Create the Perfect Miami Itinerary – One Day in Miami

Are you planning a cruise or a trip to Florida? Do you have an extra day to play and want to spend one day in Miami? Perfect!  You are in the right spot! Let's create a Miami itinerary. 

There are so many fun things to do in Miami you can easily create a 1 day Miami itinerary.  In fact, I am about to give you so many options that you can create a Miami itinerary for 3,4, or 5 days. 

In this post, we are going to focus on planning a perfect 1 day in Miami vacation. 

The activities I am going to list are great family options for things to do for kids in Miami. However, they can be easily adapted to a girl's trip to Miami, a couples trip, or a solo trip to Miami. We will begin by giving you your options followed by creating a one day in Miami itinerary! 

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1. Tidal Cove Water Park at the JW Turnberry Marriott

Tidal Cove Water Park Miami

One of the best things to do for kids in Miami is visit the Tidal Cove Water Park located at the JW Turnberry Marriott. We stayed here on our Miami family vacation and can honestly say it is one of the best family resorts in Miami.  Your admission to Tidal Cove is included in your resort stay. 

If you only have one day in Miami and cannot stay the night at the JW, you can buy a day pass to Tidal Cove. 


Adults and Children: Starting at $55

Tidal Cove Includes:

  • 7 Slides
  • Lazy River
  • Flow Rider
  • 2 pools
  • Hot Tubs
  • Splash Zone 

A day pass is great but if you have more time I highly recommend adding a resort stay.  We loved adding this to our Miami Itinerary! 

2. Speedboat Sight Seeing Tour of Miami

one day in Miami Speed Boat Ride

Speed boat rides are awesome! These boats are fast and fun.  It is also a great way to see some of the highlights of Miami.  


Adults: $40

Children: $30

The Tours Includes:

  • Views of the Art Deco Mansion on South Beach
  • Celebrity Homes on Fisher Island and Star Island
  • Cruise along Miami Beach
  • Learn History and see City Skyline

If you want to include this activity in your 1-day in Miami book ahead. It is easy to book a Speed boat tour.

3. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

One day in Miami hop on hop off bus tour

Hop-on hop-off bus tours are one of the best ways to explore a city.  This would be a great way to see Miami in a day because it allows you to go at your own pace.  You can hop on and off at different spots that interest you. 


Adults: $44

Children: $35

This Tour Includes:

  • Little Havana
  • Coconut Grove
  • South Beach

You can also add on a 1.5-hour boat ride to see the Mansions and Biscayne Bay. This is a fun way to get around and see the sights.

4. Everglades Air Boat Tour

Airboat Everglades tour one day in Miami

Many people take a day trip to Miami with the purpose of seeing the Everglades.  An airboat tour is one of the most popular ways to see the Everglades.  

Our Experience

There are many many different companies.  The Everglades are huge!  We did an airboat tour near Miami and it was fun. However, what I learned is that the deeper you go into the Everglades the better the tours because you will see more wildlife. Usually, these cost a little more money but are so worth it. 

The tours are located outside of the Everglades National Park area. 

5. Everglades National Park

Alligators in the Everglades

Everglades National Park is different than an Airboat Tour.  There are 4 visitor centers.  We went to an area that is very close to Miami called Shark Valley.  The Shark Valley Everglades National Park has a 15-mile loop with an observation tower.  


  • $30 entrance fee

Tours (Additional Cost)

  • Tram Tour
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hike

This was my favorite thing we did in Miami! If I had one day in Miami I would do this!  It takes about 3-4 hours to fully enjoy this area if you do a tram tour.  The tram tour is 2 hours.  This activity will take about half a day.  

6. Miami Zoo

One day in Miami - Zoo

If you love visiting zoos, Miami Zoo is one to check out.  It is the 5th largest in the United States.  It has also been voted one of the top 10 zoo's in the United States.  


Adults: $22.95

Children: $18.95

Miami zoo is a fun thing to do for kids in Miami! You can book your zoo tickets ahead of time. 

7. Beach Day

One Day in Miami - Beach Day

If the first thing you think about in Miami is the beach then you might want to spend your entire day in Miami having fun playing in the ocean and enjoying the sand.  Miami Beach is a family-friendly beach in Miami.  South Beach may not be suited for children as dress is optional.  

Activities at Miami Beach and South Beach

Miami Beach family Activiites


There are lots of watersports and fun activities including tours you can do near Miami Beach.  Let's take a look and see which Miami family activities interest you.  

Chair Rental 

If your number one goal at the beach is to relax, you will want to rent a chair.  There are chairs available to rent at South Beach. 

Rent a Boat

Renting a boat is a great way to spend a day in Miami Beach.  There are private rentals available for an hourly fee. 

