Hipmunk City Love: Miami on a Budget

I’m a major proponent of budget travel, and a vibrant city like Miami offers a lot of fantastic free activities that visitors should take advantage of. If you enjoy history, like to peruse artistic pieces, or revel in being outdoors, you’ll find dozens of places to spend your days. Here, I’ve compiled a varied list of free activities to enjoy in this subtropical city. So book your Miami hotel and save those precious dollars for some amazing Latin and Caribbean entertainment on offer in town. 

Hit the Beach

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Miami is known for its fantastic beaches, and with over a dozen places to stretch out in the sand, you won’t be lacking in choices. The key is to choose a beach that suits your intended vibe. Are you looking for a scenic beach? Check out Matheson Hammock Park Beach, where you’ll find tranquility and beautiful sea views. A great swimming beach? Head over to 85th Street Beach where you can enjoy the reassuring presence of lifeguards and low rolling waves without the chaotic crowds. Looking for something a little more lively? Head over to the happening Crandon Park Beach where you’ll find barbecues, sport courts, and lively music.

Join in an Art Walk

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Art walks are a popular place to spend your evenings in Miami and with good reason. Apart from perusing fantastic contemporary, historical, and outright strange art, you can indulge in free wine, entertainment, and hors d’oeuvres if you arrive early enough. People watching is also at its finest, so if art isn’t your thing, you surely won’t be bored. The most popular destination for Art Walks is Wynwood Arts District, where you can enjoy street murals and pieces on display even outside of the free Art Walks. For a schedule of Art Walks throughout Miami, be sure to consult the Art Circuits Schedule.

Take Advantage of Free Museum Days

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Though some museums only offer free visit days once or twice a month, you can enjoy the Wolfsonian Florida International University Museum for free each Friday after 6 p.m. Unlike most major museums, the Wolfsonian offers an intriguing look into modern history in the U.S. and Europe from the late 18th century to mid-20th century. You’ll enjoy a wide range of items on display, from World War II propaganda posters to past World Fair souvenirs. If you happen to be visiting Miami the month of May, take advantage ofMiami Museum Month and receive discounts on all museum visits, such as buy-one-get-one-free entry tickets and hotel discounts.

Indulge in Cultural Fridays in Little Havana

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If you happen to find yourself in Miami on a Cultural Friday, Head down to Calle Ocho (8th street) between 6:30 and 11 P.M. You’ll find an impromptu, pedestrian-only street fair bustling with live Latin music and brightly colored dancers. Enjoy the local art, fantastic food, or even participate in one of the free dance classes on offer. This cultural fair celebrates the Latin and Caribbean roots found throughout the city.

Miami is an intriguing city that offers a fusion of many different cultures. Visitors will be impressed by the array of lively opportunities available for experiencing these different cultural activities — for free.

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