Miami Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Miami Family-friendly activities

Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

1. Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

Discover the Everglades National Park, a diverse landscape providing crucial habitats for numerous rare and endangered species. Take an airboat ride, and view alligators, turtles, and even the elusive Florida panther.  After paying the park admission fee, immerse yourself in swampland often referred to as the River of Grass. The park known as such because of the endless prairies of sawgrass that rise three to ten feet above the surface of the water. Encounter lush vegetation of the Everglades which also includes mangroves, cypress, palms, pines, and hardwood hammocks (small islands). The sawgrass is often so dense that travel is only possible through natural water passages. Ride on an airboat, which is designed to operate well in shallow water and marshlands. Propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine, have a fast and fun journey. Complete your visit with a wildlife and alligator show. Get up close with these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat.

Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride, Wildlife Show & Bus Transfer

2. Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride, Wildlife Show & Bus Transfer

Set off on a guided trip from Miami to discover Florida’s wildlife. Enter Everglades Holiday Park to enjoy a 45-minute airboat ride and an educational wildlife show. Benefit from skip-the-ticket-line entry and receive a free photo of your group. Head to the airboat to begin your guided cruise through the Everglades. Keep watch for native wildlife as your experienced guide will point out alligators, soft-shelled turtles, and birds in their natural habitat.  Next, see a wildlife show and get up close with alligators. Learn how these reptiles — who were once nearly hunted to extinction — made a dramatic recovery in numbers. Even take a photo with a baby alligator at the end of the show.  Board the bus to return to Miami.

Miami: Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

3. Miami: Sightseeing Speedboat Tour

Hop aboard a power catamaran and embark on a 45-minute off-shore adventure that provides an ultimate sightseeing experience in true "Miami Vice" style. Capture views of Miami and its spectacular skyline in comfort and safety, from the plush seating of a luxurious boat. Cruise along the Miami Coastline, passing by celebrities’ multi-million dollar mansions on Star Island, Fisher Island, and Miami Beach. Take some time to appreciate the Art Deco district of South Beach from the speedboat's unique perspective in the Atlantic Ocean. Cruise around on Miami's only boat that ventures into the ocean. Open 365 days a year, the speedboat departs daily from Bayside Marketplace from 11:00 AM until sunset: every hour on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

4. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

Embark on a real adventure with an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades and entry to the alligator and reptile exhibit. Explore this fascinating natural wonder, hear the history of the Seminole people, and learn about the wildlife you sport from your captain. Board your airboat and glide out into the Everglades. As you cruise, listen to fascinating historical and ecological facts from your captain. Listen to tales of how the Native American Seminole people and panthers once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Keep an eye out for rare and endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water, through grassy rivers, and over the tropical marsh. After your airboat tour, head into the alligator and reptile exhibit. Get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin and learn about these formidable predators.

Zoo Miami: General Admission Ticket

5. Zoo Miami: General Admission Ticket

Zoo Miami is the ideal place for an individual, a couple, or an entire family to spend a day. As a matter of fact, visitors can travel the world in one day! They will visit Africa, Asia, the Amazon, and Australia. Zoo Miami consists of 340 developed acres with more than 3,000 animals and over 1,200 plants and trees planted in such a way as to mimic the animals’ natural habitats. Guests will be able to have animal encounters, meet the keepers during scheduled Meet the Zookeeper talks throughout the day, and much more. They will enjoy jaguars, lions, tigers, orangutans, elephants, the Wings of Asia Aviary (the largest Asian-themed aviary in the western hemisphere with hundreds of free-flying birds), gorillas, chimps, koalas, tree kangaroos, frogs, snakes, meerkats, and more animals than could be listed. At the Amazon and Beyond exhibit, you will experience a rainforest with jaguars, anacondas, bats, venomous snakes (behind glass exhibits, of course), rare frogs, harpy eagles, and a 48,000-gallon aquarium. Be sure to visit our newest exhibit Florida: Mission Everglades! Here you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the incredible animals that call Florida home. You’ll be sure to see alligators, crocodiles, a bald eagle, and river otters! You may even have a chance to ride an “airboat” on the Lostman’s River (for an additional fee)! Upgrade your visit with a lunch basket with fries. Choose between a burger, chicken tenders, deli wrap, hot dog, BBQ pulled pork, or handcrafted salad. Get a souvenir cup with a fountain drink and a 10% discount on gifts from the shop with this option. And the Playworld Playground is a great place for kids to burn off some of that excess energy. Half jungle, half water park, they can stay dry or wet. Zoo Miami has food and drink concession stands throughout and a beautiful gift shop where you can buy that special memento that will bring back wonderful memories of Zoo Miami!

