Spring Break For Families

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Biking in Everglades National Park

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Fishing on the pier at Sunny Isles Beach

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Frost Museum

Miami Children's Museum

Miami Children's Museum

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Pérez Art Museum Miami

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Zoo Miami Giraffe feeding

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By: Shayne Benowitz

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.

Frost Science

Miami’s landmark Frost Science museum opened in Spring 2017 next to the Perez Art Museum Miami on Museum Park downtown. It’s 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 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.

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.

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. 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.

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 in South Florida 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.

Sunny Isles Beach

Sunny Isles Beach is considered Florida’s Riviera—and for good reason. With towering, opulent condominium resorts lining two miles of pristine, white sandy beaches, it’s easy to feel like you’re living la bonne vie. The Atlantic Ocean laps against its eastern shores and the Intracoastal Waterway borders the western coast, marked with a series of residential finger islands lining the city’s southern perimeter. The Visitor’s Center is centrally located, along with the public library and the Pelican Community Park. Whether it’s lounging poolside in a luxurious oceanfront cabana or sinking your toes in the sand, Sunny Isles Beach offers clean, uncrowded and relaxing beaches perfect for a family vacation.

HistoryMiami

One of the largest private, regional history museums in the southeast U.S. 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 some one million photographs, drawings and documents.

Top Golf

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 with golf, gaming and a a seasonal menu of tasty bites, including steak nachos with chimichurri, perfect for sharing. If you’re new to golf, you can take lessons and there’s also a KidZone with clinics and coaching available to the little ones.

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

Sometimes, the best way to discover a culture is through its cuisine, and that’s certainly the case with the Cuban culture. 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.

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