Everyone knows that Miami is a great playground for adults but did you know it’s also an exciting destination for kids? In addition to 15 miles of gorgeous beaches that can be enjoyed year-round, there’s more to this Florida gem that just sand and sun! Check out these 32 fun-filled kid friendly attractions:
THE MIAMI ART MUSEUM (www.miamiartmuseum.org)
101 W. Flagler Street
A medium-sized museum with all kinds of art work, photography, and artifacts. A special emphasis is placed on educating children and introducing them to the world of art in a fun, engaging way. Primarily for ages 6 and up.
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Set in a tropical paradise, the Seaquarium is home to killer whales, flamingos, manatees, sea turtles, moray eels, animal shows, and an interactive dolphin program. Kids can even swim with the friendly mammals for an unforgettable experience! For all ages.
MIAMI MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND SPACE TRANSIT PLANETARIUM (www.miamisci.org)
3280 South Miami Avenue
A combination museum, wildlife center, and planetarium. Kids will thrill to the new Megalodon exhibit the world’s biggest shark ever! They’ll enjoy the planetarium shows, too. Great for all ages.
MIAMI METROZOO (www.miamimetrozoo.com)
1 Zoo Boulevard
Named one of the Best US Zoos in 2008, this amazing place will fascinate kids of all ages. Lots of animals, shows, rides, and interactive opportunities for kids to “take a walk on the wild side”!
EVERGLADES ALLIGATOR FARM (www.everglades.com)
40351 SW 192nd Avenue
See crocodiles, caimans, snakes, and gators, gators, and more gators! See the alligators from egg to huge toothy lizard. Hourly shows are fascinating for all ages, too.
EVERGLADES SAFARI PARK (www.evsafaripark.com)
Take a quick tour through the glades and view the abundant wildlife and watch a show about this delicate ecosystem. Finish your visit by having your picture made with Snappy, the alligator! Exciting and educational for all ages.
MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM (www.miamichildrensmuseum.org)
980 MacArthur Causeway
Two levels of displays and an outdoor activity area are found at this colorful museum. Kids can create their own works of art and play a role in the village area. Geared toward ages 2-9.
PARROT JUNGLE ISLAND (www.parrotjungle.com)
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
Enter the beautiful tropical home of more than 3,000 animals and birds, including turtles, amphibians, macaws, parrots, an albino alligator and a huge 21-foot croc! Kids will love the roller-skating birds. For all ages.
1245 Michigan Ave, Miami
A nice outdoor area with tennis courts, basketball courts, a baseball diamond, racquetball courts, a pool with a slide, a climbing wall, a playground, and lots of grassy areas where kids can be kids!
FRIEZE ICE CREAM FACTORY
1626 Michigan Avenue, Miami
Everyone loves ice cream, right? Adventurous kids can even try unusual flavors like pumpkin pie, double toffee, or apple cider. The sorbets are great, too! All the frozen goodies are made on the premises.
MICCOSUKEE INDIAN VILLAGE (www.miccosukee.com)
Tamiami Trail (US 41)
Step back in time to a Native American village and see its inhabitants making beads, weaving baskets, and carving wood. There’s also a museum with artifacts. Fun and educational for all ages.
KNAUS BERRY FARM (www.tiffanyblitz.com/knausberryfarm)
15980 SW 248th Street
This is a fruit and vegetable stand, an ice cream parlor, a bakery, and a “pick your own” farm all rolled into one! Kids will fall in love with the sticky buns and the homemade strawberry ice cream shakes. Be sure to try the Key lime pie, too. Let the children pick their own strawberries in season. Great for all ages.
BISCAYNE NATURE CENTER (http://science.dadeschools.net)
9700 SW 328th Street
Older kids will love snorkeling on the reef and canoing through mangrove forests. Special hands-on activities like the touch table and receiving input from a park ranger will be both entertaining and educational for all ages.
CRANDON PARK BEACH
4000 Crandon Boulevard
One of the Top 10 Beaches in the US, this is one of the best beaches in Miami for kids because of the calm surf. There’s a center with a carousel, skating rink, a splash fountain, nature trails, a playground, a picnic area, and cabanas. Plan to spend the whole day!
EVERGLADES ADVENTURE AIRBOAT TOUR (http://www.miamitours.us/tours/tourDetail.cfm?tour_id=606)
Numerous pickup locations in Miami
Nothing beats skimming over a river of grass on a fast airboat! See alligators, turtles, all kinds of birds, and maybe even a deer or a Florida Panther! For all ages, kids under 3 can ride on a adult’s lap for free. The tour will pick you up at your hotel or in several downtown Miami locations.
MONKEY JUNGLE (www.monkeyjungle.com)
14805 SW 216th St
This 30-acre preserve is home to 30 species of primates, nearly 400 animals in all. Kids of all ages will love going on this safari! It’s like taking a journey into the jungles of Asia and South America and seeing the animals up close and personal!
