11 Things to Do in Miami at Night

Looking for fun activities? Here's a compilation of interesting nightlife plans: bars, clubs, shows and amazing tours - Miami has it all!

Katherine Betances

Katherine Betances

8 min read

11 Things to Do in Miami at Night

Miami | ©Mack Male

Miami is not a city that invites you to go to sleep early. If during the day the activities seem interesting to you, wait until you see all that the nightlife of this vibrant place has to offer. It is not for nothing that Miami Beach's parties and entertainment centers are among the most exclusive and famous in the world.

However, when it comes to nightlife in Miami, it's not all bars and nightclubs. No matter what kind of traveler you are, you will find options for all tastes. Read on and check it out!

1. Miami City: The best place to improve your salsa steps!

Dancing Salsa| ©jazidukes
Dancing Salsa| ©jazidukes

It is no secret that much of the atmosphere and spirit of the city of Miami is due to the strong influence of Latin-Caribbean culture in this part of the United States. Precisely, this city is one of the best destinations in the world to get the pulse of the salsa steps.

That's why booking a salsa class has become a popular social activity. You'll find nightlife centers where lessons are offered nightly for beginners and enthusiasts of all levels who want to improve their dance moves.

Attending is really fun, as in addition to the trainees you will find live music shows and professional Latin dancers with amazing skill.

Book a salsa class

2. Experience an NBA game

basketball game|©albedo20
basketball game|©albedo20

The first thing I recommend you do when you buy your tickets to Miami is to book your ticket for the Miami Heat. Wondering why? Attending an NBA game is an unforgettable and spectacular experience that you have to live at least once in your life.

When you get your ticket, keep in mind the seat you choose to enjoy the game to the fullest. And on the day of the game, go early. An NBA game is a spectacle and you have to enjoy the atmosphere, buy some souvenirs, watch the cheerleaders dancing and the players entering the court.

The official duration of an NBA game is 48 minutes (4 quarters of 12 minutes each), but between halftime and timeouts it usually lasts up to two hours.

Reserve your Miami Heat ticket

3. Take a sunset cruise on the Biscayne Bay

Biscayne Bay| ©Angelofdie
Biscayne Bay| ©Angelofdie

To make the most of your night in Miami, I recommend you to book a cruise on Biscayne Bay to enjoy the beautiful sun set and admire the buildings that make up the city skyline.

Another unforgettable activity is to book a boat party where you will enjoy the wonderful night views of the city while listening to the music of a professional DJ.

Miami is a beautiful city and getting out on the water to admire its beauty from another perspective is an ideal plan.

Useful information

  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours.
  • Time: At sunset. Be at the meeting point 20 minutes before boarding.
  • Price range: From 28 € the adult ticket.

Book a Biscayne Bay Cruise

4. Miami Sightseeing Bus Tour

Miami Sightseeing Bus Tour| ©Ed Webster
Miami Sightseeing Bus Tour| ©Ed Webster

Booking the Miami night tour bus is one of the best activities you can do to discover Miami. It is highly recommended if it is your first time in the city and your stay is only for a few days, for example 3 days in Miami or less.

The tour bus tour at night starts at Biscayne Boulevard, one of the most beautiful areas to stroll in Miami after sunset.

On board the bus you will find pre-recorded commentary explaining the most emblematic attractions of the tour. The guide is available in several languages including English, Spanish, German and French.

Useful information

  • Duration: The non-stop tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, making it an ideal activity to do in combination with others on the list.
  • Schedule: Available every day from 8 p.m. onwards.
  • Price range: The adult ticket starts at 29 € while children between 3 and 12 years pay about 23 € approximately.

Book the Miami night tourist bus

5. Take a helicopter tour to see the lights at night.

Helicopter Flight| ©Viator
Helicopter Flight| ©Viator

Flying over the city of Miami aboard a helicopter is a very popular activity that allows you to appreciate the city in all its splendor and from a totally different point of view.

Book a helicopter tour to enjoy the sunset over the city and watch the most iconic and beautiful places of the city light up: Wiliams Island, Indian Creek, the mansions of the rich and famous located on the Intracoastal Waterway and many more.

A private champagne airplane tour of Miami is also a perfect romantic plan if you are in town celebrating a special occasion, as many local companies include complimentary plans with champagne toasts during the flight and other surprises that you can arrange.

Useful information

  • Duration: It will depend on the excursion you hire. The flight can last between 30 and 50 minutes.
  • Schedule: At sunset.
  • Price range: The private experience is available around 286 €, the maximum number of participants allowed is usually 2 to 4.

Book a helicopter tour

6. Sign up for a night tour of the Everglades National Park

Night in Everglades| ©Insite Image
Night in Everglades| ©Insite Image

An Everglades National Park mangrove adventure from Miami is one of the best things to do in the city, but did you know that Everglades activities are available at night? That's right, you can book a nighttime airboat tour in Everglades.

It is worth going to Everglades at night, as it is one of the few places in Miami where you can enjoy the stars without light pollution.

