Are you taking a dream cruise and leaving out of Miami? Surely, you are being inundated with all the things you can do while on the cruise. You are also likely planning your excursions for each stop on your cruise. 

But what about all there is to do before and after your cruise? Miami and South Florida are filled with days and days of opportunities to sightsee and have some vacation fun. 

The great thing about cruises from Miami is they offer you the chance to extend your vacation. Why not check out all there is to see and do in Miami and South Florida? Take a look at these ideas and get ready to have more fun in and around Miami. 

1. Miami Museums

If you are on a cruise from Miami stay longer and check out one (or more) of the great museums in the area. There is truly one for every taste, interest, and age. Some local favorites include:

  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum 
  • Perez Art Museum of Miami
  • Zoo Miami
  • Miami Seaquarium
  • Miami Children’s Museum

Miami is a city in love with art. If you are an art lover too, visit one of the many art galleries and museums found throughout the area. 

2. Jungle Island

If you are cruising out of Miami, don’t miss the chance to check out Jungle Island. Opened in 1936 and renovated in 2018, it offers visitors the chance to see exotic animals galore. 

There are animal shows, interactive exhibits, visits through the jungle and behind the scenes tours with the animals. Jungle Island is conveniently located between downtown Miami and South Beach, very close to the Miami Port. 

3. Miami’s South Beach

A stop in Miami would not be complete without some time on South Beach. Whether you extend your stay or store your luggage and do a day trip, this is one-stop not be missed in Miami. 

Spend some time on the white sandy beach, check out the art deco architecture, watch for celebrities or shop the extensive retail offerings. South Beach is Miami’s premier playground. 

4. Visit Florida’s Beautiful Captiva and Sanibel Island 

Consider extending your stay and checking out some of the rest (and best) Florida has to offer. Go across the state to Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Located on Florida’s west coast, it is a short road trip across the state. 

Sanibel and Captiva Island offers visitors a plethora of things to do during their stay. Enjoy the Gulf of Mexico beaches, take in nature with an eco-tour boat ride, collect shells, or play in the water with one of the many water sport options. 

5. Wynwood Walls

Miami’s eclectic lifestyle is alive and well in Wynwood Walls. Don’t miss a visit there where you can see their life-sized murals, graffiti quotes, art, and sculptures too. This neighborhood flaunts its art and food scene and shouldn’t be missed on any trip through Miami. 

6. Little Havana

If your cruise ship isn’t making a stop in Cuba, that’s okay. You have the next best thing in Little Havana. Make a stop in this neighborhood to glean the culture and character of the Cuban community.

Go hungry too. Sample the best of Cuban food by taking a food tour through the area. 

Cruises From Miami Offer More Than Just Cruise Ship Activities

You are going to have a blast on your cruise. But you can extend that vacation fun by visiting more of Miami and South Florida. The great thing about cruises from Miami is the opportunity to extend your vacation and take in all the area has to offer. 

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