The bustling city of Miami, famed for its sunny beaches and night clubs, is also home to numerous Art Deco buildings, a happening art scene, and plenty of gastronomical delights. So, what are the kid-friendly activities and attractions, you may wonder? Fret not, for Miami has plenty of those too. From the many tropical gardens to Oleta State Park to museums to amusement parks and a zoological park, there is enough to keep your little ones busy. Well-connected to various parts of the state and the country with its network of major highways, roads, and flights, planning a quick getaway to Miami is quite easy. An efficient public transportation system, within the city and its suburbs, makes it easy to get around the different attractions at your own pace. Here is a list of things to do with kids in Miami, Florida.
1. Unleash the little scientist within at Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Science comes alive at this fun museum that lets children take a hands-on approach to discovering things. The many exhibits in this museum, which also houses a planetarium and aquarium, promise hours of entertainment for inquisitive little minds. Workshops and field trips are also conducted on a regular basis.
Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Address: 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Opening hours: 9:30am - 6pm (daily)
Price: 28 USD (adults); 19 USD (ages 3 - 11); Free (children 2 and under)
2. Explore charming Coral Castle with its limestone furniture
Made entirely out of oolitic limestone, single-handedly, by one man, this amazing building was constructed over a period of 28 years! No one knows the secret to how Ed Leedskalnin completed this splendid work more than 60 years ago with only homemade tools to aid him. Children will have fun taking in the highlights of the castle, such as functional rocking chairs, an accurate sundial, a bathtub, and a Polaris telescope.
Address: Coral Castle Museum 28655 South Dixie Highway Miami, FL 33033
Website: Coral Castle
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9am - 6pm; Fri - Sat: 9am - 7pm
Price:18 USD (adults); 8 USD (child); 15 USD (senior)
3. Throw the spotlight on native history at Miccosukee Indian Village
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Tucked away in Everglades National Park, this charming native American village gives children a peek into history. There is a museum at the village and an alligator show where you can handle the reptiles and also click pictures alongside them. If you are lucky enough to stop by on a festival day, you will get to see some traditional dances too. A handicraft store on the premises is a good opportunity to pick up some souvenirs.
Miccosukee Indian Village
Address: US Hwy 41, Miami, FL 33194
Website: Miccosukee Indian Village
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 15 USD
You will not realize how time flies once you are inside Jungle Island, with its exotic wild animals such as Australian red kangaroos and orangutans. Know more about various animals through interesting shows. See a rare liger, lemurs, sloths, cassowary, and macaws in a jungle habitat before you head on to the Everglades habitat which is filled with animals and plants that are endemic to the region.
Jungle Island Park Admission
Duration: 1 to 7 hours
This erstwhile private residence of wealthy industrialist James Deering might seem like an unlikely place for a visit with children. However, This National Historic landmark was designed like an Italian villa, with its fairy tale ambiance and beautiful garden overlooking Biscayne Bay, appeals to children who will love exploring the grounds that include the stables, dairy, greenhouse, a labyrinth and maze.
Miami to Vizcaya Museum, Biscayne Bay Transportation
Duration: 4 hours
Set off from Bayside marketplace on a speedboat to get a glimpse of the city from the water. Sit back as the boat speeds past Flagler Monument Island and the coast guard station. Take a look at the mansions that line Star Island and the Venetian Islands as you listen to your captain narrate anecdotes about who lives where and how much you’d have to pay to own one of those mansions! Pass by Cruise Beach before turning back. Young or old, you won’t know how fast 45 minutes just sped by!
Miami Speedboat Tour with Star Island, South Beach Views
Duration: 45 minutes
Hop onto a helicopter for an exciting flight over the city of Miami. Get a glimpse of famous attractions from your vantage point in the sky during this private flight. Fly past Coconut Grove, Coco Plum, Dinner Key Marina, and the sprawling Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden before turning toward South Beach and the Miami Seaquarium. You will also get to peek at some of the finest homes in the city, inhabited by the rich and the famous. It is sure to be a memorable experience for adults and kids alike.
Miami Helicopter Tour
Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
8. Participate in the fun Calle Ocho Festival in Little Havana
The Calle Ocho festival is held at the end of the Carnaval Miami, that takes place from February through March every year. With a music festival and fun events such as croquette eating contests, this can be an interesting activity for the whole family. Held in the Little Havana area of the city, this festival is one of the largest in the world and it extends over several streets dotted with live entertainment venues.
Calle Ocho Festival
Address: SW 12th to 27th Avenue
Website: Calle Ocho Festival
9. Witness the vibrant murals at the Wynwood Walls
Intended as a means of rejuvenating the community, this vibrant project has turned warehouses in the area into giant canvases. The colorful murals feature the works of over 50 artists from more than 16 countries across the world, with the number gradually increasing every year. Children and adults alike will love gazing at the murals that have also extended up to the lot adjacent that features murals on roll-down gates and the neighborhood park.
Address: 2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami FL 33127
Website: Wynwood Walls
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10:30am - 11:30pm; Fri - Sat: 10:30am - 12am; Sun: 10.30am - 8pm
10. Get caged at the Monkey Jungle
This natural jungle preserve offers you the unique opportunity to get up close with over 90 Java monkeys of hundreds of primates running free here. Java monkeys are known for their swimming and diving skills that children will enjoy watching. Visitors walk through cages while the animals roam free! There is also a rainforest section at the park with scheduled presentations to help you know more about squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, and Capuchin monkeys that are found in this section.
Address: 14805 SW 216 St, Miami, FL 33170
Website: Monkey Jungle
Opening hours: 9.30am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 30 USD (adult); 24 USD (children 3-9); 28 USD (seniors 65+)
Fun family activities
Doing things as a family is fun and besides helping make memories, it is also a great way of bonding. Thus, finding attractions and activities that appeal to the younger members of the family is essential. These are just a few of the things to do with kids in Miami.
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