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Most Instagrammable Places in Miami & Fort Lauderdale

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Last Updated on July 31, 2020 by epapp

With pretty palm trees, beautiful beaches, and flashy facades galore, the Sunshine State offers endless photo opportunities for Instagrammers. I recently returned to Florida to rediscover the most Instagrammable places in Miami and update this guide with fresh new photo spots.

If you think southeastern Florida is all retirement communities and golf courses, then you’re in for a surprise. Get ready to be wowed by European-inspired architecture, imaginative street art, and cute corners on par with charming Charleston.

Follow me as we discover some of the most Instagrammable places in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

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Most Instagrammable Places in Miami & Fort Lauderdale

Most Instagrammable Places in Miami

South Pointe Park

South Pointe Park is undoubtedly one of the most Instagrammable places in Miami.

I highly recommend visiting if you’re looking to capture some amazing shots by the water. Here, you’ll find a beautiful walking promenade that runs along the channel, offering striking views.

South Pointe Park, Miami

This scenic park also offers visitors easy access to Miami Beach, where you can capture the colorful lifeguard stations.

Miami Beach lifeguard station

You’ll also find showers, a snack bar, beach chair and umbrella rentals, picnic tables, volleyball nets, and a fishing pier.

Visitors can also enjoy restaurants like Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse and a playground for the little ones along the promenade.

PHOTO TIP: Make the iconic Miami skyline your backdrop. I suggest framing your shot with some palm tree leaves or creating leading lines with a row of palms.

Be advised that this area gets super sunny and there’s little-to-no shade during the day. I actually had to look directly into the sun to avoid crazy shadows on my face. Bring along your favorite shades or coming before sunrise or at golden hour for the best lighting.

How to Get Here:

South Pointe Park is located at 1 Washington Ave on Miami Beach. Metered parking is typically $1.75 an hour. However, there’s a $20 flat rate parking fee (for non-Miami Beach residents). A $6 parking fee (for residents only) is in effect on the weekend.


You can find a number of the most Instagrammable places in Miami along Collins Avenue, starting with Faena.

Faena Miami Beach is one of the most Instagrammable resorts I’ve ever seen. It’s actually part of a luxury hotel group with an additional location in Buenas Aires, Argentina.

However, Faena is much more than just a hotel. It’s actually part of a six-block poppin’ cultural district located between 32nd and 36th Street in downtown Miami.

In addition to Faena Hotel, you’ll also find an array of luxury residences, destination shopping, and multi-purpose art venues. This district will stimulate your senses and make you one snap-happy Instagrammer!

Where to Create Content at Faena:

While you’re here, be sure to check out Damien Hirst’s “Gone But Not Forgotten” display. It features a gilded skeleton of a three-meter tall woolly mammoth. The display is intended to serve as a fantastical reminder of a bygone time and place in history.

Most Instagrammable Places in Miami & Fort Lauderdale

PHOTO TIP: The mammoth skeleton resides in a glass box, making it tricky to photograph without capturing passersby on the other side. I’d suggest waiting for any big crowds to pass before getting your shots.

Keep in mind that harsh sunlight can create a glare as it reflects off of the box’s gold perimeter. I suggest arriving in the morning (before the sun is at its highest point) or shooting on a cloudy day.

You should also consider how/where your photographer will stand relative to you. If he or she is positioned directly in front of you, you can avoid capturing their reflection in the picture.

I also suggest visiting the beach, located just beyond the gardens. Here you’ll find some fascinating sculptures on the sand.

Buddha beach statue behind Faena, Miami

How to Get Here:

Faena Miami Beach is located at 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140. To reach the “Gone But Not Forgotten” display, walk through the hotel lobby and out into the garden.

Miami Mountain in Collins Park

You won’t want to miss Miami Mountain in Collins Park while you’re on Collins Ave. This fluorescent-colored rock sculpture towers over the park at 42 feet tall.

Miami Mountain in Collins Park

Born from the creative mind of Ugo Rondinone, Miami Mountain is Florida’s version of Rondinone’s famous Seven Magic Mountains. The original seven rock pillars are located in the desert just outside of Las Vegas.

Miami Mountain at Collins Park

Magic Mountain is a permanent fixture in Collins Park, so Instagrammers can get their fill all year long! It was acquired by The Bass, Miami’s contemporary art museum, in 2016.

