When you think of Miami, kid-friendly activities are probably not the first thing to come to mind. Personally, I always envision late-night club hopping, barely-there string bikinis and plenty of shots to go around. Don’t hate…I’m from New Jersey, and until recently my only Miami points of reference came from TV and movies. But last week, I spent the day exploring Miami with my two-year-old, five-year-old, husband and my brothers-in-law, and we found plenty of family fun. Don’t get me wrong, there were lots of string bikinis too, but I actually can’t wait to return to Miami with my kids, because one day just wasn’t enough.
Here are some things you should know if you’re visiting Miami with kids:
How to get around.
If you’re not staying in the city, you’re going to want to rent a car. South Florida covers a lot of land, and it’s not easy or cheap to get around without your own wheels. Car rental options are however plentiful and affordable.
Once you’ve reached the city, there’s a lot to be seen on foot. We recommend parking in South Beach and walking. Parking can be pricey, so if you can find a private lot with daily rates, go for it. If not, you’ll have to find a metered spot either on the street or in a lot. Be sure to read any posted signs regarding rules and regulations. Parking officers are everywhere and they are quick to ticket for any infraction. If you park on Collins or Ocean, it’s pretty much a straight shot to the beach, restaurants and most other attractions.
If your travels take you up to North Beach or you find your crew is losing steam for on-foot explorations, the city offers a free trolley that runs every 15 minutes from 6a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 8a.m. to midnight on Sundays. There is a South Beach Loop, a Middle Beach Loop and a North Beach Loop. There’s also the Collins Express route, which runs every 20 minutes and takes passengers up and down Miami’s main tourist thoroughfare.
Bicycle rentals are also cheap and readily available, but Miami is HOT so it may not be the best option if you have small kids. Uber and Lyft cars are everywhere, but traffic is heavy so it could get expensive.