Things To Do With Kids In Coconut Grove

Aerial of Coconut Grove Marinas

Aerial of Coconut Grove Marinas

Family in Coconut Grove

Family in Coconut Grove

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Spend the day exploring Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Coconut Grove is the perfect neighborhood for kids

With its bayfront views, banyan tree-lined boulevards and casual cafes, Coconut Grove is an ideal area in Miami for families with children to explore. Home to grand historic homes and beautiful public parks, families will enjoy the wide variety of attractions Miami’s most historic neighborhood has to offer.

Peacock Park and Glass & Vine

Peacock Park is a lovely, intimate green space overlooking Biscayne Bay with a wooden waterfront promenade, baseball fields, basketball, tennis courts and a playground. It’s also anchored by trendy eatery Glass & Vine with both indoor and outdoor seating in a greenhouse-style building with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the lush park. It’s an ideal spot for families to spend an afternoon outdoors and then enjoy a family-friendly meal at Glass & Vine with standout dishes like short rib pappardelle, sweet potato tater tots and a great burger.

Standup Paddleboard
Take a calm standup paddleboard tour of the bay

Dinner Key Marina

As the largest wet slip marina in Miami, Dinner Key Marina is an iconic part of Coconut Grove’s landscape. Set on Biscayne Bay near Myres Bayside Park, it’s a picturesque vista that plays up Coconut Grove’s seaside charm. Bring the family to the docks and consider booking a fishing or sailing charter. You’ll also find vendors who can set you up on a kayak or standup paddleboard tour of the bay. Of course, strolling the docks and simply enjoying the views is also a pleasant way to while away an afternoon.

The Barnacle Historic State Park

In the late 19th century, Ralph Munroe built the Barnacle, a simple, wood-frame home designed to catch sea breezes. Here, Munroe and his family lived an idyllic life on the banks of the bay. Today, the The Barnacle State Park’s 30-minute tour introduces kids to family treasures such as hand-hewn toys, a full-size replica of Munroe’s sailboat Egret and a refrigerator that costs as much as a car. You’ll enjoy winding your way through the hardwood hammock on a path towards the historic home overlooking the bay.

Pond at Vizcaya
Stroll through the gardens at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Take the family to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and step back in time to the Italian Renaissance. In the 1920s, this historic estate was built by James Deering as a winter retreat. It’s a true architectural marvel in magnificent Italianate limestone featuring a main house with 34 rooms decorated in European antiquities along with ten acres of formal gardens and a grotto overlooking Biscayne Bay. It’s a fascinating place to explore and make believe with the whole family.

The Kampong

The Kampong is a true Coconut Grove gem. The nine-acre botanical garden is set against Biscayne Bay featuring plant species from Southeast Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. You can expect to see both flowering and fruit trees, including monumental banyan and baobab trees, all cultivated by Dr. David Fairchild, a notable botanical explorer who introduced exotic plants from around the world to Miami. Embark on a naturalist-led or self-guided tour, but be sure to call ahead to make your reservation.

Harry's Pizza
Enjoy delicious Harry's Pizza, named for Chef Michael Schwartz's son

Harry’s Pizzeria

What family vacation is complete without a pizza night? Harry’s Pizzeria is a casual neighborhood spot in Coconut Grove serving seriously delicious pies, and it’s named for Chef Michael Schwartz’s son. You’ll find traditional options here like the margarita made with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil and the meatball with peppers and onions. But for adventurous eaters, your family should try something more creative like the short rib with gruyere, caramelized onions and arugula or the rock shrimp with roasted lemon, manchego cheese and scallions.

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