10+ Things to Do in Miami with Kids to have a Fun South Florida Vacation

Planning a vacation to Miami? Miami is a charming city that has a lot more to offer than nightclubs and high-end shopping.

Your kids are sure to enjoy the diversity of activities available for families in Miami, from tours and cruises to aquariums and zoos.

Encounter strange and exotic new wildlife, marvel at beautiful historic architecture, and explore all of the wonderful and wacky things at some of the best kids’ museums around.

If you’re looking for things to do in Miami with kids, check out this list of our favorite kid-friendly activities, including…

  • Miami Seaquarium
  • Jungle Island
  • Duck Tours South Beach
  • Lion Country Safari
  • Zoo Miami
  • Miami Children’s Museum
  • Sawgrass Recreation Park
  • Pérez Art Museum
    and more…

Consider adding a few of these kid friendly attractions to your vacation itinerary.

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Choose as you go from dozens of top Miami attractions and save up to 55% off combined admission vs paying at the gate. Or, build your own pass and save up to 20% off.

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Miami Seaquarium

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Perched on the shores of beautiful Biscayne Bay, this exciting, kid-friendly institution is one-of-a-kind.

Dedicated exclusively to marine creatures of the sea, this 38-acre tropical paradise is also known for its extensive rehabilitation efforts. A visit here is a great way to introduce children to the importance of animal conservation and environmental protection.

Some of the many creatures you’ll encounter at the Miami Seaquarium include sharks, dolphins, killer whales, seals, manatees, and many more.

Educational programs will introduce you to the details of their habitats, history, and current status in the world’s oceans. As a special bonus, you even get to meet TV’s famous dolphin Flipper!

Getting In: Miami Seaquarium tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Jungle Island

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Looking for more things to do full of animal adventure and excitement?

Then head to Jungle Island, a totally immersive jungle experience designed to allow you to explore the many plants and animals that populate the world’s diverse jungles.

Highlights include hands-on interactions with selected animals, behind-the-scenes tours of exhibits and training areas, and animal performances and demonstrations. Featured shows are “Winged Wonders,” “Wild Encounters,” and “Wild Adventures.”

You’ll enjoy all of this animal excitement while soaking up the serene beauty of the waterfalls and tropical trees that set the scene.

Getting In: Jungle Island tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Duck Tours South Beach

Duck Tours South Beach in Miami

Duck Tours South Beach covers both land and sea and manages to pack a lot of entertainment and exclusive insight about Miami and South Beach into one, fun filled  90-minute guided tour.

You’ll see all the top sights in Miami, including: South Beach, the Art Deco District, Fisher Island, Millionaire’s Row, Star Island, Biscayne Bay, and many more.

It’s a delightful activity for kids with its combination of street and water level explorations, and you’ll all love how refreshing and informative the journey is.

Getting In: Duck Tours South Beach tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Lion Country Safari

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Visit the African Savannah without ever leaving sunny Miami! You’ll encounter over 900 animals throughout your four-mile drive, including rhinos, lions, zebras, giraffes, and many more. It’s a great educational opportunity for kids who love animals, and will truly make you revise your notion of what animal parks can look like!

When you’ve finished your Safari, head to the adjacent Safari World Amusement Park, where you can witness animal demonstrations and performances, stop by the petting zoo, help to feed the birds, and enjoy a few classic rides.

A visit to Lion Country Safari is a wonderful thing to do with your kids.

Getting In: Lion Country Safari tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Zoo Miami

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Zoo Miami is another great animal attraction and thing to do for the whole family.

Spanning nearly 350 acres, this exotic animal park is home to more than 3,000 animals and over 1,200 plants distributed across stunning, state-of-the-art exhibit spaces. You’ll need several hours to really fully explore this exciting place!

Meet many fascinating animals in carefully redesigned habitats, including creatures from Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Amazon.

Your little ones will especially love Playworld Playground, designed to be half-jungle, half-waterpark. It’s a great play to run around and burn off some excess energy!

There are so many exciting things to see and do at this charming zoo, from feeding rhinos to riding a camel, that the kids will never want to leave.

Getting In: Zoo Miami tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Miami Children’s Museum

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Dedicated specifically to educating and entertaining kids in interactive ways, the Miami Children’s Museum is the perfect stop for families with younger kids.

The goal of the museum is inspire a life-long love of learning in your kids, so the exhibits are both engaging and informative. It’s the perfect way to develop their minds and social skills.

Some of their most popular exhibits and things to do include the 2-story (Sand)Castle of Dreams, the interactive Health & Wellness Center, the fun and fuzzy Pet Center, and the Safety Zone, where kids can dress up as policemen, firefighters, and more.

Getting In: Miami Children’s Museum tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Sawgrass Recreation Park

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Nestled in the Everglades, this exciting wildlife park and touring destination provides the perfect opportunity to explore one of Florida’s natural treasures.

Interact with and even feed select animals at the Swampyard Island exhibit, or meet exciting new creatures introduced by the visiting Predators Unlimited folks.

As a bonus thing to do, you’ll be able to hop aboard an exciting Airboat Adventure, which will zoom you through the Everglades at speeds of up to 40 mph. This 30-minute tour provides the perfect opportunity for you to capture an image of the famed Florida alligator!

Insider Tip: Now you can buy digital Everglades tickets directly from Smart Destinations. Get immediate access to the Everglades National Park at any entrance.

Getting In: Sawgrass Recreation Park tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Rent a Bike

Rent a Bike in Miami to Explore all the Sights

Get a full-day bike rental from Bike and Roll Miami and explore the city on two wheels.

