Miami is more than its iconic beaches, rich multicultural heritage, glamorous night-life, and its abundance of art and architecture. It is also home to some of the most unique experiences that you can find in both the United States and the world. In saying that, it does not necessarily mean that it is one of the most expensive places to take part in these experiences. Here are 9 of the cheapest and most awesome things to do in Miami.

1 – South Beach ($FREE)

You can't come to Miami and not visit one of the most famous beaches in the world. South Beach is known as the centre of shopping and partying in Miami. There is no other place on earth that you can see the clear blue waters and unique art deco landscape. Try and arrive between May and August since the March and April period will see South Beach turned into a Spring Break playground.

2 – The Everglades ($FREE)

The Everglades National Park is home to over 1.5 million acres of swamps, sub-tropical jungles, and fields of saw grass, and is home to some of the most rare and endangered species in the world. There is plenty of room here to go walking or camping, or perhaps canoe through the swamp-lands (just make sure you watch out for those alligators).

3 – Miami Zoo ($19.95 adults, $15.95 children)
1 Miami Zoo Monorail, Miami, FL 33177, United States

Miami Zoo is one of the best zoos that you can visit in the United States. Since Miami exists in a sub-tropical climate, the zoo is able to keep animals from Africa, Australia and Asia like no where else in the country. What is so special about Miami Zoo, is that the exhibits are cage-free. Meaning that the animals have free reign within their enclosures, just like they would in the wild. What's also special, is that animals who live together peacefully in their natural habitats in the wild are able to live in harmony with each other here.

4 – The Seaquarium ($41.95 adults, $31.95 children)
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, United States

Located right in the middle of the most popular area of Miami, the Seaquarium is a unique experience like no other. You will see everything from dolphins to killer whales, and even the Florida Manatee. While you are here, don't forget to check out one of the trained dolphin shows or see Lolita the Killer Whale do her thing.

5 – The Museum of Science ($14.95 adults, $10.95 for children and seniors)
3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33177, United States

If you are looking for something to entertain the kids and provide something fun for the family to do together, then check out the many interactive exhibits in the Miami Museum of Science. It is also home to the Miami Planetarium which is famous for the Jack Horkheimer Star Gazer television show. Be amazed as you watch lasers and video projections on the four-story tall screen.

6 – Jungle Island/ Parrot Jungle ($37.40 adults, $35.26 seniors, $28.84 children)
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33177, United States

Most people rarely get to see animals as rare and as exotic as they will find here on Jungle Island. You will be able to witness everything from parrots, penguins, flamingos, tigers, kangaroos, monkeys, baboons, and a wide range of reptiles and other bird-life. There is also three shows each daily called Winged Wonders and Tale of the Tiger.

7 – Coral Castle ($15 adults, $5 children)
28655 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33177, United States

Coral Castle is perhaps one of the most fascinating sights not only in Miami, but also in the world. It is considered an engineering marvel and is constructed by more than 1,100 tons of coral rock which has been carved into a wide variety of sculptures, and has seen it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built over a 30 year period by a man named Ed Leedskalnin, it is rumoured to have been built with supernatural powers since the creator would not allow anyone watch him work.

8 – Visit Little Havana ($FREE)
13th Avenue, Memorial Boulevard, Miami, FL 33177, United States

No visit to Miami is complete without honouring its strong Hispanic and Latin American roots by visiting Little Havana. Not only can you eat some of the best meals in town here in traditional Latino and Cuban restaurants, but you can also check out the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame (which is basically a Hispanic version of Hollywoods 'Walk of the Stars'), and the eternal flame in the Brigade 2506 Memorial.

9 – The Biltmore Hotel Tour ($FREE)
1210 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134, United States

Every Sunday at 1:30pm and 2:30pm, take advantage of a free tour hosted by the Biltmore Hotel of its historical grounds. You will be led and entertained by a series of professional storytellers who will amuse you with stories of some of the hotels most famous guests in its early years, such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Judy Garland, and even Al Capone!