Miami is a fabulous spring break city. It’s on the top of every vacation list for many reasons, and you won’t be surprised to hear that it’s a popular destination among couples and groups of friends traveling during this spring vacation season.
It’s also a great family destination, with much to offer in the way of arts, culture, and outdoorsy fun.
Check out our list of popular, spring break attractions in Miami, including:
- Vizcaya Museum
- Biscayne Bay Cruise
- Zoo Miami
- Key West Day Trip
- and more!
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Relax on Beaches
First things first – let’s hit the beach. There are plenty of options to choose from in Miami, from the ritzier private beaches to the more affordable (but equally warm and sunny) public parks.
Some of the most welcoming beaches (good for both adults-only groups and families) include North Hollywood Beach Park, Crandon Park Beach, and Matheson Hammock Park Beach.
If you’re looking for a beach with more greenery and perhaps some bike trails, North Shore Open Space Park is a good option.
Forget your bike, or couldn’t bring it? Rent a bike and enjoying pedaling the beachside trails to your heart’s content.
Getting In: Bike and Roll Miami bike rentals are included with the Go Miami® Card. Admission to private beaches is not included with the Go Miami® Card, but some public beaches are free.Note: the below ads are not affiliated with SmartDestinations.com
Tour the City
A great idea for families visiting Miami is to take a tour of the city. It’s the perfect opportunity to see more of the city than you’d be able to explore on your own without an expert guide, and it’s a lot of fun, too.
Choose a hop-on hop-off option for the most flexibility to choose your own attractions and make your own itinerary, or select a duck boat tour for an incredibly fun time that incorporates land and water explorations.
Take a Day Trip to Key West
If your kids are old enough to take advantage of a day-long excursion, hop aboard a bus trip to Key West and explore the southernmost portion of the Continental United States.
After you arrive, you have several hours to explore Key West on your own, with optional additional activities like parasailing or kayaking on the menu, should you choose to partake.
Or, you can always stop by landmarks like the Hemingway House just to get a feel for the area. There are also some nice shops and restaurants to enjoy in charming neighborhoods like Mallory Square.
Getting In: Key West Day Trips from Miami tickets are included with the Go Miami® Card.
Explore Art Deco Architecture
Miami is filled with great cultural attractions from modern and classical art to historic and contemporary architecture.
For one, the whole family will love the chance to explore of the city’s fabulous art deco architecture. Take a self-guided tour, or just roam around on your own.
There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so be sure to keep your phone or camera charged.
Getting In: Miami Art Deco tour tickets are included with the Go Miami® Card.
Visit Art Museums
If you’re looking for additional artsy attractions, consider visiting a museum or two, like the wonderful Pérez Art Museum or the stunning Vizcaya Museum, complete with lush period gardens and equally fantastic historic architecture.
Your admission to the Pérez Art Museum also includes an informative, 45-minute tour of the gallery space. This tour emphasizes the collection highlights and makes all of their exhibits accessible to younger children.
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens are a particularly unique offering in Miami, representing the splendor of twentieth century grandeur, imagined through the lens of European art and architecture. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the lovely Orchidarium.
Close out your afternoon with a leisurely stroll along the Baywalk Path, which you can easily pick up in the Museum Park.
Enjoy the Water
Since you’ve already had a chance – hopefully – to enjoy a dip in the water on one of Miami’s many sunny beaches, you’ll want to experience the waterways of Miami from a new perspective – with a cruise!
Opt for a sightseeing cruise of Biscayne Bay, which provides amazing views of some of the top sites in the area, like the Venetian Islands, the Miami Herald Building, American Airlines Arena, and more.
These cruises are fun opportunities to get out on the water with the whole family, and your expert tour guide will make the trip informative as well as enjoyable.
Another great option is a glass-bottomed boat cruise, which allows you to work some wildlife observation into your delightful time on the water.
Roam the Everglades
If you’d prefer to explore a different side of a nature, why not choose a trip to the gorgeous Everglades? Everyone will want to catch a glimpse of those famous gators — even if there’s a bit of a fright factor going on there!
A thorough tour is a great way to enjoy the water while combining the natural beauty of the wilderness with a chance to see some of Florida’s most famous critters. Embark on a trip that departs from Miami for maximum convenience.
Getting In: Everglades tour tickets are included with the Go Miami® Card.
Visit Animal Parks
Whether you’re an avid animal lover, or you just enjoy the sight of a few tropical fish now and again, Miami has something to keep you happy.
Pay a visit to Zoo Miami and meet some of your favorite critters as they romp around spacious and modern enclosures. This zoo has a great deal of variety, housing creatures from across the globe. You’ll get opportunities to feed selected animals, too.
The kids will also enjoy a visit to Jungle Island, where many animal encounters and informative talks await the whole family. Jungle Island in particular emphasizes authentic jungle experiences, so visitors will feel like they’ve truly stepped into a tropical wilderness when roaming this intimate but diverse park!
Enjoy Shopping & Parks
Don’t forget to leave some time to explore Bayside Marketplace, a fun little shopping and dining destination located right by your cruise pickup location. Have lunch or dinner here, and save some time for souvenir hunting.
The nearby Bayfront Park also has a lot to explore, from the beautiful fountain to amphitheaters and open-air pavilions. There may be an event or two going on during your stay, so be sure to check it out for any outdoor concerts or plays!
Save on Admission
So there you have it – a fabulous list of suggested attractions that makes the most of all that Miami has to offer visitors during their Spring Break vacation.
Whether you’re available for a long weekend or for more time, we’re sure you’ll find something to love about sunny South Beach.