watch a Theatre Performance

Seeing a play at one of Miami’s most well-known theatres is a fantastic way to escape from reality.

Miami provides an all-star roster of theatrical shows around the city, from visiting Broadway productions to new works by South Florida writers, world-class musicians, and dance theatre.

The Actor’s Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre is among the city’s most popular attractions, with plays appealing to a wide range of audiences.

They host productions geared at a family audience and top-notch off-Broadway plays.

This award-winning playhouse is popular with Miami locals for its art deco terrazzo.

The Actor’s Playhouse is at 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.

7- Watch the Sunset on a Cruise

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Admire the sunset while on a cruise in Miami at night.

Before you leave Miami, it would be a great idea to enjoy views of the city at sunset while floating around Biscayne Bay with a drink in hand.

It’s a relaxing way to learn more about Miami as you sail aboard a luxury yacht past famous islands, Al Capone’s mansion and South Beach.

Another way to enjoy the water is on a dinner cruise, watching the twinkling lights of the city as you cruise past Millionaire’s Row and Bayside, ogling at the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

8- Go Fishing

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South Beach in Miami at night.

Miami is an excellent destination to go deep-sea fishing because there are opportunities to catch a wide variety of fish that hang out in the warm Gulf Stream near the coastline.

Sailfish is Florida’s official saltwater fish and one of the fastest fish in the ocean.

You might catch other types of fish are snapper, kingfish, grouper, and peacock bass.

The easiest way to fish is to book a half or full-day fishing deep-sea fishing tour.

Some trips include drift fishing or night tours where you anchor and go bottom fishing.

You don’t need to know how to fish to enjoy this activity as the guides will teach you a few skills and provide fishing rods.

9- Kick Back at Soundscape Park

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An aerial view of Miami Beach at night.

Snuggle up on a blanket and camp out on the lawn at Soundscape Park in Miami Beach to see a movie or a concert instead of going to a regular cinema.

Soundscape Park is a 2.5-acre urban park and part of the New World Symphony campus, a blend of culture, music and design by Frank Gehry.

The park has pergolas shaped like cumulous clouds and is a contemporary outdoor public space to enjoy.

Free evening movies are played on the New World Center’s 7,000-sqft projection wall.

Soundscape Park is at 400 17th St, Miami Beach, FL, USA.

10- Have a Ball at Fun Dimension

If you’re visiting with kids, pop into Fun Dimension in Wynwood where the kids will have a ball playing arcade games, laser tag and bumper cars.

There’s a Bungy Dome where youngsters will enjoy bouncing around on a trampoline while secured by a harness and a climbing wall.

Fun Dimension is at 2129 NW 1st Ct, Miami, FL 33127, and is open until 8 pm most days and 10 pm on Friday and Saturdays.

11- Take Big Bus Tour

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Go on the Big Bus Tour to see popular spots in Miami at night.

One of the easiest ways to see Miami at night is to take a Big Bus tour of the city.

It’s a safe way to explore, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the various neighbourhoods.

On a 90-minute panoramic night tour, knowledgeable guides offer narratives about several places throughout the night, such as Coconut Grove, Little Havana and South Beach.

12- Go On A Rooftop Bar Crawl

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One of the things to do in Miami at night is to go on a bar crawl.

Although many of Miami’s rooftop spaces are reserved for guests staying at a hotel, there are several sleek rooftop bars worth checking out in Miami at night.

Areas with some of the best bars are Brickell, Downtown, Wynwood and Buena Vista. Try to time your visit to go at sunset for a ‘wow’ moment.

Some excellent options are Area 31, a sleek bar with a fantastic city view on the 16th-floor, MILA with its minimalistic design and unique cocktail program that uses ingredients like beeswax and black walnut bitter.

Juvia has panoramic views of South Beach while Serena, also in South Beach, channels a vibrant Mexican vibe.

13- Explore Public Art in the Design District

The Miami Design District is a hotspot for creativity.

This vibrant retail and arts neighbourhood covers 18 square blocks and is a treasure trove of fashion stores, art galleries, public art and fashionable eateries.

While many visitors come window shopping at luxury flagship stores like Prada, Celine, and Balenciaga, the real star of the district is its fascinating public art.

