Free Fun Things To Do In Miami For All Ages!

Inquiring minds at Hilton Miami Downtown would like to know – who doesn’t like free things?

The best things in life are free. Along with our perpetual warm weather and immense cultural scene, one of the best parts of being in the Magic City is the multitude of free fun things to do in Miami. Luckily, the Downtown area has no shortage of free attractions happening throughout the year. And yes, when we say free… we mean FREE! Here are our top choices for fun daily diversions that won’t break the bank! 

Free Museum Days! PAMM courtyard hanging gardens

Is there a particular museum in the area that interests you? There is a very good chance that these houses of learning and culture offer free admission days at least once a month. While many patrons will just choose to pay the nominal admission fee (or donation) to visit the museum of their choice on any given day, frugal free fun seekers can choose to plan their fun on free admission days. Two of the top museums in our area, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and HistoryMiami Museum, offer free admission once a month, on the first Thursday and second Saturday of each month respectively.

Take an Art Walk through Wynwood!

Walk any random street in Miami and you would be hard pressed not to find a little bit of local color splashed on the walls. Miami’s rich artistic community is quite diverse, but the true nucleus of the cultural scene in Magic City is the former warehouse district, Wynwood. Whether self-guided or during a structured tour (free every second Saturday of the month), taking a Wynwood Art Walk is a perfect free way to soak up some culture along with the sunny rays of our South Floridian sky.

Window Shop at Bayside Marketplace!

Even if your personal bank account isn’t ready for some good ol’ retail therapy, it is never a bad time to window shop at Bayside Marketplace. Not only is this two-story open air shopping center located in the heart of Downtown Miami, it is replete with shops, vendors, live events, and amazing sights of the harbor. 

Ride the MetroMover!

Some people love walking the streets of city. Others take to the rails. Trips between your choices of free fun destinations may be lengthy, but the MetroMover is ready to be your magic carpet. Metromover operates seven-days-a-week in the downtown and Brickell area and is absolutely free! The major destinations on its line include American Airlines Arena, Bayside Marketplace, and the Adrienne Arsht Center. Running in loops, it is a great, free way to get around the entire expanse of Downtown Miami.

After a full day of strolling (or rolling through) the streets of the city without spending a dime, continue to choose wisely and stay with us in the heart of the city at Hilton Miami Downtown. Our central location, comfortable accommodations, upscale amenities, and unparalleled service combine for a full package, especially when you take advantage of our special offers - which may include free breakfast and free Wi-Fi… book your stay today!

Photo Credit: GMCVB (PAMM courtyard)

Plan Your Holiday Stay With Us At Hilton Miami Downtown

Discover the Magic of our city and the season by spending the holidays in Miami with us this year!

Hilton Miami Downtown Lobby Christmas TreeIt will soon begin to look a lot like Christmas in Southern Florida. Although our climate will never have the wintriest of nip in the air, the cooler months are the perfect time to visit and explore all The Magic City has to offer. Whether retreating from the bitter cold or swinging on by from an even warmer climate, our Downtown hotel is the ideal lodging choice when planning on spending the holidays in Miami!

At Hilton Miami Downtown, everything fun and magical about our great city is just steps away! Being in the heart of Downtown and with stunning views of Biscayne Bay right outside your window, you will feel like you are in the center of it all! Imagine being in walking distance from a myriad of exciting attractions, all of which are a perfect way to make some special memories during the holidays. From the ever-evolving arts nucleus of Wynwood to the cultural touchstone of Little Havana, our professional and friendly staff members are always on hand to guide you to your preferred style of Miami adventure! 

Need to do some last minutes shopping? We know that it can be hard to check off all the names on your gift giving list, but the multitude of shopping destinations in our area truly have something for everyone. Larger retail supernovas such as the Lincoln Road Mall and Brickell City Centre include everything from world-class dining to luxury boutiques. Yet the streets of Downtown are full of smaller local businesses with a variety of different offerings for you to explore. 

During the holiday season, Miami’s calendar continues to be chock full of events for the entire family. Located less than a mile away from us, AmericanAirlines Arena is your destination for some professional basketball action. Yet if you are looking for something a little more in the spirit of the holidays, just a short walk away from our hotel is the Adrienne Arsht Center. Home to the Miami City Ballet, their performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker run through December 29! 

Making Hilton Miami Downtown your home for the holidays is the perfect present to yourself! We offer not only a variety of spacious accommodations ideal for singles, couples, and every size of family, but upscale amenities and dining options to ensure your utmost comfort. In addition, take advantage of one of our special packages to get even more out of your stay! Some of the most popular year-round offers include our Family Fun Package (complimentary breakfast for four and WiFi) and our Park & Stay Package (complimentary parking for every night of your stay). Better yet, if you hail from the Sunshine State, be sure to inquire about our special Florida Resident Rate. 

On behalf of everyone at Hilton Miami Downtown, may your holidays be merry and bright, full of happiness and light! 

Thanksgiving Week in Miami 2019

Spending Thanksgiving in Miami is the perfect chance to experience something new!

Woman With Red Shopping BagsIt is almost time to celebrate the holiday of Giving Thanks. And whether you want to burn off some of those holiday meal calories with a little retail therapy or take in an amazing show, here are a few things you can do to make your Thanksgiving in Miami one to remember!

Ariana Grande – Sweetener World Tour

Calling all Arianators! Due to popular demand, Ariana Grande has extended the North American leg of her critically acclaimed Sweetener World Tour. Although the angel Ari has already graced the stage of the American Airlines Arena on her tour for a double shot of shows in the Spring, she couldn’t just say Thank U, Next to the Magic City and is set to return on Wednesday, November 27 (7:30PM)! Tickets are on sale now! 

Shop at the Best Retail Therapy Locations in South Florida!

Thanksgiving falls on November 28th in 2019! This means, even before the last bit of turkey is eaten, the gift-giving holiday season is less than a month away! From Black Friday deals to checking off all of your friends and family on your holiday lists, Miami offers plenty of locations for some much-needed shopping sprees. The Lincoln Road Mall is 8 full blocks of premier shops, restaurants, and cafes. These pedestrian-friendly stores run parallel between 16th Street and 17th Street in Miami Beach. Another haven for shopaholics is the ever-evolving new Brickell City Centre in Downtown Miami (South Miami Ave). Shop, dine, live, stay, work… the Centre is a true fashion and culinary experience with four levels of luxury and world-class dining, retail and entertainment opportunities. 

Explore Wynwood

There is always something happening in Wynwood, one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Miami. From art tours to food tastings to small business shopping, the former Warehouse District is now the center of artistic culture in South Florida.

Get in the Holiday Spirit During Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

Starting the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 29) and running on select dates through the end of 2019, the annual holiday event Zoo Lights returns to Zoo Miami (SW 152 Street). Every Friday and Saturday from 7:00PM through 10:00PM, this beloved Miami institution brings a little holiday cheer with special animal encounters, Snowman’s River Boat Rides, musical performances, photos with Santa (including the Big Man in the Red Suit’s favorite treats of hot chocolate and cookies), and so much more. Visiting Zoo Miami is always a fun-filled excursion, but this walk on the wild side kicks up the magic with special themed nights too. For Thanksgiving Weekend, Zoo Lights celebrates PJ & Onesie Nights, so be sure to dress in your comfiest PJs before hitting the park. 

If you are still searching for your perfect Thanksgiving memory, book a room with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re not only conveniently located for all of these attractions, our comfortable guest rooms and upscale amenities will provide you with a perfect home for the holiday!

Post & Pre - Game Day In Miami Ideas for the 2019-2020 Season

From any given Sunday to the Championship in February, there is always plenty to see and do before and after game day in Miami!

Cheering Football Fan In The StandsNo matter how this season of professional football may be turning out for our city, game day in Miami is always about more than just the plays on the field. Whether you’re coming to the area to cheer on our local team or rooting for the visiting side, a memorable time is guaranteed no matter the score. Trust us, as tried and true Miami fans, we know all about being on the losing side but always look forward to every Sunday on the football season calendar. Even if this is your first time visiting the area to see some action on the gridiron, Hilton Miami Downtown has put together a few tips to make sure you have the best Game Day possible!

Come Early and Explore Wynwood

Many interchange Miami and South Beach so regularly that the beach culture of our area always seems to take center stage. Sure, soaking up the sun is always a great idea for fun, but to really soak up some of the local culture of our area, one of the best areas to explore is the art and soul of Miami – Wynwood. From the vibrant street art and murals that paint the former warehouse district with the spirit of Magic City, there are dozens of new restaurants and bars nestled in between art galleries and public art installations to discover. The neighborhood is teeming with visible and vibrant life every day and each visit will be different as the area is constantly evolving. 

Canton Comes to the HistoryMiami Museum

Since 2012, The Pro Football Hall of Fame has taken its act on the road. Each year, the famous Hall in Canton, Ohio travels to the city of the Professional Football Championship Game. Since Miami has the honors of hosting The Game on Sunday, February 2 (more on this below), the HOF has taken its talents to Downtown at the HistoryMiami Museum. Now through February 9, 2020, the museum will host the Gridiron Glory exhibit, a best of the HOF with interactive multimedia, famous artifacts, photo ops, film showings, and even appearances by some of the game’s greats. For Magic City locals, the exhibit always features a Hometown Tribute section to spotlight the hosts of the Game. 

The Game of All Games at Hard Rock Stadium

Speaking of that February Game, as we mentioned previously (and any tried-and-true football fan probably knows) it is being played at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, February 2, 2020. As with other host cities, the game may be one day but the celebration of the event officially starts in the week leading up to kickoff. Besides Hard Rock Stadium, both Bayfront Park and the Miami Beach Convention Center will be headquarters for many official events starting on January 25 and ending on Saturday, February 1, the night before the teams take the field.  

If you want to get the most out of your game day experience, make sure you book a stay with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re not only conveniently located for all of your football-inspired adventures throughout the season (less than two miles from Bayfront Park, less than five miles from Miami Beach Convention Center, and less than 15 miles from Hard Rock Stadium), but our friendly staff members are always available to help you discover the best places to truly discover the Magic of our city!

Grown Up Halloween Fun In Miami 2019

All Hallows Eve is no longer just for the kids and Hilton Miami Downtown has your local guide for the best ways to celebrate a Grown Up Halloween in Miami!

Halloween CocktailThe results are in and a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey for 2019 shows that Halloween is certainly a hot trending topic in the USA! 68% of Americans plan to celebrate this year, yet no longer is All Hallows Eve just for kids and trick-or-treating. The most likely ages to celebrate the holiday are millennials and no, they will not be celebrating by handing out candy! When costumes and carving pumpkins aren’t enough to get in the spirit to celebrate, add some spooktacular fun to the day with these three events for some Grown Up Halloween fun in Miami!

HalloWYN at Wynwood Marketplace

Wynwood’s Official Halloween Block Party is back and as always, free and open to all ages! There will be something for everyone to enjoy as the event stretches from 7:00PM all the way to the wee hours of the night, ending around 3:00AM! New for this year, there will be a fire bar, bursting with flames and serving up special signature cocktails such as the Blood and Fire (a double shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, peach nectar, and Tropical Red Bull®) to ignite your night! The Dragon’s Den will feature cage dancers and fire spinners, all grooving to the music being spun by the best local DJ’s. Costume contests for cash prizes and a chance to check out the marketplace decked out in frightening fashion is reason alone for popping on by on All Hallows Eve.

Monster Bar Crawl in Brickell

Since Halloween falls on a Thursday in 2019, Miami’s biggest Halloween bar crawl has expanded to two days for its 5th year! On either Saturday, October 26 or Thursday, October 31, enjoy 5 free drinks and shocking drink specials at the 5+ participating venues, including Blackbird Ordinary, TuCandela, and American Social. Registration for either date is required with ticket prices starting at $15. Break out your best costume and get ready for a night full of drinking, dancing, and hoppy Halloween hilarity. Tickets are limited so make sure to register now!

Halloween Night on Lincoln Road

Even if you aren’t into celebrating the holiday yourself, you can still check out Magic City’s biggest and craziest costume party. The main stretch of this famous people-watching promenade will be family-friendly fare from 5:00PM to 8:00PM on Halloween (Thursday, October 31). But as soon as darkness falls across the land and the thousands of local and visiting costumed characters descend, the scene turns much more raucous and rowdy.

