21 Things to Do in Spring in Miami

Ultra Music Festival in Bayfront Park, Miami | © Avarty Photos / Flickr
Ultra Music Festival in Bayfront Park, Miami | © Avarty Photos / Flickr
Photo of Karina Castrillo
21 January 2018

From watching new flicks at the Miami Film Festival to witnessing turtles hatching along the shores of the beach, there’s plenty to do in Miami in spring. Here’s our roundup of activities to try this season.

Watch the Miami Open

The famous tennis tournament will come to Miami on March 19, 2018, for two weeks with 200 of the world’s best tennis players competing for the win. The event will take place at Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park.

Sharapova playing tennis | © Marianne Bevis / Flickr

Take a tour of the Art Deco District

Take a free walking tour of the Art Deco District in Miami Beach. The city is home to over 800 historic Art Deco buildings built in the 1930s–’40s. Not to miss are gems such as the Delano building, the Webster, the Bass Museum of Art, and The Carlyle.

Attend Miami Beach Gay Pride

The Miami Beach Gay Pride parade celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a week-long event from April 2–8, 2018, that includes parades, parties, and over 125 LGBT-friendly vendors, as well as musical performances, food and celebrity sightings. The event is free and open to everyone.

LGBT Pride flag | © rihaij / Pixabay

Ride an airboat through the Everglades

Spring means the weather is still pleasant enough for a day trip through the Everglades National Park, so don’t miss an airboat tour of the swamplands for a chance to catch sightings of alligators, birds, and other species native to the park.

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Watch flicks at the Miami Film Festival

Now in its 35th year, the Miami Film Festival, presented by Miami Dade College and the Miami Film Society, will bring the best in cinema to the Magic City. The festival includes films by award-winning directors and starts on the first Friday in March, running for 10 days with screenings at venues such as the Miami Beach Cinematheque, O Cinema, Coral Gables Art Cinema, and others. The festival will also include CinemaSlam, a film school competition for students in South Florida.

Viewers watching a screening of a film at Miami Film Festival | © Knight Foundation / Flickr

Go biking at Oleta River State Park

The largest urban park in Florida boasts miles of bicycling trails for both novice and pro cyclists to enjoy.

Float on a lazy river at Rapids Water Park

The biggest water park in South Florida, spanning 30 acres, reopens for the season on March 10, 2018. Beat the heat with a splash at their enormous wave pool, and float through a quarter-mile-long lazy river. Or get an adrenaline rush plummeting down waterslides.

Splashing in pool | © jackmac34 / Pixabay

Listen to EDM at Ultra Music Festival

If you haven’t heard of Ultra by now, you’re living in a hole. The most famous electronic music event during Miami Music Week (March 20–25, 2018) swings by the city every spring just long enough to halt the traffic on Biscayne Boulevard. From March 23–25, 2018, thousands of young music lovers dressed in neon costumes and funky hairdos swarm the beaches and the city to attend the musical events and performances on Miami Beach and Bayfront Park. Don’t miss the parties and the concerts. Click here for the lineup.

Ultra in Miami | © Avarty Photos / Flickr

Watch a movie under the night sky at SoundScape

Nestled on the lawns of the New World Center in Miami Beach, SoundScape features a cinema series showcasing flicks outdoors for free—just bring your own blanket. Watch flicks under the stars all through spring, as the park will feature movies every Wednesday of the month. You can watch classics such as Casablanca to Disney favorites like Beauty and the Beast.

Go beer tasting at Sprung! Beer Festival

Go on a drinking binge to sample over 300 local, national and international beers at the Sprung! Beer Festival. The event is appropriately taking place in Wynwood on April 7, 2018, and includes games as well as the Kitchen Lab—a learning workshop from Miami’s top chefs that gives guests lessons in food and beer pairings.

Beer | © PeterKraayvanger / Pixabay

Get a dose of art at Wynwood Walls

Aside from the beer, Wynwood is known for its art. Walk throughout the photogenic neighborhood to explore the colorful graffiti murals that decorate the walls.

Swim at the Venetian Pool

Built in 1923, the historic Venetian Pool boasts a refreshing haven in the heart of Coral Gables. Go swimming in its spring water-filled pools, waterfalls, and grottos. The watering hole is one of Miami’s best-kept secrets.

Venetian Pool | © Phillip Pessar / Flickr

Witness sea turtles nesting and hatching

Beginning in March until October, this natural phenomenon brings swarms of viewers to witness the sea turtle nesting and hatching along the shores of the Atlantic. Don’t miss watching the mama turtles bury their eggs in the sand, or watch the turtle babies hatching out of their eggs to waddle into the water. It’s too cute—but make sure to watch from a distance to give them their space.

Sea turtle hatching | © skeeze / Pixabay

Picnic at Museum Park

Grab a basket and head to the lawns of Museum Park, the 30-acre public park in Downtown that hosts the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. The lawns edge right to the shore of Biscayne Bay, offering scenic views of the city and landscape that make it perfect for a picnic and afternoon stroll in spring.

See butterflies at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Are you a fan of butterflies? Don’t miss a visit to the butterfly conservatory at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, complete with over 40 species of the winged beauties.

Butterfly close up | © banclinicitzeer / Pixabay

See The Barnacle

The Barnacle, a historic house built in 1891, is a reminder of the “Era of the Bay” when Miami travel was done only by boat. Once the former home of one of Coconut Grove’s pioneers, Ralph Middleton Munroe, the house is part of The Barnacle Historic State Park, which sits on the shore of Biscayne Bay and boasts colonial-style architecture as well as a boathouse and vast lands for guests to explore.

Tour Miami’s most popular film locations

Cinema lovers can enjoy trekking through the Miami locations that were featured in films—from cult classics like Scarface to action flicks such as Bad Boys 2. Check out our list here.

Kayak at Matheson Hammock Park

Spring means it’s still not too hot to grab a kayak and paddle through the mangroves surrounding Matheson Hammock Park, which also offers paddleboarding and kite surfing. You can also spot manatees here.

Matheson Hammock | © Adam Skowronski / Flickr

Pool party at The Raleigh Hotel

The place to be seen, The Raleigh, with its beachfront pool, is known for hosting a party or two on the weekends.

Hit the beach

It goes without saying, but lounging on the beach is one of the best things you can do in the 305 in spring. Just make sure you watch for the crowds during spring break!

Miami Beach | © warrend98 / Pixabay

Helicopter tour of the Miami skyline

Whether you opt for the daytime or nighttime tour, this unique helicopter tour displays the beauty of Miami’s scenic landscape and glittering skyline, which will remind you of the reason you visited the 305 in the first place!

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