How To Plan A Fun-Filled Family Vacation In Miami

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By Jill Martin

From a brand new science museum to a day at the beach, Miami has families covered for a great vacation experience.

Miami makes for the perfect family-friendly getaway. From world-class museums to a day at the beach and everything in between, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep the whole family happy and entertained.

Frost Science

The newly opened Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami’s Museum Park is one of the only science museums to boast both a planetarium and an aquarium. This means hours of exploration through the 250,000 square-foot campus that also features rooftop terraces for stargazing and urban farming, as well as six floors of fascinating exhibitions. Your family will be dazzled by the 500,000 gallon Gulf Stream aquarium with its resident hammerhead sharks and devil rays, as well as by the Frost Planetarium as it whisks you away to another galaxy using cutting edge 8K technology.

Beach Day

Pack a picnic, soak up the sun and make a splash. The Atlantic Ocean, with its miles of pristine shoreline, is one of the greatest draws of Miami and your options for where to spend a day at the beach are virtually unlimited. Surfside and Sunny Isles Beach provide pristine conditions in a relaxed atmosphere perfect for young families. 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. If you have teenagers, they’ll love the vibe and excitement of South Beach and the Art Deco District near Ocean Drive.

Airboat Ride Through The Everglades

Everglades National Park is one of the most unique ecosystems in the world with 1.5 million acres of subtropical wetlands, composed of sawgrass prairies, hardwood hammocks and saltwater marshes—not to mention the fearsome Florida alligator. The best way to experience all of this up close and personal is on an airboat ride zooming through what’s often referred to as the “river of grass.” Check out the Miccosukee Indian Village or Coopertown Everglades Airboat Tours where you can embark on an airboat ride and experience their alligator shows.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Spanning 83 acres, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a treasure trove of the natural world sure to entice your curious family. Walk through nature paths and discover sculpture gardens, butterflies and hummingbirds amidst native and tropical plants. With more than 3,400 species on display, you’ll spy palms, cycads, orchids and so much more through the various gardens and exhibitions divided between the Uplands and Lowlands ecosystems.

Miami Children’s Museum

Let the little ones enjoy hands-on discovery at the Miami Children’s Museum located on Watson Island on the MacArthur Causeway, just east of downtown. Here, they can create their own masterpieces at All About Art, Sketch Aquarium and Music Makers Studio, flex their math and science muscles at Bank, Construction Zone and My Green Home and let their imagination run wild at Castle of Dreams and Ocean Odyssey exhibitions. A visit to the Miami Children’s Museum makes for a fun-filled day that’s sure to wear out your active youngsters.

Wynwood Walls

Take your art-loving family to Wynwood where you can discover world-class street art at the one-of-a-kind Wynwood Walls. This outdoor museum showcases murals by internationally renowned artists like Shepard Fairey, Retna, Kenny Shcarf and Maya Hayuk. Fuel up with lunch at the adjacent Wynwood Kitchen & Bar specializing in contemporary pan-Latin and Spanish tapas. An outdoor seat on the terrace places you directly in the museum where you can soak up the art over a delicious meal in a casual setting.

Perez Art Museum Miami

The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, is home to Miami’s premiere contemporary art collection. The museum’s grounds—with their fun swinging chairs, benches, stadium seating and site specific installations—are as alluring as the art collection, itself. At 200,000 square-feet, PAMM is the perfect size to explore in an afternoon without fatiguing the youngest members of your family. It’s also home to Verde restaurant for a casual lunch with beautiful views of Biscayne Bay.

Discover Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne is Miami’s very own island retreat, home to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Virginia Key and Crandon Park. It’s a haven for cyclists, boaters, snorkelers and outdoors adventurers of all stripes. Whether it’s a day at the beach or a standup paddleboard session through the bay, Key Biscayne is a must for active families. End your day with a meal at the classic Rusty Pelican with unrivaled views of the downtown Miami skyline.

Zoo Miami

Take a walk on the wild side at Zoo Miami where more than 3,000 animals are on view across 340-acres. It’s a fun attraction for the whole family with open-air exhibitions dedicated to animal habitats from around the world, including Florida’s Everglades, the Amazon, Africa, Australia and Asia. You’ll spot amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles as they roam freely in a habitat mimicking their native lands. You’ll also have the chance to feed animals, watch a wildlife show and ride through the zoo on a monorail or tram.

Brickell City Centre

For the fashionistas in your family, don’t skip Miami’s newest luxury 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’s plenty of tantalizing foodie options, including Luke’s Lobsters, Pubbelly Sushi and Luna Park. It’s also home to CMX luxury movie theater where you can enjoy a gourmet meal in a reclining chair while watching the latest blockbuster.

This just scratches the surface of things to do with the family in Miami. Be sure to check out our many unique and fun attractions, boating and water activities, sporting events, tours of all kinds, parks and nature trails and so much more. We promise you, the kids will never be bored!

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