Welcome to Miami! Bienvenido a Miami! …Many people think of Miami as the city of hot latin lovers, tropical long nights at the nightclubs or expensive restaurants. Miami is all of that and more! I love exploring Miami and it’s the perfect city for weekend traveling. I came here many times before I was a mom, but now that I have the kids, I love it even more. Miami is also a city rich in culture and entertainment for all ages. You will love everything on this list because they are either free or very inexpensive! I knew it. Now, I have your attention! Here is my list of 5 Fun Things to do in Miami with kids.
1. South Beach Art Deco District – Yes, South Beach! This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country! There is no other beach like South Beach; white sand, clear water, beautiful people, colorful Insta-worthy lifeguard houses, and it has palm trees! Not all Florida beaches have them. That’s a plus for me because I’m always looking for shade. The view of the Art Deco buildings from the beach to the street is amazing! There is a playground on 14th St and Ocean Dr. Go during the week and you will find parking nearby. I also recommend to take a walk along Ocean Dr., enjoy the loud Spanish music and stop for lunch in any of the restaurants on the side walk. As long as you go during the week during lunch time, they are ok for kids. If you love Art Deco architecture, you will love the South Beach area.
2. Lincoln Road Mall – Lincoln Road is an amazing outdoor pedestrian shopping strip. You will find all the high-end brands, amazing shops and cafes. You will love the candy shop Dylan’s Candy Bar, we must have spent a good hour inside that store, is two stories! Also take your kids or yourself to fancy french macaron shop: Laduree Miami Beach. They will love you for it! Don’t miss the amazing art galleries, including a Romero Britto gallery and shop.
3. Little Havana Stroll – This is where you go for Cuban everything. When you go to Calle Ocho or Little Havana, it feels like you’re in another country. It’s pretty amazing! You want to start on Maximo Gomez Park, where all the abuelos (grandpas) are playing Dominoes. If you walk about a minute west you will find El Pub Restaurant, they have the most amazing and authentic Cuban food. Don’t forget to try the café Cubano. There are plenty of souvenir, artisanal, cigar shops and sidewalk service stands on this strip. Also, you can’t miss Azucar! Ice Cream Company, inspired by the famous Cuban singer Celia Cruz. They have amazing flavors, and my favorite Abuela Maria – Maria sugar cookie and guava. It’s delicious! Make sure to let loose and dance on the sidewalk, you’re on vacation!
4. Wynwood Art District – It seems like everyone on Instagram made it to Wynwood Walls last summer. So if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? The Wynwood Art District is a collection of free outdoor and indoor art installations, murals, galleries, shops and restaurants. There are 80,000 square feet of walls covered in art, you can easily spend two days to see everything! We had lunch at the Wynwood Diner and I highly recommend it. They have a variety of delicious items on their menu and amazing burgers! Wynwood Art District is a place to get inspired and appreciate art in many different forms and an amazing experience for the kids.
(photo source: Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science)
5. Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science – I was going to recommend the Museum of Ice Cream, of course, but since they are gone from Miami, this is my next best option. Our family loves science and this Museum is incredible! There are plenty of activities for all ages, but the most amazing exhibition is the Shark Aquarium! Tickets for an all access pass (including the planetarium, which I highly recommend) are only $29 for adults, $20 for kids 3-11 and free for kids 2 and younger.
I hope to have inspired you to explore this amazing city! There is so much more to see and discover, but this guide will be a good start. What are your favorite things to do in Miami? Always living the cake life!!!!