Are you taking a vacation to Miami with kids in tow? Miami is an incredible choice for a family vacation. With year-round beach weather, loads of outdoor adventures and fun activities to be had, and family-friendly restaurants, it’s hard to go wrong on your visit.
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We’ve put together a 3-day itinerary for visiting Miami with kids. Some highlights include:
- Crandon Park beach
- Lincoln Road Mall
- Miami Seaquarium
- Jungle Island
- Miami Children’s Museum
- Zoo Miami
- Kayaking in Biscayne National Park
- Little Havana
- The Everglades
- Glass bottom boat tours in Biscayne Bay
Miami with kids 3-day itinerary
An itinerary for Miami with kids is all about exploring nature through beach days and trips to Jungle Island, the Seaquarium, or The Everglades. But it’s also about indulging in your sweet tooth and enjoying some good grub. Think: Relaxing afternoons at the Botanical Gardens followed by dinner at a bright pink classic diner. Empanadas and ice cream in Little Havana. Hikes by the beach in the morning and a trip to the movies at night.
Enjoy this 3-day itinerary for Miami with kids and get exploring.
Day 1: Get to know South Florida’s unique nature
Whether it’s your first time as a family in Miami or you’re a frequent visitor, there’s no better way to start a vacation here than at the beach. Spend the morning at Crandon Park, a family-friendly spot with calm waters and helpful amenities like picnic areas and playgrounds. If you’re up for it, take a short hike on the Bear Cut Preserve Trail, which is a 1.5-mile path that winds through a mangrove forest and offers views of Biscayne Bay.
After lunch, enjoy some more time outdoors with a visit to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, where kids can explore the gardens and learn about the unique fauna and flora of south Florida. Parents will also love this tranquil spot for spending a peaceful afternoon.
Ready for dinner? Just a few blocks away from the gardens you’ll find Big Pink, a classic diner the kids will love with a thoughtful kids menu and laidback vibe.
If you’re up for it, you can head to Lincoln Road Mall after dinner. This pedestrian-friendly outdoor mall area is full of shops, cafes, street performers, and a movie theatre to catch a film while you’re in Miami with kids.
Day 2: Enjoy animals and decadent desserts
Begin your day in Miami with kids with a visit to Greenstreet Cafe where you can all enjoy some of Miami’s most beloved pancakes.
Then you can choose to pay a visit to either Jungle Island Miami or Miami Seaquarium.
Jungle Island Miami is an interactive zoological park located in Miami, Florida. Over the years it has evolved into a world-renowned attraction that features a variety of exotic animals, interactive exhibits, and thrilling experiences. Jungle Island Miami is home to over 300 animals, including birds, primates, big cats, and reptiles, many of which are rare or endangered.
Alternatively, check out Miami Seaquarium where you can enjoy the sea turtle exhibit, which showcases different species of sea turtles and educates visitors about conservation efforts, or the shark exhibit.
For dinner, enjoy something lowkey after a crazy day, like Shake Shack or Fuddruckers.
End the day at Sugar Factory. This beloved Miami sweet spot is the place of childhood dreams come true. Kids can choose from hundreds of different candies, snow cones, ice cream sandwiches, and more. Even better? Sugar Factory makes delicious candy-themed adult beverages like the Sour Apple Lolly Martini complete with a Pop Rocks rim.
Other alternatives for Day Two? Check out Zoo Miami or go kayaking in Biscayne Bay.
Day 3: The Everglades and Little Havana
This morning, we’re going to The Everglades. If you have a rental car, load up the kids and venture west to the Everglades National Park. There are several entrances to the park. Choose your entry point and, from there, you can explore the hiking trails, take a guided tour, or go on a wildlife viewing excursion.
If you’re not renting a car, not a problem. There are many companies in Miami that offer transportation and tours through the Everglades. Since you’re in Miami with kids, we suggest an airboat tour for maximum enjoyment by parents and children alike.
In the afternoon, head over to Little Havana where there is plenty for parents and kids to enjoy. Enjoy wandering around as a family to enjoy the famous street art and introduce the kids to new foods like empanadas. There are even studios where you can take salsa dancing classes as a family.
Before you leave Little Havana be sure to pay a post-lunch visit to Azucar Ice Cream Company for some delicious ice cream.
Additional time in Miami with kids?
If you have an extra morning or even a couple extra days, some of our favorite additions to this itinerary include:
- The Miami Children’s Museum
- Glass bottom boat tours in Biscayne Bay
- Trampoline parks
- Mini Golf
- Wynwood Walls murals
- Indoor rock climbing
- Sailboat tours
Best family resorts in Miami
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
A beachfront resort where families won’t get bored. You’ll find a kids’ club, multiple pools, and a variety of dining options here. There are also multi-bedroom units available which makes a vacation to Miami with kids a breeze.
The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne
If you’re not willing to sacrifice luxury just because you have the kids in tow, check out this posh hotel located on a secluded island just a short drive from Miami. Family-friendly amenities include a kids’ club, water sports, and a family pool. In addition to the resort’s amenities, families can enjoy the island by hiking, biking, or paying a visit to the nearby Cape Florida Lighthouse and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.
Ready to get to exploring Miami with kids? Head over to Troupe and start planning your trip now.
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