Survival guide to days out in Miami

Miami speaks to tourists on so many different levels: the endless stretches of beach, the food of Little Havana and the boutique shopping downtown. However, there’s still plenty to offer a family with kids, whatever your budget and time scale. The key is to know where to go, plan in advance and see where you can cut costs.

Top 5 Visits with Kids

To begin the survival guide, let’s have a look at the top five must see sights in Miami when you’re travelling with kids:

• Miami Seaquarium – it’s unsurprising for a city on the sea that Miami has an amazing aquarium, and the live animal shows are definitely the highlight of any visit. Kids will also definitely get a kick out of watching the deadly sharks being fed.

• Bayside Marketplace – this is the best place in the city for souvenirs, including several rock and fossil shops for younger children.

• Jungle Island – a rainforest in the middle of the city filled with exotic birds, animals and insects. There’s also a petting zoo, making this a perfect break from the busy streets.

• Little Havana – it may surprise your kids to see bits of the Caribbean in America, but they won’t forget the Latin vibe and the Spanish inspired food in hurry.

• Freedom Tower – this famous historical landmark in Miami is one that will give a bit of culture to your fun trip. Climb to the top for a spectacular view over the city.

Surviving the Day Out

Now you know where to go, it’s time to think about the practicalities of making your trip a success for everyone involved:

How to cut costs:

• Travelling with the whole family can become very expensive very quickly. Buy a Go Miami card that gives you access to over 30 attractions, including the Hop On/Hop Off tourist bus.
• Take advantage of the free stuff going on in the city, like the Miami Children’s Museum, Carnaval on the Mile in March and Biscayne National Park.
• It’s always worth looking online or ringing up places in advance, to see if there are any discounts available on the attraction you want to visit.
Plan in advance:
• Miami is a city built for tourists, but it still pays to book ahead and reserve seats or tickets.
• See what festivals are taking place during your stay so that you can fit it into your itinerary.

Don’t overheat:

• Miami is hot for most of the year and even the locals tend to slow down around lunch time. Plan long breaks somewhere cool in the middle of the day to recharge your kids and avoid those horrible I’m-too-hot arguments. Finding somewhere with a pool will massively improve their happiness and yours.
Whichever sites you plan to visit, the golden rule for surviving family days out in Miami is to be flexible. Adults are able to push through tiredness, hunger and overheating in the name of tourism, but children are much less understanding. Being adaptable means having a list of things that you’d like to do, but not having a set order for them, as well as list of back up kid-friendly activities to keep everyone happy

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