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By: Shayne Benowitz

Miami Is a Prime Destination for Your Family during Spring Break

Spring in Miami is a wonderful time for families to explore everything the city has to offer. When it comes to Spring Break fun for families in Miami, there’s truly something for everyone. Whether it’s a relaxing beach day in beautiful Sunny Isles Beach, exploring the Everglades or an afternoon of discovery at museums like Frost Science, Miami Children’s Museum or HistoryMiami, you’ll have plenty of moments to bond and create memories together.

Family at Frost Science Museum
Family at Frost Science Museum

Frost Science

Miami’s landmark Frost Science is one of the only science museums in the world to boast both an aquarium and planetarium under one roof. The hands-on, interactive exhibits make for a perfect family-friendly Spring Break outing. The Gulf Stream Aquarium spans three floors and includes an open tank at the rooftop. You’ll spy hammerhead sharks, stingrays and mahi-mahi circling the 500,000-gallon tank. The planetarium is one of the most cutting-edge on the planet powered by an 8K visual system (that’s twice that of most planetariums) using six 3D capable projectors with 16 million colors and surround sound. Whether you’re tumbling through space, exploring the ocean’s depths, stargazing or dissecting a human cell, the experience is a totally immersive and exciting educational experience. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, Frost Science is situated on Museum Park adjacent to the Perez Art Museum Miami.

Miami Children’s Museum

For the young—and the young at heart—head to the Miami Children’s Museum. Located midway between Downtown Miami and Miami Beach on Biscayne Bay along the MacArthur Causeway, the Miami Children’s Museum is filled with activities that emphasize art, culture, community, communication, imagination and creativity. It’s also home to a two-story sandcastle of dreams, a 30-foot rock climbing wall, a life-sized cruise ship and an outdoor playground.

Sumatran Tiger at Zoo Miami
Sumatran Tiger at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami

Spanning 340-acres in South Dade with more than 3,000 animals on view, Zoo Miami is a wildly fun attraction for the whole family during Spring Break. Open-air exhibitions are dedicated to animal habitats from around the world, including Florida’s Everglades, the Amazon, Africa, Australia and Asia. Watch amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles roam freely in a habitat that mimics their native lands. You’ll have the opportunity to feed animals, watch a wildlife show and ride through the zoo on a monorail or tram. There’s so much to do and see on an educational and interactive visit to Zoo Miami.

Kayaking in Everglades National Park
Kayaking in Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is one of the most unique ecosystems in the country. It’s also one of the most exciting places for a family to explore. These lush subtropical wetlands occupy 1.5 million acres of sawgrass prairies, hardwood hammocks, saltwater marshes and a diverse population of wildlife that includes bald eagles, white-tailed deer, and of course the Florida alligator. It’s easy to plan a daytrip to the Everglades during your stay in Miami. Whether it’s hiking or biking, paddling in a canoe or gliding on an airboat, a naturalist-led tour or an overnight stay at a campground, there are plenty of ways to experience the beauty of the Everglades firsthand with your family during Spring Break.

Surfside Beach
Spend the day on Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach

A family beach day on the sands of Surfside is the perfect way to spend Spring Break. From sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean to sunset behind the skyline, this pristine stretch of beach attracts families and anyone looking for a tranquil day under the sun. With the beach to the east and lush sand dunes to the west, your family can use the paths for an oceanfront stroll, run or bike ride. You’ll find joggers on the elevated dune path and paddle-boarders and kite surfers zipping across the waves. Pack a picnic and beach blanket to enjoy an idyllic day at Surfside’s beach.

As an added perk for anyone staying at a hotel in Surfside, you gain complimentary access to the beloved oceanfront Surfside Community Center, which includes swimming pools, a waterslide, locker rooms, wellness classes and a walk-up café counter. It’s one of the town’s points of pride that they’re happy to share it with visitors.

HistoryMiami

One of the largest private regional history museums in the southeast United States and part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, HistoryMiami in Downtown Miami entertains and educates with more than 13,000 artifacts dating back to pre-Columbian times. Immerse yourself in the permanent and temporary exhibits, ranging from immigration to tourism to development and technological advancement in South Florida. Be sure to make a stop at the Visitors Research Center to take in millions of photographs, drawings and documents.

TopGolf
TopGolf is fun for the whole family

TopGolf

Grab the family, reserve a climate-controlled bay at Topgolf’s driving range in Miami Gardens and score points based on how close your microchipped ball comes to the target. This entertainment complex is fun for the whole family during Spring Break with golf, gaming and a seasonal menu of tasty bites, including steak nachos with chimichurri sauce, perfect for sharing. If you’re new to golf, you can take lessons and there’s also a KidZone with clinics and coaching available for the little ones.

CityPlace Doral
Enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment at CityPlace Doral

CityPlace Doral

CityPlace Doral is a wonderful al fresco development with a wide array of shopping, dining and entertainment options perfect for a family on Spring Break. Anchored by a spectacular show fountain, spend your afternoon cruising the shops, which include Agua Bendita swimwear, City Optics and Baby Concept. It’s an excellent spot to grab a bite to eat at places like Angelo Elia Pizza Bar Tapas and Mojito Latin Cuisine & Bar. There’s also a Cinébistro movie theater with reclining chairs and a full menu with waiters who come to your seats.

Little Havana Rooster
Little Havana neighborhood wouldn't be complete without Roosters

Little Havana

Sometimes, the best way to discover a culture is through its cuisine, and that’s certainly the case with Miami’s Cuban culture. For families with older kids, join Miami Culinary Tours for a two and a half hour walking tour traversing eight blocks along Little Havana’s famed Calle Ocho. You’ll sample food at five different restaurants and enjoy a full meal. Sink your teeth into guava pastries at Yisell Bakery, picadillo-stuffed empanadas at El Pub, tropical fruits at Los Pinerenos Fruteria and so much more, all while learning about the historical, architectural and cultural contexts of the neighborhood and its people. It’s a wonderful educational experience for curious teenagers on Spring Break.

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