14 Things to Do in North Bay Village, FL

North Bay Village is a small city in South Florida, located on several small islands between Miami Beach and the mainland of Biscayne Bay.

A bridge connects the North Bay Village North Bay to the Miami Shores to the west and Miami Beach to the east. For many former visitors, there is nowhere like North Bay Village for its location, views, and all-around cool vibe.

Visitors have easy access to world-class beaches, delicious food, large state and national parks, and many cultural, historical and artistic attractions in Miami and the city center near Coconut Grove.

Here are 14 things to do in and around North Bay Village, Florida.

1. Shuckers Waterfront Bar & Grill

Shuckers Waterfront Bar & Grill

When locals call a restaurant an institution, it’s a good sign that it’s not just another overpriced tourist trap.

Located on 79th Street in North Bay Village, Shuckers Waterfront Bar & Grill not only has the coveted location of other restaurants, but also offers some of the best seafood, burgers and steaks in the area.

Sports fans enjoy the bar’s 30 TVs and watch a variety of global sporting events throughout the year. This place is especially lively during the NFL season.

For those who don’t want to glue themselves to a tube while dining, the restaurant has stunning views second to none.

2. Captain Joe’s Charters, Tours and Charters

Captain Joe's Rentals, Tours and Charters

Over the years, Captain Joe’s Rentals, Tours and Charters has provided nearly 500 safe and memorable excursions to South Florida’s waterways. With such a wide selection, it’s one of those places that draws visitors back year after year.

Captain Joe is a bit of a local legend with over three years of experience. Although his company has grown over the years, it still maintains a good relationship with its clients.

Basic packages are relatively inexpensive, last only a few hours, and may include sunsets, animal viewing, and general sightseeing.

3. Normandy Coast Golf Course

Normandy Coast Golf Club

For many vacationers visiting Florida, golf courses are where they spend a lot of their time.

The Normandy Coast Golf Course is a popular 18-hole course at 6,800 yards from the blue tee, slightly longer than many other regional courses.

The course dates back to the 1920s and 1930s when land was acquired and planned; it is now regarded by locals and tourists as one of the best value golf courses in the area.

Generally, a par-71 course can be played in under four hours, but during peak hours, when it’s full, play slows considerably.

4. Erika Sushi

Erika Sushi

Talented and experienced sushi chef Erika Sushi worked for several years as executive chef at another local sushi restaurant before deciding to go independent.

It didn’t take long for Erika Sushi to become a mainstay in the South Florida sushi scene. Although small, it is known for its fresh seafood, superb presentation and reasonable prices.

Previous guests have all commented on the cleanliness of the restaurant and the pleasant blend of modern and traditional design.

Waiting for a table during peak hours is not uncommon, but most picky eaters think it’s a small price to pay for such delicious sushi.

5. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coconut Grove is one of the area’s most popular attractions, featuring natural and man-made wonders that don’t usually appear together.

The grounds are comprised of nearly 40 acres of stunning oceanfront estate featuring Italian Renaissance villas, cultivated gardens, fountains and sculptures.

The house is filled with centuries of art and antiques as well as a lot of local history. These facilities can be rented for special occasions like weddings and professional photo shoots, but as you might expect, they don’t come cheap.

In addition to tours, the staff regularly offer many programs and events, so check their website before you go.

6. Art Garden

Art Garden, Hialeah

Located on West 76th Street near Hialeah, the Art Garden is definitely further off the beaten track than many area attractions, but that’s what makes it a gem.

The Art Garden is tucked away in an unassuming residential area; you might not even know it exists unless you’re really looking for it – but once you’re inside, it’s natural, scenic and idyllic.

Part artist community, part gallery, part park, it’s home to a variety of quaint shops, galleries, and cafes selling art, locally made crafts and jewelry, and many delicious treats like coffee, smoothies, and baked goods.

7. Wynwood Brewing Company

Wynwood Brewing Company

Florida’s plentiful sunshine and humidity can weaken unaccustomed visitors, and there’s no better way to replenish lost body fluids than with a cold microbrew or two.

