Travel Guide – Things to Do in Miami with Kids

Below you will find a ton of information about the most fun Things to Do in Miami with Kids, where to stay, when to visit and a lot more.

Travel Guide - Things to Do in Miami with Kids

Travel Guide – Things to Do in Miami with Kids

Check Out the Weather

Miami Beach is a favorite destination for families on vacation with children. It promises sunshine and perfect beach days. However, occasionally the rain does fall so you want to be prepared for those rainy days too. To experience the best temperatures plan on going anytime during the best weather from March through may. Keep in mind that hurricane season starts in June and goes through to the end of November. Make sure when you go to bring along plenty of sunscreen and light clothing, swimwear, shorts, T-shirts, sandals and flip-flops .

Fun Activities With Kids

Miami Beach has plenty of museums for kids to enjoy. If the rain should come take the kids to Miami Children’s Museum where they can enjoy the interactive exhibits and the whole family can join in.  Some of the fun activities include climbing a rock wall and Pet Central which teaches kid to take responsibility for a pet.

The Institute of Contemporary Art has a “Family Day” each month. They engage families with interactive activities and performances.

HistoryMiami also has a free Family Fun Day on the second Saturday of each month. Kids can make crafts and explore the history and culture of the city.

Where to Go

 Everglades and Wildlife

 Hope an airboat with your family and explore the adventurous Everglades. You can have a tour of the wetlands and see nature up close. Children love spotting animals like the manatees and crocodiles.

 Other places for kids to enjoy animals are ZooMiami and Miami Seaquarium. At zoo they can see animals from Asia, Africa, and Australia. At the aquarium kids love watching the dolphins and penguins.

 Biscayne National Park

The park preserves the offshore barrier reefs of Biscayne Bay. You can find adventure with your kids at the Biscayne Bay Lagoon where you can see turtles and dolphins. There are lots of outdoor recreational activities to keep the whole family busy.

Heading For the Beach

Of course among the greatest attractions in Miami Beach are the beaches themselves. Head for Crandon Beach with your kids. The beach has towering palm trees and a Family Amusement Center, tennis courts, a carousel, roller rink, and cabanas to rent. You can have a guided tour through Crandon Park and learn about the wildlife.

Matheson Hammock Park

This is a kid-friendly beach with no waves and many more beaches to explore. Just remember to bring plenty of sunscreen, find your favorite beach to hang out on, and enjoy your family vacation.

Don’t forget to bring along treats for the kids to eat at the beach like Italian cookies.

Accommodations

Miami Beach offers many kid-friendly hotels to choose from. Just make sure your hotel of choice is in a safe and family-friendly area. If you want more beach access book a hotel near or on the beach. Loews Miami Beach has a kids’ club, zero-entry pool, and guests have private access to the beach. Other features include lounge chairs, banana boat rides, kayaks, and so much more. Staying in downtown Miami there is Kimpton EPIC Hotel with has two rooftop pools and a kids’ program.

Millennium Park

Spending a day with kids at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois can be a fun time for the whole family when on vacation. Begin your tour of this wonderful park near the Millennium Park Monument. From there you’ll see a big, shiny sculpture which is officially known as Cloud Gate but by locals as “The Bean “. Kids love to have a close-up view of this sculpture which changes everyone’s reflection as if they’d be looking into a funhouse mirror.

For this outing it is fun to explore all that is in and around the park. There is Chase Promenade which is a tent that offers free family programming daily all summer long. Kids can make crafts, dance, and sign with children’s performers.

Enjoying the day with children it’s important to know that beneath the pavilion you can find some of the newest and nicest public bathrooms in Chicago.

Walking toward the east get a look at BP Bridge. This boardwalk bridge is the best way to get across Columbus Drive where you can find the city’s newest park, Maggie Daley Park which offers a great playground for kids and rock climbing for the older kids.

Heading back to Millennium Park take a look at Lurie Garden which is a garden with two sides. The “dark side” represents the Chicago’s past and the “light” side its present and future.

The Nichols Bridgeway connects Millennium Park with the new impressionist wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 Returning to Millennium Park you’ll want to see the Crown Fountain which is bordered on the north and on the south ends by 50-foot tall glass towers which display the images of the faces of Chicagoans. From mid-spring to mid-fall a spray of water comes from the faces on the tower and forms a shallow reflecting pool that runs the 200 feet of black granite between the two towers. Kids love to run and splash here to cool off in the warm weather.

 When it’s time to relax and have lunch you can take the kids to the Park Grill which has a kid’s menu. Perhaps you might find some meatless lasagna you can enjoy,. If you prefer you can enjoy the carryout menu and head over to the Great Lawn of the Pritzker Pavilion and have an outdoor lunch. Otherwise there are plenty of cart vendors around selling hot dogs, hot pretzels and other foods.

