Photo: Courtesy of Everglades Safari Park
We're sure your guests are excited to be celebrating your wedding, but they're probably just as thrilled for an excuse to head south to Miami. Plan a few local-inspired activities so they can see the best sides of the city in between wedding festivities. With natural wonders like the Florida Keys and Everglades so close — and top-notch shopping right downtown — your guests will want to tack on a few more days just to squeeze everything in.
Tour the Everglades by Airboat
Rally up the troops and head out for a sunset tour of one of South Florida's main attractions — the Everglades. Set off on a private airboat safari where you'll come across more than just alligators lurking in the grasslands while island hopping at spots once home to Indian campsites over 800 years ago.
Dive through Shipwrecks
Key West may be too far for a day trip, but your guests can still plan a quick getaway to the "Dive Capital of the World," Key Largo, the first of the Florida Keys just an hour drive away from Miami. Scuba divers can catch a glimpse one of the many shipwrecks sitting off Key Largo's coast, while snorkelers still have plenty to see from the surface, including the famous bronze Statue of Christ of the Abyss sticking out from the coral.
Bike through Shark Valley
While airboats are one way to see the Everglades, cyclists can get an even closer look at the wildlife cruising through Shark Valley, one of the grasslands' best-kept secrets. The smooth trail heads on a 15-mile loop through Everglades National Park, with a pitstop halfway through at one of the most picture-perfect spots — an observation deck overlooking an alligator hole where there's no doubt you'll spot a gator or two.
Kayak on Oleta River
If you'd rather head out on an active adventure through Miami's mangroves, the Oleta River is pure Old Florida, so old in fact it's been used for over 2,000 years as transportation by everyone from the Tequesta to the modern-day Miccosukee Indians. Set off on kayaks along the river heading out to the bay, where you can post up on one of the secluded sandy beaches and take a dip in the water.
Cruise Miami by Yacht
After strolling around the shops at Bayside Marketplace, hop on board the Venetian Lady for a yacht tour in typical Miami style, Champagne in hand. See a different side of the city cruising along Biscayne Bay past "Millionaire's Row" and the many mansions belonging to Miami's rich and famous residents.
Stroll through the Design District
One of Miami's most up-and-coming neighborhoods, the Design District is a pedestrian-friendly spot packed with gorgeous designer boutiques prime for window shopping and cute cafés run by some of Miami's most celebrated chefs. Our pick? Lunch al fresco on the tucked-away terrace at the Grecian-inspired eatery, Mandolin.