Fun facts about Miami

Miami is one of the world’s greatest and most iconic tourist destinations – thanks to its sub tropical climate, pristine beaches and relaxed ambiance. It also does fun really well. In keeping with the ‘fun’ theme – here’s some of our best fun facts about Miami: 

Miami gets its name from one of the tribes that lived here. 

The Mayaimi lived here in the 16th and 17th Centuries. 

It’s the only US city that was founded by a woman. 

A local businesswoman called Julia Tuttle encouraged a developer to extend the new Florida East Coast Railroad to Miami – this led the way to the development of modern Miami. 

Julia Tuttle – the ‘Mother of Miami’. 

Miami welcomes over 14 million tourists per year. 

Over 10% of our workforce works in the tourism industry. It’s also known as the cruise capital of the world, too, as Miami has the largest cruise ship port in the world. 

The art deco nightclub district on Miami’s South Beach is one of the best in the world.  

Miami’s nightclub and art deco district is unforgettable. 

Miami is home to the world’s largest collection of art deco architecture. 

Miami is the US’s warmest location in winter. 

The average temperature during winter is between 65 -75 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Miami was once a mangrove swamp and the land we now know was mostly man made. 

As a result, some of our beaches need to be replenished with sand regularly. 

The beautiful beaches of #Miami – it’s one of the things we’re famous for.

Sun tan lotion was invented in Miami.

A pharmacist called Benjamin Green invented the mixture in 1944. 

It’s a built up area, but it also has its own unspoiled wilderness in the Everglades National Park. 

It’s here you can view flora and fauna that are unique to this area.

You can tour the Everglades with us at GrayLine Miami.

It’s the only city in the US that’s surrounded by two national parks. 

Biscayne National Park and the Everglades National Park. 

Miami is also known as a divers’ paradise. 

There are over 50 shipwrecks under water, which scuba divers love to explore. 

Miami is also a great agricultural region. 

Growing avocados, tomatoes and mangoes – thanks to our fantastic climate. 

It’s a good agricultural region – yet downtown Miami is also a huge corporate center. 

It has the highest concentration of international banks than any US city. 

#Downtown Miami

Miami is steeped in art and culture. 

It has its own symphony orchestra and ballet company, and its own professional theatre company at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, not to mention some fabulous museums!

Explore Miami with Gray Line Miami: 

Gray Line Miami is the sight seeing expert of the region. We offer superb tours of Miami.

You can also visit our Facebook and TripAdvisor pages for travel inspiration and more feedback from our guests. 

We look forward to meeting you soon on one of tours of Miami! 

Gray Line Miami team.