8 Fun Things to Do in Miami with Kids

Miami is a young city, having only been around for a little over 200 years. Yet, there is so much to do in this sunny, tropical town. I was born here and so were my children, so I know a little about the places to go that kids will enjoy. Some are expected and some are local secrets. Here is a list of the things I recommend for things to do in Miami with kids.

Related: How to Plan a Vacation with Kids, Tips for a Multigenerational Family Vacation, Tips for Flying with Kids, and Tips for Traveling with Kids.

Is Miami worth visiting with kids?

Yes, Miami is definitely worth visiting with kids. There are so many fun, kid-friendly things to do in Miami.

Zoo Miami

Things to do in Miami with kids
Zoo Miami, Miami, Florida

The Zoo in Miami is the fifth largest in the United States. From alligators to pandas to flamingos, the Zoo has a wide variety of animals to see. With 4 acres of walkways, it might be a good idea to rent a Safari Cycle. In the summer it can get very hot, so there are splash fountains for the little ones to play in so make sure to take bathing suits. If you decide not to rent a cycle there is a tram that takes you through the park. There are places to eat, playgrounds, a carousel, and indoor exhibits. You could easily spend the whole day there. 

12400 SW 152nd St., Miami, FL 33177

Crandon Park

Miami with kids
Beach at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Florida

You likely want to go to the beach while in Miami and it would be very tempting to go to South Beach, but depending on the time of year you go, I would advise against it. Unless you are staying directly on the beach, head to Crandon Park in Key Biscayne. It’s a public beach (you only need to pay for parking) and the water is shallow so it’s a great beach for little ones.

6747 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Frost Science Museum, Miami, Florida

My kids always have fun at the Frost Science Museum, no matter what exhibits are on view. They have food options onsite as well. You can easily spend a few hours here. I recommend going early when it opens; it gets packed!

1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Calle Ocho / Little Havana

Domino Park, Little Havana, Miami, Florida

Head to Calle Ocho in Little Havana for a taste of Cuban Miami. My son loves La Casa de los Trucos, a store where they not only sell costumes but also gimmick products, such as fake lizards and a fart machine.

Walk by Domino Park and watch people play dominos. Unfortunately, you can’t partake unless you are a member and over 50 years old. Next to it there is a plaza where the kids can run around and jump on the dominoes painted on the floor

There are lots of restaurants in the area. You can grab a bite to eat at Versailles, a quintessential Cuban eatery, or head to Doce Provisions for more Latin fusion cuisine. You also can’t go wrong with El Rey de las Fritas. Then head to Azucar for ice cream. They rotate their offerings, but their #1 best seller is the Abuela Maria, which is created from a typical Cuban dessert of guava, cream cheese, and Maria cookies.

SW 8 Street between 13th Ave. and 35th Ave., Miami, FL 33135

Glass & Vine

Glass & Vine Restaurant, Miami, Florida

An outdoor restaurant in Coconut Grove, Glass & Vine has a park with a playground right next to it. The adults can enjoy their meal (or happy hour) while the kids play.

2820 McFarlane Rd., Miami, FL 33133

Shark Valley

Shark Valley, Miami, Florida

On the western outskirts of Miami in the middle of the Everglades is Shark Valley. Although it’s called Shark Valley, what you’ll really see are alligators, crocodiles, and birds.

I recommend a bike ride, either take your own or you can rent them there. But, if you’d rather not there’s also a tram and 2 short walking trails.

Make sure you take plenty of water and sun protection!

36000 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33194

Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Miami with kids
PAMM, Miami, Florida

The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has exhibitions of modern and contemporary international art. It also has an outdoor area with a nice view of Miami’s intracoastal. My kids enjoy some of the outdoor sculptures, as well as the exhibitions inside.

1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Oleta River State Park

Miami with kids
Oleta River State Park, Miami, Florida

To go kayaking and enjoy the outdoors, go to Oleta River State Park . You can rent kayaks or canoes and go through the waterways to a nearby beach. There are also other outdoor activities available.

3400 N.E. 163rd St., North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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