Rent Bikes

If cruising around enjoying the view of the ocean by bike is on your list. You should rent bikes at Miami Beach 

Golf Cart Tour

A golf cart tour of both South Beach and Miami Beach is a great way to get a lay of the land.  You may want to book this early in the morning so you can do more water activities in the afternoon.  

Rollerblade Rental

Rent Roller Blades on Miami Beach

Another fun activity at Miami Beach is to rent some rollerbladesYou can cruise along the ocean taking in the views.  Rollerblade rentals are available at both South Beach and Miami Beach.  

Parasail in Miami

Para Sail in Miami


Parasailing is a fun Miami family activity.  You should book a time to parasail ahead of time.

8. Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park

If you are a national park fan you will love to spend a day in Miami exploring Biscayne Bay and Biscayne Bay National Park.  

Things to Do at Biscayne Bay

Biscayne Bay National Park protects coral reefs. Most of the park is best observed underwater!  Let's explore all the fun things to do on Biscayne Bay.

Rent Jet Skis

Biscayne Bay is a great place to rent some jet skis and explore.  


Another popular thing to do on Biscayne Bay is going on a sailing tour This bay is beautiful and sailing around is a great way to observe it.  

Paddle Board

Paddle board in Miami


Biscayne Bay is perfect for paddleboarding.  Renting paddle boards is a fun way to explore the bay.  

Sightseeing Cruise 

Want to take it easy? A great way to see Miami in a day is a sightseeing cruise. I love going on fun cruises with a good narrator! I usually learn so much! 

Kayak Rental

One day in Miami kayaking

Another option is to Kayak around Biscayne Bay! This is an inexpensive way to explore Biscayne Bay.

Wow, as you can see you can easily spend one day in Miami exploring this area doing multiple activities! 

9. Shop with Teens

Shop in Miami

One thing I noticed about Miami was how posh it was.  Everything is high class! 

Aventura Mall

My daughter and I stopped by Aventura Mall and it was a cool experience.  There are so many fun high-end stores.  We loved walking around! If you want a break from the ocean head for this air-conditioned fashion paradise. 


10. Miami WaterSports

Jet ski Miami

We have mentioned lots of fun watersport activities in Miami but if you are looking for a great place to rent from Miami Watersports is your place. The prices are very reasonable. 

Miami Watersports Rentals


11. Pirate Adventure Sightseeing Tour

day in Miami Pirate ship adventure

The Pirate Adventure sightseeing tour is a great activity for kids in Miami.  This was one of our top choices on our Miami family vacation.  

This adventure looks like one of the best things to do for kids in Miami.  Our little kids love pirates.  We didn't have enough time to do it so you will have to let me know if you think it is worth it!


Adults: $30

Children: $20

This would be a fun attraction to add to your Miami itinerary! 

12. Segway Tour

One Day in Miami Segway tour

Another way to tour Miami in a day is by going on a Segway TourThis is a fun way to see some of the best sights.

Segway Tour Includes:

  • Art Deco District
  • South Beach Neighborhood
  • Biscayne Bay
  • Miami River


Adults: $75

13. Professional Family Photo's on the Beach

Family photo in Miami

Miami is gorgeous! You could easily start your morning off with a beautiful sunrise photo session on the beach.  It is easy to hire a professional photographer.  Hiring a professional is nice because they know the area and the best spots for photos. 

Capture the Memories 

This would be a great thing to include on your Miami itinerary even if you only have one day in Miami! Catching the memories is important.

14. Monument Flagger Island

Monument Island Near Miami

A fun activity for your Miami itinerary is a half-day tour to Monument Island. This is another one of the fun things to do for kids in Miami.  Basically, because there is a giant tramp to play on once you arrive at the island. 

This Adventure Includes:

  • Catamaran Ride to Island
  • Relax on Beach
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Board
  • Giant Trampoline
  • Water Mats

Where to Stay in Miami?

One day in Miami Itinerary

If you are only in Miami for a day you might not need a place to stay.  If you do, I have a few suggestions.  These hotels are very nice and family-friendly.  There are even some Miami hotels with rooftop pools

Most Popular Places to Stay in Miami



One Day in Miami Itinerary

One Day in Miami

I want to give you a few Miami itinerary options.  If you only have one day in Miami you can pick from one of the following. If you want to create a 4 day Miami itinerary or more, this is easily adaptable.  

Miami Itinerary Option 1 – Resort Stay

Resort Stay one day in Miami Tidal Cove
Image Courtesy of Marriott

4:00 pm Check into the JW Turnberry Marriot Resort and Spa (Enjoy Tidal Cove before bed) 


Wake up and spend all morning at the Tidal Cove Water Park. Enjoy the slides, flow rider and relax at the resort.


If you like golf the JW has a golf course to enjoy. If not across the street from the JW is the Aventura Mall.  It is incredible! 


After you check out of the hotel (you can enjoy the water park all day after you check out)  head to the beach for a few hours before sunset. If you have time book a water sports activity! 

