New Year in Miami: 15 Incredible Things to Do During the Big Festive Time

The city of glamour and wonder. Miami needs no preface. All you need to do is dive into the glamour which Miami offers and just relax. From luxurious hotel experience to adventurous hiking expedition - Miami is a top-notch vacation destination in the world for its prevailing aura. New Year in Miami is no different from the rest of the year, rather adding a quarter of more spice to your vacation days in Miami. Walking through the sandy beaches, visiting museums, witnessing heavenly skylines, experiencing handcrafted cocktails, witnessing wall murals at Wynwood - your trip to Miami in the New year is going to be gorgeous and memorable like ever.

Here are the top 15 things you can do for your New Year in Miami

15 Things You Can Do for Your New Year in Miami

1. A walk through the Miami Beach

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Nothing's more beautiful than a walk through the shimmery Miami beach outlined by the glittery sea. One of Miami’s most loved and celebrated vacation stops, Miami Beach, located on an island outside the Miami municipality is indeed a great location for celebrating New year’s aura. As nostalgic as the sunset seems, the night walk on the beach witnessing the illuminated city lights faraway is equally memorable.
Timings: 24 hours, Entry fee - Free
Location: Miami Dade County, Florida
Time Required: 1 hour

2. Getting tipsy with crafted cocktails at the Broken Shaker

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No new year is a happy new year in Miami without grabbing a handcrafted cocktail from the American award-winning Hotel bar Broken Shaker. The ambiance of the backyard oasis, attached with the 27 Restaurant offering fine dining options, invites you with all warmth and extravaganza that Miami inherits. Skilled mixologists of Broken Shaker will put together herbs, syrups, spices,s and exotic ingredients from around the world, offering you a tropical and international feeling in just one gulp. Try the Coral Castle, Chardonnay Santcum, and Proseco Wild Nature for a premium experience.
Timings: Wednesday to Sunday - 05:00 PM to 12:00 PM
Entry fee: Free
Location: 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Time required: 1 hour

3. Exotic wall murals of Wynwood Walls

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To witness some eye-goggling mural arts in the lap of Miami, the one and only destination are Wynwood walls, a mosaic of colors and vibrancy. Started as an initiative in the early 2000s to support and encourage artists, now the Wynwood Walls stand out in the history of wall art, around the world. You can see works of artists displayed and honored like no other. Either you can take up an official or private tour or also go for a walk all by yourself with no entry fee. The neighborhood of Wynwood Walls is equally covered with wall murals taking you to a world of wonderland. Travelers can engage in clicking an unlimited series of posed photographs with the backdrop of vivid colors.
Timings: Wynwood Wall - Monday - 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM, Friday to Saturday - 10:30 AM to midnight, Sunday - 10:30 AM to 08:00 PM
Entry fee: Free
Location: 2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33127
Time required: 1 hour

4. Adventure in the Everglades

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If you are in the mood to spend a new year like no other but dive into an adventure for a lifetime, try the avid hiking trails of the Everglades National Park in Miami for an exhilarating experience. The journey through the habitats of wild nature will keep the excitement in you alive while exploring the Pine island hiking and bike trails. Venture into the short interpretative Flamingo Trails and take the fullest opportunity of photographing them. The safari souvenir shop and safari cafe will treat your tiredness well. However, be prepared for a tiring but satisfying new year at the end of the day. 
Timings: 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Entry fee: Required
Location: 40001 State Road 9336 Homestead, Florida 33034
Time required: 4 hours

5. Rock and roll in the new year parties of Miami

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The party hub of Florida, Miami is all decked up for extravaganza, fun, and entertainment for New Years’ eve and the coming week. From attending an early outdoor event to getting the best out of a whole night party, the exquisite clubs of Miami located in the alleys and corners will serve you the best. To dance your heart out in the beats of the coming year, book an early ticket at W Miami Hotel’s 15the floor rooftop for a new year bash with an open bar, unending DJ night, a private fireplace, and whatnot. You can also join the iconic eve celebration at South Miami’s Sagamore Hotel for an outdoor pool front relaxing welcome of 2021. Maintaining proper guidelines for social distancing and wearing a mask is a must.
Location: W Miami - 485 Brickell Ave, Miami, Florida 33131
Sogomore: 1671 Collins Ave, Miami, Florida 33139

