Miami's Youngest Residents Will Delight at These 10 Best Local Attractions



Miami's reputation for being a 24-hour party spot may be true, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of family-friendly activities for younger visitors. The Magic City is chock full of green spaces and public parks, from Florida City to North Miami Beach. 

But when you've exhausted your weekly or daily trips to the local playground, there are still plenty of other attractions to hit up that will keep little hands busy and little minds learning.

ZooMiami has often been touted as one of the best zoos in the country thanks to their multiple, open-air exhibits, not to mention the immense size of the park and their wide variety of animals. Animals, interactive exhibits, animal shows, and splash pads all make it a hit with the under 12 set.

Kids who prefer being seaside will love spending a day at Bill Baggs State Park. This family-oriented beach features a light house children will enjoy learning about and exploring, plus bike rentals and treats for sale.

And no child should leave Miami without visiting the local Children's Museum at least once. So many fun and interactive exhibits, including a mini-city and a "mountain" to climb, you'll be glad you brought the kids here.




The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science has a large array of hands-on exhibits for children in the science center, an outdoor Wildlife Center, and a planetarium with daily star shows and monthly laser light shows. The museum also has...  Read More


Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Photo courtesy of Arsht Center


The monolithic Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts was built by Cesar Pelli, the architect famous for the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. It is not his loveliest building: In daylight it resembles a collapsed layer cake with jutting...  Read More


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Watson Island
Jungle Island
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Tropical birds have the run of this unusual island park off MacArthur Causeway. Approximately 1,100 macaws, parrots and other winged residents join giant reptiles and exotic primates to impart special character to the attraction. Although the 18...  Read More




This Homestead fruit stand, established by Robert Moehling in 1959 when he stood street-side selling cucumbers for his father, is a Miami institution. Here, you can stock up on all manner of tropical fruits�papayas, sapote, anon,...  Read More




This is the most all-encompassing alligator experience you can have in Miami, and it will surely be the experience you go back home and tell all your friends about. Whip around through the tall saw grass of the Everglades in an airboat or swamp...  Read More




One of Miami's most relaxing beaches, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Beach is a scenic, sunny bit of paradise. It was named the "Cape of Florida" by Ponce de Leon in 1513 during his first Spanish expedition to the area. Located at the far...  Read More




Started in 1952 as a small, four-day event featuring agricultural achievements, prize-winning livestock, and a bevy of arts and crafts has turned into an all-out schmorgasbord of carnival games and ride, delectable concessions, thousands of...  Read More


Santa's Enchanted Forest
Photo courtesy of Santa's Echanted Forest Facebook


Santa's Enchanted Forest, the world's largest holiday theme park, pops up annually in Miami's backyard. Situated in Tropical Park, the amusement park-meets-Christmas extravaganza welcomes the masses every year from late October to early January....  Read More


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South Dade


The only US zoo set in a subtropical climate, ZooMiami mesmerizes visitors with remarkable, open air exhibits and exotic creatures from around the world. Favorite animals among zoo-goers include clouded leopards, Komodo dragons, ring-tailed...  Read More




The Miami Children's Museum is a non-profit, educational institution that is always hit with kids. Your little ones will love exploring all the interactive, interdisciplinary, multicultural exhibits, all of which are built with children's safety...  Read More


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Meet Priscilla Blossom

Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

She spent the bulk...  More About Priscilla

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