South Florida family activities

Southeast Florida in jam packed with fun things to do for kids and families, and Miami is home to many of the favorites. Besides the miles of gorgeous beaches full of fun water sports activities, the attractions are a real treat. Kids and adults are sure to be entertained and experience unique and exploratory adventures.

Jungle Island

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, (Watson Island/McArthur Causeway), Miami (305)

"Conveniently located off the Causeway between Downtown Miami and Miami Beach, Jungle Island is one of Miami's beloved family attractions since 1936. Partake in hands on interactions with rare and exotic animals, marvel at the liger, holder of the Guinness Book of World Records Largest Cat title, and Mama Cass, the only tame Cassowary in the World. Meet Peanut and Pumpkin, only the 3rd set of Orangutan twins to be born in captivity. Immerse yourself in the parks lush tropical landscape, and don't miss the shows."

Miami Seaquarium

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne (305) 361-5705

"A cherished Miami attraction, the 38 acre Miami Seaquarium opened its doors in 1955 as the first and largest marine-life theme park in the US. Fifty years later, Miami Seaquarium is the longest operating oceanarium, and South Florida's most popular attraction. Home of the 1960's film and popular TV series "Flipper", today the star's offspring and friends perform in the Dolphin Show at the park's Flipper Lagoon. Or meet the dolphins up close and personal at Dolphin Harbor, the park's amazing Dolphin Interaction Program. Enjoy the Sea Lion and Harbor Seal show at the famous shaded Golden Dome and marvel at Lolita, the beautiful and intelligent Killer Whale as she performs alongside Pacific White Sided Dolphins. Enjoy a fun filled day of exhibits, shows, and meet the gentle manatee's including Juliet who was the first to give birth in the care of man, Visit the endangered mangrove habitat Discovery Bay, home of rescued turtles, crocodiles, deer, and exotic birds. Miami Seaquarium is committed to wildlife conservation, education, and rescue."

Monkey Jungle

14805 SW 216th Street, Miami (305) 235-1611

"Explore the lush tropical rain forests of the Amazon amidst hundreds of exotic monkeys. Visit the exotic wilds of Asia, Africa, and South America and their awe inspiring apes, crab eating monkeys, turtles, and colorful birds. Hop on the new Rainforest Adventure Tour, feed the monkeys. Monkey Jungle is home to one of South Florida's richest fossil deposits, snack bar, and gift shop."

Miami Metro Zoo

12400 SW 152nd Street, Miami (305) 251-0400

"Rated one of the top ten zoo's in 2008. Bring your walking shoes as this amazing zoo consists of 340 acres showcasing over 2,000 animals in large open air exhibits. One of the first free range zoos in the country. Features include a parrot feeding area, 27 acre Amazon and Beyond, Wings of Asia Aviary, Dr Wilde's World. Humpy's Camel Rides, Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station, Kaziranga Camp Rhino Encounter, then new Playground Playworld, and amphitheater wildlife shows. You can take a guided tram tour or ride the monorail. picnic, or even have a party at the facility"

Miami Children's Museum

980 McArthur Causeway, Miami (305)

"Centrally located off the McArthur Causeway linking Downtown Miami to Miami Beach, this is Museum full of interactive fun for kids. The motto here is Play, Learn, Imagine, Create, as children explore the wide variety of exhibits and learn along the way."

Miami Science Museum and Planetarium

3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami (305) 646-4200

"Located just north of Coconut Grove, the Miami Science Museum is also home to the Miami Planetarium with Jack Horkheimers Star Gazer and numerous educational and entertainment filled exhibits. Fun for kids and adults, the museum is home to the Weintraub Observatory, a Wildlife Center, Newton's Notions, Music Musica, and daily shows. Currently under construction to open in 2015 is the new Frost Science Museum and Planetarium at Museum Park Downtown Miami. The new state of Art attraction will feature an enormous exhibit gallery, dance on the energy dance floor, and an enormous gulf stream tank to observe marine life swimming above your head.

The Venetian Pool

2701 de Soto Blvd, Coral Gables (305) 460-5306

"The Venetian Pool is a unique and beautiful aquatic experience unlike any in the country. Created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, the most amazing feature is the 820,000 gallons of spring water fed from an underground aquifer daily. There are two waterfalls, caves, grotto's, and a signature bridge amidst the lush landscaping and stunning Mediterranean architectural features."

Everglades Animal Farm

40351 SW 192nd Ave, Florida City (305) 247-2628

"Located right in the beginning of the Everglades, easy to find and park. Great spot to see the Everglades on an airboat ride tour, enjoy a good show and farm with a lot of alligators and snakes"

Florida Everglades

Mile Marker 70 Old Tamiami Trail, Miami (305) 552-8365

Everglades National Park is one of the most uniquely unusual parks in the country with 1.5 million acres of swamps, sub tropical jungles, and saw grass prairie's. Home to numerous rare and endangered species, this watery adventure park is home to the American Crocodile, West Indian Manatee, Florida Panther, and amazing birds. Explore the river of grass waterways with an airboat ride, canoe, camp, or just walk along the scenic pathways. There are ample places to rent an airboat, see a show at various locations including the Miccosukee Indian Village just 30 min west of the Florida Turnpike. Here you can see the time honored customs and heritage of the Miccosukee Indians, see an alligator show, and take an airboat ride through the Everglades."

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