Great Places to take the Kids in Miami

Tidal Cove

Ride the waves at Tidal Cove


Biking in the Everglades

Miami Children's Museum

Miami Children's Museum

Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Grab the kids, hit the road and make your way to Miami for a wonderful family vacation. Whether it’s a relaxing day at the beach, an exploration of the Everglades or an afternoon of discovery at world-class museums like Frost Science, families will have plenty of opportunities to bond and create magical memories together in Miami.

Beat the heat at one of our beautiful beaches

Beach Day
Beat the heat with a beach day

Enjoy a Beach Day in Miami

Pack a picnic, soak up the sun and make a splash. The Atlantic Ocean boasts miles of pristine shoreline making it one of the greatest draws of a Miami vacation. Your options for where to spend a day at the beach with kids are virtually limitless. Surfside and Sunny Isles Beach provide pristine conditions in a relaxed atmosphere perfect for families with younger kids. For active, adventurous families, consider Oleta River State Park Beach, Matheson Hammock Beach or Crandon Park Beach where activities like kayaking, canoeing and kiteboarding are popular. No matter which beach you choose, you’re sure to have a day of fun in the sun surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Grapeland Water Park
Splash around at Grapeland Water Park

Water parks & attractions are always a hit with the kids

Tidal Cove at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry

When it comes to fun for the whole family, make a splash at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa's brand new Tidal Cove waterpark. The sprawling luxury resort in Aventura is now home to seven twisty-turny waterslides, a lazy river and FlowRider surf simulator. There’s even a Kid’s Cove with a splash park designed by local Miami art collective Friends With You. A day pass to Tidal Cove grants you access to the resort’s lagoon-style swimming pool, cabanas and multiple dining outlets, including Surf House Bar & Grill.

Grapeland Water Park

Located near Miami International Airport, Grapeland Water Park is a fun-filled splash park with features designed by Romero Britto, Miami’s pop art impresario. It’s a family-friendly destination designed for kids of all ages. Come play on shipwreck-themed waterslides, a shallow water play area with water cannons and Buccaneer Falls, where a wave of water is unleashed at regularly scheduled intervals. There’s also a lagoon-style swimming pool and lazy river.

Frost Science
Spark curiosity at Frost Science

Miami has museums for kids of all ages 

Frost Science

Miami’s landmark Frost Science museum 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 outing with kids. 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. Be sure to reserve your planetarium tickets in advance to guarantee your seating at the spectacular show.

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, Miami Children’s Museum is filled with activities that emphasize art, culture, community, 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 your kids will love.


Located in a beautiful plaza in Downtown Miami, HistoryMiami is a Smithsonian Affiliate cultural institution. With the exhibit “Tropical Dreams: A People's History of South Florida” on permanent display, the intimate museum also plays host to various exhibitions highlighting historic moments in Miami and throughout the world. It’s a wonderful way for your kids to learn about both Miami and the world in a fun, interactive environment.

Zoo Miami
Encounter wildlife at Zoo Miami

Explore nature & the great outdoors

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. It’s also one of the most exciting places in Greater Miami to explore with kids. 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, alligators. Whether it’s hiking or biking, paddling in a canoe, gliding on an airboat or a naturalist-led tour, there are plenty of ways to experience the beauty of the Everglades firsthand with your family.

Zoo Miami

Spanning 740 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. Your kids will have the opportunity to feed animals, watch a wildlife show and ride through the zoo on a monorail or tram.

Brickell City Centre
Shop till you drop at Brickell City Centre

Fun indoor activities the whole family will enjoy


Grab the family, reserve a climate-controlled bay at Topgolf’s driving range in Miami Gardens or Doral, and score points based on how close your microchipped ball comes to the target. This entertainment complex is fun for the whole family and kids of all ages with golf, gaming and dining. 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.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

For a totally unique experience, head to Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Doral where you can literally bounce off the walls. This indoor trampoline park includes a variety of bouncy activities including freestyle jump, Sky Slam basketball, ultimate dodge ball and a giant pit full of foam cubes that you can jump and flip into. It’s especially fun for little ones who need to burn off some energy—or anyone who’s simply young at heart. Their expert staff is on duty to ensure everyone’s safety and good time.

Brickell City Centre

For the fashionistas in your family, don’t skip Miami’s mixed-use shopping development in the heart of Brickell. Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Brickell City Centre is home to everything from Sephora and Lululemon to Chopard and Giuseppe Zanotti. There are plenty of tantalizing foodie options, too, including Pubbelly Sushi, Casa Tua Cocina and Tacology. Brickell City Centre is also home to the CMX luxury movie theater where you can enjoy a gourmet meal in a reclining chair while watching the latest blockbuster. There’s also a forthcoming indoor mini golf course in the works!

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