Miami: The Miami Seaquarium Park Admission Ticket

6. Miami: The Miami Seaquarium Park Admission Ticket

Discover the magic of sea creatures like turtles, dolphins, and penguins with this ticket to the Miami Seaquarium. Explore s 38-acre tropical paradise where you can sea and learn about animals like pink flamingos and bamboo sharks. Experience the thrill of watching dolphin acrobatics at a live show. View a 750,000-gallon saltwater aquarium teeming with reef fishes of every size and color. See the manatees that are featured as part of the rescue and rehabilitation program. Learn about the challenges that manatees and endangered sea turtles face in the Conservation Outpost. Get up close to some marine life in one of the touch pools. Feed and feel the gentle glide of sting rays at the Sting Ray Exhibit. Take a break and let the kids enjoy Sharky’s Playground Island. Make sure you visit the seals and sea lions to watch these playful sea dogs.

Little Havana: Food & Cultural Walking Tour with Lunch

7. Little Havana: Food & Cultural Walking Tour with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Little Havana, and experience its cultural traditions, sights, sounds, stories, rhythms, aromas, and flavors. Learn the rich stories behind the people and places, and walk away feeling like a local. Designed for locals and visitors alike, you will uncover the area’s rich history and culture, tasting Cuban recipes that have been handed down through generations. Meet and interact with locals, visit spiritual sites, and learn about secret religious practices. Watch senior exiles play dominoes on Domino Plaza, be amazed as skilled vaqueros hand-roll cigars, sip freshly brewed Cuban coffee, and admire the greatest collection of Cuban art outside of Cuba. Master the basics of merengue or salsa dance, and round-off your experience at a sit-down restaurant with a homemade meal of Cuban food.

Miami: Parasailing Experience in Biscayne Bay

8. Miami: Parasailing Experience in Biscayne Bay

Discover Miami from a unique perspective: soaring high on a parasail. Glide over Biscayne Bay with unparalleled views of Miami's stunning landscape as your parasail boat smoothly pulls you along. Dip into the refreshing waters right before landing back on the back of the boat. Arrive at your departure location where you will be introduced to the captain and mate. Departing from the dock on the parasail boat, the mate will go over the safety instructions and get everyone geared up. After a five to 10-minute boat ride into the bay, the captain will open up the parachute and call the first flyers up. Take off from the boat and enjoy a scenic ride over Miami. Right before landing back on the boat, enjoy a little dip in the water to cool down from the hot Miami sun. The other flyers will get a chance to enjoy the same experience before you ride back to the departure point. 

Miami: Duck Tour of Miami and South Beach

9. Miami: Duck Tour of Miami and South Beach

Discover Miami Beach on an amphibious vehicle. Tour South Beach and admire highlights, including the Art Deco district and Millionaires Row with a live guide before splashing into Biscayne Bay for views of the skyline. Explore the heart of South Beach and see Miami’s most iconic landmarks. Learn about the city with entertaining commentary from your guide. Pass through the Art Deco district of South Beach and admire the brightly colored buildings and unique architecture. Then, make a dramatic splashdown into Biscayne Bay for a unique look at the shoreline of this sparkling city. Take in the views of Fisher Island, and Millionaire's Row, and marvel at the homes of the rich and famous who call Miami home.

Miami: Museum of Illusions Ticket

10. Miami: Museum of Illusions Ticket

Take a break from the real world and step into the Museum of Illusions. Visit any of the 40+ exhibitions designed to confuse the senses with 3D optical illusions. Have fun with the family in a creative and interactive space. Witness over 40 3D illusions during your outing at the Museum of Illusions. Be in awe of eye-popping pics inspired by cartoons, art, current events, movies, and much more. Fly on the magic carpet, walk on the edge of a skyscraper, and even survive a perilous journey over the lava bridge. Allow your imagination to run free in the vast expanse of the Infinity room. Defy the laws of gravity in the Reverse Room and even shrink to miniature size in the Ames Room. Enjoy an adventure that is perfect for people of all ages and be sure to grab some truly unique instagram photos in any of the exhibition rooms.

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What people are saying about Miami

Great to glide across the Everglades, being part of nature. A nice relaxing ride seeing wonderful creatures. Hated the constant begging for tips- really annoying! Wasn’t keen on the alligator show- not a fan of wild animals being treated like circus show. Good value for money and a nice day out.

What an amazing boat tour, it was a high speed ride with good music playing, the driver and tour guide were friendly with lots of information on the houses of the rich and famous and landmarks, to top it off they entertained us with some high speed power slides. Would definitely do it.

I and my daughter had an amazing time there. the staff in the shop, the gentleman who drove our boat and the instructor at the end were perfect. We could not have had a better time. I truly could not express a better appreciation for everything.

We loved the boat ride and the animal show. We saw several alligators and some beautiful birds! It was a wonderful experience!

Fantastic boat trip and wildlife talk. Well organised and no waiting around.