24 HOURS IN MIAMI WITH BIG BUS MIAMI
This summer we had a free day in Miami before our flight back home and we choose to explore the city with our kids. We decided to book with Big Bus Miami our hop-on-hop-off sightseeing of the city and it was the perfect day excursion!
We booked the Premium 1-day ticket that combines 2 different bus routes with a scenic boat cruise around Biscayne Bay.
We started our tour at the Big Bus Miami Welcome Center located at Central Station (Downtown) where we could easily park our rental car. We were thrilled to travel around the city without having to drive.
It was a hot humid summer day so we preferred to do the ship tour first. The cruise runs every day at 10.30 am, then hourly from 11 am until 6 pm. It was a fascinating tour that lasted for approximately 90 minutes.
We loved that we could have a first glimpse into the city from the sea. From the double-decker yacht, you can enjoy both the Miami skyline as well as the amazing waterfront properties of famous millionaires.
After the ship tour, we enjoyed a delicious fruit juice at Bayside Market Place (a great moll with many restaurants and shops) and jumped to our first bus tour.
We rode the Big Bus Miami all day and loved that we could discover the city at our own pace. We had the flexibility to plan our itinerary choosing between the two routes, where to stop and how much time to spend on each stop.
We first opted for the red route (city loop) and for great views I would recommend the second deck. We stopped at at Wynwood Walls (Miami’s Wynwood Art District) and the whole family loved the original street art by some of the best artists from the world. It is an amazing Museum of the Streets and one of Miami’s highlights!
We hoped on again and learned so much about Miami’s history and culture with all the educational commentaries and fun personal anecdotes of our experienced English-speaking guide. The bus also offers passengers headphones and pre-recorded commentaries in 6 different languages.
We stopped again for lunch at Little Havana – Miami’s Cuban neighborhood- and we all enjoyed the atmosphere, music, and amazing Cuban food at Old’s Havana.
After lunch, we took the blue route (beach loop), crossed the MacArthur Causeway and headed to South beach. This blue tour offers an art deco walking tour of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. As the kids were quite exhausted we decided to stop at South Beach to enjoy some free time and a great swim at Miami’s iconic South Beach.
There are 30 stops so you can create your own itinerary and combine it with other experiences like the Miami Seaquarium or a night tour. We missed having more time in order to visit Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and the elegant Venetian Pool, but we had such an amazing experience of Miami!
Disclosure: “This post was done in collaboration with Big Bus Miami, a service we loved. Thank you so much for supporting the companies that collaborate with World Kids”