Miami Beach For Families

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By: Shayne Benowitz

From a day at the beach to movies under the stars and a magic show at a lavish resort, there’s tons of family fun in Miami Beach.

From outdoor delights to cultural attractions and plenty of “only in Miami” experiences, Miami Beach makes for an excellent family getaway. If you’re wondering what to do with your family on your next trip to Miami Beach, we’ve got you covered.

A Day at the Beach

Of course, the Atlantic Ocean with its miles of pristine shoreline is one of the greatest draws of Miami Beach. Enjoy warm sunshine, cool breezes and sand between your toes no matter what time of year you visit. From South Beach with its luxury hotels and vibrant energy to the more subdued shores of North Beach, there’s a patch of sand with your family’s name on it.

Duck Tours South Beach

Departing from the heart of South Beach, these amphibious vehicles provide a once-in-a-lifetime land and sea adventure. You’ll drive by and learn about famous Miami landmarks before a dramatic "splashdown" into the beautiful Biscayne Bay for a close-up look at the many homes of the rich and famous on Star Island. Each tour guide has a background in acting/comedy to ensure a highly entertaining experience for each passenger complete with jokes, music, plenty of interaction and of course "quacking."

The Wolfsonian-FIU

Located in the heart of South Beach, The Wolfsonian-FIU is a unique museum showcasing American and European decorative and fine arts produced during the Industrial Revolution, specifically from 1885 to 1945. The fascinating collection of historical objects, memorabilia and art comes together in thought-provoking exhibits throughout the year.

Sugar Factory

What kid doesn’t want a sweet treat while on vacation? Sugar Factory on Lincoln Road takes this indulgence to the next level with a full menu of milkshakes, frozen hot chocolates, pancakes, waffles, crepes and their signature King Kong Sundae, which is made with a whopping 24 scoops of ice cream covered with hot fudge, caramel and strawberry sauce with marshmallows, sliced bananas, chocolate chip cookies, Gummi Bears and a list of ingredients that goes on and on. Don’t worry, Mom and Dad, there’s plenty of mojitos and chocolate martinis on the menu, as well as a lunch and dinner items, like decadent cheeseburgers.

Soundscape Cinema at the New World Center

What’s more magical than an evening beneath the stars and palm trees while watching a classic film on a 7,000 square-foot wall designed by star architect Frank Gehry? The simple answer: Not much. This is the experience you’ll have during the Soundscape Cinema series at the New World Center. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic and sprawl out on the cool grass after sunset as you marvel at exciting movies on the big screen. Best of all, it’s free.

Lincoln Road

The Lincoln Road pedestrian mall bisects South Beach from east to west, making it a mecca for shopping, dining and people watching. There’s something for everyone with classic retail, indie boutiques, art galleries and home furnishing stores. Pull up a chair at a shaded sidewalk café and watch the world go by in pure Miami Beach style.

Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive is another classic street to explore with the family. Lined with neon and pastel hotels along Lummus Park and the Atlantic Ocean, the street epitomizes Miami Beach’s Art Deco architecture. Stop by the classic News Café for lunch and enjoy a hearty meal with a side of people watching.

Espanola Way

Fresh off of renovations, Espanola Way is designed to mimic the quaint villages of Europe with distinct Mediterranean Revival architecture and charming outdoor cafes. You’ll find cuisine from across the world on this pedestrian hideaway, ranging from Cuban to Italian, Spanish, French and Japanese.

South Pointe Park

South Pointe Park at the tip of South Beach, with its stunning views of the channel, Fisher Island and PortMiami, is an excellent place to spend an afternoon with the family. There’s a beautifully landscaped playground in the middle of the park, a fun water feature to cool you off, scenic walking paths and the South Pointe Pier where it feels as if you’ve become one with the water.

Kayak Biscayne Bay

For adventurous families with older kids, spend the afternoon paddling through Biscayne Bay with South Beach Kayak. You’ll launch from their Sunset Harbour location where you can explore the Venetian Islands, Flagler Memorial Island and other hidden gems. If you’re lucky, you might spot dolphins or manatees enjoying the tranquil water.

Magic Show at Faena

The Faena is one of Miami Beach’s flashiest hotels with a contemporary art collection that rivals many museums. We’re talking a “mammoth” Damien Hirst sculpture on the pool deck of an actual woolly mammoth skeleton dipped in gold, encased in glass. Also home to the Faena Theater, an opulent homage to European Art Deco, they’ve recently added a family friendly magic show to the weekly program that’s sure to impress. Think, illusionists, contortionists, escape artists and comedy all rolled into one high-flying spectacle!

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