Miami is a place that is known for it’s beaches, bars, fabulous hotels, and nightlife. However, when you’re traveling with kids, visiting Miami is a little different than that. Believe it or not, if you look beyond Miami Beach, there’s actually plenty of things to do in Miami with kids.
As someone who lives here in South Florida, I love living here! There’s always something fun and exciting to do. These are some of the top things to do with kids in Miami, whether you live here or you’re just visiting…
12 Things to do in Miami with Kids
1. Zoo Miami – Zoo Miami is filled with fun things to do for kids! There’s, of course, the animals. Beyond that, there’s playgrounds, a giraffe feeding station, parrot feeding adventure, water play areas, and a lot more! Zoo Miami should definitely be on your list of things to do with kids in Miami.
2. Miami Seaquarium – When it comes to marine life, this place has it all! You and your kids can watch an action-packed show, have a dolphin encounter, see Miami Seaquarium up close and personal on a VIP tour, swim with the seals, and so much more!
3. Monkey Jungle – I went to this super fun place for the first time when I was a student at The University of Miami (it was a requirement for an anthropology class…which makes it the most awesome field trip I’ve been on!) Anyway, Monkey Jungle is pretty cool because the humans are caged in throughout the whole “jungle” and the monkeys run free above and around you. It’s definitely a unique experience and should be on your list of things to do in Miami with kids, for sure!
4. Jungle Island – There’s a ton of stuff to do at Jungle Island. Have a critter encounter, relax on the beach at Parrot Cove, play on the massive water playground (kids must be at least 3 years old for this, and kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult) or try an amazing AquaJet Experience where you’ll fly sky high on a stream of water. The list of things to do in Miami at Jungle Island goes on, and on.
5. Patricia and Phillip Frost Miami Museum of Science – Ok, so kids under 2 are free here! That’s awesome. Plus, there’s a super fun planetarium that has a laser show, a long list of shows and demos to keep you and the kiddos entertained, and interesting exhibits that a regularly updated. Also, if you’re looking for things to do in Miami when it rains, the Museum of Science is a great place to go!
6. Miami Quest Escape Rooms – This is one of the most unique attractions in South Florida. You have 60 minutes to “escape” from escape room games like Fort Knox and Pirate Cave. It’s not scary, and it’s totally fun. The minimum recommended age for Miami Quest is 13 years old, however younger kids are welcome with their parents (no strollers can fit through the rooms, however). Definitely add Miami Quest Escape Rooms to your list of things to do in Miami!
7. Everglades Holiday Park – Want to catch a glimpse of some alligators while you’re in Miami? This is the place to do it! They have very knowledgable airboat guides who narrate your way through the Everglades, sure to point out alligators and notable creatures along the way! They also have gator shows and private boat rentals available.
8. Duck Tours South Beach, Miami – This is a one-of-a-kind land and sea adventure. The vehicle has wheels but also can float in the water. So it’s sure to be an interesting time! Kids 0-3 years old are only $5 and kids 4-12 are half price of the adult admission.
9. Fairchild Tropical Garden – This place is a beautiful escape from the city view of Miami…a hidden gem, really. It’s filled with gorgeous tropical plants, and you should plan a visit of about 3 hours to fully see the property. They offer guided and self-guided tours, as well as tram tours of the gardens.
10. Flamingo Gardens – Flamingo Gardens is a unique attraction that is a beautiful botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary. There’s over 3,000 species of rare and exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants at Flamingo Gardens. What makes this place really special though is it’s home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife- including alligators, bear, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacocks and flamingos!
11. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – I adore this Florida State Park! We’ve gone to Bill Baggs a few times, and there’s always something more to explore than we realized during our previous visit. There’s a gorgeous beach, a lighthouse (so awesome!), amazing views of the water, restaurants, places to BBQ, trails to walk/hike, bike, and so much more. It’s just a really beautiful place to spend the day. Definitely a must-see on your list of things to do in Miami with kids or without kids, too!
12. Beach – If you’re tired out of attractions, you can always go to the beach! Make sure you’re fully prepared for the South Florida sunshine and have all of your family beach bag essentials packed.