If you’d like to visit The Bass, you can check out their ticket prices and hours of operation here.

PHOTO TIP: Miami Mountain is the perfect place to get creative with your Instagram shots! You can spell out your name or create a fun design with the miniature colored rocks scattered throughout the park. Place rocks in your picture’s foreground to create depth or piece together a trail of them to create leading lines.

Colored rocks at Collins Park

How to Get Here:

Collins Park is located at 2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140. You’ll find Miami Mountain on the corner of 21st Street and Collins Avenue.

2nd Street

I’m all about cute facades and textured walls, so I fell in love with this exterior while wandering around. It’s part of an apartment complex on 2nd Street.

Second Street, Miami

This street will take you to Big Pink (the next spot on our list).

How to Get Here:

This Instagrammable spot is located on the corner of 2nd Street and Ocean CT, across the street from Ted’s Hideaway.

Big Pink

Big Pink restaurant in Miami

If you’re a pink lover like me, you must pay a visit to Big Pink while in Miami. This retro-style restaurant features a Pepto-Bismol-pink façade and belly-warming comfort food.

I came purely for the gram/blog and unfortunately didn’t eat here. However, if you’re interested in stopping for a bite after shooting, you can check out their menu here.

My hubby managed to capture Big Pink from across the street, although it was too crowded to incorporate myself into the shots.

Big Pink Miami

PHOTO TIP: I recommend coming before the 8:00 AM opening if you want to include yourself in the shot. Alternatively, you may be able to get some content a bit later if you’re not a morning person. However, once afternoon hits, the outside tables will likely be full and parked cars can block your shot.

How to Get Here:

Big Pink is located at 157 Collins Ave in Miami Beach, FL 33139. It’s located just down the block from the Second Street stop from above.

Lincoln Road

If you’re looking to do some shopping while capturing those Insta-worthy shots, you have to check out Lincoln Road.

Here you’ll find retail stores, outdoor restaurants, and a bunch of fun photo opportunities.

PHOTO TIP: Check out the shallow pool that runs through the center of the street. The funky architectural design and natural leading lines make for an aesthetically-pleasing shot.

Beautiful pool on Lincoln Road, Miami

I also recommend checking out the Colony Theatre for some shots by the fountain. I loved the black-and-white striped floor design here.

Most Instagrammable Places in Miami & Fort Lauderdale

How to Get Here:

Lincoln Road is located between 16th and 17th Street in the center of South Beach, Miami. It’s just a few minutes from Ocean Drive.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Are you looking to experience a taste of Europe in Miami? Then you absolutely must pay a visit to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood.

As far as the most Instagrammable places in Miami go, Vizcaya tops my list.

I felt like I landed somewhere in Italy or Spain as we wandered the picturesque grounds. There was literally a photo opportunity at every turn.

Beautiful doors at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Ocean views at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The Vizcaya Mansion was built between 1914 – 1922 and was originally conceived as a modern, subtropical take on an Italian villa.

It’s a popular wedding destination, similar to the stunning Magnolia Plantation in Charleston. We actually witnessed one going on while wandering around the grounds!

What to Know Before You Go:

If you’re planning a visit to Vizcaya, you can purchase an adult ticket for $22 which gives you access to the Main House and the beautiful gardens for the entire day.

Head here for additional admission information including daily hours. If you’re interested in touring the property and/or gardens, you can find all of the tour descriptions here.

PHOTO TIP: Bring a wide angle lens, if at all possible. Unfortunately, all of my pictures here were shot in 2018 (before I purchased my wide angle lens). Now I want to return to capture the magic all over again. A wide angle lens will allow you to capture the enormity of the garden and mansion without sacrificing any of the beautiful surrounding details.

Vizcaya mansion and gardens in Miami
Beautiful flowers at Vizcaya Gardens

How to Get Here:

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is located at 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129. I suggest renting a car to get here.

Wynwood Walls

Admittedly, I was a bit hesitant when we first arrived in Wynwood. After parking in an enormous lot of an industrial-looking area, I found myself wondering where all the “pretty stuff” was. It was honestly a bit overwhelming.

However, thanks to our trusty GPS, we made our way to the the bright, bold, artsy Wynwood that’s advertised online.

You’ll wander through a maze of beautiful/strange/thought-provoking murals known as the Wynwood walls.

