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The Miami Bus Tour

Whenever wherever we are on holiday our favourite way of initially exploring any city is to do the bus tour to see what the city has to offer. We then either hop on hop off the bus tour to visit some of the places on the initial tour or plan the remainder of our stay in the city by deciding the places we would like to go to see after the tour.

Having flown in with Virgin to Miami we decided to stay for a couple of nights in the city.

We had already researched the bus tours on line and opted for one that we could pre book on the internet. The one we chose had 1 to 3-Day Pass Options with Unlimited Hop On, Hop Off. Adults passes for 2 days were about $50 children 3 to 11 years $40 and children under 3 years were free. Forty eight hours advance booking was required.

The tours started at Central Station/Bayfront Park the first one at 9. 00am and last one departing at 5. 00pm and they take about three hours. There is a Multilingual Tour Narration via a Wireless Headset in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and German.

We found this Miami one although expensive was one of the best ones we had been on. The first day we decided to do the whole tour and then decide over dinner where we would like to return to the next day.

From Central Station the route we took was:

Jungle Island/Children' s Museum/Ocean Drive/Lincoln Road/Collins Avenue & 24th/Fontainbleau/Design District/Midtown Miami/Arsht Center/Cultural Plaza/

Vizcaya & Science Museum/Coconut Grove/Merrick Park/Miracle Mile/Miami International Airport/Little Havana and Brickell Village.

The buses they used were really comfortable and it was a great way to explore the city known as the ' the gateway of the Americas”. The views for the bus were fantastic and we learnt about the history, facts, neighbourhoods and locals that contribute to Miami' s mixture of culture, art, gastronomy and heritage, it really was fascinating and the tour was over all too quickly.

Although we had intended not to visit any particular areas until the next day the girls wanted to visit the Children’s Museum so we stayed on the bus when we got back to Central Station and visited there before dinner. The girls loved it and I was impressed with their motto”For the safety of all our guests, there are no adults allowed in the Museum without children”!

The next day we had an early breakfast and spent the day hopping on and off the bus stopping at Little Havanna, Jungle Island, Midtown Miami, Brickell Village and Cocunut Grove. If you do go to Miami and want to see what is on offer the tour is a good starting point.

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