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By: Carolina Cardona

Explore Miami with the Kids as an Added Perk during Your Cruise Vacation

Embarking from PortMiami? You’re in luck, especially if you brought the kids. With plenty of family-friendly attractions and activities to see and do near PortMiami, extending that epic family cruise vacation a few extra days is a no-brainer. Here’s our guide for family-friendly half-day or full day activities near PortMiami.

Half-Day Itinerary includes:

  • Philip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science
  • Bayside Marketplace
  • Boat Tour

Half-Day Itinerary

Frost Museum
Frost Museum

Stop #1: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Two striking museums lord over Downtown Miami’s Maurice A. Ferré Park (Museum Park): the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). The Frost Science Museum is among Miami’s most innovative attractions and you will want to be there right with your little ones when it opens at 9:30 a.m. At the forefront of technology and sustainability, it features a 3D planetarium and an aquarium with its impressive 31-foot-wide oculus lens for views of sharks and other fascinating marine life swimming above your head. Spaceship-looking fluorescent jellyfish bob up and down before your eyes while stingrays glide by. You may be lucky enough to catch a live animal presentation from one of many expert museum guides who are friendly and willing to impart some fascinating facts. It may be a challenge to pull the kids away from the immersive permanent and temporary exhibits, interactive stations and the always fun MeLaß, focusing on the body and health.

Thriller Miami
Thriller Miami

Stop #2: Bayside Marketplace

Come lunchtime, all roads lead to Bayside Marketplace for some waterfront dining and souvenir shopping. Picky eaters in your tribe? Not a problem! Dining options at Bayside abound and include national staples like Bubba Gump Shrimp and Chili’s Grill & Bar, as well as Miami favorites like The Knife and even a waterfront Hard Rock Café.

If you manage your time wisely, you may be able to catch a 45-minute Thriller Miami speedboat tour departing out of Bayside’s MiaMarina. Kids as young as three may ride,and children up to 11 years old pay the reduced rate. Want a more leisurely sail and a peek into the homes of the rich and famous? Then book the 90-minute Millionaire’s Row™ Sightseeing Cruise offered by Island Queen Cruises & Tours also departing out of MiaMarina where you can gawk and gaze at the homes of legends and celebrities.

Full-Day Itinerary includes:

  • Jungle Island
  • Lummus Park
  • Artechouse Museum

Full-Day Itinerary

Jungle Island
Jungle Island

Stop #1: Jungle Island

Located on nearby Watson Island, Jungle Island is an 18-acre park offering exhibits and interactions with colorful animals that live and play inside lush gardens and subtropical habitats. Kids will learn all about flamingos, lemurs and sloths, and may even get the chance to cuddle one. Both grownups and kids can learn to “fly” at Jungle Island’s Superflight attraction, a sky-diving simulation experience right in the park. Have your family work as a team to unlock your way out of the Escape Room and then have the little ones explore the Treewalk Village, a lovely playground with hammocks and wooden bridges. Hungry? Onsite restaurant, The Pink Flamingo Kitchen and Bar, serves up tasty burgers and hot dogs that are grilled to perfection.

Lummus Park
Lummus Park

Stop #2: Lummus Park in South Beach

You can’t leave Miami without experiencing South Beach. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Ocean Drive, between 5th Street and 15th Street, scenic and palm-lined Lummus Park features two playgrounds: a Tot Lot for kids ages two to five, and a playground for kids ages five to 12. Both are open from sunrise to sunset. This beautiful stretch of beachfront park is the perfect “home base” for the afternoon, especially if you are looking to get a little swim time before dinner since there are beach chair and umbrella rental stations nearby, as well as restrooms, water fountains and beach wash stations. Kids can run and play while the adults enjoy a perfect, breezy Miami Beach vibe with the backdrop of Art Deco hotels. Grab an early dinner right on Ocean Drive before the nightlife crowds begin to pour in, that is if you can make up your mind among the fashionable eateries offering yummy treats and alfresco seats.


Stop #3: Artechouse Museum

Schedule an evening visit to nearby Artechouse on Collins Avenue, a first-of-its-kind digital art museum featuring interactive art works that move and respond to your touch, presence and vibrations. Kids young and grown will marvel at this unique experience where art and technology converge. Artechouse is open until 11 p.m.

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