Miami, Florida is a wonderful place to take your kids for a magical vacation full of fun and sun. Look forward to visiting gorgeous white sand beaches with swaying palm trees that offer a respite from the heat. Hop in a boat and take a tour around the city, or check out neighborhood walls adorned with vibrant street art. Kids who love animals are in for a real treat, and your family can learn about amazing animals at a wild animal preserve, aquarium, or at the Miami Zoo. Book a Miami vacation rental today. Here are several exciting family-friendly activities to try out in Miami.

1. Pet and Snuggle with Animals

Teach your kids about the importance of protecting animals with a visit to one of the area’s animal nature parks. Both Jungle Island and Safari Edventure offer kids a safe way to have intimate one-on-one interactions with a range of intriguing animals. During guided tours, kids can help feed the animals, touch, snuggle, and pet while learning details about animal lifestyles. Snap lots of pics to enjoy back at the vacation rental home.

2. Take a Thrilling Boat Ride

As soon as you arrive at your vacation rental, you’ll quickly become accustomed to living near the water. This presents the perfect opportunity to plan one or more family boat rides. Glide across the water inside of a sleek speed boat, watching the waves ripple behind you. Or, opt for a leisurely cruise that takes you near mansions as you enjoy refreshments.

3. Tour a Gator Swamp

Want to see alligators? Tour the Everglades on one of those cool Florida air boats. Gator Park offers family-friendly guided air boat tours through swampy waters teeming with tall grass, fish, turtles, and most importantly, alligators. You may even spot a crocodile lounging on a river bank. It’s a great opportunity to learn all about Miami’s famous swamplands, and you can even take photos with live baby gators – if you dare.

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4. Play at a Museum

Take your little ones to a museum that is made just for them. The Miami Children’s Museum is filled with interesting kid-centered exhibits appealing to young school age children. Exhibits are realistic, and kids get a chance to explore and touch items, stimulating their imaginations and desire to learn more. The museum has a rock climbing wall and an outdoor playground, a good alternative for easily bored kids.

5. Visit the Zoo

Find a comfortable vacation rental located close to the popular Miami Zoo that way you can visit all the must see animal exhibits at your leisure. Everyone should wear comfortable walking shoes because this zoo is quite large. Misting stations are conveniently located throughout the zoo to help visitors stay cool. You can choose to rent a six person peddle bike for easier site seeing. Be sure to stop by the giraffe exhibit. Your kids can feed these graceful animals leaves and watch them munch away.

6. Tour Wynwood Art Walk

One of the benefits of staying in Miami is being able to tour the fabulous Wynwood walls. The walls are a collection of street art created by an array of talented local artists. The whole family can enjoy this pop art on a self-guided walking tour. However, guided Wynwood tours are helpful for seeing all of the murals, and you can check out local shops afterward.

7. Watch Dolphins and Other Sea Life

Go on a tropical sea adventure without leaving land while visiting the magnificent Miami Seaquarium. Enjoy spectacular shows featuring dolphins and killer whales. Choose among several sea animal encounter experiences to enjoy up close interaction with dolphins, manatees, penguins, and other exotic creatures. Kids, who are comfortable in the water, can spend precious moments swimming with dolphins or seals. The entire family can go on a mesmerizing underwater tour, exploring tank reef teeming with tropical fish and flora.

8. Spend a Day at the Beach

Escape to a vacation home located close to beautiful Bayfront Park. This public space has a sandy beach and gorgeous bay views. Stroll the beach and boardwalk for exercise, and relax for a bit under the shade of a large palm tree. Grab lunch at one of the restaurants, and pick up souvenirs at boutique shops. Tap your feet to live music and join in on the dancing if you feel the beat of the Miami rhythm. The park is open all day, and it’s a nice place to take a break between activities.

9. Commune with Monkeys

You and your kids are going to go ape over the Monkey Jungle nature park. Enjoy eating breakfast or lunch at your vacation rental before diving into some real monkey business. Apply or bring along mosquito repellent to ward off pesky bugs during your tour. Kids and adults have a blast watching the antics of several species of exotic monkeys. Can you feed the monkeys? Yes, you can! One or more monkeys may decide to climb onto your shoulders for an extra special close encounter.

10. Swim in a Venetian Pool

You’ll certainly be feeling the heat during your vacation stay in Miami. One way to beat the heat outside your rental digs is to take the kids to a large Venetian pool for hours of swimming fun. This Italian style pool is located in nearby Coral Gables, and children ages three and above are allowed inside. Proof of age three is required for kids who look underage. The pool features palm trees, tropical plants, and waterfalls, creating a natural scenic backdrop for splashing, floating, and swimming.

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