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How to Spend 24 Hours in Miami

Miami is one of the hottest destinations in the United States–literally and figuratively. Known for its beautiful beaches, warm weather, and high-energy party scene, Miami is famous for giving its guests a good time. 

While visitors tend to spend their weekends exploring all Miami has to offer, you may be visiting for one day and not have as much time to explore. 

In this blog post, I’ll provide you with an itinerary that will tell you how to spend 24 hours in Miami to make the most of your day trip! 

If you are flying into the Miami International Airport, you’ll love my blog post on Things to do Near Miami Airport.

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Start the day with a floral aesthetic brunch at the Little Hen 

Duration: 1.5 hours 

Address: 3451 NE 1st Ave Suite 100/102, Miami, FL 33137

You can’t explore Miami on an empty stomach, so it’s only right to indulge in one of the cutest brunch spots in Miami–the Little Hen. The Little Hen is a contemporary breakfast and brunch boutique with a rosey pink flair in decor and in some of the food. 

The restaurant is gorgeous, with its decor mimicking an English tea room. Little Hen has indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seating will allow you to sit under one of the pink umbrellas and walk through a floral arch, a great photo opportunity! The service here was great, I was seated with my sister before our appointment time, and the food came out within a reasonable amount of time (10-15 minutes or less).  

I had a breakfast item the restaurant is known for: Rose Petal Pancakes, which are pink buttermilk pancakes made with actual rose petals, toppled with roses, and served with rose water-infused maple syrup on the side. 

Rose-Infused Pink Pancakes
The Little Hen is known for their rose-infused pancakes, so I would give it a try when you go!

My waitress told me upfront that the pancakes taste would be very strong, and people either really love or hate them, so I knew I was taking a risk, but I found them edible. It does taste like you are eating fresh flowers, but I could’ve finished my plate. I will say that I wouldn’t order them again if I had the chance, but I would encourage you to give it a try, as it is an experience. 

I opted for a Hibiscus Raspberry Mocktail made with hibiscus tea, raspberries, and lime juice. I wasn’t a fan and could not get past a few sips because of how sweet it was, but it was a cute drink! 

Hibiscus Raspberry Mocktails
Hibiscus Raspberry Mocktails

You can browse the menu before visiting here

Planning Tip: I recommend making a reservation 24-48 hours before as the place does get busy. Keep in mind if you don’t show up, you will be charged $65!

There is also a dress code described as “Smart Chic” that you have to abide by to get inside. Under this dress code, tank tops, active wear, and beachwear are not allowed. Men are also not allowed to wear flip-flops or sports sandals, but dress sandals are an exception. 

Meal Ticket: 

Rose Petal Pancakes: $19 

Hibiscus Raspberry Mocktail: $8

Total (excluding tip): $27 

Paint and admire the colorful walls at Miami’s outdoor street art museum 

Duration: 1.5 hours 

Address: 2516 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

If it’s your first time in Miami, you definitely have to stop by the Wynwood Walls. This outdoor street art museum opened in 2009 and since then has become a “must-see” destination in the Magic City.

Wynwood Walls
Wynwood Walls is a great potential photo op as well! (I love pictures, it’s the blogger in me!)

 As its name suggests, the museum is held outdoors with walls that artists around the world have elaborately painted. You’ll walk around, stopping at each wall to admire the creative works that have contributed to making Wynwood Walls what it is today. 

One stop at the outdoor museum includes a “Street Art Experience,” where you’ll grab a bottle of spray paint and channel your inner artist as you contribute to the Wynwood Walls (my favorite part!). 

Street Art Experience at Wynwood Walls
The Street Art Experience is included in your admission fee to Wynwood Walls and lasts about 1-3 minutes!

The atmosphere is very relaxed, park-like, and kid-friendly. A vendor also sells ice cream and water to help you cool off as you walk around. 

Planning Tip: If you are a student, bring your student ID to get 50% off the admission fee. My card wasn’t checked, but you never know so bring it just in case! 

Cost Breakdown: 

Adults: $12 

Seniors & Military: $10

Students: $5

Children: FREE

Learn about the connection between Haiti and Miami on a tour of Little Haiti 

Duration: 2 hours 

Meeting Point: Little Haiti Cultural Center – 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137

Miami is home to over 300,000 Haitians, contributing to the city’s reputation for being a hub of vibrant cultures. Little Haiti is a predominantly Haitian neighborhood in Miami where authentic touches of Haiti lie in every corner. 

