Miami… with kids!

Miami is seen as the party town, full of Spring Breakers living it up and partying all night long. But that is not what Miami is to me.

Having lived there (well, Coral Gables, but that is technically Miami) for a year as the mom of a (then) 2 year old, all I know is how to have fun… with kids!

There are so many options of things to see and do with the little ones and being a frequent visitor to the Miami area over the past 5 years allowed me to do a lot of different things as my daughter was growing up. Here is a list of things we’ve done/places we’ve visited over the years with our little princess:

* Miami Seaquarium: If your kid is into marine life, this is the place for you! Between the live shows with killer whales and other animals and some exhibits, plan to spend the day, get your sunscreen on and drink lots of water. By the end of the day, the little one will be so tired – and so will you!

Show at Miami Seaquarium
Show at Miami Seaquarium

* Miami Children’s Museum: Maybe it works for smaller kids, but my 7 year old didn’t seem too amused with the place (neither did I). It has some cool areas, like the mini Publix supermarket and the pet clinic, but it lacks in getting the kids engaged. We stayed for 2 hours only and that was plenty of time to see it all – twice.

Playing at Miami Children's Museum
Playing at Miami Children’s Museum

* Village of Merrick Park: This is an open-air upscale mall with Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom but the reason why I recommend going to this place is for their nice garden with the fountains where kids can go and play when it’s a nice day outside. The restaurant options are not bad in both price and quality and just the stroll there is worth it. If you want to buy something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, they have a Victoria’s Secret there (and they used to have a Border’s Bookstore, which I was kind of a regular, too bad it’s closed now).

One of the entrances of the mall
One of the entrances of the mall

* Miracle Mile: My dear Coral Gables has the cutest little road, which is known as Miracle Mile. It makes for a nice end of day stroll, where you can start shopping for bargains at Ross Dress For Less, stop by at Navarro Discount Pharmacy to buy some inexpensive make-up (and they usually have some nice perfumes on sale), visit the cutest Barnes and Noble children’s session and wrap it up with a Coldstone ice cream.

* Lincoln Road: Full of shops and restaurants, I like this road because it has lots of trees and it can be a nice break from the sun. You can stop by at the very cool Books & Books to check out if they have a story time reading there for kids (their children’s section is so cute) and at Paul you can have a nice, affordable breakfast or a light lunch and just pop by the Haagen Dasz shop right next to it for an ice cream – and ice cream is the reward for good behavior during the stroll! 😉

* David Kennedy Park: I remember when we used to go looking for new playgrounds to explore with our little one! I wanted an ocean front playground, and this one directionally fit the bill. On your way to David Kennedy Park, stop by the Fresh Market to get some fresh fruits for snack time.

Kid(s) having fun at the park
Kid(s) having fun at the park

* The Beach: This is a no-brainer! Rarely a child will be bored at the beach.. and it’s free!!!

Words are not necessary to describe this one
Words are not necessary to describe this one

These are just some ideas of fun/different things to do in Miami with your little one. And there is no problem to just stay at the beach all day long… just don’t forget your sunscreen, lots of water and an umbrella for the hot Florida sun!

Links for more info:

Miami Seaquarium: http://miamiseaquarium.com/

Miami Children’s Museum: http://www.miamichildrensmuseum.org/

Village of Merrick Park: http://www.villageofmerrickpark.com/

Miracle Mile: http://www.shopcoralgables.com/

Lincoln Road: http://www.lincolnroadmall.info/

David Kennedy Park: http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/member-details.aspx?id=101628&s=/Things-To-Do/Nature-And-Outdoors/Parks&default=/~/media/Images/GMCVB/Misc/default_sunset_for_searches.ashx

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