Think of a reason to go to Miami.
Most people think bachelor/bachelorette parties, concerts, cruises, and getaway weekends. Sure, it’s a party-perfect locale with some of the world’s best clubs, bars, and restaurants, but Miami is also a wonderful destination for families. With so many fun, educational things to do museums, zoos, and farms, Miami has just as much to offer for kids as it does adults. Here are our top five picks for family-friendly destinations in Miami:
A little to hot for fun in the sun? Take the kids inside the air-conditioned Miami's Children's Museum for creative playtime at their art and music studios as well as a climbing wall. They'll also have fun pretending they are in a supermarket, vet’s office, or Port of Miami as well as examining a gorgeous tiled castle or diving “under the sea.”
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $15 Florida residents; $6 military families
An authentic Miami experience, the walls in Wynwood neighborhood is basically an outdoor art museum comprised of many walls with striking graffiti art. Wander through on your own as a family or take a tour to hear about the history and inspiration behind this unique destination. Afterward, grab a bite at one of the nearby hip, eclectic eateries like as Wynwood Kitchen & Bar .
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. till midnight; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. until midnight.
Animal-lovers will thoroughly enjoy Zoo Miami, the oldest zoological garden in Florida and the only subtropical zoo in the continental United States. Because Miami's weather, this zoo is able to keep an interesting mix of animals that your family might not see anywhere else. In addition to seeing the animals, kids can also play on the playgrounds or splash pads and take fun rides on a carousel, monorail, or safari cycle.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission starts at $18.95 for children ages three through 12
The Frost Museum of Science is a wonderful day trip for the entire family, especially budding scientists. The museum has a planetarium, aquarium, and “MeLab” teaching about brain-and-body connections. Exhibitions throughout museum also teach curious visitors about ecological interests such as rooftop gardening, the Everglades, water conservation, river fish, and levers.
Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Admission: starts at $17 for Miami-Dade residents ages three through 11
For adventurous eaters in the family, take a drive out in the country to Homestead and spend a couple of hours at Robert is Here. This family-owned food stand has become a tourist destination drawing crowds with their delicious smoothies and treats as well as their exotic fruits and vegetables grown on the property. Kids will also enjoy seeing farm animals and playing on the splash pad.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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