There is so much in Miami that families will never themselves short of things to do. We’ve compiled a list of fun things that the family will enjoy together while basking in the sunshine that Miami has to offer.
BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE: There are plenty of shops and souvenir stands here for all members of the family. (Kids will particularly enjoy Art By God, a shop devoted to artifacts of natural stone, especially fossils, or Glowstar, which specializes solely in glow-in-the-dark merchandise). Continue to Miamarina at Bayside for a boat tour around Biscayne Bay.
From Bayside Marketplace walk two blocks north to visit what is perhaps Miami’s most famous historical landmark, FREEDOM TOWER (located at 600 Biscayne Boulevard). It is a great place to expose your kids to the Cuban heritage that is so much a part of life in Miami.
MIAMI SCIENCE MUSEUM: where there are complete science and natural history museums, a museum devoted entirely to local birds of prey, and a terrific planetarium and laser show.
Families means big appetites. PIZZA BAR has the family covered with XL 30in pizzas and a large selection of other items, all at affordable prices.
JUNGLE ISLAND: Start with a 22-acre rain forest filled with streams, waterfalls and more than a thousand different species of exotic tropical birds, plants and animals. Add to that a petting zoo, trained bird show and wildlife habitat, and the animal lovers in your family will be a happy camper.
MIAMI SEAQUARIUM: Though there are many aquatic theme parks more modern and in better shape than this 1955 pioneer, it’s still worth a visit for their dolphin, sea lion and killer whale shows. Kids can also get face to face with the endangered manatee or watch specialists feeding 200-pound sharks.
MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: With exhibits targeted to children from toddlers on up, this museum has interactive experiences cultural, technological, artistic and natural, meant to enrich kids without slighting them the fun factor.
Stop at the venerable MONKEY JUNGLE, where the primates live in an open 30-acre natural habitat and the trails for visitors are screened in.