Accommodations

 You can find places to stay near Millennium Park like the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and the Swissotel Chicago on the Riverwalk. You can look online and find plenty of kid-friendly hotels all around the city.

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole can provide a whole lot of fun for families with kids. One thing you have to do is enjoy the Aerial Tram Ride at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. There are many different hiking trails to choose from. You can find trails along the shoreline of Leigh Lake, the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve’s Lake Creek and Woodland Trail Loop, Taggart Lake Trail and Hidden Falls Trail.

If you family enjoys biking you can find a multi-use, pave pathways system and places to rent bikes in the towns of Teton Village and Wilson.

If you’re vacationing in the wintertime you’ll enjoy the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Mountain that both offer plenty of trails and runs for beginners to experts.

You’ll also find family entertainment at Hole Bowl where you can your family can enjoy bowling, a full restaurant The Pinsetter, two pool tables, an air hockey table, arcade games and a TV lounge for kids.

Other fun family activities include horseback rides, chuck wagon dinners with Old West entertainment and the Jackson Hole Rodeo.

There is whitewater rafting on the famous Snake River which is wildly popular with kids of all ages. You can even have a good old family float on the Snake River too.

Oh, yes, don’t forget the wildlife safari tours where you can get up close with wildlife. You can see bison, moose, elk, coyotes, bald eagles, and at times bears. Tour outfitters offer hands-on activities for kids and personal binoculars for everyone                                     

Accommodations

You can choose to stay at places like the Hotel Terra Jackson Hole and Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa.

Riviera Maya

There are plenty of things for families to do in the Riviera Maya. The closest you’ll get to Cancun is through the Cancun International Airport. The best way afterward is by getting a rental car.

The closest destination from the airport is Bahia Petempich where you can find different hotels and resorts where you can find lifeguards on duty and plenty of water sports and other activities like kayaking and sailing. There are hotels which have playgrounds right on the beach.

Enjoy the Puerto Morelos Reef National Park where small boats take you out to the reef. There is snorkeling and swimming. The kids can enjoy seeing plenty of fish swimming about.

Wildlife is all around and you can see turtles and birds everywhere. Taking a walk at any time of the day you’ll see egrets, herons, pelicans and more.

A quiet beach for families to enjoy is Maroma Beach. It is a great place to soak up some sun. You might like to bring along some gluten free zucchini bread for the kids to enjoy. Popular activities here include horseback riding, camel rides, and swimming with dolphins.

Take the family to Playa Del Carmen which is kind of touristy. There are pedestrian friendly streets and souvenir shops and other stores. Restaurants, bars, and homemade food stands for refreshments.

Parque Fundadores or Founders Park is a wonderful playground where you can see amazing sand sculptures created by Argentinean artist Jose Gonzalez. At the south end of the beach you can find places to enjoy the sand and if you like you can take a ferry to Cozumel.

Your family will enjoy visiting the Mayan ruins of the walled city of Tulum. It is a place where kids can learn about history You’ll get to see iguanas among the ruins and some steps in the cliff will take you to a small but fantastic beach that has a lifeguard. Just make sure you wear bathing suits under your clothes, bring towels, and have shoes for the walk back to the main entrance.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

It is a great place for families to visit. It is located in Glen Rose, Texas and is a great place for family camping. At the entrance to the park you’ll see the fiberglass models of an Apatosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex which were once on display at the New York World’s Fair from 1964-65.

The campground has many miles of lovely hiking trails where you can also find dinosaur tracks. There are shorter kid-friendly trails as well. For kids from the ages of 3 -14 you can take a tour on horseback or in a horse-drawn wagon.

Kids enjoy the main playground and pavilion area with the children’s educational trail nearby which introduces kids to the wildlife in the area through interactive signs. You can rent kayaks to get out on the water and a favorite is the Blue Hole swimming area.

Attractions include Dinosaur World which has an awesome “dinosaur trail” with realistically sized dinosaur models along with a brief history of where their fossils and tracks can be found. There is a dinosaur themed playground, a fossil-dig pavilion and a small museum with animatronics. There are shaded picnic table by the playground where you can enjoy your own food and drinks. This is a wonderful place for kids ages 12 and under.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

This is a drive-through safari which kids really enjoy. Along the way you’ll find the Children’s Animal Center where the kids can interact with animals like pigs, tortoises, goats, and others.

Accommodation

You can choose to set up camping or park your RV right in the park If you prefer there are other places to stay like Glen Rose Inn Suites, Holiday Inn Express Suites or Best Western Dinosaur Valley Inn Suites. 

What are your favorite Things to Do in Miami with Kids?

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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