Best adventure activities in Miami

Miami is a top destination for shopping, nightlife, and city vibe, but many don’t know that it also offers thrilling adventurous activities. Immerse yourself in the warm sun and marvel at unique wildlife, or push your limits with heart-pumping activities like diving into Neptunes Memorial Reef with tarpoon lagoon or battling the waves with Surf Miami Beach. With its endless options and prime location, Miami is an unexpected oasis for those seeking to sharpen their skills in the great outdoors.

Surf Miami Beach Group Course (courtesy of Surf Miami Beach)

Surf Miami Beach
Locations vary and sessions take place wherever the waves are best.

Surf Miami Beach, a family-run mobile surf school, offers surfing lessons and surfboard rentals to people of all ages and skill levels. It’s fully mobile and provides services to Miami Beach, South Beach, North Beach, Surfside, Bal Harbour, and Haulover. From beginner to advanced surfing classes with the option of attending private or group classes and even board rentals, they have everything most people need to improve their surfing skills. Despite the often capricious nature of the conditions in South Florida, it is crucial to approach each session with strategic planning to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience. Prices for a two-hour surf lesson are $120 for one surfer, $200 for two, $280 for three and $360 for four.  

Scuba Diving with Tarpoon Lagoon’s Boat excursion near Neptunes Memorial Reef (Hannah Kosoff/SFMN)

Scuba Diving with Tarpoon Lagoon
300 Alton Rd #110, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tarpoon Lagoon is a premier dive shop, providing a complete range of services to divers and snorkelers. These services include daily dives, snorkel charters, certification courses, dive gear repair, and a training pool right on the premises. The original Tarpoon Diving Center was established in Hialeah by Mike Kevorkian in 1952. Valerie Kevorkian inherited her father’s passion for the ocean and opened its Miami Beach location, with the aim of inviting more people to explore the briny deep. Tarpoon Lagoon offers scuba-diving experiences to suit all levels through a variety of courses and certifications, such as Discover Scuba and Advanced Open Water. By frequently hosting daily snorkel and diving trips, Tarpoon Lagoon is available to accommodate any schedule. Scuba diving excursions start at $115 to $170, depending on your rental equipment needs, and snorkeling is offered for $110. Sailing conditions in South Florida often mean facing rocky waters, so to ensure a seamless and memorable boat trip with Tarpoon Lagoon, be equipped with the necessary provisions to conquer sea sickness, such as seasickness patches, PSI bands, and nausea medications. With these essentials in hand, exploring Miami’s underwater seascapes is truly a memorable adventure.

Bicycling with Everglades Bicycle Tours (Hannah Kosoff/SFMN)

Everglades through Shark Valley Bike Trails
Shark Valley Loop Road Miami, FL 33194

Looking for an adrenaline-pumping adventure that combines physical activity and breathtaking wildlife? Look no further than the Everglades, where one can bike through the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Shark Valley Tram Tours provides bike rentals for $22 per bike with a 15-mile paved trail filled with scenic stops. Visitors may have the opportunity to spot intriguing creatures such as the barred owl, cottonmouth snake, Florida softshell turtle, and the ever-popular American alligator. While sightings cannot be guaranteed, it is more common than not to encounter a few of these interesting animals. Shark Valley boasts a rich history, having been established in 1947 as a hub for wildlife observation and outdoor recreation. So when embarking on a cycling journey through Shark Valley, be sure to stop by the historic Shark Valley observation tower. Completed in 1964, this iconic tower was part of Mission 66 – a decade-long effort to rejuvenate and enhance visitor experiences in national parks across the country. 

The Edge Rock Climbing facility (Hannah Kosoff/SFMN)

The Edge Rock Climbing
13972 SW 139 Ct Miami, FL 33186
(305) 233-6623

The Edge Rock Climbing, a 14,000-square-foot climbing paradise, has been a staple of the South Florida climbing community since its inception in 1998. The Edge Rock Climbing has been a steadfast supporter of individuals seeking to conquer their rock climbing aspirations. With a passion for fostering growth and a commitment to safety. This facility offers so much more than just a space to get your work out. It’s a community where climbers can engage in strategic planning and problem-solving, improving physical coordination and upper limb strength along the way. Certification classes, Lead Climb and Belay Certification classes, and a fitness center for members. Non-members can also join in on the fun with a day pass, starting at a low price of $17 (plus tax) without gear or $34.50 (plus tax) with a gear rental. If one is looking for adrenaline and honing new skills, The Edge Rock Climbing offers the ultimate adventure.

Paddleboard rental with Miami Kiteboarding in Crandon Beach (Hannah Kosoff/SFMN)

Water Sports with Miami Kiteboarding
6767 Crandon Blvd. Crandon Park, North Beach

Watersports Concession Key Biscayne Fl 33149

If one’s in the mood for a relaxed and rejuvenating activity with breathtaking views, Miami Kiteboarding is the perfect destination. Nestled on Crandon Beach, this tranquil paradise boasts immaculate, calm waters, pristine sand and breath-taking views. Miami Kiteboarding offers paddleboard rentals at $25 per hour and kayak rentals at $20 per hour so one can unwind while discovering Crandon’s seagrass beds, sand flats, ancient fossilized reef, and serene mangrove forests. In addition to paddleboard and kayak rentals, Miami Kiteboarding also offers kite-surf lessons and rentals, jet ski rentals, and youth kitesurf programs.

Hannah Kosoff is a highly motivated and dedicated individual who is currently pursuing a pre-med track as a junior majoring in Broadcast Media, with a minor in French. Upon completion of her studies, she intends to embark on a career in the field of documentary production and/or attend medical school to further her professional development.

Melissa Krikler is majoring in digital broadcasting with an area of concentration in psychology. She wishes to continue her studies after to receive a master’s.