Adventure Activities in Miami -- Try if You Dare
Take an Air Boat Ride through the Everglades
The Florida Everglades is a unique and beautiful ecosystem commonly referred to as "The River of Grass." Sure, you can drive through it via Alligator Alley (State Road 84), but you will not experience a fraction of its glory unless you venture deep into the Everglades, and the best way to do that is by taking an air boat ride. So here it is, your first adventure activity in Miami: We dare you to go off the beaten path. Many companies offer air boat rides through the River of Grass, and a simple Google search can provide a lot of information. For a more authentic tour of the Everglades and some history about the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, however, go with Buffalo Tiger's Airboat Tours, as it is endorsed by Buffalo Tiger, a former Miccosukee Tribal Chief and energetic community leader. Call ahead for rates and reservations, as prices vary according to how many adults and children will be in the group. They are located 25 miles west of the Florida Turnpike, on Tamiami Trail (US 41).
Buffalo Tiger's Airboat Tours
8918 S. W. 150 N. Ct. Circle
Miami, Florida 33196
Little Havana is the cradle of Cuban culture in South Florida, as many Cuban immigrants created a community here when they first came over from Cuba in the 1950s. Maximo Gomez Park, or Domino Park, as the locals in Little Havana call it, is a place where the older generation of Cubans gather together to play dominoes, and sometimes chess, and enjoy their cigars. While this is not a tourist attraction, and care should be taken to respect the culture and the people, locals are usually very friendly and willing to let onlookers watch them play and enjoy a leisurely afternoon. Put your camera away, though, as park-goers are there to spend a good time with their friends and play dominoes, not to be part of a Kodak moment. At night, you can visit the many restaurants in the area offering typical flavors from Spain and the Caribbean, some even offering flamenco shows or other types of Latin entertainment. Enjoy delicious and exotic tapas while watching a show or just sharing a bottle of wine.
Visit Lincoln Road Mall on Halloween
This adventure activity in Miami obviously requires you to be in the right place at the right time – Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach October 31st. Be adventurous and wear your most extravagant costume and join the thousands of people that take to the street. Some participants have compared this to Key West's Fantasy Fest and New Orlean's Mardi Gras because of the amount of people on the street joining in the celebration and festivities. You can come to enjoy those in costume or go all out and dress yourself up in your most flamboyant and fabulous regalia. You will certainly fit in, no matter what you decide to wear. Lincoln Road on Halloween is a place where all inhibitions go out the window, not that South Beach is a place with many inhibitions in the first place. Parking is tedious, so if you are staying on the beach, make sure to catch a cab or walk if you can. The festivities span the full length of the open air mall, from Alton Road to Washington Avenue, but I am sure you'll be able to catch the party vibe anywhere in its vicinity.
Attend Calle Ocho Festival
Also a once-a-year extravaganza, Miami's Calle Ocho Festival takes place in the springtime on SW 8th Street (also known as Calle 8) in Little Havana. Calle Ocho has been likened by some to Brazil's Carnaval, but on a smaller scale. It showcases several stages with Latin performers, dozens of booths serving typical Latin cuisine, and a plethora of activities that span blocks along this lively Mecca of Cuban culture. Cuban-Americans began this tradition in 1978 as a celebration of their culture, and it has grown into a full-blown phenomenon since. If you are fortunate enough to be in Miami at the time, this adventure activity is something you won't want to miss.
Take a South Beach Duck Tour
Embark upon an amphibious journey with South Beach Duck Tours in Miami. This adventure activity is a ride in a vehicle that takes you around famous landmarks and historical sights of Miami before it takes to the water in a "dramatic splashdown into Biscayne Bay," where you can tour the waters around the multi-million dollar homes on Star Island. You may even get a glimpse of some celebrity homes, complete with celebrity sightings, as they often lie by their pools. The tour guides are humorous and very knowledgeable of the South Florida area and Miami history. Enjoy the adventure on your vacation as the guides incorporate comedy into their routine and share interesting tidbits on South Beach, Fisher Island, the Art Deco District and plenty of the surrounding areas. The tour takes approximately 90 minutes and reservations are required, so call ahead (1-877-DUCK-TIX). These amphibious vehicles are really safe and are equipped with lifejackets for children and adults. They are also operated by a US Coast Guard Master Captain.
Duck Tours – South Beach
1661 James Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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