Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around Miami
2020: Best Places for Kids in the Miami area!
The best places to take kids in and around Miami, based on KidsOutAndAbout's annual reader survey. But there is LOTS more to do in Miami! Get great ideas here at KidsOutAndAbout.com! What is listed below are just the starting point: Browse through our site and calendar to find lots more, and sign up for our fabulous weekly e-newsletter! And be sure not to miss our Everything Free page.
The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Located in Downtown Miami’s Maurice A. Ferré Park, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a world-class science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future. Visitors can hurtle through space in a state-of-the-art planetarium equipped with a 3-D 8K visual system, come face to face with sharks in our three-level aquarium and experience the marvels of science all on one dynamic campus. The facility also features the Knight Learning Center, the Food@Science cafe, Baptist Health South Florida Gallery and permanent interactive exhibitions: Feathers to the Stars, Power of Science and River of Grass.
A state-of-the-art family entertainment center, built with the idea of combining engaging attractions, dynamic atmosphere and a full restaurant featuring craft beer and wine for adults. Conveniently located in Wynwood, FunDimension caters to both families– those who are here to have fun, and those who are looking for a comfortable place to work or socialize while their children play. Whether you are looking for an indoor playground, laser tag arena, bumper cars, virtual reality, or arcade games – we have it all in one 15,000 square foot air-conditioned facility. Our restaurant features delicious dishes from around the world, and a variety of drinks from specialty coffee to craft beer and wine. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable experience where imagination and wonder are combined.
Sawgrass Recreation Park
Climb aboard for an Everglades airboat ride and go on an adventure in the Florida Everglades. Your airboat ride is guided by one of our highly-trained, experienced captains, who takes you on a thrilling ride. During your Everglades airboat tour, listen to fun facts about this impressive ecosystem while you take in the exciting sights. You may even catch a glimpse of the wildlife as you skim across the glassy water on your adventure. Keep your eyes peeled as you cruise through the unbridled wild beauty of the Florida Everglades. Feel free to let your spirit soar as you view nature at its finest.
Miami Children's Museum
Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. We encourage visitors of all ages to play, learn, imagine and create.
The Venetian Pool is an aquatic facility unlike any other in the country. It has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, and is still one of the main tourist attractions for those visiting the City of Coral Gables. The pool was created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, where much of the original coral rock was used to border and further accentuate the pool. It also features two large historic lookout towers, with a view to the City Beautiful. The 820,000 gallon pool is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer. In the spring and summer seasons, the pool is filled and drained daily!
Oleta River State Park
Whether enjoying the 15 miles of off-road bicycling trails or paddling along lush mangrove forests, visitors find it difficult to believe that Oleta River State Park exists 30 minutes from downtown Miami. At just over a thousand acres, this natural oasis — Florida’s largest urban park — is a haven for mountain bikers, paddlers, anglers and swimmers. Enjoy a picnic along scenic Biscayne Bay or unwind at the end of a fishing pole. There are rustic, air-conditioned cabins, too, along with a youth campground for organized groups. The park is also a welcomed stop for long-distance paddlers on the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail.
Zoological Wildlife Foundation
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
As a focal point of Greater Miami-Dade’s diverse cultural life, the Adrienne Arsht Center enlightens, educates and entertains our community through transformational arts and cultural experiences.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Cape Florida has long served as a beacon for freedom - from Seminole Indians seeking to remain in their Florida home, to fugitive slaves and Black Seminoles who secretly gathered before taking safe passage to the British Bahamas. Now it marks a place to relax and enjoy the Florida sunshine on a beach often ranked in the top 10 beaches nationwide. Cape Florida, or “the Cape of Florida,” was named by explorer Ponce de Leon during the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513. Visitors can delve into history on guided tours through the lighthouse and keeper’s cottage or explore the park on foot, on a bicycle or by boat or kayak.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
ICA Miami is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art, advancing new scholarship, and fostering the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions and programs, and its collection, ICA Miami provides an important international platform for the work of local, emerging, and under-recognized artists, and advances the public appreciation and understanding of the most innovative art of our time. The museum is deeply committed to providing open, public access to artistic excellence by offering year-round free admission.
Wynwood Walls was established in 2009 by the legendary placemaker and visionary Tony Goldman as an outdoor museum of international street art. Since the first year's program – featuring Kenny Scharf, Futura, Os Gemeos, Swoon, Shepard Fairey, and other renowned innovators in street art, Wynwood Walls has become a phenomenon, spurring the creation of murals throughout the Wynwood district. It is now one of the best venues in the world to see the work of leading street artists.
Jungle Island, a favorite South Florida landmark, is an intimate zoological park located in the heart of Miami, between downtown Miami and South Beach. Building upon a rich tradition that began in 1936, Jungle Island is home to some of the world's rarest and most exotic animals. Park guests enjoy engaging animal shows and informative exhibits while strolling by streams and waterfalls under a lush canopy of tropical trees. Guests can choose to participate in hands-on interactions with fascinating animals or go on guided behind-the-scenes VIP tours.
Miami Children's Theater
Miami Childrens Theater is one of the premiere young person's theaters in the nation. Founded in 1996, Miami Childrens Theater stands proudly behind its mission statement of making theater affordable to all children. A proven training ground, MCT "graduates" have gone on to the finest performing arts universities in the nation and professional careers in TV, movies and Broadway.
Daring drops, turns, and twisting spirals await when you make a splash at Tidal Cove! Conquer a gravity-defying raft ride, thrill to a freefall loop, meander along a lazy river, and make a new friend in the Kids Cove. Whether you’re relaxing beneath one of 25 breezy cabanas, enjoying a bite to eat, or experiencing the ride of your life, you’re sure to find it at this premier Aventura water park.
Zoo Miami (also known as The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens) is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida and the only sub-tropical zoo in the continental United States. The unique climate in South Florida allows us to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia, and Africa, representing a broad mix of species that is unlike any other zoo in the country.
HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami's history as the unique crossroads of the Americas.
Come join us for a Safari Edventure, Fun education for the whole family. This Safari Edventure is the only experience where you will be able to enjoy a new level of comfort with nature. On your Safari Edventure you will be able to pet a sloth, and other exotic animals, Join a pack of wolves, hold an alligator, and so much more… to learn more click here or come visit us to see for yourself.
Discover South Florida’s best aquarium and favorite visitor attraction. Enjoy amazing marine mammal shows with dolphins and sea lions that delight children of all ages. See world-class sea life exhibits with manatees, sea turtles, penguins, rays and more. Learn about wildlife rescue and marine animal care at the Conservation Outpost. Plus, there is no greater thrill than getting in the water with the friendly, intelligent and graceful dolphins at Dolphin Harbor, the best dolphin experience in Miami! Join us for one of our many special events great family dining options, and of course, unforgettable animal experiences at the best place to swim with dolphins in Miami!
With its golf and tennis facilities, unique eco-adventures and breathtaking beach, Crandon Park offers something for everyone. Join us for a whirlwind tour!
Everglades Alligator Farm
Discover the mysteries of the Everglades at South Florida's oldest alligator farm. Near the main entrance of Everglades National Park, Everglades Alligator Farm contains more than 2,000 alligators! Glide across the everglades on our guided airboat tours. Alligator, Snake, and Wildlife shows are performed hourly. Reserve a Private Tour for an up close and personal Everglades Experience. If you are headed to the Keys, this is an attraction you absolutely won't want to miss! Gift shop, snack bar, picnic tables, and bathrooms available.