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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 here. Please 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?
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!
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!
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.