Miami is well known for it’s party scene both in the bars and on the beaches. But this tropical gem in South Florida offers ample choice of family activities both within Miami itself and the surrounding area. Here are some ideas of how to keep the kids happy during your time in Miami.
Everglades Airboating –
The Everglades National Park is just an hour and a half away from Miami, easily reachable by rental car or tour bus. Watch feeding time with the alligators and have a tour through the swampy grasses of the Everglades by airboat – smoothly skimming the water with the wind whistling through your hair. At the boat park there are kiosks offering refreshments and souvenirs, making this an easy yet exciting family day out.
Caribbean Cruise – Miami to the Bahamas
Take a holiday within a holiday and head to the Bahamas! There are a few travel options that can transport you from Miami to paradise itself, but most organised tours leave from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale (and will often organise transport from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale). These tend to be long days, where you check in at 6am and arrive back at the port around 9pm. Another option would be to take a ferry and stay as long as you want. Most boats will take you to Freeport on Grand Bahama, offering you the white sands and crystal clear waters you dream of. Activities are family friendly from snorkelling and scuba diving to dolphin watching and safari rides, you might end up staying longer than you planned!
Key West –
If the idea of getting up at 6am for the Bahamas seems a bit daunting, substitute the Caribbean with Key West. Rent a car and take it easy on the roads, enjoying the beaches and bridges along the way on your 3 hour ride to Key West. Once there, you’ll wonder if you’re in the Caribbean anyway! Surrounded by water along the Florida reef, Key West is a holiday haven. There are ample water-sports, snorkelling and sunbathing on the gorgeous beaches but also the opportunity to find out more about Key West’s unusual past as a wrecking town. The Shipwreck Museum takes you back to 1856 Key West, with actors and artefacts in tow, to recreate the world of the Wreckers. Along the Florida reef, at least one ship a week would be wrecked along this treacherous bit of shoreline. The Wreckers would head out into danger to salvage what was left of the goods which were later auctioned off – educational and exciting for your little pirates.
The Trails –
Combine some exercise with quality family time by renting out bikes and heading to the trails. There are many bike rental shops in Miami but also the DecoBike initiative that you’ll recognise from many modern cities. Bike stations are located along the main roads and are open 24 hours a day, you simply need a credit card and to select the number of hours you’d like to rent your bikes for. Hourly rates start at $4. Coast along the avenues of Miami or head to Aventura, North Miami and take the Snake Trail which is a free, family friendly paved trail about 3 miles in length.