Miami Beach, Florida may be famous for its party-all-day atmosphere and vibrant nightlife scene, but the colorful collection of balmy barrier islands has more family-friendly entertainment than meets the eye. From feeding animals at Jungle Island to experiencing interactive exhibits at the Miami Children’s Museum, kids of all ages will find something fun in sunny Miami Beach. Book a Miami Beach vacation rental today. Here are 10 things to do with your kids within easy driving or biking distance of your Miami Beach accommodation.

1. Visit the Miami Children’s Museum

Toddlers and older kids alike are sure to have a blast at this interactive museum featuring a variety of fun exhibits, including Music Makers Studio, Construction Zone, and Ocean Odyssey, where kids can view tropical fish in a 900-gallon saltwater tank. Little ones can also climb the Mt. MichiMu rock wall, wander the colorful halls of the Castle of Dreams, and play on the outdoor jungle gyms to soak in some South Florida sun.

2. Play in the Sand on South Beach

Miami Beach is well-known for having some of the best stretches of sand in the Miami metro area, and South Beach stands out as a local favorite for all ages. Walk over from your Miami Beach vacation rental to relax on the spotless beach while your kids splash and play in the warm, clear water. Be sure to bring some foam or blow-up water toys, sand toys, or boogie boards to make the most of your day on the beach.

3. Meet the Animals at Jungle Island

A small but popular zoo that has been in operation since 1936, Jungle Island is a family friendly tourist spot where you can feed and pet animals, watch daily animal shows, and hold parrots. For a truly unforgettable time, consider upgrading to the VIP experience for a private zoo tour that includes hands-on moments with lemurs and kangaroos. With more than 3,000 species of plants and animals, Jungle Island promises an amazing wildlife experience for kids of all ages right in the heart of Miami.

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4. Step Into the Past at the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux

Situated in North Miami Beach, this Spanish monastery was built in Spain in 1133 before being shipped to the United States centuries later. It now serves as an active church, but families can stop by to explore the stone halls and stroll through the gardens of the oldest building in the western hemisphere. Older kids are sure to appreciate the ancient monastery with its castle-like atmosphere. You can even book a tour of the architecture and grounds for a small fee.

5. Take Surfing Lessons

While younger kids may be happier playing in the sand, older kids and teens are sure to have a blast with surf lessons right on the beach. You can book lessons at any one of the many surf schools dotting the shoreline from South Beach all the way to North Miami Beach. After a few lessons, rent some surfboards so your kids can practice catching a few waves.

6. Relax at Lummus Park

For a relaxing afternoon, head over to Lummus Park to stroll along walking trails, visit the playgrounds, or just kick back on the beach while the kids build sandcastles. Rent beach cruiser bikes to enjoy a sunset family ride on the park’s expansive paved pathway, and grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby seafood bars. Play a game of volleyball at one of the park nets before heading back to your Miami Beach vacation rental for a good night’s sleep.

7. Cast a Line at South Pointe Pier

This 450-foot pier at the southernmost point of Miami Beach features a tackle and bait shop where you can rent a few poles to cast your line while watching the yachts and cruise ships making their way toward the marinas. Take the kids to South Pointe Park, where they can cool off and splash in the small water park.

8. Rent a Few Kayaks

Head to one of many water sport rental shops throughout Miami beach to grab a few kayaks for a family adventure paddling along the Atlantic shore or the calmer waters of Biscayne Bay and the Miami Beach waterways. For older kids looking for a little more excitement, you can also rent jet skis to take out on the water.

9. Embark on a Duck Tour

In addition to being a fun experience for families with younger and older kids alike, a duck tour lets you see the best of Miami Beach from the land and the water. Sit back as your duck cruises the streets while the tour guide points out historic landmarks and celebrity homes. keep an eye out for dolphins when your vehicle enters Biscayne Bay.

10. Take a Walk Down Lincoln Road

The vibrant pedestrian paradise of Lincoln Road features toy shops, souvenir stores, and other retail points for tourists of all ages. Grab dessert at one of the cafes before spending some time watching the talented musicians and street performers. Worried about catching a cool, rainy day in Miami Beach? Here, you can view an indoor magic show or play at Colony Theatre, or watch a movie at the local cinema.

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