Miami, Florida is one of the country’s most vibrant cities, famous for any number of things. Rich local culture and fantastic Cuban food mingle with world class beaches and a bustling hub of life. Seeing Miami with children is its own unique thrill as the city offers a host of family friendly activities and exciting opportunities to learn, have fun and soak up some rays!
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Cruise down a winding canal filled with wildlife on this exciting airboat tour. Experienced guides will teach you how to spot alligators, turtles and birds that you won’t find anywhere else. This Everglades adventure is perfect for the whole family. Gator Park’s famous alligator and wildlife show is filled with entertainment. Brave visitors can hold a real live baby gator. Make sure to bring your camera, Gator Park has plenty of photo opportunities. Stop by the souvenir shop for unique gifts, including alligator replicas, t-shirts, hats, jewelry and many other souvenirs.
Address: 3251 South Miami Avenue Miami, Florida 33129
Hours: Open daily, except Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Admission: Adults – $18, Children – $6
Explore the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the former 20th century villa and estate of businessman and millionaire James Deering. The Vizcaya retains most of its original furnishings and the historic layout of the formal gardens. The museum features 34 decorated rooms displaying over 2,500 pieces of art and furniture, ten acres of European-inspired formal gardens, an orchid collection with over 2,000 plants, and 25 acres of endangered forests. The Vizcaya was designated a National Historic Landmark for its significant architecture, landscapes, interiors and collections. Stop by the new cafe and shop for fresh food and unique gifts.
Address: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL 33149
Hours: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $ 43, Children – $34
Founded in 1955, Miami Seaquarium is the oldest oceanarium in the United States. With several exciting exhibits, entertaining shows and animal encounters, this seaquarium has something for everyone. Watch animal care specialists feed 200 lb sharks at Shark Channel. The Tropical Reef exhibit, a favorite among park visitors, features a 750,000 gallon saltwater aquarium filled with reef fish of every size and color, stingrays and moray eels. Come face to face with Florida manatees at the Manatee Exhibit. Children will enjoy the interactive Stingray Exhibit where they can feed and feel Southern and Cownose Stingrays. For an additional fee of $5, visitors can explore Sharky’s Sky Trail, a ropes course adventure three stories in the air with 18 challenges. Salty’s Pirate Playground is perfect for young visitors to cool down and splash around in this water-filled playground, which has a two-level pirate ship featuring water blasters, cargo nets, water slides and more.