One of South Florida’s first craft breweries, Wynwood Brewing Company is known for its impressive selection of seasonal beers in a variety of flavors—from malt port to hoppy IPA.

Their restrooms won’t win any architectural awards, but are comfortable and modern inside. They offer several specials throughout the week with flexible schedules that can save savvy beer lovers a few bucks.

8. Philip and Patricia Frost Science Museum

Philip and Patricia Frost Science Museum

In recent years, there has been a trend in popular attractions to not only entertain tourists, but also to attract and educate them through mindless activities. This is especially true in child-centric industries.

The Philip and Patricia Frost Science Museum isn’t just for kids, its many interactive exhibits are designed for little ones. They cover interesting topics such as animals, the natural world, aviation, space and technology.

One of the centerpieces of the facility is the 500,000-gallon aquarium, home to a variety of native marine animals that call the Florida coast their home.

9. Millard Arts and Entertainment Center

Mirand Arts and Entertainment Center

Located on Palm Boulevard in Hialeah, the Milland Center for Arts and Entertainment is a much-loved local arts and cultural attraction with schedules throughout the year.

The facility has undergone extensive renovations over the past few years. In addition to its permanent collection of traditional and contemporary art, it also offers many performances, including theatre, live music and guest speakers.

The center is at the forefront of many hot issues, including climate change and women’s rights.

10. Miami Zoo

Miami Zoo

Zoo Miami is home to thousands of animals, representing hundreds of native and exotic species. Unlike most of its contemporaries, it did its best to keep them in check by using natural barriers rather than fences, providing them with an environment closer to their natural environment.

The zoo’s attractions are connected by paved paths, but they are spread out so you’ll be spending a lot of time on your feet, so comfortable shoes are a must.

It can get crowded during peak hours, so if you and your traveling companions would rather avoid the crowds, consider making a morning visit when they first open.

11. Little Havana

Miami Little Havana

The island nation of Cuba is less than 100 miles off the coast of South Florida. In the 1980s, a large influx of immigrants came to Miami. Over the years, they gathered in an area now known as Little Havana.

This vibrant neighborhood is known for its art, music, and food, most of which are located on 8th Street—or Calle Ocho in the native language.

Many tourists choose to visit the neighborhood on a guided tour, but for do-it-yourselfers, it’s a relatively easy place to explore on their own; most who do, consider it one of the highlights of their trip.

12. Crandon Park

Crandon Park

Municipal parks are often criticized for being bland, but many parks in Florida are located in prime waterfront locations, including stunning beaches.

Located just north of Biscayne Bay, Crandon Park offers visitors a variety of recreational options, including golf, tennis, and fishing.

The park’s clean, scenic beaches are the perfect place to relax for an afternoon; as the tide recedes, plenty of tide pools emerge, which are home to amazing marine life and a fun place to explore with the little ones.

The park is a short distance from North Bay Village, accessible via the William M. Powell Bridge.

13. Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park Airboat Tour

While geographically it’s less than an hour from downtown Miami, in many ways the Everglades National Park wouldn’t be much different if it were on another planet.

Everglades National Park is probably Florida’s most visited natural attraction; the iconic “Grass River” is characterized by its aquatic environment and incredible abundance of plants and animals that call it home.

The park covers more than 1.5 million acres, and employee-led ecotours are among the most popular—many of which take place on airboats.

With so much to see and do, it’s wise to do a few hours of research before heading out so you don’t waste valuable time on site.

14. Marlins Park

Miami Marlins Park

Many teams from other parts of the country only visit South Florida during spring training leagues and road games, but the Miami Marlins are lucky to call the area home year-round.

Miami’s Marlins Park recently underwent a major renovation and is located near the Little Havana area.

The Marlins haven’t had a record number of winning seasons, but with great facilities, a cool atmosphere, and many delicious food and drink options, this is the place to spend a few afternoons or evenings enjoying America’s favorite pastime.

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