Miami Has A Bunch Of Hidden Gems, Here Are The Ones That Don't Cost A Thing
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The Magic City is full of weekly events and activities that you can do with your friends or alone. There are many places that don't require a credit card and these are probably a few blocks away from your house.
If you think you've done it all, think twice. Miami is always popping up with the next big event and there are some secret activities only a few locals know.
You can visit these hidden gems and make a marathon tour of the ones you feel most attracted to. Every weekend is full of opportunities and free access to the best things Miami has to offer.
Where: 15200 SW 240th St, Homestead
Find your zen at this hidden gem in Homestead. If you are looking for balance and serenity, you need to visit this haven. The temple is peaceful and quiet — people come here to pray. Leave your shoes at the entrance. Even if you practice another religion, this place can calm your mind.
Where: 184 NE 50th Terrace, Miami
This new location is offering free events including yoga. This place is perfect for the luxurious-loving hipster and the urban chic. Walk around the neighborhood and spend an afternoon under the oak tree. If you feel like eating something we recommend a 'cholado' from Amazonica.
Where: 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
The contemporary museum has cool installations that are Instagram worthy. You can go for free on the first Thursday of every month and enjoy the new exhibitions. After exploring the museum, sit outside and enjoy the bay at sunset. The museum is always hosting free performances and screenings that won't cost you a dime.
Where: 100 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables
You can stand under her umbrella at this colorful installation in Giralda Plaza. The multicolor display will be open to the public until September. If you want an Instagram moment, this place will turn your cloudy days into rainbows. Also, be sure to explore the many boutiques and restaurants around Giralda.
Where: 500 17th St, Miami Beach
Say "Om" in Miami Beach. Once a month, Soundscape Park hosts a free yoga class on Saturday at 9 AM in front of the New World Center. You will feel relaxed and empowered after this yoga class. Bring your own mat and salute the sun in the morning.
Where: 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami
It's a colorful venue that has an art gallery, a Caribbean marketplace, and many exhibitions. The center has community classes and free monthly events. Get inspired by the culture and the artists' exhibitions. Don't miss the Caribbean market days every Saturday. You might start exchanging some Creole with the vendors.
Where: 61 NE 41st St, Miami
One of the few spots in the city you will see a Miami sign. Explore the museum after dark and enjoy board games during the first Friday of each month. You can also enjoy performances, film screenings, and exhibition tours.
Where: 1945 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach
This memorial is an important reminder of the Holocaust. The memorial's many sculptures and scriptures provide information about and visual representations of the genocide. A somber and significant part of Miami to visit.
Where: 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables
Browsing for books is free at this local bookstore. You'll also find local and international writers and unique magazines. Every month they have author events and book signings. The bookstore also has a café and front yard to relax and enjoy a glass of wine. If you are looking to spend some money, you will find international magazines and the perfect coffee table book.
Where: 800 Douglas Rd, Miami
The best time to come and visit this location is during weekend mornings. The place has old-school architecture and it is one of the best-kept secrets in Miami. Although this place hosts a ton of weddings, you can easily miss it by car. It's the perfect blend of beauty and historic charm. We suggest you come prepared for a photoshoot because you will want a picture in every spot.
Where: 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
Practice yoga, have a picnic, or simply go fishing at the pier. The place is at the end of South Beach and you can see the cruises leaving the Port of Miami. Come at sunset with your bae and put a message in a bottle. Also, don't forget your bathing suit for a wonderful ending to your date.
Where: 3485 Main Hwy, Miami
Walk your dog or have a picnic on the lawn at Miami's oldest house. Built in 1891, it's surrounded by beautiful trees. You can tour the house and its surroundings. The neighborhood of Coconut Grove hosts summer events at this location. But, you can come anytime and start your paddleboard session from here.
Where: Calle Ocho between 13th and 17th Avenue
Every last Friday of the month Calle Ocho hosts 'Viernes Culturales' — a neighborhood event with free walking tours, art exhibits, dance, music, poetry, and films. Many artists come here to sell distinctive jewelry and artifacts. Stay for the performances and learn to salsa with one of the pros.
Where: 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
You don't need to wait until 11 PM to go to a club. Bayside has free live music events every night. You can enjoy a Brazilian group, Latin sounds, pop, rock, funk, and more. The Marina Stage is inside the marketplace and has a lovely backdrop of Biscayne Bay.
Where: 62 NE 27th St, Miami
This place is very hidden. It's located between Wynwood and Edgewater. Be warned, the art here is not for beginners. Enjoy Latin American, contemporary, and modern art after work. The gallery has exhibitions every month so check it out from time to time.
Where: 2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Ok, this place isn't free (sorry/not sorry) but it is suuuper cheap. Come for the happy hour and stay for the tacos. The tacos are $1 and the happy hour is one of the best in town. It has an eclectic mix of people with there's always good music. The laidback hipster bar welcomes everyone and you can easily get lost in this place. It's a good idea to come early and avoid the taco line.
Where: Location TBA
From April to September, Leggins Lounge hosts once a monthly night of yoga with different activities. The cool thing about this yoga event is the location. Think about luxury hotels, rooftop bars, and private pools. You will say "namaste" like you mean it at the end of this class.
Where:1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
Take a walking tour of one of the largest stretches of Art Deco buildings in the world. They're all located on Ocean Drive, where the party keeps going all night long. Back in the day, each building had a speakeasy ba. Today, you will find the best mojitos at Winter Haven hotel. Sometimes you can hop in one of the free rides available on the beach and get a tour of the strip for free.
Where: Location TBA
Leave the car at home and join the cycling community at this monthly event. All you need is a bike and a helmet (seriously, always wear a helmet). It's held the last Friday of every month. This is the most fun, free, and healthy event in town.
Where: 1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
Get a free guided tour every Friday. Discover the art collections and exhibitions held every month. It's located in the heart of SoBe and bars are within walking distance. Once you enter the building, you will feel like you're in wonderland.
Where: 12450 SW 152nd St, Miami
Once upon a time, Florida was covered in railroads. Go back in time at the Railroad Museum and see how people used to get around. Hey, at least there was no traffic. Come with someone because the place can feel a little eerie.
Where: 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
Discover what happens behind the curtains every Monday and Saturday at noon — that's when you can get a free backstage tour of the theatre. The tour begins in the lobby of Ziff Ballet Opera House. The place also hosts a farmer's market event on Mondays.
No matter your budget, you will find something to do every weekend. Keep the list on your fridge and check online for other upcoming events. A lot of these places are basically unknown to tourists and usually empty. Some of these locations even offer free classes and food. Our suggestion is to wear comfortable shoes and explore more than two locations. You will definitely find another hidden gem.
South Beach alleys have unique coffee shops. Calle Ocho has hidden poetry nights. The best way to discover the city is by foot. You can miss many interesting locations by car. The city also has many rental bike locations. It'll cost you a little more than free but you can rent it for two hours and explore an entire neighborhood.