After actively seeking out some hauntingly Halloween-inspired revelry, you might be in need of retreating to a perfectly normal safe haven. Luckily for you, Hilton Miami Downtown is not just normal, but also upscale, modernly-appointed, and warmly welcoming. Even better, our central location makes sure that you’re close to all of the action from Wynwood to Brickell and every haunt in between!

South Florida Seafood Festival/South Beach Seafood Week

Hilton Miami Downtown has your guide to two tasty treats that are sure to tempt any seafood lover’s taste buds!

Shrimp Seafood MealIt’s no secret that Florida has an amazing culinary scene benefiting from everything from different cultural influences to geographical placement. Being a peninsula, fishing is always big business, both for the pros and those just looking for a perfect day out on the water. All year round, you’ll find creatures of the sea dotting the menu items at every restaurant and on the dinner tables of families across the Sunshine State. Yet this fall, a dynamic duo of events will shine an even brighter spotlight on this cuisine and all pescatarians should take notice!

South Florida Seafood Festival

On Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, you will find no better Catch of the Day on any menu throughout the entire Sunshine State then at the South Florida Seafood Festival. Set in the historic Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key (located less than 7 miles away from Hilton Miami Downtown), this two-day festival is a celebration of all things seafood! Formerly known at The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival, the live music will be pumping and the sensational seafood will be ready to be eaten. With over 25 gourmet seafood vendors, you better make sure you come hungry, as all afternoon, you can dine on the freshest fish, lovely lobster rolls, crispy conch fritters and so much more! On top of the food, there will be many more diversions to explore, from fun zones to a nautical market, ensuring every member of the family enjoys their time along the coastline! The festival kicks off each day at 11AM and runs til sundown. General Admission tickets along with Family Packs start at $12 (Kids under 12 do not require a ticket).

South Beach Seafood Week

South Florida’s love of seafood cannot be contained to just a two-day celebration! After a few successful years of the Festival, South Beach Seafood Week was born! This week-long seafood spectacular is a perfect way to honor the start of stone crab season in Miami. After the festival, restaurants in the area will still focus on the creatures from under the sea and a few select establishments will have their own special events! The four special events for 2019 will take place at Joe’s Stone Crab (October 22), Meat Market Miami Beach (October 23), Shore Club (October 24), and Lummus Park (October 25). 

With tamed taste buds and stuffed stomachs, you will want somewhere comfortable to catch some zzzzs after the feasting. The comfortable and modernly-appointed rooms at Hilton Miami Downtown, along with our Downtown location, will ensure a convenient home base for either event. Trust us, you will be as happy as a clam (but not like the ones you might have found on your plate)!

Your Guide to Miami Carnival 2019

From those attending this festival for the first time to the annual patrons of all things Carnival, Hilton Miami Downtown has your guide for 2019!

 What is Miami Carnival? Miami Carnival Parade

Common culture may think of Carnival as the pre-Lent celebration in winter, but for Broward County, Carnival comes each and every October the week before Columbus Day. This year’s celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage, Miami Carnival 2019, officially takes place on Carnival Sunday, October 13. But just as with any celebrated tradition in our amazing city, all of the festive pageantry and vibrant cultural fun cannot be contained to one day! Don’t miss out on a thing this year and follow our guide of the marquee can’t-miss events!

Miami Carnival Panorama

When: Friday, October 11 | Time: 4:00PM – 11:00PM | Where: Central Broward Regional Park

Get ready to relax and just enjoy the cultural sounds of the steelpan! A multitude of musicians will perform some of your favorite songs with an authentic Caribbean flair. Ever the highlight of this annual musical experience through steel is the crowning of the King and Queen Costume Contest winners!

