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Miami on a Budget


Everything is getting more expensive these days. As utility bills, grocery costs and prices at the pump rise, many of us seek out free and low cost entertainment options to help out with the household budget. There are still plenty of ways that you can have a good time without putting a dent in your bank account.

1. Hit the Beach!

Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
Miami’s beaches offer a great opportunity to get some exercise or just enjoy some time in the sun! I take a look at a few of my favorite beaches, including a couple of lesser-used spots where you’ll be able to avoid the tourist crowd. Best of all, most beaches have no admission charge!

2. Travel to the Everglades

National Park Service
With 1.5 million acres of swamps, saw-grass prairies and sub-tropical jungles, Everglades National Park is one of the most unusual public parks in the United States. Located on the southern tip of Florida, the park is home to 14 rare and endangered species, including the American Crocodile, the Florida Panther and the West Indian Manatee. A large portion of the park is primitive, explored only by adventurists and researchers – but visitors have ample opportunity to walk, camp and canoe. Admission is only $10 per car.

3. Use a Coupon or Discount

Joe Shlabotnik
Everyone in Miami is always looking for a bargain. I’ve collected some of the best deals available to Miami residents in one place. If you’re looking for discounts on Miami restaurants, attractions or shopping, give these resources a try!

4. Visit the Zoo

Greater Miami Convention and Visitors' Bureau
Miami MetroZoo is fast becoming one of the best zoos in the nation. Its climate allows it to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa like no other zoo in the country. One of the first free-range zoos in the country, the exhibits are entirely cageless. Animals are grouped according to their geographic territory and animals that live together peacefully in the wild are placed in exhibits together. Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for children with discounts available for groups, military personnel, travel agents, seniors and county employees.

5. Go Fishing!

Florida is a fisherman's paradise! From Miami to the Florida Keys, we have some of the best saltwater and freshwater fishing spots in the world. Best of all, fishing is always free for kids and is free for everyone else on free fishing weekends. Fishing on other days requires an annual fishing license at a cost of $13.50.

6. Take a Walk

Tamara Lush
Since the 1920s, Miami Beach has been synonymous with glamour, glitz and non-stop sun. The epicenter of the beach is really on the barrier island’s south end, which is why South Beach is really what people mean when they refer to Miami Beach. At 17 blocks long and 12 blocks wide, South Beach is a perfect place for a walk. Read the full article for a free walking tour of South Beach.

7. Eat with Kids for Free

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Eating out with a family doesn't need to do serious damage to your pocketbook. The South Florida restaurants profiled in this article all offer free or reduced-price meals to kids on a regular basis.

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