While Miami is typically associated with being a playground for adults, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to keep young travelers occupied and happy in Magic City. From science to art to animals to culture, here are four fun places to get you started.
Miami Museum of Science
The Miami Museum of Science is sure to please visitors of all ages. One of the most popular exhibits is the Aquarium, where you can get up close and personal with colorful coral reefs and sea creatures. Next, head to the Design Lab, an interactive space that includes activities that challenge your mind as you get hands-on to solve engineering problems. Don’t miss the adjoining Planetarium that has been thrilling visitors since the 1960s and making kids go “ooh” and “aah” as they learn about the solar system.
One of Miami’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Little Havana is a great place to take the kids for lunch and a stroll. Fill up on Cuban food at the renowned Versailles Restaurant, and then walk around the area and check out the street vendors, art galleries, and live music scene.
If wildlife and animal shows are what your young travelers are into, head to Jungle Island. This unique attraction started out as Parrot Jungle (featuring fleets of trained parrots), and now boasts over 1,100 tropical birds and close to 2,000 varieties of tropical plants, in addition to primates, reptiles, and large cats. There’s also a waterpark, ziplining, and even a wind tunnel powered free-flight experience.
Miami Children’s Museum
Located near Jungle Island, the Miami Children’s Museum is a great place for younger kids. The hands-on exhibits include a music studio, a construction zone, a rock climbing wall, a cruise ship, a hospital, and even a “life skills” area where kids can practice activities like going to the bank and shopping for groceries. There’s even an art studio with hands-on creative projects like painting, sculpting, and collage.
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