Miami is a sizzling entertainment hotspot for grownups, but it also has loads of wholesome options for the little ones in your life. Whether you’re planning ahead for family vacation or need some last-minute fun to occupy an afternoon, here are19 entertaining things to do in Miami with kids.
All-day kid-centric destinations
If you’re looking for a full day of fun things to do in Miami with kids, these local spots will keep you going until dinnertime (and maybe even after).
Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science (aka Frost Science) With a three-level aquarium, dome-screened planetarium, elaborate mirror maze and plenty of hands-on exhibits, Frost Science is both fun and educational for kids of all ages. Miami Children’s MuseumPlaying pretend is the name of the game at this children’s museum. Your kids will have a blast exploring the kid-sized bank, cruise ship, grocery store, construction zone, firehouse and more.
Zoo MiamiMiami’s subtropical climate allows Zoo Miami to keep animals normally only seen south of the equator. The 750-acre zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals, plus several children’s play areas and rides for even more adventure. Miami SeaquariumCool off in the splash zone of the aquarium’s dolphin and seal shows, and get up close and personal with the wildlife through a dolphin encounter, scuba-like reef encounter or seal swim. Everglades Alligator FarmExperience the Everglades like a true adventurer by taking an airboat ride to see alligators in the wild, then watch professionals feed and handle alligators and snakes in a live show.
Requires a swimsuit
Venetian PoolIf the heat has you and your kids longing for a dip in some cool waters, the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables is a stunningly beautiful option for those over 3 years old. Its waterfalls and grottos make it extra fun for kids to explore. Tidal CoveSeven waterslides, splash pads, a surf simulator, rentable cabanas and a lazy river make Miami’s Tidal Cove water park a refreshing time for everyone.
If you’re in the neighborhood
If your grownup plans are taking priority but you want to keep the littles content, here are some no-prep, quick, fun things to do in Miami with kids.
The Poppet ProjectLocated in the El Portal neighborhood, The Poppet Project defines itself as a children’s drop-in art, craft and science studio where kids can have access to all the art and craft supplies they need to get creative. Skyviews MiamiWant to see Miami from above? The huge observation ferris wheel at Skyviews Miami offers 15- to 20-minute rides in climate-controlled gondola cars with epic views of the city from 200 feet in the air.
Lee & Tina Hills PlaygroundIf your kids just need to work out some wiggles, stop by this soft-surface playground with a huge play sculpture at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Wynwood WallsThe colorful Wynwood arts district is home to more than 70 galleries and museums, with bright murals everywhere you look. Wynwood Walls is an outdoor museum/park with 35 larger-than-life murals, plenty of green space and free entry for ages 12 and under.
Here are our top picks for fun things to do in Miami with kids when you only have a couple of hours – pair it with a meal or ice cream, and you’ll have a happy crew.
Launch Trampoline ParkLocated right next to Miami-Dade Airport, this park takes regular sports like basketball, dodgeball and gymnastics and amps them up with trampoline surfaces. The ninja course and slack line with foam-filled crash pits below are perfect for kids who want to test their stunt skills.ArtechouseFor something fresh and different that will captivate curiosity-seekers of all ages, check out Artechouse, a digital interactive art gallery experience in Miami’s South Beach. FunDimensionFunDimension in Wynwood caters to kids and adults with laser tag, bumper cars, an indoor playground, arcade and more, plus a world-class restaurant and lounge.
Thriller Miami Speedboat AdventuresBring your kiddos over age 3 and hop in a speedboat for a 45-minute riding-the-waves tour around the Port of Miami. Check out multimillion-dollar waterfront mansions, the Miami skyline and more. Kennedy ParkBring a picnic, a frisbee and the dog to this picturesque waterfront park on the bay. A shaded playground and lots of greenspace offers plenty of room to run and roam.
Requires a swimsuit
Flamingo ParkA beach walk-in leads to a pool playground and splashy fun for toddlers and younger kids. Others can swim in the larger pool area, head to the playground or enjoy one of the many sports courts at Flamingo Park. Pinecrest GardensBilled as “South Florida’s cultural arts park,” Pinecrest Gardens includes several gardens with exotic and native tropical plants, sculptures and a splash pad for cooling off. A playground and petting zoo are currently being renovated.Matheson Hammock ParkIf you want a beach experience without the risk of waves for little ones, the artificial tide pool at Matheson Hammock Park is a great option. Nice breezes and nature trails are other reasons why locals love this park.
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