7 Things To Do In Miami When You're Ballin' On A Budget

7 Things To Do In Miami When You're Ballin' On A Budget

Because there is more to do in Miami than going to the clubs every day.

Sunny beaches. Cold drinks in hand. Late-life nightclubs. Colorful buildings. All things associated with the vibrant, Hispanic-driven Miami.

Whether you're heading down for Spring Break, in need of a weekend getaway, or you're planning a family trip, here is a list of 7 things to do in Miami when money is a little tight.

1. You guessed it... lay on the beach.

What a no-brainer. But if you're like me, you associate South Florida with beaches, and I intended to spend my every waking hour laying outside catching the sun. And if you're always like me, you may get a little burnt so be sure to wear your sunscreen. South Beach is always a staple and not terribly busy during weekdays. So make sure you grab your towel, pack some waters, and head down to the beach!

2. Utilize the pools.

Whenever you're not at the beach or you have an hour to spare in between activities, head down to your hotel or Airbnb pool. The great thing about them is they are likely heated or at least have a hot tub tool if the Miami is a little chillier than you expected (like me).

3. Do a Groupon activity like Jet Skiing or parasailing.

Activities, especially those to be enjoyed outside and on the water, can run a little pricey. Jet Skiing can be over $100 per hour and forget about going parasailing...usually. Download Groupon and check the deals in the area so you can save some money to be spent on other activities. Activities can be up to 75% off, but make sure you check out the reviews so you know if it's sketchy or even worth it.

4. Walk around Aventura Mall on a rainy day.

As much as we wish every day can be sunny and a warm 85 degrees, it just doesn't always work out that way. When the weather gets a little rainy, head to Aventura Mall and hit up all the shops. Even if you are just doing some window shopping, there are some really cool stores to see and the food court actually has some good restaurants.

5. Wynwood Walls is a MUST see.

I always heard about Wynwood Walls, but I had no idea what in the world they were until my friends and I made the drive to check them out. If you do too, you will NOT be disappointed in the slightest. The walls are decorated in the most beautiful, colorfully unique murals of all styles. As you walk around, check out the little shops and support some local businesses. Wynwood Walls is a classic tale of gentrification, but at least it's a pretty one, so make sure you give back to the community.

6. Window shop the Miami stores.

If you're balling on a budget, don't be afraid to check out the shops and put some products on your radar. It isn't the most exciting to surround yourself with clothes you want to buy but can't, and it can be tempting to spend the rest of your money on that pair of sandals that you just gotta have, but there are a lot of shops that are just cool to see. If you head over to Lincoln Road, you can walk the span of the street to check out the awesome bookstores, cool little knick-knack shops, and some trusty stores, like Urban Outfitters and Zara. Not to mention, there are countless restaurants along that strip that you have to try at some point during your trip.

7. Food, food, and more food.

The food in Miami is one-of-a-kind. From Cuban to Mexican to Italian, there are endless options for everyone involved. Like Lincoln, restaurants line the streets everywhere with any type of food you can imagine. There are even some dessert places mixed in, so be sure to leave a little room in your stomach to check out the ice cream or macaroon scene.

I hope you found some ideas for your trip to Miami and that this helped in any way. These are some of the spots I stopped at in my little 3-day trip, but the opportunities are endless, so be sure to keep your eyes open. Enjoy the scenery!

Cover Image Credit: Timon Klauser

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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Maryland is a small state, but it has a big personality.


Maryland has so much to do, from the beaches on the East coast to the mountains on the western border. These are just 8 of many reasons our state is worth a visit!

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I hope you like Old Bay!

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3. You can visit Assateague Island off of the coast of Maryland and Virginia.

There are wild horses on an island off of the coast of Maryland and Virginia, 'nough said!

4. Baltimore's Inner Harbor is full of good eats and fun activities.

You can simply walk around the Inner Harbor, ride the paddle boats, tour a submarine, go to the aquarium, or ride the Spirit of Baltimore all in the same general vicinity.

5. You can visit the National Harbor in Prince George's County.

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6. Sugar Loaf Mountain is a great place to go hiking.

7. Great Falls is also a great location to visit!

You can visit Great Falls on either the Maryland or Virginia side. It's like a mini Niagara Falls.

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