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Top Sightseeing Tours In South Florida

January 23, 2014 9:01 AM

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(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

There are many tour companies in South Florida, but not all deliver the tropical punch and authentic flavor of The Magic City and its neighboring areas. Whether you are a local or a visitor, these tours can be enjoyed by all – and they should. They are kid-friendly, inexpensive and are fun no matter what your ability. Next time you’re wondering what to do on your next day off, check out of these unique Miami tours.

Miami Culinary Tours
1000 5th St., Suite 200
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 942-8856
http://www.miamiculinarytours.com/

Voted by Trip Advisor as the #2 Thing To Do In Miami, these tours will satisfy your appetite – and your appetite for a unique adventure. Choose from the South Beach or the Little Havana tour and you’ll get an insider’s view to local hangouts as well as an authentic taste of Miami’s cultural diversity. South Beach food tours ($59) depart at noon or 6 p.m. and include a one-mile stroll with seven to eight food stops. Tours are approximately three hours. The Little Havana adventure ($59) takes place each Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and includes two hours of tastings at five different family-owned restaurants/cafes. Try them both!

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Island Queen Cruises
401 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 379-5119
www.islandqueencruises.com

Step aboard a modern yacht and take a luxury cruise past the spectacular homes of Miami’s famous residents along Millionaire Row. See the skyline of Miami from Biscayne Bay. Take the enormity of the cruise ships at the Port of Miami. This is a fully narrated 90-minute tour that will give you fun facts and interesting history as you nibble on light snacks and sip a beverage. Tours start at 10:30 a.m. and run every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sail in air-conditioned comfort in the lower salon, or sit out in the open breeze atop. Don’t forget your camera, the views and homes are definitely Miami chic.

Historic Redland Trail
www.redlandtrail.com

This self-guided tour is loaded with history and culture – it’s also where you can see alligators, taste fresh strawberry milkshakes, tour a castle of love, savor authentic Italian food, admire gorgeous tropical orchids, feed monkeys, sample locally made wine and shop in the most unique shopping area in the vicinity. It might be the most fun you can have in one afternoon. Print out a map online or get one at any of the 10 participating locations that include Robert Is Here, Coral Castle, Capri Restaurant, Monkey Jungle, Schnebley Winery, Cauley Square, The Bonsai Garden and others.

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Miami Pirate Duck Tours
1680 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 623-2637
www.miamipirateducktours.com

With its specially designed amphibious vehicles, this interesting and super fun tour will take you right from the streets of Miami into Biscayne Bay without you having to leave your seat. It’s a land and sea extravaganza. Tours depart daily from the New World Symphony Park every two hours from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prices are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for children 12 and under. Look for online coupons. These tours are ideal for families or anyone looking to learn about Miami, its history, architecture, behind-the-scenes movie gossip and so much more. The best part, besides the amphibious vehicle, is your pirate narrator. They make the tour something to remember.

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View of downtown Miami as seen from Miami Beach. (Source: Rhiannon Ally/CBS4)

Miami Tour Company
47 N.E .25th St.
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 260-6855
www.miamitourcompany.com

Whether you want to tour Miami on land or by sea, the Everglades, the Florida Keys or even head up to Orlando from Miami, this family owned and operated company offers it all – and it has a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence to prove that it does a fantastic job. Owners Gus and Michelle Moore insist that their tour guides be the very best and that makes a huge difference with guest satisfaction. They can also provide tour guides who speak your language, whether it’s English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, French, Russian, Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese or Japanese. Miami Tour Company’s original Miami Tour is still the top seller. History buffs and Miami movie fans will get a four-hour fully narrated tour of all things Miami from the Venetian Pool to the Art Deco District for $49 for adults and $39 for children.

Related: Top Historical Tours Of South Florida

Jill Martin is a family travel expert, appearing on numerous television and radio shows. She spent five years as the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider, has penned children’s books, and is the creator of Sunshine Brain Games – trivia cards about Florida. A Miami native, Jill resides in Redland. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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