Miami is a family-oriented city and is packed with children-friendly attractions, activities, and restaurants. There are even a variety of free family-friendly experiences for you and your children.
Museums and Parks
The Biscayne National Park offers a free program, Family Fun Fest, on the second Sunday of each month from January through May to promote hands-on activities for children and parents and interaction with nature. At any time, the park rangers give advice for spotting the dolphins and manatees that swim along the shore.
The world class Zoo Miami has exhibits that are divided into parts of the world: Asia, Australia, Africa, and Future Tropical Americas. See flamingos, monkeys, komodo dragons, rhinos, meerkats, tigers, lions, bears, and more.
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is the place to visit for a train enthusiast of any age. The first Saturday of any month except March is free, and children under two years of age are always free. Take a ride on a variety of model trains, see rare collections, and allow younger children to play at the Thomas the Tank Engine tables.
The Weintraub Observatory hosts a free "Star Show" on the first Friday of the month. See far-off galaxies, the Milky Way, and much more.
HistoryMiami, formerly known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, is a Smithsonian Institute Affiliate. Free Family Fun Days are on the second Saturday of each month, and both children and adults have an opportunity to learn exciting and new things. Children under age six are always free.
The Miami Children’s Museum offers a hands-on interactive and crafts experience for visitors of all ages. A Free Day for everyone is the third Friday of every month from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Board a life-size cruise ship, play on a two-story sand castle, or explore a kid-size television studio, veterinary clinic, or health and wellness center.
Take advantage of Miami’s wealth of cuisines to get the kids to try new food and to expand your whole family’s palate.
The Lime Fresh Mexican Grill originated in South Beach and specializes in fresh ingredients and features tacos, burritos, quesadillas, delicious guacamole, and a homemade salsa bar. Child-sized meals are offered for less than $5.00.
Randazzo’s Little Italy in nearby Coral Gables gives you old-time Italian family style dining. Split their giant meatball between the kids!
Big Pink has a fun atmosphere, affordable prices, and a kids menu. There are burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, large salads, and homemade potato chips. They also serve breakfast all day.