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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Vacationing with kids is a breeze in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. If your children are small, you can zoom down waterslides together or build sandcastles on the beach. Families with older children can bond at the spa or on the golf course. Some resorts offer organized family activities – or programs to keep the kids busy while their parents relax. Long after checkout, your kids will still be talking about their family vacation in Miami.

From South Beach to Mid Beach and from Aventura to Doral, here are some of the best family-friendly resorts in Miami.

Fontainebleau Aerial
Spend the day in any of the 11 pools at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Mid Beach

Think of the sprawling Fontainebleau Miami Beach in the Mid Beach neighborhood as a playground for both adults and kids. This family-friendly resort offers 11 distinctive pool experiences, ranging from shallow easy-entry pools meant for splashing and endless play to an interactive children’s waterscape. Families can even watch a movie poolside on summer nights. The Fontainebleau’s cabanas (equipped with ceiling fans) are perfect for nap time. The FB Kids program offers scavenger hunts and games, and children can immerse themselves in music, drama, art and other supervised activities. In the evening, the whole family can choose everything from burgers and steaks to eclectic cuisine in the resort’s many restaurants, and end the night with sweet treats from Chez Bon Bon.

Kids Cove
Younger children can play in the Kids Cove

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, Aventura

Located in Aventura, right across from Aventura Mall, the sweeping JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is one of Miami’s best family resorts. In the daily Turnberry Kids Program, children between the ages of 4 and 12 run free, play sports, and enjoy arts and crafts. The entire family will enjoy a day at Tidal Cove, the on-property water park. Jet down seven slides and float along the lazy river, or send the kids to romp around in the Kids Cove. If you love golf, hit the links with the family – kids younger than 15 play for free with a paying adult after 2:30 p.m. Extra bonus: kids under age 3 eat free when they order from the kid’s menu at CORSAIR kitchen & bar.

Loews Pool Aerial
Grab a pool noodle and head to the zero-entry pool at the Loews

Loews Miami Beach Hotel, South Beach

With a program called “Loews Loves Families,” the Loews Miami Beach Hotel is a family-friendly resort in South Beach that caters to kids in grand fashion. Little ones can flock to the zero-entry pool to float on noodles in the sun, or move over to the beach where there are kid-sized cabanas and a designated play area. For ultimate luxury, rent one of the SOAK Cabanas tricked out with air conditioning, full bathrooms, TVs and a rooftop terrace. While parents relax, children can spend the day at the SOBE Kids Club playing video games, crafting art and climbing an oversized indoor lifeguard hut. Half- and full-day programs offer activities such as pizza-making classes and outdoor adventures like scavenger hunts. Pop into the Rec Room, fitted with arcade games meant for friendly competition. Parents aren’t the only ones who can enjoy exhale Spa; there are also pampering treatments ranging from manicures to haircuts for little ones. End a busy day by treating your kids to milk and cookies from the in-room dining menu, or stop by Miami Joe Coffee Co. for scoops of locally made ice cream.

Marriott’s Villas at Doral

Marriott’s Villas at Doral, a vacation ownership resort located in Doral, is made for family fun. Each spacious two-bedroom villa features a separate living and dining room and a kitchen for making meals together. The packed children’s activities calendar ranges from catch-and-release fishing to arts and crafts. At Kid’s Night Out at the Activities Center, children will meet new friends, play games and watch movies. On-property entertainment includes lawn games such as chess and mini golf.

Dune Burgers
Hamburgers come with an ocean view at Dune Burgers at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Nestled on serene Key Biscayne, The Ritz-Carlton is a family-friendly luxury hotel that offers daily activities for kids. The Ritz Kids Club, in partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, teaches kids all about the sea and its creatures. Rent a private cabana that comes with a flat screen TV and other amenities. Take a dip in the ocean and build sandcastles, or splash around in the expansive pool. Enjoy a mommy-daughter day with manicures or pedicures at the salon. Large suites offer several bedrooms for the family to spread out, and there are three ocean-facing dining options with menus that cater to children.

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