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Mini-Magic City: 4 Charming Things to Do in Miami With Kids

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Various television shows and movies have made Miami seem so glamorous. Well-dressed adults cruise the city streets in their sports cars in-between stops at expensive boutiques. However, this is only a part of what Miami has to offer.

When you get down to it, Miami is a child’s paradise. On top of the Atlantic Ocean, there are plenty of things to do in Miami with kids as the city’s museums and neighborhoods call out to them. Here are 4 such things to do in Miami with kids.

Frost Science Museum

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Located off of the city’s famous Biscayne Boulevard, the Frost Science Museum gives families three types of learning experiences. There’s the main museum, the aquarium, and the planetarium. Needless to say, kids can spend the entire day here and still not see everything.

The museum’s unique aquarium gives its visitors an opportunity to get close to various forms of marine life. The science portion of the museum has dozens of hands-on exhibits for visitors to try out. Meanwhile, the planetarium continues to impress families as it did when it opened in the 1960s.

The Frost Science Museum is open every day of the year from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Little Havana

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The neighborhood of Little Havana is a must-visit for anyone taking flights to Miami. While it may not seem interesting for kids, there are a number of items that should pique their interest. For example, strolling down Calle Ocho and reading the names of all the Latin movie and television stars on its version of the Walk of Fame. From there, make a stop at Casa De Los Trucos and browse its vast array of Halloween costumes for sale or rent. During the baseball season, families can watch the Florida Marlins at their enormous stadium in the heart of Little Havana.

Hours vary among the neighborhood’s varied storefronts. Consult their websites or local tourist locations for further information.

You may also enjoy reading: What to See and Do in Miami’s Historic Little Havana District

Jungle Island

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If you’ve never been to an eco-adventure theme park, then you want to make a visit to Jungle Island a priority when visiting Miami. Situated on Watson Island, some older parents and grandparents may recognize the area as the former Parrot Jungle. Today, after an extensive post-Hurricane Irma renovation, it combines wildlife exhibits along with hands-on participation attractions.

The variety of wildlife is expansive with over 300 varieties of tropical birds, a pair of twin orangutans, and many more animals from across the globe. Attractions include an escape room, the above-ground Treewalk Village, and the Superflight simulator that allows participants to hover 15 feet above the ground. Jungle Island is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Miami Children’s Museum

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Also on Watson Island is the Miami Children’s Museum. Designed for the younger children in your family, the museum is some offers dozens of hands-on experiences, programs, and events. Most of these revolve around every day life lessons on how the world around them works.

For example, they can visit a bank, grocery store, or eco-friendly home. In addition, they can pretend to be a construction worker, veterinarian, or dock engineer. They can also experiment with glass designs, music, and other forms of art. In other words, several hours can be spent at the Miami Children’s Museum without kids getting too tired.

The museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Event times vary, so check the website for further information.

Have you been to Miami with kids? Have any other suggestions on what do there with the little ones? Leave them in the comments section below!

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