ASCOT FARM HORSEBACK RIDING (www.ascotfarm.com)
12445 SW 46th Street
The kids and adults will marvel at all the beautiful horses at Ascot. Watch the hunter-jumpers perform or rent your own mount for an hour or so. Lessons are available for ages 2 and up.
CORAL CASTLE (www.coralcastle.com)
28655 South Dixie Highway, Homestead
All by himself, using only crude tools, Ed Leedskalnin sculpted over 1000 tons of coral into a castle for his sweetheart. No one knows how he did it! Visit his castle and see if you can solve the mystery. For all ages, though kids under 6 might get bored.
SW 27th Avenue, Miami
Give the kids a taste of Cuba without leaving the US of A. A rich cultural experience for all ages, with colorful murals, monuments, games, gourmet coffees, lively music, and authentic foods. This area sizzles with excitement!
BILL GRAHAM FARM VILLAGE
410 E. 56th Street, Hialeah
This is a re-creation of a pioneer homestead, just minutes from Miami. There’s a petting zoo, live demonstrations, a country store, a blacksmith’s forge, and more. Kids of all ages can ride a pony, fish, play in the hay, or play farmer on an antique tractor.
DEERING ESTATE (www.deeringestate.org)
16701 SW 72nd Avenue
The whole family can enjoy canoe rides, butterfly walks, nature tours, and historic homes on this 444-acre estate. Kids will especially love the 50,000-year-old fossils! Take the EcoAdventure tour to Chicken Key for even more fun.
GAME WORKS (www.gameworks.com)
5701 Sunset Drive, Miami
This is a high-tech arcade that has amazing simulators, virtual games, darts, billiards, drinks, and snacks. Be a jockey, hunt a UFO, drive a racecar, or battle a dinosaur. There’s a special play area for little kids, too, with costumed guest stars. Fun for all ages.
BILL SANDOWSKY PARK
17555 SW 79th Avenue
30 acres of nature trails, picnic grounds, fishing, and bird watching. It’s also a great place for star gazing! Viewing the stars, planets, and meteors from the outdoor observatory is free, and it’s fascinating for all ages.
SOUTH POINTE PARK
1 Washington Avenue, Miami
One of the best beaches in Miami for kids, with green play areas, boardwalks, and sprinkler play. Grab a bench and watch the huge cruise ships pass by. For all ages.
MIAMI BEACH BOTANICAL GARDENS (www.mbgarden.org)
2000 Convention Center Drive
Older kids and adults will enjoy this Japanese garden, filled with lush tropical foliage, orchids, palm trees, and water gardens. Relax in a comfy seat under a spreading shade tree in this wonderful green spot in the heart of the city!
GOLD COAST MUSEUM (http://gcm.org)
12450 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami
If you have future engineers, this is the place for them! It’s all about railroad engines, train cars, and railways. Families can even take a train ride. For all ages.
BILL BAGGS CAPE FLORIDA STATE PARK (http://www.floridastateparks.org/capeflorida/)
For real family fun, visit this park where you can swim, rent water vehicles and land vehicles, fish, or view the oldest lighthouse in South Florida. Restrooms, showers, and restaurants make this a real “day at the beach”!
WANNADO CITY (www.wannadocity.com)
12801 W. Sunrise Boulevard
Kids ages 2-14 can be whatever they want to be in this realistic kid-size city. They can fight fires, fly a plane, become a detective, be a chef, or become the next Picasso. Great for role playing and experiencing what different careers are like.
WINGS OVER MIAMI (www.wingsovermiami.com)
14710 SW 128th Street, Miami
This aircraft and military museum houses items that will thrill your future pilots and soldiers: war birds, classic planes, jeeps, and lots of models. Be sure to catch one of their thrilling air shows! Best for ages 4 and up.
TROPICAL FUN CENTER
27210 Dixie Highway, Homestead
Minutes from Miami, this center has18 holes of amazing miniature golf and a challenging paint ball field. For a real treat, try the paint ball course at night! Best for ages 4 and up.
GRAPELAND WATER PARK
1550 NW 37th Avenue
Miami’s only water park, Grapeland has four pools, twisting water slides, a lazy river, and tube rides. For kids under 5, there’s a special “Pirates’ Plunge” play area, and adults will find plenty of lounge chairs. Wet and wonderful fun for all ages.
PIRATE SHIP CRUISE (http://www.keithprowse.com/tickets/slink.buy/e.SDB/north-miami-beach,-florida/miami-nice-tours/miami-city-tour-and-pirate-ship-cruise.html
3363 NE 163rd Street
What kid wouldn’t want to play pirate on a real pirate ship? Yep! Even the crew members are all a bunch of buccaneers! Sail around Biscayne Bay for a narrated tour of the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, and the mansions of Millionaires’ Row. Fun for all ages, with special rates for kids 9 and under.
The ball’s in your court now! You’ll have to make the decision about what to do first, but the kids will want to try to squeeze in all these great activities!