Miami Carnival J’ouvert

When: Saturday, October 12 | Time: 7:00AM – 3:00PM | Where: Central Broward Regional Park

With its roots firmly from the Trinidadian traditional street party of the same name held during the traditional Carnival celebrations, this event is brimming with culture, vibrant music, and of course… mud and paint?! More than 20 bands serenade revelers, or masqueraders who come dressed in clothing that is covered in vibrant colors of paint, dye or mud! It is a traditional airing of grievances in the form of satire, with the colors drenching your clothes acting as those inner demons being released and on display for all to see. Vendors will be selling Caribbean food and drink to keep you fully engaged in the spirit of the event, as you throw off all of your inhibitions, wear your heart on your sleeves, and just have an unforgettable time!

Miami Carnival Parade of Bands

When: Saturday, October 13 | Time: 11:00AM – 11:00PM | Where: Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center

The culmination of the Carnival is the all-day parade, festival, and concert at the county fairgrounds. Over 50,000 patrons are expected to fill the area and enjoy the amazing rhythm and spirit of this cultural celebration. Even if you have no ties to the Caribbean yourself, it will be hard not to feel it in your soul with the cavalcade of sights and sounds continually on display. Remember, this is an all day affair and you will be on de road from sun up to sun down, just as the Carnival comes to a close in true vibrant fashion! This is one of the biggest celebrations of Caribbean culture in our country and the true main event of the entire weekend.

 Yet the celebration doesn’t end here!

Even though these are the official events of Carnival, the cultural vibrancy cannot be contained by them alone. Throughout the weekend, there are a variety of other gatherings, such as those in the Wynwood and Bayfront Park areas. From yacht parties on the water to a post Carnival party after the Parade of Bands is done at the Wynwood Walls (until 3:00AM!!!), you will come to find that this weekend is not a spirit, it is a marathon of cultural celebrations! If you are looking for the perfect place to stay, look no further than Hilton Miami Downtown. Our Downtown property offers spacious and contemporary rooms with modern amenities, while our stellar location offers easy access to all of the Carnival action.

Get Ready to Celebrate Orgullo (Hispanic LGBTQ Pride)

Rainbow flags will be everywhere when the premier celebration of Hispanic LGBTQ pride in Florida returns to Miami for its ninth year!

Hilton Pride LoveIsLoveWhat is Celebrate Orgullo?

As a noun in the Spanish language, Orgullo means self-satisfaction or pride. This fairly common descriptor can also imply vanity and arrogance, just like its English counterpart. But in contemporary culture both orgullo and pride have taken on a new and much more uplifting connotation: Gay Pride! And during our country’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in October, Miami Beach is the place to be to honor the contributions of Hispanic members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) community with a colorful, inclusive celebration of love – Celebrate Orgullo!

The First Event of Its Kind in the US Celebrating Hispanic LGBTQ Pride

Having grown grassroots style since 2011, Celebrate Orgullo is a fifteen day long showcase honoring the cultural contributions of the LGBTQ Hispanic community (October 1 – 15). Many of the celebrations throughout the festival are free and open to the public, with proceeds from the sale of food and beverages benefiting the local LGBT Youth Scholarship Fund as well as programming for the Unity Coalition. The Unity Coalition is a non-profit organization that concentrates on the Leadership, Protection & Promotion of Hispanic LGBTQ rights, the only one of its kind in South Florida. These events consist of:  International Artists Showcase, ArtDiva Bus Tours, Music, Human Rights Conference, Costume Exhibit, and movies nights. Each event will cater around this year’s theme of the Art of Fashion or Arte de la Moda! Check the full schedule for dates and times of all of the events.

Celebrate Diversity, Love, and Orgullo!

If you're planning an Orgullo getaway to Miami Beach there is no better home-away-from-home for you than with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. We’re proud (no pun intended) to help support those joining in this celebration of inclusion with our perfect complement of comfortable accommodations, upscale amenities, and personalized service, all with an authentic South Floridian flair!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Miami!

Hispanic Heritage Month may be an official 30-day observance of culture for our entire country, yet these festivities prove Miami is the best place to celebrate!

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?  Welcome to Little Havana street sign

While the observance has only been official for a few decades, the ever growing Hispanic population in the United States has made these 30 days honoring the culture and contributions of people with ancestry from Spain and Latin America more and more popular throughout our country. Yet Miami has always been at the forefront of these celebrations that start every year on September 15th (the Independence Day for various Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, and El Salvador). Beginning in 1968 as only a week and expanding to a month or 30 days in 1988, this cultural celebration is honored in a myriad of different ways, including right here in Miami.

