Visiting Miami with Kids: 4 Top Tips
Some people might assume that Miami wouldn’t make a great holiday destination for families, but in reality it has plenty to offer both adults and children. It’s a vibrant city filled with colourful buildings and gorgeous white sand beaches and plenty of fun activities to keep you busy.
However, to ensure you get the most out of your trip you should always do plenty of research so you can be as prepared as possible. Of course, any family holiday is bound to throw you a few curveballs, but here are 4 top tips to help you get started on your itinerary.
1. Flights and transport
The majority of travellers will fly into Miami using one of two major airports: Miami International Airport (MIA) or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). MIA is more centrally located if you’re planning to take public transport like the Metrobus or Metrorail but if you’re renting a car FLL is another option. Both airports can get pretty busy, so to remove as much of the stress of travelling with children as you can you might want to consider taking a private jet to Miami. It’s worth noting that cabs can be expensive in Miami and during rush hour travel can take a long time. In addition, if you are travelling with very small children you may need to bring a booster seat or car seat when hiring a car or taking a cab.
2. Kid-Friendly Hotels
To minimise the amount of travelling you need to do while you’re touring, try to book a child-friendly hotel in the general area that you want to spend most of your time, e.g. the beach. Choose hotels that have kid-friendly pools, rec rooms, a private beach, and other kid-friendly activities lined up so that your little ones can have a thrilling time while you enjoy a nice time relaxing.
3. Dressing for the Weather
While it’s true that Miami gets a lot of sunshine and can be humid (so sun cream is a must), it’s not immune to heavy rain from time to time so bring some spare clothes, waterproof jackets, ponchos and umbrellas. There is also a chance of hurricanes between June and November but between March and May you should see plenty of sun and temperatures in the high 20°C to 30°C. It’s also important to pack hats and sunglasses.
4. Kid-friendly Activities
The beach is a popular choice with families and Matheson Hammock Park is a particularly kid-friendly option as there are no waves thanks to a man-made reef). In Crandon Park, you’ll find a 2-mile beach with palm trees as well as a Family Amusement Centre, tennis courts, a carousel and a roller rink.
The Everglades are an absolute must for families so why not take a tour through the wetlands and the wildlife? Kids will love spotting crocodiles in the wild. Alternatively, you can find even more animals at the Miami Seaquarium, Zoo Miami or even Biscayne National Park. In the park you’ll find Biscayne Bay which is home to barrier reefs and the Biscayne Bay Lagoon is a great place to see turtles and dolphins.
If you want some more educational activities, there are plenty of museums including the Miami Children’s Museum for interactive exhibits and activities for the whole family to engage in. The museum features exhibits including a rock climbing wall and Pet Central where they can learn responsibilities of owning a pet.
Written by Steve Conway, a techie by profession and a passionate traveler who loves to soak up the sun, swim in azure waters and explore far-off destinations that hold the promise of great adventure.