Top Things To Do In Miami Beach With Kids

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By: Shayne Benowitz

There’s nothing like Miami Beach when it comes to a family vacation with kids. From miles of shoreline to al fresco shopping, educational museums and outdoor activities, plan to soak up the sun and enjoy life in Miami Beach. Read on for some of our favorite things to do in Miami Beach with kids.

Family on the Beach
Family on the Beach

Hit the Beach!

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 a Miami Beach vacation. The sands below Fifth Street and above 14th Street tend to be more relaxed and family-friendly, while the section that runs parallel to Ocean Drive and Lummus Park is livelier. You can’t pick a bad spot, so simply head to the shore and enjoy.

Time Out Market
Time Out Market

Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road Mall is South Beach’s classic pedestrian thoroughfare and it runs the length of the island from east to west, filled with fountains, green space and public art. It’s a prime spot for people watching, afternoon shopping and gallery hopping with kids. Be sure to stop into Books & Books, which has an excellent selection of kids’ books, games and toys. You’ll also find a Regal Cinema and plenty of dining options, including two new family-friendly food halls, Time Out Market and the Lincoln Eatery, which makes it easier than ever to cater to the taste of every member of the family. For a sweet treat, head over to Frieze Ice Cream Factory for locally homemade flavors, like Bumpy Trail, a riff on Rocky Road.

Wallcast
Wallcast

New World Symphony

In the evening, check the calendar at the nearby New World Center. This Frank Gehry-designed structure is home to America’s orchestral academy and offers incredible free outdoor programming at its Soundscape Park perfect for families. Enjoy live “wallcasts” of symphony performances and screenings of classic movies, like Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s the perfect place to end the day with your kids and a picnic beneath the palm trees and the stars in the heart of South Beach.

The Wolfsonian
The Wolfsonian

Wolfsonian-FIU

Situated in a historic Art Deco building in the heart of South Beach, The Wolfsonian – Florida International University is a museum, library and research center. Its collection of 120,000 artifacts, photographs, design objects and artworks shed a light on “the persuasive power of art and design, and explores what it means to be modern.” Curators work with historical advertisements, posters, clothing, photographs and film to illustrate their ideas. It’s a great place to learn something new and even work on an extra credit project back at school.

North Beach Bandshell
North Beach Bandshell

North Beach Bandshell

The North Beach Band Shell is one of Miami’s most unique and enchanting performance venues. Originally built in 1961, the charming amphitheater is on the National Register of Historic Places as a prime example of Miami Modern (MiMo) architecture. With string lighting extending from the band shell and twinkling above the theater’s aluminum bench seats, it’s an incredible venue for al fresco concerts made all the more enjoyable by the ocean breeze. It’s a perfect place for a family with kids to enjoy the sea breeze with entertainment and plenty of space for kids to run around.

Playground at North Shore, by Maika Moulite
Playground at North Shore, by Maika Moulite

North Shore Open Space Park

A beautiful oceanfront park with ample shade trees, North Shore Open Space Park is an ideal spot to access the beach for a relaxing afternoon with kids. You’ll find shaded walking trails, a bike path, dog park and a playground for the little ones. There are also picnic pavilions with barbecue grills if you feel like packing a feast to share with friends and family. Best of all, the white sands and aquamarine waters of the Atlantic Ocean are right there for your enjoyment.

Miami Mountain at The Bass
Miami Mountain at The Bass

The Bass

Set inside a landmark Art Deco building from the 1930s on the National Register of Historic Places, The Bass is a Mid-Beach institution dedicated to modern art with an impressive public art display on its adjacent Collins Park, including Ugo Rondinone’s Miami Mountain, a totem of massive, neon-painted limestone boulders, and Sylvie Fleury’s Eternity Now neon sign on the museum’s façade. Your artistically inclined kids will be inspired by the imaginative work.

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