Visit Little Havana! 

There may be no finer example of a true center of Hispanic culture in Miami than Little Havana. The entire area is full of Latin-influenced restaurants, venues, and shops that all sing out with the voices of those from different backgrounds that have come and put down their roots in The Magic City. The heart of this area, Calle Ocho (or southwest 8th Street) is the perfect place to start your celebrations as you dine on authentic dishes from all over Latin America or take in the local flavor of visiting a true cultural landmark at Domino Park.

Celebrate Orgullo!

Not only just a celebration of Hispanic pride, starting on October 1st and running through the end of Heritage Month (October 15th), the Orgullo Festival celebrates Hispanic LGBTQ Pride. Now in its 9th year, the festivities will focus on Art of Fashion through the artistic mediums of art, music, dance, and film. The full schedule for South Florida’s original Hispanic LGBTQ Pride festival is available which include noteworthy events such as ArteORGULLO (October 3) at Pridelines Miami and the Fashion Gala (October 12) at the FROST Art Museum@FIU

Throughout the 30 days, there are free events throughout Magic City for the entire family to enjoy, including Mall of the Americas Hispanic Heritage Celebration (September 27). Another way to celebrate is by soaking in the culture in the heart of the city with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, our upscale accommodations are complemented by fantastic facilities including our rooftop pool and incredible eats from Brisa Bistro, highlighting fusion cuisine that is full of Hispanic influence.

Photo Credit: GMCVB

The 10th Annual Wynwood Octoberfest Brings Munich to Miami!

Break out your best lederhosen and get ready to raise a stein at this signature fall event in Wynwood.

Autumn is coming to Wynwood! Wynwood's Octoberfest

Each year, Miami locals and tourists alike look forward to the beginning of fall, and not only for the ever
so slightly cooler temperatures that begin to settle into the area. Now in its 10th year, the start of
autumn for the area heralds in the three-day extravaganza known as Wynwood Octoberfest! With
an inherent Miami flair running through the event, this celebration fuses our vibrant culture with the
Bavarian roots of the world’s largest beer festival.

This is Octoberfest!

The 10th annual Wynwood Octoberfest will kick off on Friday, September 27th and run through Sunday,
September 29th at the Wynwood Marketplace. While this seasonal spectacle’s main attractions are the
same on each day, the hours of the fest do differ: Friday: 7PM – 2AM | Saturday: 2PM – 2AM | Sunday:
12PM – 8PM. Admission to Octoberfest is FREE for all and will be taking place in a designated half
open/half sheltered area of the Marketplace. This will protect all fest-goers from the elements while still
recreating that authentic Munich beer hall feeling. Yet, throughout both areas, you will enjoy many fall-
inspired activities such as the ever-popular grand photo booth and beer hall, but also pumpkin-themed
everything from food, artisan goods, and photo-ops for your Instagram (including a variety of dog-
inspired activities that will surely make those likes skyrocket).

And yes, we repeat: this is O-C-toberfest!

You may find yourself confused by the spelling of this event, but the Wynwood Octoberfest is every bit
as Bavarian-inspired as any celebration that spells it with a K. The reason for the change is solely
American, but not in honor of the tenth month of the year. The main sponsor for the event is Boston-
headquartered Samuel Adams®, with their OctoberFest brew running in copious amounts throughout
the weekend. Their influence has helped craft this event over the years and one of the best ways to
experience the Fest is with a Beer or Party Pack. Yes, a multitude of the events are FREE to the public, but with a Beer Party Pack ($21), you get a much more immersive experience including a souvenir half-liter stein, a complimentary beer, and an authentic Bavarian hat!

So, get ready to be transported to Munich in body, mind, and soul and enjoy a fun-filled day and evening
at the Wynwood Octoberfest! Then come back, put down your stein, and relax at Hilton Miami
Downtown, conveniently located only a mile away from the Marketplace. No matter how much hoppy
enjoyment you partake in, we offer sophisticated rooms and modern amenities to bring you back from your Bavarian bliss in Magic City style!