Have a close encounter with nature, take a thrilling ride, learn about space travel and much more on one of these top day tours from Miami.
The sand and sea aren’t everything that southern Florida has to offer visitors. Beyond the Miami skyline, the land gets a whole lot flatter and a whole lot swampier, and that’s where some of the best experiences Florida has to offer can be found. Get close to nature, take a boat trip, see a giant rocket ship and follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway on one of these top Miami day trips.
Key West full-day tour by bus from Miami
The drive through the Florida Keys from Miami to Key West crosses dozens of bridges and low-lying islands. And the journey is an important part of the trip, passing through this unique part of the country. The best value day trip to Key West is this one, taking care of the round-trip transportation by air-conditioned bus and providing guests with at least six hours of free time to explore sights such as Hemingway’s House and the various museums around town. From $54 per person.
Miami City tour and Biscayne Bay cruise
One of Miami’s best budget day trips barely leaves the city, instead focusing on giving you more quality time at the best sights for miles around. This guided tour of Miami is especially popular with first-time visitors, thanks to its comprehensive exploration of top neighborhoods such as mural-bedecked Wynwood, foodie haven Little Havana, and trendy South Beach, whilst adding in a unique 90-minute cruise of Biscayne Bay. Hotel pickup in Miami Beach and Downtown is included. From $61 per person.
Miami Big Bus combo with Everglades, city tour and bay cruise
A city tour of Miami is comfortably combined with experiences of both Biscayne Bay and the nearby Everglades on this nine-hour day trip. The highlight here is the 30-minute-plus airboat ride over the Everglades, spotting alligators and water birds along the way. The day-trip fee also includes access to the Big Bus open-top sightseeing tour, with audio guides provided, through the Art Deco district and Wynwood. Finish the day with a boat cruise past the mansions of Millionaire’s Row. From $89 per person.
Key West full-day trip with hop-on, hop-off trolley
There are dozens of ways to experience Key West on a day trip. If you’d like to get more than just round-trip transportation from Miami, this tour adds in hotel pick-up and drop-off, for your added convenience, and includes access to the hop-on, hop-off bus in Key West, allowing you the chance to cover more ground during your time in the continental United States’ southernmost city. As with most of the lower-priced tours on this list, meals, water and access to most attractions are not included in the fee. From $110 per person.
Key West full-day trip with glass bottom boat
Once you reach Key West – at the end of a miles-long stretch of highway strung between 32 islands from the mainland – there’s nowhere to go but the Caribbean Sea. You’ll have plenty of time on this day trip from Miami to stroll along the waterfront, past wooden houses shaded by palm trees. But you’ll also get the chance to get onto the water too. The glass bottom boat will cruise through shallow waters, offering a glimpse of the marine world below, with its colorful fish and corals. From $119 per person.
From Miami: 1-hour Everglades airboat ride and nature walk
There is nowhere quite as uniquely wild and wonderful, but yet accessible, in North America as the Everglades National Park. While the airboat rides may be the most talked-about experience, the thrill also comes with quite a noisy and invasive element to it, which isn’t ideal for spotting wildlife. That’s why this 5.5-hour tour is ideal, combining an hour-long airboat ride with two different nature walks with a specialist naturalist guide, often leading to some of the most memorable natural encounters. From $135 per person.
Key West full-day trip with dolphin watching and snorkeling
Switching the swamps for the sea, this enhanced Key West day trip from Miami is geared towards those who are looking for unique experiences rather than self-guided tours of the region. As such, this option takes you out onto the clear Caribbean waters looking for pods of dolphins, then gives you a better (and clearer) sense of their world and natural habitat by offering the chance to go snorkeling over a coral reef. Equipment is provided. Daily departures are available. From $160 per person.
Florida Everglades small group adventure tour
The ultimate Everglades National Park tour from Miami takes nine hours to really delve into the heart of this seemingly inhospitable wilderness. In doing so, you’ll discover that there is a remarkable bounty of life, from the myriad species of birds and animals, including manatees, pelicans, roseate spoonbills and osprey, to humans. You’ll visit a tree island village of the Miccosukee people, which is only accessible from the water. Lunch and snacks are also included in this day trip. From $209 per person.
Kennedy Space Center private tour from Miami
If you thought that the Everglades were tricky enough to navigate, they’re nothing compared to the vast, uncharted expanses of space. But that same spirit of exploration and curiosity that led people into the swamplands has also given rise to the creation of elaborate rockets, many of which are on proud display at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This private tour starts at your Miami hotel and includes a personal, guided tour through this remarkable attraction. See the mighty Saturn V spaceship and learn all about the conquest of the unknown. From $490 per group.
Bimini Bahamas day trip economy class
Keep your passport handy for this final tour, because in less than an hour from Miami you can be in the sunny Bahamas, heading straight for a pristine beach on one of the Bimini Islands. This tour is ideal for anybody willing to be left to their own devices while there, with the Bimini Nature Trail and Martin Luther King Jnr. Memorial possible options. For an additional fee you can also buy a day pass to use the facilities at a local resort hotel. Please note that this tour runs three times a week on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. From $349 per person.