Top five places to visit with the family in Miami

For years, the city of Miami has been one of the most popular family destinations to visit in the entire country. Whether they live in the city or are visiting for the first time, the City of Miami boasts numerous memorable tourist destinations that provide great fun for the whole family.

Entrance sign of Zoo Miami. Luca Fornoni/SFMN

Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL 33177
(305) 251-0400

The largest zoological park in Florida, Zoo Miami allows all families to witness and experience over 3,000 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, etc. from all over the world. Zoo Miami offers plenty of memorable animal interaction fun for the whole family such as feeding the giraffes and rhinos, live shows in the Sami Family Amphitheater, camel rides, and much more. Besides their daily activities, the zoo also offers seasonal events for both children and adults alike such as the zoo’s annual Zoo Lights event over the holidays that decorates the zoo in beautiful and colorful Christmas lights and provides loads of holiday food and activities for the whole family. If families look forward to a memorable, educational, and definitive wildlife experience, Zoo Miami is truly the perfect place for that. Adult tickets cost $22.95 per person while admission for children ages 3-12 cost $18.95 per person.


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Photo of Biscayne water. Photo by Skye Duke.

Deering Estate
16701 sw 72nd Ave
Miami, Fl 33157

The Deering Estate was the home and creation of Charles Deering, a Chicago industrialist of the early 1920s. Now a historical Miami site, the land and it’s houses are open to the public. It is located along the coast of South Dade, beautifully situated along Biscayne Bay. Hundreds of acres of forest are available for hiking. Included in this land is a Native Tequesta burial mound and a fossil site (both viewable by tour only). General admission is $22 for adults with kids costing $7 (three and under are free).


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Even outside of the walls, the art is everywhere. Olivia Guthrie/SFMN

266 NW 26th St
Miami, FL 33127

Wynwood is a neighborhood located in Miami, just south of midtown. It’s a young and colorful area, full of converted warehouses and businesses covered in murals from various artists, a lot from Miami themselves. It is a great place to spend the day with the family, walking and taking in the art and culture. It houses a variety of museums and galleries, the most notable being Wynwood Walls, an “outdoor museum that has brought the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami”. Along with many highly rated restaurants in the area, such as The Taco Stand, one of the best taco spots in Miami. Spend the day enjoying art and eating great food with the family.


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Beautiful Day at Hollywood Beach. Olivia Guthrie/SFMN

Hollywood Beach
N Ocean Drive/ Hwy A1A

Hollywood boasts one of many beaches available to all South Florida natives and visitors. Like many beaches in the area, its beautiful white sand and blue waters lure guests in. Unique to Hollywood Beach is its broadwalk. Lined with restaurants and shops, it’s 2.5 miles of additional fun in the sun.  The promenade is perfect for biking or skating along the beach. Quieter than some of the other beaches nearby (Miami/South Beach), it’s a great place for the whole family.

Exterior of the museum and planetarium from Biscayne Blvd.; Luca Fornoni/SFMN

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
101 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, Fl. 33132

Opening its doors to the public on May 8th, 2017 following a relocation from its original Coconut Grove location, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science offers several educational and entertaining exhibitions for the entire family to enjoy. Some of the museum’s most popular attractions include its 250-seat planetarium and the 500,000-gallon aquarium that allows guests to view different species of fish, rays, and sharks as well as species found right here in South Florida across three levels. The museum also offers families insightful education on different scientific areas such as flight, our solar system, and different sources of energy.

Whatever the reason may be for a visit, there is always something for each member of the family to enjoy. Admission for adults costs $29.95 per person while admission for children ages 4-11 costs $24.95 per person.


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Luca Fornoni is a senior at FIU and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Digital Journalism. He mainly enjoys spending time with his family and friends as much as possible as well as watching and discussing movies. 

Olivia Guthrie is a Junior at Florida International University currently majoring in Journalism with a minor in Religious Studies. She hopes, upon graduation, to be a journalist living in a big city making video-based media. She hopes through her work she can help educate the public on issues they are facing.