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By: Carolyn Keating

While South Beach is a well-known hotspot where well-toned adults fill upscale restaurants, shops and bars, the area offers plenty of fun for families, too. It’s easily walkable, has fascinating places to explore and offers cultural activities for all ages.

Tucked in Miami Beach’s southernmost section – from the tip of the island at South Pointe Park and north to 23rd Street – South Beach features a dazzling blend of colorful architecture, Art Deco history and a European-style promenade lined with outdoor cafés, chic boutiques and stylish restaurants.

If you want to experience this one-of-a-kind place, there’s no need to leave the kids behind!

Family Beach Activities

Miles of sandy shoreline and blue ocean waters make the beach one of South Beach’s main attractions. Whether you lounge by the pool at an oceanfront hotel or pack up your bags for a day on the beach, plenty of family bonding time awaits.

Want to set up on the sand for the day? Beach chairs and umbrellas are available to rent all along the beach, or you can splurge and rent a beach cabana at a Miami Beach hotel. A popular spot for families is Lummus Park, which runs along Ocean Drive from 5th to 15th streets. Here you’ll find restrooms, a playground, grassy areas, volleyball nets and plenty of room to bike, skateboard or rollerblade.

When you need a break from the sun, stop by the Art Deco Welcome Center at 10th Street to get the kids acquainted with what Art Deco is all about and even take a tour. Maps and brochures will help you discover other nearby attractions and experiences as well.

Lincoln road
Lincoln Road is a must-see on South Beach.

Outdoor Dining for Families

South Beach offers plenty of outdoor dining spots you can enjoy as a family worry-free. Dining al fresco is easy here, plus kids feel less confined when they’re eating outside.

Lincoln Road is a must-see on South Beach. This outdoor mall has plenty of shaded cafés, cool shops, people watching and pampered pooches. Lincoln Eatery food hall offers more than a dozen spots serving up everything from tacos and sushi to deli fare. And since everyone’s on vacation, there’s a rooftop cocktail bar where mom and dad can get ice-cold mojitos.

Also on Lincoln Road, The Café at Books & Books has an appealing kids’ menu, along with a great bookstore for picking up some new reads. Burgers, fries, hot dogs and grilled cheese will quell hunger pangs at local crowd-pleaser Shake Shack. For delicious ice cream, head to The Frieze, which boasts all-natural ingredients along with non-dairy options.

In the evening, take a stroll along Española Way. This shaded block is closed to traffic and lined with charming Spanish Mediterranean Revival buildings. Embrace Española’s lively atmosphere and know that the notorious gangster, Al Capone, used to gamble with his pals at the 1920s-era The Esme Hotel, on the corner of Washington Avenue.

Bass Museum
Marvel at modern art at The Bass museum.

Culture for All Ages

The Bass museum regularly exhibits cutting-edge contemporary pieces, and its manageable size makes it easy to get through in an hour or so for a nice child-friendly cultural experience.

Housed in two Art Deco synagogues, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU explores Jewish art and culture. Docent-led tours illuminate the saga of the lovingly restored buildings and recount the history of the Jewish community in Miami Beach. It’s also not a huge facility, so a visit here doesn’t tire little legs and feet.

If classical music, movies and picnicking are your thing, catch the New World Center’s free outdoor “Wallcast” concerts and movies. The bougainvillea-shaded lawn is a big draw – and a perfect spot for an Instagram post!

Miami Children's Museum
Play and learn at Miami Children's Museum.

Kid-Friendly Attractions

For stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Downtown Miami, with cruise ships sailing out to sea, head to South Pointe Park. The park has family-friendly walking trails, a playground and a splash park for the little ones. The only caveat is there’s limited parking.

For a larger space to play and swim, the 36-acre Flamingo Park offers aquatic facilities, courts and fields, plus a playground for kids.

Two of Miami’s best children’s attractions – Jungle Island eco-adventure theme park and the Miami Children’s Museum – are located close by on Watson Island. It’s just a 20-minute drive to these popular kid-focused fun spots. 

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