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Family-Friendly Miami Beach - From Sandy Beaches to Blooming Botanical Gardens

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You may think that sun, sand, and sea are what make Miami Beach such a draw for kids, but this Atlantic Ocean destination offers so much more for the whole family. From thrilling outdoor activities like boating and kayaking, to educational eco-conscious institutions like botanical gardens, Miami Beach is full of the kind of stuff that will make you and your kids want to come back again and again.

Beaches

 

If you’re looking for a family vacation that includes hours of downtime soaking up the sun while your kids frolic in the outdoors, you can’t beat Miami Beach. Thanks to its tropical climate, you can sit on the sandy shores and swim in the crystalline ocean waters year-round. Kids can further enjoy being beachside by hunting for shimmering seashells and shark teeth, building sandcastles, and chasing each other in the surf. For a cool reprieve, they can gather under a big umbrella and enjoy a refreshing ice cream.

 

53rd-63rd Street Beach

 

If you’re looking to avoid the crowds of South Beach, head to the public beach between 53rd and 63rd streets. There’s also a play area in nearby 53rd Street Park.

 

53rd Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 33140

 

53rd-63rd Street Beach website

 

South Pointe Beach

 

Adjacent to South Pointe Park, this area provides plenty of observation points and benches for watching the ships pass by. It also has a jungle gym playground and an expansive picnic area.

 

Miami Beach 33139. South Pointe Beach website

Parks

 

Miami Beach does a wonderful job of maintaining splendid green areas to complement its sandy shores. For a different kind of play than what’s available on the beach, parents can find safe and fun options for very young children in area parks, which also house activities for older kids like public pools and ball fields. For a different kind of nature outing, you can spend an afternoon learning about environmental sustainability at a botanical garden.

 

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

 

Home to a tranquil Japanese garden, hummingbirds, butterflies, and edible treats including pineapple and pomegranates, this subtropical garden educates and entertains. You and your kids can book an Art in the Park class, take yoga, or join a meditation session.

 

2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach 33139. Tel: +1 305 673 7256

 

Miami Beach Botanical Garden website

 

Flamingo Park

 

Flamingo Park features a play pool and toddler playground with a swing set, as well as a rock climbing wall for kids age 5 to 12.

 

1200 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach 33139. Tel: +1 305 673 7750

 

Flamingo Park website

 

Boating and kayaking

 

A veritable playground for water lovers, Miami Beach offers endless fun for surfers, snorkelers, and divers. If you and your kids are looking for a seafaring adventure that involves a sturdier vessel, you can opt for a boating expedition that takes you on a land and sea exploration of the local attractions. For a more vigorous outing, you can rent a kayak and embark on your own family-oriented journey.

 

South Beach Kayak

 

Rent a single or double kayak and take to the water for some sightseeing. Don't forget to get some tips from South Beach Kayak’s helpful staff before heading out.

 

1771 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach 33139. Tel: +1 305 975 5087

 

South Beach Kayak website

 

Miami Pirate Duck Tours

 

This amphibious vehicle tour begins on the streets of South Beach before splashing into Biscayne Bay. You’ll take in Star Island, Monument Island, and the Miami skyline on the pirate-themed trip.

 

1665 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach 33139. Tel: +1 305 623 2637

 

Miami Pirate Duck Tours website

 

Kid-friendly dining

 

When you’re dining out with kids in Miami Beach, you won’t need to revert to fast-food chain restaurants. Thanks to the city’s wealth of cuisines, styles, and price points, you only need to ask your kids what they’re craving. Whether they’re in the mood for pizza, grilled kosher hot dogs, or ocean fresh sushi, you’re sure to find a suitable spot for family mealtime.

 

Big Pink

 

From the pink VW Beetle delivery cars to the smiling girl on Big Pink's logo, it's obvious that this place is all about fun. Kids will love the milkshakes and classics like hot dogs, burgers, chicken fingers, and grilled cheese.

 

157 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 33139. Tel: +1 305 531 0888

 

Big Pink website