Other Resorts

I used the JW Marriott as an example.  There are so many nice resorts in Miami to choose from.  You could easily find one that offers great amenities.  The JW is not on Miami Beach so you might want to look for a resort to relax in near the beach.  

Miami Itinerary Option 2 – Miami Beach or South Beach

One day in Miami Beach


Start your morning at Miami Beach. Hire that photographer and then start your beach day. Rent some bikes or rollerblades and enjoy the view before it gets too warm.  Grab a bite to eat and then hit the beach.


Relax and play on the beach. When you are ready rent a boat or take a sightseeing speed boat cruise


To end your night enjoy a golf cart ride around town.  

Miami Itinerary Option 3 – Everglades

Shark Valley Everglades National Park

Visit the Everglades and book an Airboat Tour.  These two Miami activities that I suggest will take you pretty much the entire day. 

Explore Everglades National Park

You can explore one of the four Everglades National Park visitor centers or more if you have time.  You can devote your entire day in Maimi to the Everglades. 

Miami Itinerary Option 4 – Biscayne Bay and Airboat Ride

Biscayne Bay day in Miami

Biscayne Bay is a place you can easily spend one day in Maimi.  However, in this Miami itinerary option, we will allocate the morning to Biscayne Bay and the afternoon to the Everglades.


Visit the Biscayne Bay National Park Visitor Center. Start your morning off by renting a paddleboard or kayak.  Snorkel around the area.  If you want to rent jet skis or go on a Biscayne Bay boat tour you could add that as well.


If you really want to do an Airboat tour book it for later in the day.  This way you can enjoy both Biscayne Bay and a little part of the Everglades.  We did the Holiday Park Airboat Tour which is close to Miami.  

Miami Itinerary Option 5 – Zoo and Boat Tour

Miami Zoo


If you love the zoo, hit the zoo in the morning and enjoy all the animals.  You can spend a good part of your morning and early afternoon at the zoo. 


After the zoo head towards the ocean for one of the following activities: a Pirate Adventure, sightseeing or speed boat cruise, or head out to monument island.  

Create Your Miami Itinerary

If you only have one day in Miami you can choose any of the options and go for it.  If you have longer this can easily be converted to a 4 or 5-day Miami itinerary.

There are so many things to do in Miami you will have a blast. Decide what Miami activities you want to do and start planning! 

Are you Ready to Create a One Day in Miami Itinerary?

One day in Miami Itinerary

I hope this helps you plan your one-day in Miami itinerary!  There are so many fun things to do in Miami!  We actually played in Miami before and after our first cruise.  It was fun exploring this city.  

What are you going to add to your Miami itinerary?  Let us know in the comments! 

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  1. Great guide! I especially love going to the beach in Miami and checking out the architecture in South Beach. An Everglades Air Boat Tour also sounds like a ton of fun!

  2. This is a great article! A lot of choices and many details given! Miami looks so cool! I hope one day I will visit! I would love to spend as much time as possible on a boat and of course to the beach! The Everglades look also amazing!
    Thank you for sharing

  3. I have not yet been to Everglades National Park, but I REALLY want to go! It is on my list.

  4. One day I hope to get to Miami and I want to do the trip into the Everglades. Thanks for the tip to go deeper to see more. That’s awesome!

  5. We use to think hop-on hop-off were lame, until we actually TRIED one! Now we love them! You get to see so much and learn so much you wouldn’t have otherwise! Between that and walking, it’s the best way to see a city.

  6. I’m been to Miami many times, but typically just stay in South Beach on the beach. So many cool things to do so you can create your own one-day itinerary for Miami.

  7. Miami is great. We love staying at the JW Turnberry for the golf or the Kimpton in Brickell. So many things to do and see.

  8. So many things to do in Miami! I love getting yo know a city by riding the hop on/hop off buses.

  9. Miami sounds like such a fun place to visit! I’d love to fly into Miami and go to the Everglades and Key West, so I’ll keep these other things to do in mind while I’m there!

  10. I would love to explore & enjoy some good food in Little Havana! Thanks for sharing some amazing Miami tips!

  11. What an amazing itinerary, including the prices of each item, was amazing and well noted. Our adventures in Miami have only taken us to the outskirts of the city. We hope to venture back again, and all of the suggestions for one day in Miami will keep us busy.

  12. There is so much to do in this Miami Itinerary! I have been to Miami several times but usually just go to Little Havana, eat good food and hop on a cruise! Now that my sister lives there, Ill be spending more time so this Miami Itinerary will be so helpful!

  13. I lived there for years and worked at Zoo Miami. It is so fun reading about Miami from a visitor’s perspective! There are a few ‘tours’ on the list like the pirate one that I wouldn’t mind doing when we go back to visit at some point 🙂

    1. I was impressed with Miami.. I loved looking at all the amazing cars. It looked very affluent in the areas we were at.

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