Tick off your to-see list: Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye geodesic dome, Sol LeWitt’s sculpture garden and a web of hanging chairs by German designer Konstantin Grcic.

The Miami Design District is a sophisticated destination for design and art, the brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Craig Robins.

14- Watch A Ballet or Concert at Adrienne Arsht Center

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Drop into Jerry’s Deli in South Miami for a night snack.

Attend a concert, ballet or opera in downtown Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

The centre is the home stage for the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony. The centre is also a venue where local artists have the opportunity to launch their careers.

Over 300 events a year include theatre, classical, jazz, and Broadway musicals from New York.

The centre hosts an extensive jazz series, a Flamenco Festival, and theatre-goes won’t be disappointed with its award-winning theatre program.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami.

15- See The Wynwood Wall Murals

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Check out the wall art in Miami at night and during the day too.

Miami’s Wynwood district is a vibrant hub that attracts painters, graffiti artists, creatives, and young inventors.

This area is centred around Wynwood Walls, near downtown Miami and the Miami Design District.

Wynwood Walls is a collection of six massive walls that have become a creative canvas for artists from around the world.

The Wynwood Wall Mural is open from 11 am to 10 pm (Fridays and Saturdays), and 11 am to 9 pm on Sundays.

16- Check Out The Historic Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel Miami in Coral Gables is one of the city’s most opulent and famous National Historic Landmarks.

The Biltmore has been one of Miami’s attractions since it opened in 1926 and was once the most fashionable resort in the USA.

European royalty and Hollywood stars flocked here and if you were part of the crowd during its heyday, you would have sipped Martinis with the likes of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby.

From politicians, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, to gangsters like Al Capone, a who’s who of America’s famous stayed at The Biltmore and were entertained with gala balls, fashion shows and golf tournaments.

The Biltmore is at 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, Florida.

17- Visit An Escape Room

Escape from a panic room on a fun group outing, where you immerse yourself in a mystery.

Be a mafia running a Speakeasy, search for Blackbeard’s treasure, be an FBI agent or break out of an asylum.

Get your brain cells firing as you search for clues, crack codes and solve puzzles while you complete your mission.

18- Watch A Game

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Several stadiums grace the Miami skyline.

Miami has four major league sports teams – the Miami Dolphins (National Football League), Miami Heat (National Basketball Association), Miami Marlins (Major League Baseball) and the Florida Panthers (National Hockey League).

Catch a Miami Marlins game at LoanDepot Park, an impressive high-tech stadium with a unique retractable roof with three metal decked panels.

The Marlins is an American professional baseball team that competes in Major League Baseball.

The Marlins won the World Series in 1997 and 2003 and were the first team to win as a wild card.

LoanDepot Park is at 501 Marlins Way, Miami.

19- Hop Aboard SkyViews MIAMI Wheel

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Ride the SkyViews MIAMI Wheel for a fabulous view of Miami at night.

This Ferris wheel towers 200 ft above the Bayside Marketplace and offers bird’s-eye views of Miami’s skyline, Biscayne Bay and Bayfront Park.

It has 42 enclosed Gondolas and a VIP one with luxurious leather seats and a glass-bottom floor.

Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel is at 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami.

20- Go Stargazing In The Everglades

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Miami is sandwiched between the alligator-infested swamplands of the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean.

Unfortunately, due to the city’s limited topography, it has been overdeveloped, and stargazing activities are almost unknown – even among natives who have lived in Miami for years.

While seeing the stars in Miami is not simple, it is doable.

There are a few areas with more darkness (or, maybe more accurately, “less light pollution”) where you can obtain a decent view of the night sky.

And, if you’re willing to venture outside of the city, you’ll discover some of the country’s darkest sky, sparkling with more stars than you can imagine.

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Christina Pfeiffer is a writer, photographer and video blogger based in Queensland, Australia. She has lived in three continents and her career as a travel journalist has taken her to all seven continents. Since 2003, she has contributed travel stories and photographs to mainstream media in Australia and around the world such as the Sydney Morning Herald, CNN Traveller, The Australian and the South China Morning Post. She has won many travel writing awards and is a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.