Things to do near Hilton Miami Downtown
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Things To Do in Miami

There are so many fun and exciting activities in Miami. Whatever your interests may be, you’re sure to find something to do each and every day. Whether it’s a day on the golf course or a day filled with shopping, it's all in downtown Miami.

Zoos & Gardens

Zoos & Gardens

Flamingo Gardens

Flamingo Gardens is a 60-acre, not-for-profit botanical garden and Everglades wildlife sanctuary located just west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There are over 3,000 species of exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants showcased in the botanical garden and over 83 native species such as, alligators, bears, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacocks and flamingos that can be seen at the wildlife sanctuary.  The Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary gives residence to permanently injured and non-releasable birds and animals, and is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife.  In addition to the botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary, there are also wildlife encounter shows, narrated tram tours, a market place and café. 


Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. Home to over 3,000 animals, 500 different species, and over 100 exhibits, Zoo Miami is the ultimate family attraction. There are playgrounds, water play areas, camel rides and animal feedings/encounters that guarantee a full day of fun.


Jungle Island

Jungle Island is an interactive zoological park in Watson Island, Miami, FL. At Jungle Island visitors are given the opportunity to encounter wildlife from all over the world. Meet Hercules, the 900 pounds Linger (a cross between a lion and a tiger). There is a petting zoo where visitors can interact with a number of domestic and exotic animals, including an experience with red kangaroos. As Miami’s most unique destination, Jungle Island continues to delight the thousands of people who visit Miami each year.


Florida Everglades

The largest subtropical wilderness in North America, Florida Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides an important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species. The manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther are just a few endangered animals that call the Everglades its home. Everglades Safari Park near Miami, FL is named one of the top ten attractions to do in Florida by USA Today. At Everglades Safari Park, ride through the heart of Everglades National Park on a thrilling airboat adventure, where you can observe alligators in their natural habitat. Learn fun and educational facts about alligators, crocodiles and other exotic creatures at Everglades Safari Wildlife Nature Show and take home a memorable photo holding Snappy, the alligator, for a true personal experience.


Miami Seaquarium

On 38-acres of tropical paradise, Miami Seaquarium welcomes you to a place where dolphins walk on water and killer whales fly through the air. The Miami Seaquarium also houses fish, sharks, sea turtles, birds, reptiles, and manatees. For an experience of a lifetime, reserve your Sea Trek Reef Encounter and walk underwater through our 300,000 gallon tropical reef. The Miami Seaquarium is a world-class marine-life entertainment park with eight different marine animal shows and astonishing daily presentations.


Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Built in the 1910's, the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a popular destination for those with a love of art, history or the natural environment. The museum features the beautifully maintained 34-room mansion, showcasing over 2,500 art objects and furnishings. There are ten acres of European-inspired formal gardens with fountains and statuary, some of which date back to antiquity; a significant orchid collection totaling 2,000 specimens; and 25 acres of endangered primary growth forests. This Italianate mansion that once belonged to industrialist James Deering is worth a visit.

Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation

Fairchild Tropical Garden

One of South Florida's finest natural jewels, this is the largest tropical botanical garden in the continental United States, with 83 acres of lakes, sunken gardens, a 560-ft vine pergola, orchids, bellflowers, coral trees, bougainvillea, rare palms, and flowering trees. Take the tram tour for an overview, then set off exploring on your own. The excellent bookstore-gift shop carries books on gardening and horticulture, and the Garden Cafe serves sandwiches and, seasonally, smoothies made from the garden's own crop of tropical fruits.


Oleta River State Recreation Area

The largest urban park in Florida, Oleta has nearly 1,000 acres of lush greenery that provides a welcome respite from the area's urban clutter. The visitor center presents interpretive talks and there are facilities for biking, boating, camping, and fishing, including 10 miles of mountain bike trails and log cabin rentals. Popular with outdoors enthusiasts, the park also attracts bald eagles, dolphins, ospreys, and manatees, who stay for the winter.


Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area

Thanks to great beaches, sunsets, and a lighthouse, this park at Key Biscayne's southern tip is worth the drive. It has boardwalks, 18 picnic shelters, and a cafe that serves light lunches. A stroll or ride along walking and bicycle paths provide wonderful views of Miami's dramatic skyline. From the southern end of the park, you can see a handful of houses rising over the bay on wooden stilts, the remnants of Stiltsville, built in the 1940s and now dying a natural death. Bill Baggs has bicycle and skate rentals, a playground, fishing piers, kayak rentals, and on request, guided tours of the cultural complex and the Cape Florida Lighthouse, South Florida's oldest structure. The restored cottage and cookhouse offers free tours at 10 AM and 1 PM Thurs.-Mon. Arrive early either time.



Mary Brickell Village

Located in the heart of Miami’s financial district, Mary Brickell Village offers a fantastic mix of upscale dining, shopping and entertainment. The village is lovely with lush foliage, water features and entertainment venues, plus two public plazas featuring beautiful oak and mahogany trees.  There are many retail outlets and an 800 space parking garage.  When you’re ready to take a break from shopping, there are a variety of delicious restaurants to choose from, serving everything from Mexican to Asian, Seafood to Italian Cuisine.   For a day of shopping and dining, Mary Brickell Village is a terrific choice.


Coral Gables and Miracle Mile Shopping

One of South Florida's most sought-after shopping destinations, downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is a half mile section full of designer shops, art galleries, live theatre and great restaurants.   Shoppers will find unique jewelry, apparel, home furnishings, salons and spas, and other specialty shops.  Choose from gourmet restaurants and casual dining and you’re sure to find something you’ll love.  Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is Miami shopping at its best!     


Dolphin Mall

The beautiful, state-of-the-art Dolphin Mall is Miami-Dade County's largest retail value shopping center blending the hottest concepts in theme entertainment and dining.  There are over 240 retail outlets and name-brand discounters, including stores not found anywhere else in the county such as, Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store, Coach Factory Store, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, to name a few.


Bayside Marketplace

This Miami Florida shopping and entertainment complex is located on 16 waterfront acres in the heart of downtown Miami, just half a mile from the hotel. It features 150 shops, restaurants, bars, the International Food Court, a Hard Rock Cafe and the Pier 5 Market, a showcase for artisans and entrepreneurs. The open plaza features free nightly concerts and entertainment by street performers.


Dadeland Mall

Located on Kendall Drive between US 1 and State Road 826, just 20 minutes from downtown Miami, the Dadeland Mall features more than 185 specialty stores and some of the best Miami shopping.  Dadeland Mall offers visitors an array of sophisticated styles and celebrated classics from an extraordinary collection of department stores, shops and boutiques designed to meet their customers' diverse needs.


Lincoln Road Mall

The Lincoln Road Mall is fun, lively, and friendly for diverse cultures and lifestyles. The best times to hit the road are during Sunday-morning farmers' markets and on weekend evenings, when cafes are bustling; art galleries schedule openings; street performers take the stage; and bookstores, import shops, and clothing stores are open for late-night Miami shopping purchases


Bal Harbour Shops

Best known for its elegant Miami shopping mall, this manicured village is the smallest and one of the wealthiest municipalities in Miami-Dade County. Bal Harbour, a planned community, was incorporated in 1946 after having served as a United States Air Force training facility during World War II.

Golf Courses

Golf Courses

Miami Beach Golf Club

2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL
3.24 Miles


Bayshore Par 3 Golf Course

2795 Prairie Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
3.60 Miles


Normandy Golf Course

2401 Biarritz Dr, Miami, FL
5.31 Miles


Miami Shores Country Club

10000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL
5.41 Miles


Crandon Golf Course

6700 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL
5.56 Miles 


Grenada Golf Course

2001 Grenada Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL
5.95 Miles


Don Shula's Golf Club

7601 Miami Lakes Dr, Miami Lakes, FL
11.73 Miles