Miami Ecotourism Attractions & Activities
Get to know Miami in "eco-style". There are many attractions and activities that allow you to discover Miami while protecting the environment.
Citi Bike Miami’s bike sharing program provides 2,000 bikes throughout Miami and Miami Beach.
Citi Bike Miami
Meanwhile, Citi Bike Miami bike sharing and rental program provides access to nearly 2,000 bikes at 160 locations throughout Miami and Miami Beach, including South Beach’s Art Deco District and the Wynwood Art District.
On the last Friday of each month, Miami Critical Mass is a bicycling event that gathers hundreds of cyclists together to explore Miami neighborhoods en masse.
About 300 dockless electric scooters are now being tested throughout downtown Miami and Coconut Grove, with Bird, Bolt, Jump, Lime, Lyft and Spin providing scooter-sharing services for a quick, fun transportation alternative.
Miami has a 25-mile elevated rail system called the Metrorail that connects Miami International Airport with downtown Miami and stretch south to South Miami. Tickets can be purchased at stations or on an EASY Pay smart phone application. Within downtown Miami, the Metromover is a free public transportation service that loops through the city and connects to Metrorail and an extensive Metrobus system.
Cars and Trains
Both Lyft and Uber operate throughout Miami-Dade County. To travel throughout South Florida, Brightline is a new, high-speed train that provides service between West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, with future plans to connect to Orlando. Its Brightline Virgin MiamiCentral Station in downtown Miami has its own food hall and is close to Perez Art Museum Miami, the Frost Science Museum and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the main hub for the Metrorail and Metromover.
For other tips getting to and from Miami International Airport or using Miami MetroBus and public transportation, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau offers an online guide here.
Electric car charging stations, shower timers, organic bedding, reclaimed wood walls and antibiotic-free meat at the on-site Tom Colicchio restaurant make the LEED Silver-Certified 1 Hotel in South Beach a favorite among eco-minded travelers.
Hotel Beaux Arts
Also at the luxury end, Hotel Beaux Arts inside the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami is part of the Florida Green Lodging Program, recognized for its water recycling system, energy-saving room thermostats and liquid food composter that converts banquet food into nutrient-rich grey water.
The affordable 221-room Hampton Inn Miami Brickell is a LEED Silver-Certified property with electric vehicle charging stations, low-flow showers, a cistern for harvesting rainwater and xeriscaping.
Oleta River State Park
Off-the-grid overnight stays are available in one of Oleta River State Park’s rustic cabins, which are equipped with a double bed and bunk bed. There is an outdoor grill and fire area, as well as picnic tables and a shared bathroom with showers.
The annual Baynanza celebrates Biscayne Bay as one of South Florida’s most important ecological systems, with a 24-hour cleanup as part of the activities every April. VolunteerCleanUp, founded by a local couple, is a platform that connects volunteers to teams and events cleaning up Miami’s shorelines every weekend. The Biscayne Nature Center on Key Biscayne also hosts monthly beach clean-up and restoration days.
HandsOn Miami is a local nonprofit that connects would-be helpers with organizations that need them for planting gardens, painting buildings, tutoring children and more. Lotus House, a refuge for homeless women and children, offers opportunities to sponsor a meal, volunteer with kids or help with yoga and fitness classes.