Top 10 Freebies in Miami

Pockets with holes can be a problem, but there are plenty of free diversions around town that give you more than your money's worth. From folkloric dances to inspired table games, check out these hot spots in Miami that won't tax your pocketbook. Getting there may be your only obstacle.

Updated: April 10, 2009

The Top 10

Casa Panza Restaurant

1620 sw 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

This tapas bar in the heart of Calle Ocho pulls out all of the stops during its free flamenco show every Saturday night. It's all here, including acoustic guitarists who fly through the fret boards with ease as saucy dancers in Spanish dresses wave fans and keep the beat with clamshell castanets. Naturally you will be tempted to drink and eat while you're there. That's on your tab.

Bayside Marketplace

401 Biscayne Blvd Ste R106, Miami, FL 33132

Entertainment is never in short supply at this waterfront shopping and entertainment district. The hub of musical action takes place on the marina stage, where live bands play world music nightly. If you're hungry, head upstairs to the food court, where toothpick collectors can walk away with free chicken samples from enough fast food joints to silence those grumbling stomachs.

Bass Museum Of Art

2121 Park Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Check the operating calendar for this hub of private art collections and traveling exhibits. One weekend day every month features a "Family Fun" event that is free and open to the public. There is usually a corporate sponsor subsidizing the festivities, so be on the lookout for samples of free snacks and beverages that may be available.

Jewish Museum Of Florida Inc

301 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Nearly 250 years of Jewish history in the Sunshine State is chronicled and displayed at this museum that once housed a historic synagogue. Admission will set you back $6 every day but Saturday. Yes, admission is entirely free on each and every Saturday.

Maximo Gomez Park

801 SW 15th Ave, Miami, FL 33135

No trip to Calle Ocho is complete without a visit to see elderly Cuban grandfathers feverishly turning dotted tiles at this lively park. The chatter is typically in Spanish and political, so it's a long shot that you will be invited to partake in a heated four-player game of dominos. Don't worry, observing the action is more than half the fun.

Bougainvillea's Old Florida

7221 SW 58th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143

What could be better than a cozy bar in the heart of South Miami that charges no cover? Well, things get even better on nights where live bands jam out at this longstanding watering hole. Whether you prefer the fast-paced inside bar or grab a quieter table by the garden courtyard, it's all free until you start blurting out drink orders.

Tobacco Road

626 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

Miami's oldest bar has been serving up potent drinks and heavy blues for decades. Yes, it even made it through the Prohibition. The skinflint key to this landmark is to check the calendar of live acts on stage. Some performances will require covers or two-drink minimums. Take a chance on less seasoned musical acts and your cover will be nil.

Perez Art Museum Miami

1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33130

Until it moves to an even bigger home at Museum Park in 2012, this mid-sized gallery offers several art exhibitions, notable collections and plenty of educational presentations. Admission is $8 for adults, but the museum is completely free on the second Saturday of every month.

South Beach

Eighth St and Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The southernmost stretch of Miami Beach's Atlantic coastline never sleeps. By day it becomes a haven for playful families having fun on the beach and gorgeous models working on their tans. As dawn hands the baton to dusk, SoBe becomes an eye candy treat of pedestrians who take to the sidewalks as they go from club to club, hotel to hotel, and eatery to eatery.