There’s more to Miami than sizzling nightlife. Miami boasts family-friendly attractions and stunning beaches.
In 2010, Miami Metrozoo celebrated its 30th birthday with a new logo and name and many upgrades around the zoo. This year, the Wacky Barn opened in the Children’s Zoo, with opportunities for kids to feed the sheep, goats and horses. At Zoo Miami, kids can climb aboard a Wildlife Carousel or take a ride on a real camel for just $5. Parents and older kids will love the Amazon & Beyond exhibit, featuring over 100 species and 600 animals. The zoo is open year-round, so make it part of your next visit to sunny Miami.
Address: 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, Florida 33177
The gorgeous turquoise water along the shores of Miami Beach is a must-see when visiting South Florida. Rent bikes, strap on some rollerblades or simply stroll along the boardwalk to take in the sounds and the sights of vibrant Miami Beach. During the day, the area is populated with sunbathing, sports enthusiasts and families congregating in the soft white sand. Older kids and teens will love a Jet Ski ride while little ones can build sandcastles along the powdery shore.
Address: 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Miami Children’s Museum
The first thing your family will notice about Miami Children’s Museum is the stunning modern exterior. The museum stands at a picturesque plot of land along the water, and features exciting outdoor playgrounds for getting out all that extra energy before or after being in the car. The extensive museum includes play areas for toddlers and interactive exhibits that will capture the imaginations of everyone in the family. Kids can operate a bank, a grocery store, a cruise ship or climb into a two-story sandcastle built with sand from around the world. Don’t miss the World Music Studio, where the whole family can visit a recording studio.
Address: 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, Florida 33132
Dolphin Harbor at Miami Seaquarium gives visitors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interact with dolphins. With programs appropriate for all ages, it’s a must-see attraction when visiting Miami. The Seaquarium, situated on 38 acres with a view of the Miami skyline, features a killer whale show and permanent exhibits housing endangered manatees and playful sea lions. The aquarium opens at 9:30 a.m. With plenty of attractions and exhibits, it’s worth spending an entire day. Check the website for ongoing events, including family campouts that give visitors a unique overnight adventure.
Address: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, Florida 33149
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