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Family Fun in Miami, From Land to Sea

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Miami gets well-deserved credit for its beautiful beaches and exotic nightlife, but it’s also a top-notch destination packed with activities for the whole family. Get up close and personal with apes and exotic sea creatures, catch a trophy fish (and release it), or take a dip at a historic locale. It's family-friendly adventure that is guaranteed to keep your kids' noses out of their phones.

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For your average naturalists, Miami’s ecological splendor is hard to beat. And for kids who like getting up close and personal with wildlife, there are ample opportunities to commune with nature's creatures and learn some valuable lessons. From orangutans in non-traditional zoos to friendly reptiles who appreciate an affectionate pat on the head, your animal-loving kids will be in heaven.


Monkey Jungle


Are you watching the orangutans at Monkey Jungle, or are they watching you? The zoological preserve ditches traditional zoo layouts in favor of a more natural setting.


14805 SW 216th St., Miami 33170Tel: +1 305 235 1611


Monkey Jungle website


Miami Seaquarium®


Along with petting turtles and starfish, and getting soaked by performing whales, kids can take an underwater reef tour, swim with dolphins, or even become trainer for a day.


4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami 33149. Tel: +1 305 361 5705


Miami Seaquarium® website

Family fishing fun


If your kids have boundless energy and a limitless imagination, they’ll love spending a day on the water. Engage them physically and mentally with a kayaking expedition on Miami’s emerald waterways or an educational catch-and-release fishing experience. If you have a mini adventure-seeker on your hands, you can spend an exciting day exploring Miami's swamps and coral reefs.


Reel Family Fishing Adventures


Reel Family Fishing Adventures puts conservation and education at the forefront of its catch-and-release fishing experience. Your kids may even go home with a photo of a prize catch.


12420 SW 190 Terr., Miami 33177. Tel: +1 786 472 0951


Reel Family Fishing Adventures website


Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures


Miami-Dade Parks offers a variety of camps and tours with an educational twist. Sea Kayak & Snorkel Adventure explores the crystal waters of Key Biscayne, and canoe tours glide through mangrove swamps and coral reefs.


3401 SW 72nd Ave., Miami 33155. Tel: +1 305 365 3018


Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures website


Museums for kids


Take a break from all of the fun in the sun Miami offers and enjoy some cool, air-conditioned respite in one of the city's kid-oriented museums. More than displays of fine art, these museums offer interactive experiences and live performances that will inspire your kids for years to come. Best of all, some will also give your wallet a break with free entry and entertainment.


Miami Children’s Museum


A life-size sand castle and a playtime veterinary clinic are a couple of the dynamic installations designed to promote physical and mental engagement. Visit their website for information on free entry.


980 MacArthur Cswy., Miami 33132. Tel: +1 305 373 5437


Miami Children’s Museum website


History Miami


Enjoy guided tours, arts and crafts, and live performances from local artists. Check out History Miami's website for information on free entry during Family Fun Days.


101 W Flagler St., Miami 33130. Tel: +1 305 375 1492


History Miami website


Delicious Cuban fare


From fine cuisine to fish tacos on the beach, Miami's dining options are as varied as they come. Hidden gems in Little Havana offer quick and satisfying fare that will make the whole family happy. Think of this as a food education for your kids, as the international nature of Cuban cuisine - which draws influence from African, Spanish, and Arabic cooking - will expose the whole family to a host of cultures.


El Pub


Sit down to an authentic Cuban meal at El Pub on famed Calle Ocho. Their large portions are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, as are kid favorites like fried pork chunks, fried sweet plantains, and caramel custard.


1548 SW 8th St., Miami 33135. Tel: +1 305 642 9942


El Pub website