You’ll be able to cover lots of ground and feel like you’ve gotten to know the city well when you map out your own routes and follow along (or try a suggested route provided by Bike and Roll).

It’s a fun way for the whole family to get some exercise, and for the kids to explore at their own pace without feeling rushed by a tour.

Popular routes include:

  • Miami Design District: this area is a must-see for fans of the fine arts, this hip neighborhood is home to over 130 art galleries, showrooms, stores, antique dealers, restaurants, gardens, and more.
  • The Venetian Islands: this popular route covers six beautiful islands off the coast of Miami crossing over a series of scenic causeways with spectacular views of Biscayne Bay.
  • Little Havana: home to a large, concentrated population of Cuban immigrants, Little Havana is a bustling, epicenter of social, cultural, and political activity in Miami with unique Cuban-American culture. It’s known for its vibrant street life, restaurants, music, and more. Insider tip: get a Cubano sandwich for lunch followed by a Cafecito (Cuban coffee)
  • Venetian Pool & Miracle Mile: bike out to the beautiful public pool known as the Venetian Pool, a quarry-turned-Venetian style pool that features vine covered loggias, shady porticos, a Spanish fountain, waterfalls, rock caves, and more. Then, go shopping (be sure to bring a backpack if you want to pick up any souvenirs!)  in Coral Cabels at the Miracle Mile.
  • South Beach: ride along a beachfront trail and see the glamorous sights of South Beach, including pristine beaches, Art Deco architecture, Versace’s Mediterranean mansion, Espanola Way, Collins Avenue shopping, the Holocaust Memorial, botanical gardens, and more, or, just enjoy a leisurely ride to the beach and relax.
  • Vizcaya, Coconut Grove, & Coral Gables: head out to the beautifully landscaped Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and see the lush tropical forest, mangrove swamps, and 10-acres of gardens (right next door to Madonna’s house).
  • Key Biscayne Island: ride along the beautiful bike trails of Key Biscayne, home to some of the best beaches in the US. You’ll get stunning ocean views, can stop at the Miami Seaquarium, and head out to see the Cape Florida Lighthouse.

Getting In: Miami Bike rentals by Bike and Roll are included with the Go Miami Card.

Jet Boat Miami

Jet Boat Miami is a thrill ride with a tour guide

A thrill ride with a guide. Jet Boat Miami is one of the best things to do in Miami with kids–they’ll love getting out on the water and seeing the sights of Miami while reaching speeds of up to 45-mph.

This cruise takes passengers on a thrill filled ride with 360-degree twists, side drifts, leaps, turns, pivots, and high speed bursts.

Kids will feel like they’re in one of their favorite action movies, all from the safety of this guided tour. Because it does go so fast, it’s probably an attraction best saved for middle grade or older children.

Getting In: Jet Boat Miami tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Pérez Art Museum

Check the Perez Art Museum Miami's calendar of events for kid-friendly activities

Get the kids excited about modern and contemporary art at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami’s flagship art museum. Exhibitions feature art from the 20th and 21st centuries and highlight the role Miami has played in the art world as a geographical crossroads between the Americas.

Free tours, led by museum guides, are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:30 pm and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm.

Insider tip: Check their calendar of events to see if there are any kid-friendly activities happening during your visit.

Getting In: Pérez Art Museum Miami tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Miami Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Bus Miami

See the sights of Miami at your own pace and get around with a convenient, 1 day pass to Big Bus Miami Hop-On Hop-Off tour. On the open top double-deck bus, you’ll get great views of major landmarks.

Choose from 3 loops (Beach Loop, City Loop, and Uptown Loop) which are 90-minutes each, or do them all depending on what you want to see, and get entertaining and informative live narration about everything you see.

Stay on for the full loops to get acquainted with the city or use the bus as your transportation to all the sights you want to visit. It’s an ideal option for families with small children because of its flexibility; you can hop off as soon as the kids get bored, and hop back on when they get tired of walking.

This is one of the best things to do in Miami when trying to learn the area, too

Getting In: Big Bus Miami tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Key Largo Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

Kids examining sea life below the key largo glass bottom boat

Get the best views of the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the only undersea park in the US, on a fully-guided glass bottom boat cruise.

Aboard the Key Largo Princess you’ll get panoramic offshore views of the Florida Keys on your way to the underwater park. At the reef, you’ll see tons of sea life below the boat, including living coral, sea fans, sea plumes, colorful fish, and more.

The kids will love the unique chance to see through the floor of the vessel and down into the clear blue depths below!

Getting In: Key Largo Glass Bottom Boat Cruise tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Key West Day Trip

Take the kids on a guided full day tour from Miami to Key West

Take the kids across 42 bridges and through 32 islands to reach Key West, the Southernmost city in the continental US, on a full-day, guided trip.

When you arrive in Key West you’ll have about six hours to explore the sights you want to see. Visit the Hemingway House, take a trolley or train tour, rent a kayak, or poke around the boutique shops and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.

It’s a great way to spend the day on a unique adventure with the whole family.

Round-trip transportation from Miami Beach and Downtown Miami hotels is included.

Getting In: Key West Day Trip from Miami tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.

Let’s Recap

There you have it. Our list of some of the top things to do in Miami with kids during your vacation.

There are pristine beaches and clear waters to satisfy your desire for relaxation, and museums, tours, and cultural attractions to appeal to your intellectual side.

Remember, many of these great ideas are included on the Go Miami Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Consider adding a few of these kid friendly options to your upcoming itinerary. Enjoy!

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