- People watch on Lincoln Road… and everywhere else over Miami.
Everyone — from European tourists, regular old tourists, and locals walking their dogs, to model restaurant hostesses, the occasional celebrity, and street performers — strolls through Lincoln Road, and there’s no telling what you’ll see. This is also true for Ocean Drive, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami, and the 250-mile radius that makes up all of South Florida.
- Ride the Metromover, Downtown. Explore Downtown from a different vantage point. Plus, it’s a good way to get out of the heat for a minute or two… or go on a bar crawl.
- Whip your butt into shape at boot camps. Hop around six parks in Miami — Gratigny Plateau Park, Gwen Cherry Park, Tropical Park, North Trail Park, South Dade Park, and Live Like Bella Park — and you can get free boot camp classes, every day of the week, taught by local veterans who are in much better shape than you are.
- Sneak into a hotel pool. Various locations.
- Catch a comedy show. at various locations throughout Miami.
Stand-up comedy is going strong, and plenty of places will let you come and watch it for free. The Yo Space and Gallery has its monthly Just the Tip Comedy Show the first Sunday of the month. 305 Brews has Miami Comedy Mondays every week. Wynwood’s Concrete Beach Brewery has a recurring Last Call Comedy Show on the last Tuesday of every month.
- Attend one of 700+ Books & Books events at various locations throughout Miami. Miami’s signature local bookstore has an event nearly every night of the week — from staged readings and chef dinners to celebrity author signings — at its stores in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Bal Harbour, Pinecrest, Miami Beach, and at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
- 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, watch all the action, and if you’re lucky, break into the stiff lineup of veteran Abuelos and actually play a game.
- Ride a bike under the moonlight, Everglades. The Shark Valley bike trails are effectively South Florida’s only extended bike routes through nature, and riding them any time is a great way to experience the landscape that once was. Doing it under a full moon, lit only by the light from the sky, is a simultaneously terrifying and beautiful experience every Miamian must try.
- Check out Downtown’s public art, Downtown Miami. This one may require a little bit of research and some time, but there’s plenty of hidden and not-so-hidden public art, from Bayfront Park to the Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels.
- Walk, run, or bike Bill Sadowski Park, Palmetto Bay which includes 30 acres of pine land and tropical hardwood hammocks, an aquarium, a live animal exhibit, fire pits, a nature trail, kayaking, and tons of bird-watching.
- Watch live music every night at Bayside Marketplace, Downtown Miami. It doesn’t get more Miami shopping than this: There are yachts, waterfront bars and restaurants, and fantastic people-watching, and it’s steps from where the Miami Heat call home. As an added bonus, the Marina Stage, right in front of Biscayne Bay, has daily live concerts with everything from Brazilian and Latin tunes, to pop, rock, funk, and more.
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