Miami welcomes more than 14 million tourists every year. Many of them want to, per Will Smith, party in the city where the heat is on, all night on the beach ’til the break of dawn. But if you’re traveling with your family, such late-night bacchanalia may not be on the menu.
You don’t have to engage in revelry to enjoy Miami. Whether you’re a tourist or a long-time resident, there are many family-friendly activities you can enjoy in and around the city.
For this guide to Miami activities, we’ve focused on outdoor activities only. We’ll save our restaurant recommendations for another time.
Read on to discover your next Miami outdoor adventure.
What follows are activities for swimmers, explorers, and athletes. Whatever your family is into, you’ll find something that fits your interests here. Grab a bathing suit and take a look!
We’ve skipped the beach in our recommendations. It’s just too obvious. But we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to highlight this swimmer’s paradise.
The Venetian Pool in Coral Cables is made entirely out of coral. It includes lookout towers, waterfalls, a signature bridge, and palm trees. So, while you may not be in the ocean, the feeling of exploring the outdoors surrounds you. There are more than 800,000 gallons of spring water in the pool and plenty of hidden grottos for experienced swimmers to explore.
The pool is not open to children three years old and under, but it provides plenty of fun for the rest of your family.
The best way to explore this 83-acre botanic garden is to relax aboard a tram that takes you through the park. Guides give their 45-minute tours in either English or Spanish, and all families are welcome.
You’ll want to save your visit to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for a cool day since the park can get quite hot. There are a lot of different attractions within the garden, so make sure to research the things you want to see most before. We suggest the butterfly conservatory, called Wings of the Tropics.
If the botanic garden only whets your appetite for wildlife, you can dive even deeper with a visit to the Everglades. Sure, it’s the most popular national park in Florida, but there’s a good reason for that.
At Everglades National Park, you can ride bikes through Shark Valley, go camping, or take an airboat through the swamps. There is plenty of cute and ferocious wildlife to take in, both plants and animals. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for gators!
This outdoor gym is a blast of family fun, with a sand volleyball court and plenty of equipment scattered through the park. It may not be suitable for your youngest children, but just like at any park, there’s plenty of exercise available.
We conclude our list with another park, this one on a slightly smaller level since it’s a state park. But Oleta River State Park is no small attraction. It overlooks Biscayne Bay, which makes it as picturesque as it is exciting.
Explore the mangrove trails, and search for crabs. Just make sure to wear your life preserver!
Miami is a paradise for outdoor activity lovers, especially those in families. Take our suggestions for Miami activities, and run with them to make your personal must-see list.
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