Your Family-Friendly Vacation Guide to Miami
August 2, 2018
From wildlife observatories and art museums to beaches and parks, Miami offers a variety of activities for a perfect family vacation. Here’s your family-friendly vacation guide to Miami, featuring our six kid-approved picks.
Big Bus Miami
Kick off your vacation in Miami with Big Bus Miami to get an overview of the city’s history and neighborhoods. This hop-on, hop-off bus tour has a flexible schedule that allows passengers to get off at any stop and explore, then come back and get on another bus to continue the tour. Featuring live tour guides, fun double-decker buses and multiple routes that cover most tourist attractions in the city, Big Bus allows you to soak up the sunshine, stress-free. Plus, there’s no need to worry about parking.
Address: Varies; see bus stops & routes here.
Hours: Varies; first tours generally begin at 8:30 am. Night tours start at 7:30 pm. See the full timetable here.
Want to see some animals? Monkey Jungle is your next destination. Established in 1935, Monkey Jungle is a 30-acre wildlife conservatory built for a variety of rainforest species. Go on a rainforest adventure with your kids and be surrounded by friendly wild monkeys in the only semi-natural tropical rainforest in North America. Their educational presentations and guided tours are a must-do—don’t skip this!
Address: 14805 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33170
Hours: Monday–Sunday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
For all the little Picassos out there (and parents who want to escape the heat), The Bass is the ultimate family destination for art lovers. First opened in 1964, the Bass started as a private collection by John and Johanna Bass. Over the years, the Bass gradually built its own art collection with a focus on international contemporary art.
Now, the Bass features a variety of family and education programs centered around art. Whether you are interested in a family day or are looking for an art class for your kids, you can’t go wrong. Check out the calendar for an up-to-date activity schedule.
Address: 2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Frost Museum of Science
If your kids don’t love or appreciate art yet, try the Frost Museum of Science. Get some hands-on learning experience as a family with the Frost’s interactive exhibitions, guided tours, overnight adventures and more with your little scientists.
For adventurous kids, the Frost also offers volunteering trips for families that aim to help the city of Miami protect our environment by removing marine debris and invasive vegetation. Additionally, the Frost’s Knight Learning Center has interactive exhibits on technological innovation in the Health and Environmental Science field.
Address: 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Hours: Monday–Sunday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
South Pointe Park Beach
A family trip to Miami isn’t complete without a visit to the beach. This section of South Beach, located at South Pointe Park, is especially family-friendly and usually less crowded than other areas. Don’t miss the mini water park—it’s got water features and a fun slide. Our favorite activity? Taking a long walk on the beach with 360-degree ocean views, with an ice cream in hand.
Get more beach tips from our post on the best beaches in Miami.
The Venetian Pool
The Venetian Pool is the coolest place to be the summer, literally—the water here is colder than most pools, kept under 77 degrees all summer. This iconic aquatic facility was created from a coral rock quarry in 1923. The facility features an 820,000-gallon swimming hole as well as bridges, waterfalls, loggias, porticos and palm trees.
Please note that there is no entry for kids under three years old. Parents must provide proof of kids’ ages to enter.
Address: 2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Hours: Tuesday–Friday: 11:00 am to 6:30 pm; Saturday–Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
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