6. A visit to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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A quiet afternoon stroll in the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens of Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami is exhilarating and equally engaging. The Italian renaissance museum earlier used to be Villa Vizcaya, owned by James Deering is now a property of Miami-Dade County. The 50 acres area of the estate consists of the Italian Renaissance formal garden with an open-air courtyard by the waterfront of Biscayne Bay. the extensive architectural portrayal in the seventy rooms with diverse European furnishings is an absolute treat to the eyes. Spending the new year in the calmness of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami is a must.
Timings: Thursday to Monday - 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM, 
Entry fee: Online tickets required (Adult, 13 years and above - $18, Children, 6 to 13 years - $ 8, Children below 6 years - free)
Location: 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129
Time Required: 2hours

7. Hopping in the Bayside Market

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Shopping at any time is fun and shopping in Miami’s Bayside open-air market is even more fun. Tons of shops for Jewelry, health, and beauty, clothing, kids apparel - everything is just one shop away. The charming boutiques showcasing local items will surely urge you to spend more, while the mouth-watering dining options will force your tastebuds to get overloaded. No wonder the waterfront market has a beautiful ambiance with the day-long breeze, music, local faces hovering around, and an array of attractions to indulge into. Sightseeing and cruising, biking alongside the Miami lanes, and basking in the sun are all you need to do. 
Entry fee: Free
Location: 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida - 33132
Time required: 2 hours

8. A trip to Miami’s Sea Aquarium

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You will be awestruck on your visit to Florida’s best sea Aquarium in Miami that is Miami Sea Aquarium. You can dance with the dolphins in the water and click as many selfies as you want. Sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, rays, and other marine mammals will welcome you and wave at you in happiness. If you are an enthusiast about knowing more about the sea animals, visit the Conservation Outpost inside this 38 acre land of tropical paradise. You can participate in the special events conducted occasionally or conclude your day with some fine dining options.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Entry fee: Depends on tour activities
Location: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, Florida 33149
Time Required: 1 hour

9. Window shopping at the Lincoln Road

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Miami's Lincoln Road Mall is a hot spot bustling with locals, tourists, and shops of all kinds. The loved Lincoln Mall is the hub of national and international brands of clothing, souvenirs, exotic art galleries, cigar shops, and multiple restaurants catered all over. The famous Romero Art gallery is here in Lincoln Road Mall, while the busy Colony Theatre of Miami is also situated in this paradise, inviting tons of theatre enthusiasts all the time. From enjoying coffee, cocktails, wall-to-wall sidewalk cafes to interacting with locals - the ten-block mecca of Lincoln Road Mall is the center of Miami’s culture and everyday life. On weekends, definitely experience the ambiance of the Lincoln Road Antiques and Farmers’ Market.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Entry fee: Free
Location: Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Time required: 2 hours

10. Stopping by the Freedom Tower in Miami

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Designed by Schultze and Weaver, the Freedom Tower of Miami an emblem of the rich culture and history the city possesses. The Mediterranean-style tower, built-in 1925, now acts as a contemporary art museum located in the Wolfson campus of Miami’s Dade College. From being the headquarters of Miami’s first newspaper to honoring the Cuban immigration in the city, the Tower in downtown Florida is a famous tourist spot for its architectural excellence. The new year lights make the tower look even more enigmatic and perfect for clicking photographs.
Timings: Wednesday to Sunday  12:00 PM to 05:00 PM, 
Entry fee: Free
Location: 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida 33132
Time Required: 30 minutes