Little Haiti Tap Tap
As a Haitian-American with lots of family in Miami, it’s been a while since I’ve passed through Little Haiti so this visit had to be on my itinerary.

Dive into the history of Haiti and Miami with a tour of Little Haiti. The tour is run by the owner of Tap Tap Tours, Cidelca, who lives in the neighborhood and is well-known around the community.

Little Haiti Tour with Tap Tap Tours
Cidelca explaining the history of the flags of Haiti.

You’ll meet Cidelca at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, the establishment dedicated to promoting Haitian culture through dancing, education, language, visual arts, and other cultural events. Inside the cultural complex is an art gallery you’ll tour. 

From there, Cidelca will take you to different businesses in the community, like markets, a dance studio, a botanica, the Touissant Louverture statue, and more to showcase what Little Haiti is truly about. 

You’ll get to try some Haitian snacks as well! 

Consider this tour your insider guide to the community, and take the opportunity to ask Cidelca any questions about anything! He was very open and receptive to exploring different concepts with me. 

Cost: $40/person

Planning Tip: It is best to book this tour on a weekend as many of the places we visited were closed (it was a Tuesday). Cidelca usually doesn’t schedule tours during the week, but I emailed asking, and he was more than willing to accommodate us, which was very much appreciated. However, the tour will be more exciting during the weekend so I recommend booking then!

Head to Bayside for a thrilling sightseeing tour on a speedboat 

Duration: 2 hours (Waiting Time + Actual Boat Ride)

Address: 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

The Bayside Marketplace is a waterfront shopping center with various individual shops, restaurants, and boat tours for visitors to embark on. Two stories high, Bayside is where people relax, enjoy themselves, and overall, have a good time. 

Bayside Marketplace Marina
Bayside is a great place to walk around in Miami with restaurants, shops, and activities to do.

One of Bayside’s attractions is the Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures, something I had to put on this 24-hour Miami itinerary!

Thriller Miami Speedboat
I came to Miami knowing I wanted to do a boat ride and found Thriller Miami online! I didn’t know it was at Bayside , but I’m glad it was!

The speedboat takes you and other people who have purchased a ticket on the boat on a 45-minute sightseeing tour of Biscayne Bay, the City of Miami Beach, Fisher Island, and a tour of the Mansions on Star Island, where you’ll see the homes of celebrities like Will Smith. 

You’ll experience lots of drops, twists, and turns on this thrilling ride. The views of Miami’s skylines were beautiful, and this will be something to brag about, especially if you’re visiting Florida from out of town. 

Cost Breakdown:

Adults – $43

Children – $33

Have dinner at one of the restaurants in Bayside 

Duration: 1.5 hours 

Since you’re already at Bayside, you’ll want to have dinner at one of the dozens of restaurants in the shopping center. 

Whether you’re in the mood to sit at a cute bar like Lola’s Bar, which can’t be missed with its flashy pink neon lights, or have dinner with some entertainment on the side at Kuba Cabana, which serves Cuban cuisine, you have plenty of options to choose from. 

Many of the restaurants have waterfront seating, so you’ll get to enjoy your meal with views of yachts and people coming and going on the Miamarina

Finish the day with a foot massage at Kyoto Massage 

Location: Second floor of the marketplace

Duration: Depend on your selected massage 

After dinner and reminiscing on your long but fun 24 hours in Miami, you will be worn out from all the walking you have done throughout the day. Take some time to relax and settle before heading back home with a foot massage at Kyoto Massage. 

Kyoto Massage Parlor

This massage parlor within the Bayside Marketplace offers short and longer massage treatments ranging from specific body parts like the back to a full body massage if you have time for it. 

Cost: Ranges from $12 – $60+ based on time and body area

Now that you know how to spend 24 hours in Miami, I hope you have a great time exploring one of the best cities in my home state of Florida. If there’s anything you would add to this Miami itinerary, be sure to comment with your suggestions below! 

Other Things to Do in Miami

Miami South Beach Private Airplane Ride with Free Drinks

Parasailing Experience in Biscayne Bay

Little Havana Food Walking Tour

Miami Zoo

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