It’s free to enter and photograph, but some walls may be roped off.

After exploring for a bit, we landed at my absolute favorite mural: a giant, super-Instagrammable camera. What could be better?

Wynwood Walls mural in Miami

We also found this fun black and white print that I couldn’t resist snapping.

Wynwood Walls, Miami

How to Get Here:

The entrance to the Wynwood Walls can be found on 2520 NW 2nd Ave in Miami.

Most Instagrammable Places in Fort Lauderdale

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

While Fort Lauderdale isn’t exactly known for its photo opportunities, there are plenty to be had here!

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. This Insta-worthy park is located along the banks of the New River, just off of Las Olas Blvd. It offers a range of eateries, art galleries, museums, and plenty of charm.

You’ll probably be a little snap happy as you watch the beautiful boats glide past the stunning waterfront properties.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Florida

How to Get Here:

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is located at 888 E Las Olas Blvd #210, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

Historic Stranahan House Museum

As you make your way along the river, you’ll come across the Historic Stranahan House Museum. It’s the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and was built back in 1901 by Frank Stranahan. Since then, it’s served as everything from a trading post, to a post office, to a town hall, to a home to the Stranahans.

In 1984, it was restored as a historic house museum and opened to the public. Sadly, it was closed when we were in the area, but we still managed to snap a shot of the captivating exterior.

Historic Stranahan House Museum, Fort Lauderdale

Head here for admission information and hours of operation if you wish to enter the museum during your visit.

* Admission to the Historic Stranahan House Museum is available by guided tour only.

How to Get Here:

The Historic Stranahan House Museum is located at 335 SE 6th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

Southeast 3rd Ave Drawbridge

Keep an eye out for the Southeast 3rd Ave Drawbridge as you continue to move down the river.

Southeast 3rd Avenue Drawbridge, Fort Lauderdale

If you’re feeling experimental, try taking some photos from above like we did. It makes for a really unique perspective.

Southeast 3rd Avenue Drawbridge, Fort Lauderdale

How to Get Here:

You’ll find this bridge on SE 3rd Avenue, just off of the Riverwalk.

Las Olas Blvd

You should definitely make a stop along Las Olas Blvd if you’re visiting Fort Lauderdale. It’s located mere minutes from The Riverwalk.

Las Olas Blvd is home to millionaires living the “yacht life” and offers sidewalk cafés, fashion boutiques, and trendy restaurants.

Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

PHOTO TIP: Try experimenting with some high or extreme angle photography to capture the magnitude of all the beautiful buildings here.

Water Garden Condos in Fort Lauderdale

How to Get Here:

The Water Garden condos (pictured above) are located just off of East Las Olas Blvd at 347 N. New River Drive East.

Las Olas Beach

If you’re a beach bum, you’re bound to love Las Olas Beach.

There are multiple rows of palm trees here that made for some fun and playful shots.

Fun day on Las Olas Beach, Fort Lauderdale

Plus, with a number of restaurants and bars directly across the street, you can enjoy a casual bite to eat while watching the sun set over Fort Lauderdale.

How to Get Here:

Las Olas Beach is located at 240 Las Olas Circle.

I hope you enjoy crossing the most Instagrammable places in Miami and Fort Lauderdale off your bucket list. I’m sure you’ll see why the colorful Sunshine State is a photographer’s dream!

Speaking of, for more killer content opportunities, stay tuned for my next Instagram guide to Palm Beach, Florida’s upscale resort island!

In the meantime, check out my other Instagram guides for Prague and Assos, Kefalonia.

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Most Instagrammable Places in Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Most Instagrammable Places in Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Most Instagrammable Places in Miami & Fort Lauderdale

16 thoughts on “Most Instagrammable Places in Miami & Fort Lauderdale

  1. Beautiful sights and photography. I had no idea there was so much beauty like this. To be honest, besides the architecture in South Beach, all I can think of is palm trees and beaches. I have family that live there and all they do is complain. I guess they don’t take advantage of these wonderful places like I would. This is a great list! I like the photography tips you included as well. Sharing it all over!
    Kathy @ Tasty Itinerary

    1. Hi Kathy, thanks so much, I’m really glad you enjoyed it! There definitely are plenty of hidden gems in FL, particularly Vizcaya! Hopefully you can convince your family to check some of these places out 🙂

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