Miami is known as a trendy, tropical, multicultural, picturesque vacation paradise. So we have no shortage of Instaworthy spots for visitors and locals alike. However, for those that are looking for something other than a sunbathing selfie or a pic of sand between your toes, I thought I’d share some of the various places where you can take the most Instagrammable images.
Here’s my Top 10 list:
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this estate was the winter home of Charles Deering and his family back in the 1920s. If you’re not familiar with Deering, he was a wealthy Chicago industrialist. He was also an art collector, philanthropist, and environmentalist who purchased hundreds of acres of land along Biscayne Bay and helped restore the area. During your visit, you can tour the home, explore the nature trails, enjoy a picnic on the lawn while watching birds fly by and manatees play in the water, or book a scenic boat tour. The views all around the estate are truly unforgettable.
Every time someone visits Miami, they usually ask to go see Wynwood Walls. It’s an outdoor venue that features bold and vibrant artistic murals created by artists from around the globe. The idea was conceived by the late Tony Goldman in an effort to transform the warehouse district into mesmerizing street art. Now, locals and visitors alike flock to Wynwood to catch a glimpse of the unique site, capture this must-see destination and take selfies galore.
Everglades National Park
One of our family’s favorite weekend getaways has been Everglades National Park, where you can while away the day enjoying the wildlife, flora, and fauna. There are various trails for all ages and abilities, scenic drives, and the unique wetlands ecosystem. We really love the Anhinga Trail, where you can walk on a boardwalk that winds along the sawgrass marsh while looking for birds, alligators, and more. On the opposite end of the park, the Shark Valley Trails offer many wild and wonderful splendors. And the Big Cypress National Preserve is a must-do. Last time, we spotted more than 60 gators, as well as heron, turtles, butterflies and more. There is no shortage of Instaworthy photo opportunities in this natural playground.
Matheson Hammock Park
This is a popular place for all sorts of photo shoots — from maternity and family to engagement and wedding photos. It’s also a prime spot to catch kiteboarders in action, capture the birds meander on by or dive into the water to catch some fish. You can watch the boats coming in and out of the marina, walk the nature trails, or just chill with your significant other and enjoy a picnic on the beach. The circular atoll pool with the ocean backdrop and swaying palm trees add the perfect touch.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
This tropical oasis is also well-known for all sorts of photoshoots. Stroll through the gardens and explore the exotic flora and fauna. Take photos of the colorful flowers and plants, visit Wings of the Tropics to capture a beautiful world of fluttering butterflies, or enjoy the water features that abound. With 11 lakes and 7 pools, along with tranquil waterfalls and more, it’s the ideal retreat to enjoy the lush vegetation and capture the natural beauty at every turn.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Looking for breathtaking views of downtown Miami and the surrounding areas? Then Bill Baggs is a must! Take a selfie in front of the historic 1825 Cape Florida Lighthouse. Or climb to the top for Instaworthy 360-degree views of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Sign up for a guided tour or explore the park on your own on a bike, kayak, boat, or on foot. This park also offers some of the best beaches in Miami, picturesque trails, wildlife, and some of the best sunsets over the bay.
This destination has so much to offer at every turn. From cool “fruterías” (or fruit stands) where you can grab “coco frío” (a cold coconut) to eateries with Cuban dishes galore and ice cream shops offering tropical flavors, to colorful rooster sculptures situated along Calle Ocho, to cafeterias offering “cafecito” — a strong, sweetened shot of espresso that will surely give you an energy boost — this is a wonderful place to capture many memorable photos that showcase Miami’s lively culture.
The Berry Farms
If you’re looking for a little country close to the city, head south to The Berry Farms. Whether you’re sipping a shake or other guilty pleasure, shopping the Farmer’s market, or posing in front of the vibrant sunflower fields, there’s plenty to photograph here. They also have Instaworthy events throughout the year. Another nearby place that deserves a mention is Knaus Berry Farm, famous for its mouthwatering cinnamon rolls and other baked goods, fresh produce, and strawberry fields.
The Salty Donut
The Magic City is well-known as a multicultural hotspot where you can find all sorts of picture-perfect food and drinks. One of my favorite spots is The Salty Donut, which boasts the trendiest donuts and creative coffee drinks in a cool café setting with rustic décor. This place is always a hit with kids and adults! And it doesn’t have to be National Donut Day to enjoy a bite — and capture all your yummy treats for the ‘Gram!
Yes, SoBe had to make the list! Beyond the requisite beachy pics, you cannot miss the unique architectural details of the Art Deco buildings — like the Colony Hotel, one of the oldest Art Deco gems in SoBe. Then there’s the iconic lifeguard stands painted in bright shades of pink, blue, green, orange, and more, which draw you in for the most Instaworthy photos. And you don’t want to miss the incredible pools that beckon you to grab a cocktail and pose for photos. Some standouts include The Standard Spa, Faena Hotel, Mondrian, Delano, and the Fontainebleau. But there are so many more that offer you the perfect backdrop; you really can’t go wrong here.
I can think of several other places that should be on this list, but I had to stop at 10!
What’s your favorite Instaworthy place in Miami?