Attractions in Miami, Florida for Kids

Attractions in Miami, Florida for Kids
While many view Miami as the up-all-night South Florida town, there are many opportunities for kids and parents to enjoy the wide expanses of beach, parks and museums that make this destination both fun and family friendly. Everglades National Park and many other sites to see tropical fish, alligators and much more provide a place for kids to actually see the things they read and hear about.

Miami Seaquarium

The Miami Seaquarium features more than 38 acres designed to highlight the wet wildlife Florida has to offer. In addition to daily shows featuring dolphins and killer whales, the Seaquarium offers an opportunity for kids to actually play and interact with dolphins at the "Dolphin Odyssey" program. Reservations are required for this special program; children must be at least 4-feet-4 to actually swim with the dolphins. Additional programs are offered for younger children (beginning with 5 and up).

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
(305) 361-5705


Everglades National Park

In addition to kayaking, canoeing and bicycling, Everglades National Park offers several separate locations, such Shark Valley Visitor Center, where kids can enjoy ranger-guided programs to learn more about nature's great predators, or the Flamingo Visit Center, where there's always a flock of these brightly colored birds. Be sure to visit the park's website or give the visitor center a call before coming; Miami has wet and dry seasons that cause different programs to be offered throughout the year.

Everglades National Park
(305) 242-7700

Monkey Jungle

The Miami Monkey Jungle is home to 30 primate species, including gibbons, spider monkeys and colobus. Learn the primates' feeding schedules, and you can see these playful creatures entertain for hours. Other daily sessions include "Hanging with Orangs," where monkey trainers show your family how they work with the monkeys.

Monkey Jungle
14805 Southwest 216th St.
Miami, Florida 33170
(305) 235-1611

Skate, Bike, or Surf

No trip to Miami is complete without a visit to beautiful Miami Beach. But if you're an outdoor enthusiast, you will need the gear to do that with. Two places to try are Fritz's Miami Beach, a skate, bike and surf shop for all ages. Rent a bike or set of inline skates to cruise down South Beach. Or try the Miami Beach Bicycle Center for knowledgeable professionals and great rentals.

Fritz's Miami Beach
1620 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 532-1954

Miami Beach Bicycle Center
601 5th St.
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 531-4161


Article Written By Rachel Nall

Rachel Nall began writing in 2003. She is a former managing editor for custom health publications, including physician journals. She has written for The Associated Press and "Jezebel," "Charleston," "Chatter" and "Reach" magazines. Nall is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee.

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