Things To Do in Miami With Kids

With spring break and summer vacation right around the corner, many people are searching for vacation destinations. You can book a cruise, visit friends and family…or come to Miami! Sure, Miami is know for it’s fantastic food, stellar nightlife and club scene, but did you know that it’s also a great place to bring the kids for vacation? There are so many things to do in Miami with kids!

Things to Do in Miami With Kids

 The Deering Estate at Old Cutler

Once the private home to Charles Deering, the sprawling Deering Estate at Old Cutler is a popular site for visitors due to the oceanfront location and picturesque views. It is a fantastic place to visit if you are interested in the history of Florida, wildlife or ecoadventure!

The Deering Estate is home to one of the few surviving prehistoric burial mounds in Florida, dating back to Glades II and III periods, and also holds fossils from Pleistocene animals!

The Deering Estate at Old Cutler is also a popular spot for bird watching and falls within the Florida Birding Trail.

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One can see pelicans, juvenile and adult Blue Herons and many other species feeding in the shallow waters at Deering Point, a public park attached to the estate.

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The Deering Estate at Old Cutler offers tours of the historical grounds, bay cruises, kayak, canoe and bike tours for nominal fees.

While in the area, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is another great place to visit! Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was the private resident of industrialist James Deering, the brother to Charles Deering. It is a National Historic Landmark, with a lovely garden and museum for visitors to walk through, and a popular place to take photos!

Monkey Jungle Miami in Southwest Miami

Located in Southwest Miami, Monkey Jungle Miami is Miami’s best kept secret when it comes to wildlife – or not so wildlife. Animal behaviorist Joseph DuMond brought six Java monkeys to Miami in 1933 to begin a study, and almost 100 years later, we have a thriving troop roaming the canopy of Monkey Jungle Miami.

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What sets Monkey Jungle Miami apart from other animal attractions is that the monkeys roam free and the visitors are the ones in cages! Well, it’s more of an enclosed walkway, but you get the idea.

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Nearly 400 primates have free roam across the 30 acre reserve in one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States – and Monkey Jungle Miami is the ONLY protected habitat that the public is allowed to visit.

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It is truly a unique experience and I encourage all animal lovers to pay a visit the next time they’re in Miami!

The Venetian Pool in Coral Gables

The Venetian Pool in Miami is an attraction unlike any other; fed with spring water from an underground aquifier with two waterfalls and cave-like grottos, you can completely escape the hustle and bustle of busy Miami for a sunny afternoon…

The Venetial Pool was created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, and features two historic towers that provide a gorgeous view!

Location: 2701 de Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134 

Find out more about the Venetian Pool in Miami herePlease note, children under the age of 3 are not permitted. 

The Everglades Alligator Farm In Florida City

While it’s technically in Florida City, the Everglades Alligator Farm is a must-visit while you are in Miami. Just about 45 minutes away from Miami International Airport, the Everglades Alligator Farm is one of the few real working alligator farms that doesn’t process alligators. Alligator eggs are collected every year and sold to other alligator farms throughout the state to aid in population growth – did you know that the American Alligator is a federally protected species?

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At the Everglades Alligator Farm, you can see alligators up close, as well as crocodiles, caimans and other wildlife – including snakes.

There are wildlife shows throughout the day as well as airboat rides that the entire family will enjoy!

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Zoo Miami in Southwest Miami

Formerly known as Miami Metro Zoo, Zoo Miami (also known as The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens) is the largest – we’re talking 750 acres! – and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the US. We Miamians are proud of our zoo and the FUN and educational programs provided there!

Photo via Zoo Miami's FB page

Photo via Zoo Miami’s FB page

Zoo Miami includes animals from Asia, Australia and Africa, which are grouped according to their geographical areas. You can find species living together just as you would in the wild, as Zoo Miami recreates their original habitats. There are over 3,000 animals at Zoo Miami, representing over 500 different species – 40 of which are classified as endangered species.