11. Romantic cruising through the Ocean Drive

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Lovers of skylines and horizons should not miss the chance to encounter the beauty of Miami Beach along the slow cruise through the ocean drive. Travelers of Miami will fall in love with Ocean drive, surrounded by tons of art-deco style buildings of the bygone era, loads of restaurants catering local Miami delicacies. The beachfront bars are a perfect stoppage destination after the weary drive. Also, the frontline hotels will be good for a night halt in Miami’s ecstatic breezy ambiance.
Timings: 24 hours
Entry fee: Free
Location: Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, Florida 33139 
Time required: 1-2 hours

12. Dining at the Amara in Parisao

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A fine dining experience at the very beginning of the year is mandatory and at Amara, you will be served the best cuisine with the best waterfront view. The 4,500 Square Foot space accommodating more than 150 guests at a stretch, gives you the peaceful view and breeze of the Biscayne Bay. Definitely try their Yellowfin TunaTiradito and the Grilled NY Strip Steak for the main course. The mouth-watering desserts are a must to conclude your New year’s fay out on a happy note.
Timings: Dinner - Monday Thursday - 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Friday - 05:00 PM to 10:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday - 04:00 PM to 10:30 PM, Brunch - Saturday and Sunday  11:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Entry fee: Free
Location: 3101 NE 7th Ave., Miami, Florida, 33137
Time required: 2 hours

13. A day out at the Deering Estate of Miami

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Spend your new year in Miami aloof but also amidst nature by taking a dig to the Deering Estate of Miami, preserved since the 1920s. Established by Charles Deering, a Chicago industrialist, the Deering Estate of Miami was built as a recreation during the long winters in Miami. Travelers can spend their nights in the luxury of the Richmond Hotel in the area and also take a look at the belongings of Charles Deering in the Mediterranean styles Stone House of legacy. The staff guided museum tours through the vintage property, sipping a cup of coffee under the Miami sky, and buying some souvenirs at the end will make your New Year’s day out in the Deering estate memorable. Photography is permitted with a permit and fee.
Timings: Wednesday to Sunday - 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Entry fee: Adult (above 15 years) - $ 15, Children (between 4-14 years) - $ 7, Children below 3 years - Free
Location: 16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33157
Time required: 2 hours

14. Plunge in the Venetian Pool

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Located in Coral Gables, a few kilometers from Miami, is the famous Venetian Pool. Established in 1924 as Venetian Casino, this 4 acres of land was founded by George Merrick. The swinging palm trees, coral rocks, signature bridge, porticos, loggias, and the flavor of locals roaming around the pool will surely make you feel at home. Get yourself relaxed in the water and grab some delicious pizza from the pool’s onsite cafe. To dive into the history of this famous site, lots of hanging photographs on the site are also available. While the pool remains closed on major events, New year’s eve can be excellent to enjoy the aura of the Venetian Pool.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Entry fee: Adult - $ 15, Childre, 3-12 years - $ 10
Location: 2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables, Florida - 33134
Time required: 2 hours

15. Fun and frolic at Miami’s Jungle island

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If you love to wander in nature and seek company from nature in your New Year celebration, visit the eco-park of Jungle Islands in Miami. Located on Watson Island, readily you will be surrounded with glimpses of hundreds of animals and dozens of varieties of parrots. Founded in 1936, the Jungle Island, formerly known as the Parrot jungle, is one of the oldest attractions in Miami for nature lovers. A clear blue sky above and lemurs and sloths by your side will be a fascinating trip. You can also try zip-lining and swimming for adding an extra pinch of adventure to your new year trip in this paradise. 
Entry fee: Depends on tour activities
Location: 1111 Parrot Jungle Tr., Miami, Florida 33132
Time Required: 2 hours
Tips for celebrating New Year in Miami
  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the timings of restaurants, parks, and museums are probable to change. Kindly check before proceeding with a plan.
  • Always wear a mask and maintain social distance.

This post was published by Sreyashi Paul

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