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Fort Lauderdale To Miami: A South Florida Mini Road Trip Itinerary

For those of us that live in Fort Lauderdale, we are constantly hearing about all the activities happening just 30 miles south of us in Miami. But, a lot of times, Miami just seems too far away—especially on a weekday.

Our advice? Make a day out of it and head to Miami for a mini road trip on your next free Saturday or Sunday. Keep reading for your Fort Lauderdale to Miami itinerary. 

9 a.m. 

Breakfast at The Floridian

Photo via Facebook/The Floridian

Start your morning early with breakfast at The Floridian, a 24-hour Fort Lauderdale favorite that will have you rethinking all your past breakfast experiences. The extensive menu offers breakfast classics and an extensive eggs Benedict list. 

10 a.m.

Drive to Aventura

Photo courtesy of Leonel Diaz

After breakfast, head south on I-95 to Aventura, the first stop on our Miami road trip. Walk off your breakfast at the Aventura Mall, a beautiful locale with top brands like Chanel, Fendi and Givenchy, as well as mall staples like Zara and Anthropologie. 

For those of you who want a little more variety (or for those that don't like shopping), you can stop at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, where there is something for everyone. Guests have the option to enjoy the casino, horse racing, live entertainment and more. 


Lunchtime at Bal Harbour

Photo courtesy of Makoto

After a morning of fun, the day continues with a stop at Bal Harbour Shop and lunch at Makoto, or one of the many other renown restaurants in the area. Makoto is one of the best sushi restaurants in Miami with an extensive menu with the freshest fish available. Our favorite dish is the Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, a twist on a deconstructed spicy tuna roll with crispy rice instead of traditional sushi rice. 

If sushi isn’t your favorite type of cuisine, then try exquisite French cuisine at Le Zoo or Italian at Carpaccio. Regardless of your food preferences, Bal Harbour Shops is the place to be for delicious fare.

1:30 p.m. 

Iconic South Beach 

Continue south on Collins Avenue and enjoy the views of Miami Beach, eventually reaching iconic South Beach. Park and head to the sand to enjoy a few hours on the beach. If that doesn’t sound like the right fit, enjoy a walk along iconic Lincoln Road for shopping, eating, drinking and people watching.

4 p.m. 

Snack Time in Wynwood

Photo via Facebook/Zak the Baker

Get away from the madness that South Beach entails and hop back on the highway to Wynwood for the late afternoon. Walk along the painted walls and stop by the galleries to see some of the most intricate art Miami has to offer. 

While in the area, grab a pastry at Zak the Baker. Whether you are in the mood for an afternoon snack at its deli or an almond Danish at the bakery, Zak the Baker has everything your heart desires. Maybe even grab a treat to go, because your next stop is the perfect place for an afternoon pre-dinner picnic.

6:30 p.m. 

Sunset at Key Biscayne

One of our personal favorites in all of Miami is the next stop on this adventurous day tour: Key Biscayne. It's not the most famous keys in Florida, but Key Biscayne might be one of the prettiest. Take I-95 south and grab the Rickenbacker Causeway until you hit Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. 

This beautiful state park is right at the end of Key Biscayne and gives you uninterrupted views of the ocean—a perfect sunset watching spot. The state park has a lighthouse, where guests can climb to the top and look out into the ocean and the beach below. Next to it is a cement lookout spot that serves as a bench to watch the sunset and enjoy your Zak the Baker treats (if you didn't eat them already on the car ride down).

8 p.m. 

Dinner with a View

Photo courtesy of Rusty Pelican

After a few quiet moments enjoying the view, get back in the car—this road trip has one last stop. We recommend Rusty Pelican for dinner, located just a few miles north of Bill Baggs State Park. With views of Brickell and the ocean, the Rusty Pelican is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Miami. 

The menu offers contemporary American fare with ample seafood options including a raw bar and sushi options. Sip on a cocktail, sit outside and enjoy your dinner before you head back home to Fort Lauderdale.

9:30 p.m. 

Extending the Day

If you aren’t quite ready to go back yet, return to South Beach after dinner and enjoy a night of drag and cocktails at Palace. Located on Ocean Drive, this bar and restaurant offers one of the best drag shows in South Beach. It’s the perfect place for a fun and entertaining nightcap.

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