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Best Miami Attractions for Kids


Miami offers so many exciting attractions for children, from parks to museums to wildlife. If you have children along, you will want to visit some spots tailored just for them. When your family is ready to take a break from the South Beach scene, visit some of these kid-friendly attractions, which are favorites of locals and visitors alike. Here are my Top Picks, in alphabetical order.

Biscayne National Park

MIAMI - JULY 25: Summer Walsh, 10, holds two lobsters her family caught while enjoying the first day of the mini lobster hunting season July 25, 2007 in Miami, Florida. The two-day mini-season runs from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday to 11:59 p.m. Thursday. The regular season runs from August 6 to March 31. The mini-season bag limit is six lobsters per person per day in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park and 12 per person in the rest of the state
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While enjoying the natural parks in Miami, dont forget about the one located under water! Kids of swimming age will find a bounty of treasures in this 181,500-acre wonderland, located just off the Miami coast. You can explore the vibrant coral reefs in a myriad of ways, including glass-bottom boat tours, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, fishing, and more. There is more fun to be had on land, on hiking trails or while camping on Elliot Key, or the more rustic Boca Chita Key. Visit the Convoy Point / Dante Fascell Visitor Center in Homestead to start your adventure.

Convoy Point / Dante Fascell Visitor Center

  • Address: 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead
  • Phone: 305-203-7275

Crandon Park Beach

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No trip to Miami would be complete without a day at the beach. Crandon Park offers one of the best beaches around, plus much more for families. Crandon Beach has been ranked one of the Top 10 Beaches in the U.S. A short stroll along the promenade takes you to the Amusement Center - a hub of activity including a carousel, outdoor roller rink, splash fountain, and playground. The park also features concession stands, picnic areas, various nature trails and tours, and kayaks and cabanas to rent. Be sure not to miss the gorgeous Crandon Park Gardens!
  • Address: 4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne
  • Phone: 305-361-5421

Everglades National Park

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While it is not recommended to battle the mosquitoes during the summer, The Everglades is an essential destination for older children at any other time of year. Make reservations ahead for a two-hour tram tour starting at the Shark Valley Visitor Center. This is the most family-friendly of the visitor centers, and the one closest to Miami. You will see plenty of alligators, birds, and other wildlife. The Bobcat Boardwalk is an easy ¼ mile trail that kids will enjoy walking.

Shark Valley Visitor Center

  • Address: U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) 25 miles west of the Florida Turnpike from exit 25 (S.W. 8th St.)
  • Phone: 305-221-8776

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

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At first glace, this museum seems a little old and dusty. But look closer, and you will find it is a diamond in the rough that will delight train lovers both young and old. The museum is home to several historic train cars, including the Ferdinand Magellan, built by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and used by several Presidents after him. Short train rides are offered on several types of trains, depending on the day. There is also an extensive model train exhibit, and a huge toy train set that children can play with.
  • Address: 12450 S. W. 152 St., Miami (on the grounds of Metrozoo)
  • Phone: 305-253-0063

Jungle Island

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Formerly called Parrot Jungle Island, the new name reflects the parks incredible variety – they feature much more than just parrots! The park has several daily animal shows that even parents will enjoy - featuring majestic tigers, exotic birds, and more. The Serpentarium houses giant reptiles, including Crocosaurus - the biggest crocodile in the New World. Dont miss the parks star residents Peanut and Pumpkin, a pair of rambunctious 2-year-old twin orangutans. Brand new to the park is the Hippo Slide – a 168-foot, pulse-quickening slide open to older kids and adults.
  • Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
  • Phone: 305-400-7000

Miami Childrens Museum

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Younger children will marvel at the plethora of interactive exhibits, and be delighted that they can touch and move anything they want in this colorful and inviting museum created just for them. The first floor includes a bank, supermarket, hospital, fire station, veterinary clinic, and television studio – all sized for kids. Upstairs, children of all ages can make art and music, board a cruise ship, work on a loading dock, and much more. The more adventurous can climb Mt. Michimu, a kid-sized rock climbing wall.
  • Address: 980 Macarthur Cswy., Miami
  • Phone: 305-373-5437

Miami Metrozoo

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The whole family will delight in observing animals living in free-range environments similar to their natural habitats. Considered one of the best in the world, Miamis zoo has over 1,200 animals, which are divided into geographic areas including Asia, Africa, The Americas and Australia. Rent a Safari Cycle and you can move fast enough to see every animal from the cute koalas all the way to the elegant giraffes – which will eat leaves right out of your hand at the new Giraffe Feeding Station! Dont miss the Wings of Asia exhibit, featuring free-flying rare Asian birds.
  • Address: 12400 S.W. 152 St., Miami
  • Phone: 305-251-0400

Miami Science Museum & Space Transit Planetarium

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Older children will find hands-on exhibits to enlighten their understanding of science while having fun. All ages will enjoy the planetarium shows that are scheduled several times per day, as well as the unique wildlife center located outdoors. This center has snakes, reptiles, turtles, and even majestic birds of prey – including an owl, hawk and bald eagle that have been injured and cannot be returned to the wild. Not to be missed are the special exhibits the museum features on a temporary basis. Past exhibits have focused on The Titanic and Dinosaurs of China.
  • Address: 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami
  • Phone: 305-646-4200

Miami Seaquarium

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Though not nearly as exciting as SeaWorld in Orlando, Miami Seaquarium is still a fun place for children to see their favorite ocean animals. Shows are scheduled throughout the day, the best of which are the Flipper Dolphin Show and the Killer Whale and Dolphin Show. Explore the rest of the park to observe vibrant coral reef fish, rescued manatees, sharks, crocodiles, huge sea turtles, parrots, serpents, deer, and more. If you can plan ahead, the Seaquarium WADE program gives adults and older children the opportunity to swim and interact with dolphins.
  • Address: 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne
  • Phone: 305-361-5705

Pinecrest Gardens

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Located on the former site of Parrot Jungle, Pinecrest Gardens is a delightful respite for many local families and visitors as well. Featuring huge banyan trees and lush vegetation, it is a great place to let kids loose to play while you enjoy the landscapes. Play areas include a large and shady playground, petting zoo, butterfly exhibit, and the Splash n Play water area open to children ages 2-12. Many stone tables are located throughout the park where you can have a quiet picnic lunch.
  • Address: 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest
  • Phone: 305-669-6942

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