Spring Break For Families

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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 such as Frost Science or HistoryMiami Museum, you’ll have plenty of moments to bond and create memories together.

Family at Frost Science Museum

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Miami’s landmark Frost Museum of 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 in Maurice A. Ferré Park, adjacent to the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Admission is limited and it is recommended that guests purchase tickets in advance online.


Sumatran Tiger at Zoo Miami
Sumatran Tiger at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami

Spanning  750 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. Note that capacity is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance online.

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 a perfect beach day with your family

Miami Beach

A family beach day on the sands of Miami Beach is the perfect way to spend Spring Break. From sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean to sunset behind the skyline, our beaches offer a mix of active fun and relaxation. Choose South Beach for people-watching, volleyball and other active sports, or rent a beach cabana for some welcome shade and privacy. When your gang gets hungry, enjoy a picnic lunch or head to one of the many cafes and restaurants that offer sidewalk or patio dining.

If a quiet environment is what you're seeking, consider a day at North Beach Oceanside Park. Here, lovely dunes decorate a tranquil beach where you can spread out with plenty of room for your family. There are playgrounds, picnic tables and winding trails to explore, too - and you can also enjoy concerts and other live performances at the Miami Beach Bandshell, next to the park. 

The Mid-Beach neighborhood offers a stellar selection of beachfront accommodations, offering the convenience of walking right out onto the sand whenever your mood strikes (or the kids want to go for a swim).

HistoryMiami Museum

One of the largest private regional history museums in the southeast United States and part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, HistoryMiami Museum in Downtown Miami entertains and educates with more than 37,000 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. The museum is currently open Thursday through Sunday, and timed-entry tickets must be purchased in advance online.

TopGolf is fun for the whole family


Grab the family, reserve a climate-controlled bay at Topgolf’s driving range in Doral 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 program 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, here you can spend your afternoon cruising the shops, which include Agua Bendita swimwear, Ella Boutique and La Bella Mafia. It’s an excellent spot to grab a bite to eat at places like Brimstone Woodfire Grill, BurgerFi, 4D Gelateria and others. There’s also a Cinébistro movie theater with reclining chairs and a full menu with waiters who come to your seats.

Little Havana Rooster
The 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 2.5-hour walking tour traversing eight blocks along Little Havana’s famed Calle Ocho. You’ll sample food at several different restaurants and enjoy a full meal. Sink your teeth into picadillo-stuffed empanadas at El Pub, tropical fruits at Los Pinarenos 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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