National Parks Free Entrance Days for 2015

National Parks all around the country are celebrating FREE entrance days in 2015!
National Parks Free Entrance Days for 2015

January 19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 14-16 – Presidents Day weekend

April 18-19 – opening weekend of National Park Week

August 25 – National Park Service Birthday

September 26 – National Public Lands Day

November 11 – Veterans Day

Your Adventure Starts At Miami

The best part of being your own pilot is the freedom it offers. The world seems to open up as you take to the sky. Your biggest problem just may be where to go next. Your next dream vacation could just be a short flight from home and that is never more true than for those lucky enough to live in Miami.

Miami is a private pilot’s dream. From Miami, you can take short trips into the Everglades for a wildlife adventure or fishing excursion or up the U.S. coast to neighboring states and new beaches. But maybe one of the best trips for any private pilot based in Miami is south, island hoping through the Caribbean. Just the sound of the Caribbean is enough to bring up childhood dreams of long ago pirates, ancient explorers, tropical remote islands, and some of today’s most luxurious getaways. Commercial flights do make daily trips to any one of these island paradises, but as everyone knows, nowadays commercial flights are getting more expensive and the hassles associated with international airports can be a nightmare. But, if you are one of the lucky few with a plane and sense of adventure here are some of the regions best island destinations.

The Bahamas

The Bahamas should be on everyone’s list of places to visit at least once and probably more than once. Pilot getaways dedicated a whole article on this destination for private pilots. Every international flight begins with good planning and preparation. For any international excursion, be sure have your passports. You will always need all your standard aircraft and pilot documents required for any flight. Be sure you have your pilot certificate, any medical paperwork, air worthiness and registration papers, and be sure to have your radiotelephone operator’s license for yourself and your plane.

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You may need special insurance for the island, so be sure to check beforehand. Then just stock up on any gear your plane might need. An ecommerce aviation shop for pilots can offer you a variety of useful accessories for your trip.

Once you arrive at MYAF airport, get ready to enjoy all the island has to offer. Small Hope Bay Lodge, owned and operated, by a pilot is a must. The owner, Jeff Birch, has a wealth of knowledge and can help you plan for any journey to any of the other Caribbean islands. He also runs a dive shop so for those interested in scuba, not a problem, you can jump right in and enjoy some of the world’s clearest and life-rich seas.

Turks and Caicos

Your next stop should be the Turks and Caicos, so fly into the local airport, MBPV. Be sure to fuel up there as there are no other fuel stations around. Once settled in be sure to check out Grace Bay. It is an amazing beach and houses some of the nicest resorts you can imagine. If you’re looking for a pilot friendly experience, stay the Allegro Resort. The owner is very pilot friendly, offering special rates on stays including drinks and food, not to mention she is a great local to know. This might not be a place to stay for too long unless you are looking for the Club Med poolside experience but before you go, book a trip to a near by island teeming with large lizards and some amazing reefs. Talk to Silver Deep Catamaran–they will set you up.

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Dominican Republic

From there you will most likely want to fly into the Dominican Republic. Be sure to have some cash on hand, at least $500 dollar for fuel and fees as this airport will not take credit. The Dominican Republic is big and populated. But filled with history and a wild nightlife. The capital will offer anything you need and if you have never been go for sure. There are two choices of airports in the Dominican Republic the MDSD and FBO, and if the weather is bad your best choice is MDSD.

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Puerto Rico

You can always stop at Puerto Rico next, and If you have never been you should go once and soon. It is a part of the U.S. and as such western culture is starting to make an impact. Fast food restaurants and expats are becoming ubiquitous. It’s worth a stop but most seeking an exotic adventure will most likely not want to stay too long.  The main airport, TJIG, is just like any in the states with long customs hassles and long walks, so be prepared.

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Virgin Islands and Back

From there you can visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Martin and St. Maarten, then back to Key West and next home. Miami can be one of the best place in the world to start your own “Fly yourself” adventure.  With enough time and money it can be a trip of your life time. There is so much more to mention and so much more to do, but discovery is part of the adventure so if your based in Miami, or can make it your base, do it, fly south and live life.