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.
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.
This scenic park also offers visitors easy access to Miami Beach, where you can capture the colorful lifeguard stations.
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.
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!
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.
I also suggest visiting the beach, located just beyond the gardens. Here you’ll find some fascinating sculptures on the sand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This street will take you to Big Pink (the next spot on our list).
This Instagrammable spot is located on the corner of 2nd Street and Ocean CT, across the street from Ted’s Hideaway.
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 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.
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.
I also recommend checking out the Colony Theatre for some shots by the fountain. I loved the black-and-white striped floor design 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.
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.
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!
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.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is located at 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129. I suggest renting a car to get here.
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?
We also found this fun black and white print that I couldn’t resist snapping.
The entrance to the Wynwood Walls can be found on 2520 NW 2nd Ave in Miami.
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 is located at 888 E Las Olas Blvd #210, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
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.
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.
The Historic Stranahan House Museum is located at 335 SE 6th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
Keep an eye out for the Southeast 3rd Ave Drawbridge as you continue to move down the river.
If you’re feeling experimental, try taking some photos from above like we did. It makes for a really unique perspective.
You’ll find this bridge on SE 3rd Avenue, just off of the Riverwalk.
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.
The Water Garden condos (pictured above) are located just off of East Las Olas Blvd at 347 N. New River Drive East.
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.
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.
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!