Useful Information

  • Duration: It will take approximately 1 hour to complete the tour.
  • Schedule: Only on Wednesdays and Saturdays after sunset.
  • Price range: The tour costs approximately 42 € per person.

Book a nighttime airboat tour in Everglades

7. Ride the city's Ferris wheel: Skyview Miami Wheel

Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel| ©Tomas
Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel| ©Tomas

Take the opportunity to ride one of the newest attractions added to the city's urban environment. It is possibly one of the best activities to do with children during the night.

The 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel is located on Biscayne Boulevard, offering travelers and tourists alike breathtaking views of the iconic downtown skyline, Biscayne Bay and Bayfront Park.

In addition to enjoying spectacular visuals, attending the Skyview Miami Wheel at night is an attraction in itself, as the wheel is dressed in fun colors in a light show that illuminates the surrounding area. Food stands and other amusements are also available for the public to enjoy.

Useful Information

  • Duration: As long as you want.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Price range: Approximately 15 € per adult ticket. Children under 4 years old are free when accompanied by an adult.

Book a Biscayne Bay cruise

8. Enjoy the neon light show in Miami Beach

Neon Lights| ©MarioB
Neon Lights| ©MarioB

Miami Beach is one of the most famous areas of Miami and the reasons are obvious. This small elongated island, separated from the city by the beautiful Biscayne Bay, has been for centuries the hub of nightlife in the city.

Bustling, vibrant and colorful, the neighborhood has buildings built in the purest Art Deco style that are illuminated every night offering an extremely attractive neon light show. Head to this area of the city to enjoy a stroll along the waterfront avenues and book an art deco tour.

Also, if you are interested you have the option to join some of the many parties that take place, don't hesitate! To keep up with the parties, I recommend checking Eventbrite a few days before your trip.

Some useful information

  • Hours: When night falls over the city.
  • Price range: Free.

Book an art deco tour

9. Enjoy a live jazz music show

At Ball & Chain| ©Helena Lopes
At Ball & Chain| ©Helena Lopes

If you are a jazz fan or just curious about this peculiar musical style, you should know that Miami offers one of the most interesting live jazz offerings in the United States.

While it is true that jazz in Miami is less diverse than in cities like New Orleans or New York, it is also true that it exhibits a very peculiar brilliance of its own that is worth soaking up.

The best jazz bars in Miami.

Here is a list of the best places in Miami to enjoy a fun night of jazz:

  • Ball & Chain: Located in Little Havana, this is a historic jazz club, founded in 1935, and which maintains the jazz tradition to this day; in its weekly program it alternates jazz nights with salsa theme nights.
  • Le Chat Noir: If you are looking for good wine, cheese and cozy music for a romantic evening, this French-inspired bar is the best option.
  • Casa Lagniappe: A local favorite, with an atmosphere much like the bars of New Orleans. Live music shows are held nightly.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: Located in North Miami, this museum offers free jazz performances on the last Friday of every month.

10. Check out the best rooftop bars in Miami

Rose Sky Rooftop| ©Hernan D
Rose Sky Rooftop| ©Hernan D

Miami is one of the cities with the widest variety of options for rooftop bars and terraces, and nighttime is the best time to enjoy these spaces, since that is when the atmosphere becomes more lively and interesting.

On your next visit to the city I recommend you take the time to visit some of these locations and enjoy a good drink accompanied by fabulous views.

The best rooftop bars in Miami

You will soon realize that the options for rooftop bars in the city of Miami are many, my recommendation is that whenever possible you do your own research, but if you don't have time for it use the following list as a starting point:

  • Rosa Sky Rooftop:: Located in the Brickell area on the rooftop of a 22-story building.
  • Area 31:: Located on the 16th floor of the Kimpton the EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami.
  • C-LEVEL Rooftop:: Located on the 16th floor of the Kimpton the EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami. Located in a six-story building in the beautiful South Beach area.
  • Sugar:: Located on the 40th floor of the EAST Miami Hotel in the Brickell area is the highest bar in Miami.
  • Juvia:: Located on the 9th floor in the Miami Beach area.

11. Enjoy the best nightclubs in the city.

LIV Miami| ©872lorev
LIV Miami| ©872lorev

When it comes to enjoying all the things to see and do in Miami, there are three things you shouldn't miss on your itinerary: swimming and sunbathing on its idyllic beaches, enjoying its delicious food on a food tour and, finally, enjoying the party atmosphere of its iconic nightclubs.

There is a reason why Miami nightclubs are among the best in the world and I invite you to discover it by attending the most popular ones. Here is a list of some of them:

  • LIV Miami: the most famous club in Miami Beach. It is possible to find celebrities in the VIP section of the club.
  • Basement: a fun center that combines bars, an ice skating rink and a bowling alley.
  • Floyd: small, modern and exclusive. It is one of the best places in Miami to enjoy dance music.
  • Story: Djs of the stature of Travis Scott often pass through Story, an influential and important point for the local hip-hop scene.
  • E11even: part nightclub and part entertainment center. Neon lights are part of the classic ambiance, as are trapeze dancers hanging from the ceiling.
  • Club Space: a favorite of travelers and locals alike, ideal for dancing the night away to techno music.