While Miami is a great place to live and visit all year round, springtime here is the best. The cooler winter weather hangs on (Miami in the summer is an all-around scorcher), and there’s just so much to do.
Looking to have some fun in Miami this spring? You’re in luck. The city has got some great events planned.
Best Things to Do in Miami in the Spring
Whether you’re a tourist or a local, here are a few things worth checking out in Miami this spring:
Attend Pride Week
Also known as Miami Beach Gay Pride, this weeklong celebration in the beginning of April is a must if you’re in Miami this spring.
Not only is it an opportunity to celebrate equality and tolerance, it’s also a lot of fun. The parade, which takes place on Sunday, April 10, is an experience in and of itself and the festival's main event. But the whole week leading up to the parade features art and music exhibitions that you can enjoy all throughout Miami Beach.
Check the event website to learn more.
Go Look for Gators in the Everglades
While in Florida, you don’t really ever have to go too far to see a gator, especially once you get outside the cities. However, there’s nothing quite like seeing one in its natural habitat. Springtime is great for gator viewing because the lower water table (the winter is dry season in Florida) means the gators come closer to roads and are more visible. Head to Everglades National Park or organize a tour with one of the many companies located nearby.
The Miami Open
The spring is sometimes a slower time for sports. March Madness is going on, but there’s no football and no baseball. But in Miami, there’s the Miami Open, one of the premier tennis tournaments to come to the US. Watch some of the world’s best players starting on March 21 through April 3.
Go Sea Turtle Watching
The spring is when Atlantic Ocean sea turtles make their way to the shore to lay eggs, and Florida is one of their favorite spots. While there are often too many people in the heart of Miami Beach to see lots of turtles, it is possible. But if you go a little outside the city, such as down to Key Biscayne, you just might catch a glimpse. It’s also not a bad idea to try and book with a tour company to do this, as they might know more about where the sea turtles are actually heading.
In any case, be respectful. These are wild animals during a sensitive time in their life. Keep your distance and avoid flash photography. Not everything needs to go on Instagram.
Try Kitesurfing in the Keys
The Keys are always a good time and worth checking out. Some “things to do in Miami” lists will tell you a day trip to Key West is a good idea. But it’s about a four-hour drive each way (with no traffic), and there’s too much to do in Key West for one day to be enough.
However, if you want to check out the Keys, you can easily head to Key Largo or Islamorada for a day. There are lots of activities to try down there, from sport fishing to snorkeling. But the weather in the spring can be windy and unpredictable, which makes it great for kitesurfing or windsurfing. Never tried either? Set up a lesson and have yourself a brand-new experience.
Ultra Music Festival
Miami has a pretty happening music scene. If you’re into electronic dance music (EDM), you can often find big-name deejays playing at clubs around the city year-round. But in the spring, the Ultra Music Festival comes (this year it’s March 25-27) and it’s a major event in the EDM world. Deejays like Claptone, Fisher and Afrojack headline this year's lineup and are sure to make it a big-time party. Tickets are hard to come by, but if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, get ready to dance!
Miami Activities That Are Fun All Year Round
These are some activities that are extra special in the spring, but there are plenty of other things to do in Miami that can be enjoyed whenever you decide to visit, such as:
Art Deco Walking Tour
Miami Beach, South Beach in particular, is known for its Art Deco architecture. Many of the hotels were designed in this style that was popular in the late 1920s and 30s. In fact, there are more Art Deco buildings in South Beach than in any other neighborhood in the world.
You can do a walking tour of the area that will not only take you to these buildings but teach you a few things about their history.
South Beach Party Scene
After you’ve finished with your walking tour, stick around South Beach for dinner and some partying. The clubs in South Beach are world-famous, though they can be a little pricey. But when in Miami…
Scuba Diving in the Keys
The Florida Keys feature the world’s third largest coral barrier reef system, a fact most people don’t know. What this means is that there is some truly wonderful scuba diving and snorkeling, most of it out of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, though Key West holds its own too. Even if you’ve never done it before, the clear, shallow waters of the Keys are a great place to start, and this can easily be done as a day trip from Miami. Just take it easy in South Beach the night before and you’ll be fine.
Once considered to be a run-down part of town no one wanted to visit, Wynwood has completely remade itself into one of the hippest neighborhoods in Miami. Famous for its murals, which you can visit for free and take all your Instagram photos in front of, the area also boasts some great cafes, bars and nightclubs.
If you’ve never been to Miami, or haven’t had the chance to explore it, know that it’s one of the most diverse cities in the US and is heavily influenced by a number of Latin cultures. In fact, it’s almost necessary to speak Spanish if you want to get around in Miami-Dade county.
One of the more famous places to soak in this culture is Calle Ocho (Eighth Street), which is the main thoroughfare of Little Havana, Miami’s Cuban neighborhood. Chow down on a medianoche (cuban pork sandwich) or ropa vieja (stewed beef that will make your mouth water), listen to some great live music, smoke cigars and just soak up the culture.
Take on a Side Hustle
Miami is a bustling city for businesses, tourists and locals alike, which lends the perfect opportunity for residents or long-term visitors to take up a side hustle. Part-time gigs are a great way to earn some extra cash if you’re tight on budget but still want to explore Miami and all it has to offer.
The city truly has something for everyone. Take up a role in club security, offer localized tours through Airbnb or perhaps becoming an Uber driver in Miami is more your speed. Whatever your fancy, the city has a gig for you.
Whether you’re a resident looking for some new things to do, just visiting or even planning to relocate to Miami, this city has something for everyone. And with beautiful weather pretty much all year round, you’re almost sure to always have a good time.