Not Just Nightlife: Miami with the Kids


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Published on May 16th, 2020

When Miami comes to mind, you probably think about tiny bikinis and raging nightlife. Not necessarily the best place to bring kids right?

However, we know that there’s plenty to do as a family in Miami.

Here, we’re breaking down all the fun, kid-friendly things to do in Miami to make the most of your Florida vacation.

1. For Animal Lovers

Most of Florida is built on swampland meaning there are tons of wildlife for tourists to see.

If your children love animals, this is where you should take them while in Miami.

2. Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami is one of the top zoos in the country and it’s a must-see on your trip to Miami with kids.

With 740 acres of natural habitat, they have many animals you can’t see anywhere else.

Zoo Miami has over 3,000 animals, a monorail system to help you get around, a splash pad for particularly hot days, and a variety of food options. Just remember to wear your sunscreen!

2. Jungle Island

Located on Watson Island, you’ll be transported to a lush tropical wildlife haven. Your kids can participate in their petting zoo, wildlife shows, and can even take a ride on the island’s zipline.

You can expect to see lemurs, sloths, and kangaroos on Jungle Island.

3. Miami Seaquarium

At Miami Seaquarium in Virginia Key, your kids will experience sea creatures up-close.

From dolphins and penguins to manatees and killer whales, you’ll gain a whole new appreciation for the ocean’s wildlife at Miami Seaquarium.

4. Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Although Miami is located in the Sunshine State, this tropical paradise also comes with many rainy days.

Especially in the summer, most afternoons will cause you to take shelter indoors. Here’s what you can do when the forecast predicts rain.

5. Miami Children’s Museum

You’ve never seen a museum like this. The Miami Children’s Museum is all about learning in real-world situations.

With miniature grocery stores and banks, kids will feel like grown-ups as they explore the world in an educational way.

6. FunDimension

Located in the Wynwood neighborhood, FunDimension is an indoor arcade. This converted warehouse has laser tag, bumper cars, a 7D theater, and countless arcade games.

Your kids will be entertained for hours at Fundimension and parents won’t mind it either, with wi-fi, beer, wine, and coffee.

7. Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science

This huge, high-tech museum is one of the best places for families in Miami.

Parents love that their kids will be learning about science and kids are excited by the hands-on experiences.

From health to technology, this museum gives kids the chance to touch, smell, and taste their way through the scientific world.

8. Go Swimming With The Kids

You can’t go to Miami without donning a bathing suit at least once.

With warm weather most of the year and gorgeous places to go for a swim, Miami has pools and beaches that are perfect for kids.

9. Venetian Pool

Italian architecture and a gorgeous landscape make the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables a stunning setting in which to spend a hot Miami day.

It’s open to the public seven days a week, although you should avoid weekends if you can.

Specifically for small children, the Venetian Pool has a shallow pool and grotto where parents can safely look after their little ones.

Plus, with ice cream and pizza available on-site, the whole family can enjoy a relaxing day here.

10. Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne boasts some of the top beaches in the country, full of native wildlife, historical sites, and, of course, perfect swimming conditions.

Check out Bill Baggs Cape State Park at the southern tip where your kids can explore the Cape Florida Lighthouse before kayaking and playing in the water.

11. Matheson Hammock Park

If you’re worried about your children swimming in the ocean, perhaps Matheson Hammock Park is a better choice.

This manmade atoll is wave-free and a calmer way for kids to swim in the ocean.

The park also has a nature trail and snack bars, making it the perfect way to spend a morning in Miami with kids.

12. Enjoy the Great Outdoors

If you haven’t gotten enough of Miami’s tropical weather at the beach, these outdoor spaces and parks have got you and your kids covered.

13. Wynwood Walls

Back in the Wynwood neighborhood, you’ll find the unique outdoor art museum called Wynwood Walls.

Walk your way through more than a dozen murals and stop for a bite to eat at one of the trendy, nearby restaurants. And don’t forget to take advantage of a fun family photo op!

14. Bayfront Park

Situated in downtown Miami, Bayfront Park is a great place to take your kids before dinner in the city – especially if you feel they need to release some excess energy before sitting down to eat.

Its wide-open green spaces and a fantastic playground offer an easy way to entertain your kids in Miami.

15. Little Havana

Miami has a huge Cuban population and Little Havana is the center of a lot of this culture.

Full of amazing food and featuring the iconic Calle Ocho (8th Street), taking a stroll through this historical area will leave your kids with something to remember.

16. Traveling To Miami With Kids

Most restaurants, hotels, and businesses in Miami will have kid-friendly accommodations.

With kids menus, high chairs, and cots, you’ll be able to travel in Miami with kids without much ado.

However, traveling with children means you’ll likely always have your hands full.

That’s why we suggest finding a luggage storage facility in Miami before heading out to see the sights.

Drop off your extra things and get ready for a full day of family-friendly fun!

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