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Family Friendly Attractions in Miami

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Play with dolphins, build sandcastles in the sun, and eat until you pop while on a family vacation in the Magic City. Miami’s miles of white beaches, kid-friendly cuisine, and collections of awe-inspiring attractions mean it’s no surprise that sunny Miami is a real hotspot for family vacations.




Taking an adventure safari deep into the swamps of the Everglades is essential if your family go wild for animals - but don’t miss out on the amazing creatures waiting in Miami itself. Meet the magnificent mammals that patrol Zoo Miami, before watching as flashy fish and dancing dolphins make a splash at Miami Seaquarium.


Zoo Miami


Feel a giraffe’s rough tongue licking the food from your hand, before cowering as a mighty lion stretches and lets a spine-tingling roar rip through the air. This zoo invites you to set sail on a whistle-stop tour of the world, seeing bouncing kangaroos, African elephants, and sun bears from Malaysia on your travels. Whether you love the sharp-toothed predators, or the cuties like the baby hippos and bears, Miami’s zoo is a great place to get up close and personal with nature’s fiercest and friendliest.


15th St, 12400 SW 152 St, Miami FL 33177. Tel:+1 305 251 0400


Zoo Miami website


With so much toasty sunshine to enjoy, you won’t have any trouble persuading even the grouchiest of teenagers to get outside and get active. Parks in the city are fantastic spaces to unwind and catch a tan in, and kids can burn off some excess energy on the elaborate play equipment.


Oleta River State Park


The outdoor beauty of the Everglades is never far away when you’re in Miami, but for a quick break from the buildings and the bustle of the city, Oleta River State Park is unbeatable. If you want to get some exercise, a gentle jog along the banks of the river is ideal, or you can rent a mountain bike and throw it through miles of twisting trails. The kids will love captaining a kayak, and the thrill of setting off on an adventure on the gently bobbing waves. Keep your eyes peeled - you may even be joined by curious dolphins as you paddle across the water.


3400 NE 163rd Street, Miami FL 33160. Tel:+1 305 919 1846


Oleta River State Park website


Hand-on museums


Miami’s fascinating museums are designed to ignite imaginations, in the state that’s home to Cape Canaveral’s launch pad. Miami Science Museum’s telescope gives you a window to the skies, or you can keep yourself grounded while learning more about the Everglades’ diverse ecosystem.


Miami Children's Museum


This museum and play area will put a smile on any child’s face, letting them explore a miniature universe of games while encouraging everyone to get their hands dirty and get creative. The pint-sized visitor can pop on a firefighter’s hat and spin the wheel in the driver’s seat of a fire truck, before giving everything from wall climbing to portrait painting a whirl.


MacArthur Causeway, Miami FL 33132. Tel:+1 305 373 5437


Miami Children's Museum website


Family food


Fuel up the family with a fishy feast, or enjoy a relaxed sit down meal in restaurants that serve delicious, kid-friendly fare all day long.


Big Pink


You can’t go wrong inside Big Pink’s flamingo-shaded walls, where the colossal menu has something for every taste. In fact, you could spend hours trying to decide whether to go for a crispy chicken burger, the overflowing tacos, or the lime and avocado sprinkled salad. In truth, it doesn’t matter - you’ll always end up with a hearty meal and a huge portion. The relaxed atmosphere, and options like macaroni cheese for kids, make this an ideal place for a family-sized feast.


157 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL 33139. Tel:+1 305 532 4700


Big Pink website


El Palacio De Los Jugos


It would be a shame not to try some authentic Cuban food during your time in Miami and - despite the name - the Palace of the Juices is one of the city’s best spots for food. While the exotic kiwi and guava drinks are tempting, it’s the juicy flavors of the deliciously seasoned grilled fish and roasted chicken that will have everyone licking their lips. Child-sized portions are available, but you’ll all leave waddling after receiving a customarily huge serving.


5721 W Flagler Street, Miami FL 33144-3433. Tel:+1 305 262 0070


El Palacio De Los Jugos website