All In The Family: Great Places To Take The Kids

Biking through the Everglades

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Biking through the Everglades

By: Shayne Benowitz

Miami is a wonderful city for family vacations with kids. Whether it’s a relaxing day at the beach, an Everglades adventure or an afternoon of discovery at museums like Frost Science, Miami Children’s Museum or HistoryMiami, families will have plenty of opportunities to bond and create magical memories together in Miami.

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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 with kids 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. No matter which beach you choose, you’re sure to have a day of fun in the sun surrounded by beautiful scenery.

    Tidal Cove at JW Marriott Turnberry

    When it comes to fun for the whole family, make a splash at JW Marriott Turnberry’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 the grounds of the International Links Melreese Country Club, Grapeland Water Park is a fun-filled splash park with features designed by Britto, Miami’s own 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 canons and Buccanneer Falls where a wave of water is unleashed at regularly scheduled intervals. There’s also a lagoon-style swimming pool and lazy river.

        Science Museum

        Frost Science

        Miami’s landmark Frost Science Museum opened in Spring 2017 next to the Perez Art Museum Miami on Museum Park Downtown. It’s 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.

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          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, the Miami Children’s Museum is filled with activities that emphasize art, culture, community, communication, 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.

          HistoryMiami

          On 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 historical 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.

            Nature & the Great Outdoors

            Zoo Miami

            Spanning 340-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.

              Everglades National Park

              Everglades National Park is one of the most unique ecosystems in the country. It’s also one of the most exciting places in South Florida 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 the Florida alligator. 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.

                Farms & Fruit Stands

                Robert Is Here

                Miami’s South Dade is known for is sprawling farms and countryside, many of which are open to the public seasonally. Robert is Here is a family-owned fruit stand passed down through generations. With a small farm, petting zoo and splash park, this roadside attraction is a staple in the area. You’ll find the freshest and most unusual tropical fruit here, like dragon fruit, lychees, mangos, passion fruit and more. They also whip up frothy frozen shakes and smoothies using their fresh fruit, a perfect antidote to a hot Miami afternoon with the family.

                Strawberry Fields

                Both Knaus Berry and Burrs Berry Farms are home to acres of strawberry fields, which you can explore to pick your own strawberries. They also specialize in sweet treats like strawberry milkshakes and strawberry shortcake. The cinnamon buns at Knaus Berry Farm have a cult following that city dwellers make a pilgrimage for annually—they’re not to be missed. Your kids will love them too!

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