Although the temptation when you visit Florida with the kids is to head to Orlando and binge on the theme parks…
Florida has so much more to offer and Miami is great for families to visit and so much to do. So we’ve put together a guide to the best family things to do in Miami with Kids that all the family will enjoy.
Things to Do in Miami with Kids
Without a doubt, the best thing to do as a family in Miami is head to the beach. It is famous for its beach culture so head there with the kids. Here’s our pick of the best beaches in Miami for families
#1 Mid-Beach Boardwalk
This popular stretch of sand in Miami is great for families. Unlike the more popular and glamorous South Beach you will find families here enjoying the time with the kids playing in the sand and making fun memories.
#2 Matheson Hammock Park
If you have toddlers then this beachfront park is for you. The man-made atoll lets little ones play in the surf-free waters. But if you have bigger kids then the bikes that can be rented mean you can explore this park that gives you a taste of Miami but away from the crowds. With picnic areas, cafe and restaurant you can easily relax and spend the day here.
#3 Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Get a taste of the Florida Keys at Bill Baggs Cape Fl State Park. This mini eco-system has mangroves and beaches that you can walk around on the boardwalks and explore. In the park state park you will also find cafes, rental shacks and places to chill out with the kids. Why not rent some in-line skates and take to the boardwalks around the park with the kids.
#4 Crandon Park
At Crandon Park you will find a 2 mile stretch of family friendly calm waters for the kids to enjoy plus playground, family amusements with skating rink and a nature centre to enjoy with the kids. You can even rent a cabana for the day to have as a base and provide some shade for the little kids.
#5 Swimming Pools in Miami for Families
Not a fan of sand Miami has some fantastic swimming pools to take the kids. The best has to be the Venetian Pool. From 3+ years old the kids and you can head to the oldest public swimming pool in Miami and enjoy the water.
The pool is refreshed daily from a well and with it’s waterfalls, roof caves and palm lined island it’s much more than your average public pool.
Green Spaces and Open Parks to Explore with Kids
For a city there is a lot of parks and green spaces to explore and some fabulous playgrounds the kids can run off some of that energy at. Most of the beaches mentioned above have great playground for the kids too!
#6 Oleta River State Park
Oleta River State Park is huge at almost 1000 acres. And you can of course enjoy the beach there however, head to the BG Oleta River Outdoor Centre and rent yourself a kayak, paddle board or canoe and head out on the river to explore like the Tequesta people did over 2500 years ago.
Museums to Visit when it Rains
You can’t avoid the fact that it sometimes rains in Florida and Miami never escapes it so when it does rain it’s time to head to the museums with the kids.
#7 Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Our favourite is the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. It has a combination of aquarium, planetarium and science museum inside so there is something for all of the family.
Refurbished and reopened in 2017 this is a modern state of the art learning experience that is so fun the kids won’t even know that they are learning.
#8 Miami Children’s Museum
The adults take a back seat at the Miami Children’s Museum and the kids get to run the show. This child sized world lets them take on the roles from banking to policeman or for those that have a little more imagination they can head under the sea or explore a castle made of glass.
Zoos to Visit in Miami with the family
Although in the state parks mentioned you above you can certainly see a lot of the wildlife of the area if as a family you enjoy the zoo or visiting aquariums then as well as the museum above there are others to explore.
#9 Zoo Miami
If it’s the big animals you like then Zoo Miami is the place to head. Elephants, lions, giraffes and more can be found in this 740 acre zoo. But don’t forget to bring a change of clothes for the kids because none of them will be able to resist the splash pad where they can cool off under the refreshing water. There’s plenty of places to eat as well, so enjoy the day, cool down and the fill up whilst visiting this amazing zoo.
#10 Monkey Jungle
What kid doesn’t love a monkey and at Monkey Jungle you are in the cages and the monkeys run wild!
This large cages that you walk through are in fact landscaped and pretty but indeed the monkeys are the ones looking in. For a fee you can buy food for the monkey’s or even take a Monkey experience where you have a tour and then get to hand feed the monkeys too!
#11 Not to be missed outside of the city!
You can’t come to Miami without taking an opportunity to head out of the city and explore the everglades. Whether you visit one of the visitor centres or you decide to take a boat ride there is so much to see.
Just don’t dip your toes too much in the water otherwise you will end up as gator bait!