hotelia.us - Where to go with the little ones? Miami offers attractions for children, from parks to museums, to outdoor living. If you have children, you will need to visit some of the specially adapted places just for them. When your family is ready to take a break from the South Beach scene, visit some of these delightful places for Kids, who are favorites of locals and visitors alike. Here are my best options.
Top 10 Attractions for Kids in Miami
1. Biscayne National Park for Kids Snorkeling
While enjoying the natural parks in Miami, do not forget about the underwater one. Children of swimming age will find an abundance of treasures in this wonderland of 181,500 acres, located off the coast of Miami. You can explore coral reefs in a variety of forms, including glass bottom boat trips, scuba diving, scuba diving, canoeing, fishing, and much more. There is more fun on land too, hiking or camping routes in Elliot Key, or the more rustic Boca Chita. Visit the Convoy Point / Dante Fascell Visitor Center in Miami to start your adventure.
Location: 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead
2. Crandon Park Beach For Kids
No trip to Miami would be complete without a day at the beach. Crandon Park offers one of the best beaches in all of Miami, and much more for families. Crandon Beach has been listed as one of the top 10 beaches in the US. A short walk takes you to the Amusement Center, an activity center that includes a carousel, outdoor skating rink, fountains, and playground. The park also has food stalls, picnic areas, trails, kayaks and cabanas for rent. Make sure you do not miss the magnificent Crandon Park Gardens!
Location: 4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne
3. Everglades National Park
While it is not recommended to fight mosquitoes during the summer, The Everglades are an essential destination for older children at any other time of year. Make your reservations in advance for a two-hour tram ride from the Shark Valley Visitor Center. This is the most familiar of visitor centers, and the closest to Miami. You will see lots of alligators, birds and other wild animals. The Bobcat Boardwalk is an easy 1/4 mile walk that children will enjoy walking.
Location: U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) 25 miles west of the Florida Turnpike from Exit 25 (S.W. 8th St.)
4. Gold Coast Railroad Museum
At first glance, this museum looks a bit old and dusty. But take a closer look, and you'll find a diamond in the rough that will delight train lovers, both young and old. The museum is home to several historic wagons, such as Ferdinand Magellan, built by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and used by several presidents after him. Short rides on trains are offered on various types of trains, depending on the day. There is also an exhibition of scale trains and toy trains for children to play.
Address: 12450 SW 152 St., Miami
5. Jungle Island
Formerly called Parrot Jungle Island, the new name better reflects the variety of the park, which boasts much more than parrots. The park has several shows with animals daily, you can enjoy the majestic tigers, exotic birds, and much more. The Serpentarium has giant reptiles, including Crocosaurus, the largest crocodile in the New World. Do not miss the park's stars, Peanut and Pumpkin, a pair of naughty 2 year old twin orangutans. The novelty of the park is the Hippo Slide, a fall of 168 feet, open to older children and adults.
Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
6. Miami Childrens Museum
Younger children will marvel at the multitude of interactive exhibits, and will be thrilled that they can touch and move everything they want, in this colorful and attractive museum created for them. The first floor has a bank, supermarket, hospital, fire station, veterinary clinic, and TV studio, all in sizes for children. Upstairs, children of all ages can make art and music, board a cruise ship, work on a dock, and more. The more adventurous can climb Mt. Michimu, a rock climbing wall for children.
Address: 980 Macarthur Cswy, Miami.
7. Miami Metrozoo
The whole family will delight in the observation of animals that live outdoors, in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Considered one of the best in the world, the Miami Zoo has more than 1,200 animals, which are divided into geographic areas such as Asia, Africa, America and Australia. Rent a Safari Cycle to see all the animals from the koalas to the giraffes that you can feed with your own hands. Do not miss Wings of Asia, with exotic Asian birds.
Address: 12400 S.W. 152 St., Miami
8. Miami Science Museum & Space Transit Planetarium
Larger children dan Kids find exhibits that brighten their understanding of science while having fun. All ages will enjoy the planetarium shows that are programmed several times a day, as well as the outdoor wildlife center. This center has snakes, reptiles, turtles and birds, even majestic raptors, including an owl, hawk and a bald eagle that has been injured and can not be returned to its natural habitat. Not to be missed are the temporary exhibitions. Previous exhibitions have focused on the Titanic and dinosaurs of China.
Address: 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami.
9. Miami Seaquarium
Although not as exciting as SeaWorld in Orlando, Miami Seaquarium is a fun place for kids to see their favorite sea animals. The shows are scheduled throughout the day, the best are the Flipper Dolphin Show and the killer whale and dolphin show. Explore the rest of the park to observe coral reef fish, rescued manatees, sharks, crocodiles, sea turtles, snakes and more. If you can plan ahead, the WADE Seaquarium program offers adults and older children the opportunity to swim and interact with dolphins.
Address: 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy, Key Biscayne.
10. Pinecrest Gardens
Located on the former site of Parrot Jungle, Pinecrest Gardens is a welcome respite for many local families and visitors. With huge fig trees and lush vegetation, it is a great place to leave the kids loose to play while enjoying the scenery. The play areas include a large shaded play area, zoo, butterfly display, and Splash n Zone for children ages 2-12. Many stone tables are found throughout the park where you can have a quiet picnic.
Address: 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest