Best Things to do in Miami with Kids

Written by Muhammad Qadeer

Due to its tropical climate, sunny beaches and adventure parks, Miami is renowned as a family-friendly city in the US. From sea-side adventures and theme parks to historical museums and animal encounters, the sunshine city pulls people of all ages. In this blog, we look at the top activities to do with kids in Miami.

Zoo Miami

Kids are fascinated by animals they read about in books and see on their devices, and Zoo Miami is the perfect excursion for them to be an inch closer to exotic animal species. As the only subtropical zoo in the US, the sanctuary is home to a variety of animal species often not found in other zoos in the US. From Hippos and Crocs to Gorillas and Vipers, Zoo Miami is an absolute treat for the kids. Furthermore, the little ones will love to ride on the monorails, twirl on the carousel rides and hit the splash pad on summer days. This unique zoo is located in South Miami Heights.

Venetian Pool

The Venetian Pool is possibly the most picturesque swimming pool in the world located in the heart of Miami. Taking a leaf from the erstwhile years of the Roman Empire, the pool features tropical foliage, numerous waterfalls, and subtle touches of Italian architecture and stunning coral formations. The pool is large enough to receive 820,000 gallons of freshwater from an underground aquifer; with the water passing through the artesian wells. Such is the reputation of the pool that it is featured in the National Register of Historic Places - the only pool in the country to have such distinction. The attraction is found in the paradisal city of Coral Gables.

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is the perfect place for children to experience the wonders of science first-hand. Inspiring children and adults alike, the museum features a myriad of fascinating experiences; such as the MeLab, allowing kids to explore their bodies by conducting simple experiments. Another interesting exhibition is the Da Vinci, which displays life-sized machines imagined by the master Leonardo Da Vinci; with kids having the opportunity to add their own flavour to the creations in a custom engineering lab. Furthermore, the Museum houses a planetarium and an aquarium.

Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls is an outdoor museum built on verdant landscapes showcasing more than a dozen murals by underground graffiti and street artists from around the world. The picturesque park is the ideal place for kids to marvel at the stunning murals and artefacts or to simply enjoy the scenic pastures around. What’s fascinating is that the park was built on a piece of land used for dumping but has since become a major confluence of artists meeting and showcasing their work to the masses. Wynwood Walls and the Wynwood Walls Shop are located at 2520 NW 2nd Avenue.

Miccosukee Indian Village

The Miccosukee Indian Village is a marriage of old-word aesthetics and contemporary lifestyles in a rustic setting located at Mile Marker 36, U.S Highway, 41. The village lets you embark on a cultural journey to understand the ways of Miami’s Native American customs and traditions. Notable highlights include intricate handicraft, breathtaking alligator experiences and stunning airboat tours. Furthermore, kids will love to explore Indian villages and witness firsthand the culture of these ancient tribes. Adults and kids can have a tour of the tribe’s chickee huts and see the elaborate attention to detail that went into the making of jewelry, beadwork and handcrafted effigies. There’s also a museum that provides deeper insights into the life and ways of the Miccosukee Tribe.

Coconut Grove

Situated on the shoreline of Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove is perhaps the most idyllic excursion spot in Miami - thanks to large coconut trees, lush, green landscapes with a glittering shoreline. The waterfront neighbourhood is an ideal destination for a day out with kids. The oldest neighbourhood of Miami is home to a myriad of street-side cafes, chic bouquets, recreational parks and sea shore peppered with boats. Children can also take a ride on one of the trolleys that explores the entire community. Coconut Grove is a place chock-full of surprises and lush greenery - making it a picture-perfect destination for adults and kids alike.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

As the name suggests, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a place where magic, adventures and Santa encounters will delight souls of all ages. Billed as the largest holiday theme park in the world, kids can partake in immersive games, shop fascinating souvenirs, watch spectacular light shows, enjoy paintball, meet and greet with Santa and board the numerous carousel rides dotted around the spectacular venue. Santa’s Enchanted Forest is located at Hialeah Park · 3100 East 4th Ave. Hialeah.

Lee and Tina Hills Playground

The Lee and Tina Hills Playground is located at the south end of the BayFront Park. The adventure-land has a modern, Downtown-vibe to it, with the playground featuring state-of-the-art safety features and some truly unique attractions. Children will be able to have fun with numerous zig-zag water slides, a boat play structure and a truly unique wave wall with sculptures of a dolphin, turtle and a manatee. This custom-built attraction is extremely popular among kids and features the marine species typically found in Miami waters. Other attractions include a pirate ship, bouncers and a supermax structure comprising several slides and climbing structures.