Top 5 Things to do in Miami Beach as a Family

There is so much to see and do when visiting Miami Beach, but make sure you get these five spots during your stay in South Beach.

1. South Beach

The obvious thing to do is visit the beach. I hope you are visiting Miami Beach for the beach but if for some reason you are only there on business or visiting for a day or two, you must just go. Sun-soaked white sand beach with clear and warm water – it’s paradise. The city comes around to clean the beach daily and the sand is always soft and clean. Wake up a little early and head to the beach to catch the sunrising right where the sky meets the ocean.

Andrea and Indi - South Beach at sunrise
South Beach in the early morning just as the sun is rising.

2. The Boardwalk and South Point Pier

This is two in one because you take one to get to the other. The boardwalk is beautiful any time of day and is great for strolling, running, biking, blading, or whatever else you want to do. You can enter to the beach at multiple breaks along the dunes and foliage and after you’re done swimming at the beach, there are little showers and water spray stations to clean off any extra sand clinging to you. The boardwalk is stroller friendly all the way to South Point Pier where you can get great views of Miami Beach and the coastline – any time of day.

Rooftop view of the boardwalk in South Beach
I walked the boardwalk more than I took photos of it, but I think this photo serves it justice.
South Beach Shoreline - Miami Beach, FL
View of the shoreline from South Point Pier in Miami Beach, FL. Even during a bit of cloudy skies you can still see the turquoise waters.

3. Jungle Island

Jungle Island is not very big but it is lots of fun for both little ones and adults. There are lots of parrots and McCaws sitting on perches as you walk through the zoo. Jungle Island is an island and is technically outside of Miami Beach but you will pass it on your way from the airport to the city – it’s a very short car ride from South Beach. There were lots of cool animals but the lemurs were very excited to see our daughter and were really interested in her.

Indi and a lemur on Jungle Island
Indi encounters a lemur at Jungle Island in Miami, FL.

4. Key Biscayne

I do not like when a list of things to do in a particular city mention things outside that city but, here I am doing that exact thing and you have to trust me. You technically have to leave Miami Beach to get to Key Biscayne, but it’s a short 15 minute drive and it’s well worth it. You’ll find nice quiet beaches with less people than on Miami Beach. Whether you visit Crandon State Park or Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, both are beautiful for a trip outside the city with family.

Crandon State Park
Just as beautiful as South Beach only quieter, with more shade, and a short trip outside the city.

5. Botanical Garden

The Botanical Gardens are FREE and make for a great little visit during your stay in Miami Beach. See lots of plants, koi fish, butterflies, and appreciate the enormous foliage around you.

Koi Pond at the Botanical Gardens
My husband, Ryan, and daughter Indi looking at the giant koi in the pond at the Botanical Gardens in Miami Beach, FL

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