Our 3 Day Family Guide to Miami
Florida is an excellent family destination. We had an amazing time in Miami with our family. There is so much to do for all ages. We have put together a 3 Day Guide to how you can spend your time in Miami.
We stayed on South Beach and found it an excellent base for the beaches and all our Miami activities. To get a good idea of the area start the day by hiring push bikes to explore the South Beach area. We hired for 2 hours but ended up extending the time to 3 hours. There are excellent bike paths from the pier at South Beach to the very northern end of the beach. We then headed over the Venetian Causeway area. The bike hire shop was able to give us maps and directions and how to spend a few hours exploring the area.
After working up a sweat on the bikes head to the beach for a dip and cool off. We loved walking along the sand on the beach and looking at all the different lifeguard towers. There is food and drinks available to purchase on the beach.
Take an afternoon stroll before dinner and absorb all the Art Deco buildings. There are tours running for the tours but we just did a self guided tour and loved looking at all the buildings that have been so beautifully preserved.
If there are any shoppers in the family head to the pedestrian mall on Lincoln Ave for all the main chain stores and restaurants.
For dinner we loved eating in the popular Cuban restaurant which is a few blocks back from South Beach. This tradition old school Cuban diner has an extensive menu and suited all our family, the queue moved very quickly. We found the restaurants on Ocean Drive to be all very similar, loud and over priced.
After breakfast hop in the car and head to Downtown Miami. There is a variety of different activities that will cater for all your family members. The Wynwood Walls is a great starting point to view amazing street art. The walls are famous for their graffiti art that is simply spectacular. There are a lot of quirky shops in the area too. We spent a few hours hear walking the streets looking at the art.
Before lunch head to the Miami Casino but not for any gambling. Inside the casino is an entrance to the most unique game we have ever watched. Jai Alai is a fast, action packed game that is a cross between tennis and lacrosse – well this is our interpretation. There is a large stadium to sit and watch and it is a free activity. The kids worked out the rules quickly and loved watching the game.
Now for lunch you will need to head to the famous Cuban bakery Versailles Bakery in Little Havana. You cannot go wrong with any of your food choices. Make sure you grab a number so you will be served, the lines are long but they move very quickly as there are so many people serving. You will not leave disappointed or hungry.
While in the Little Havana area look out for all things Cuban and soak up the vibe that this area offers.
Head back to South Beach for another Ocean swim or sit an people watch on the pier.
Get ready for a day of spotting alligators today. In under an hours drive you will be away from busy Miami and heading out to the Everglades. This area will lead to a long road that has numerous companies selling their airboat tours of the Everglades. We headed to the last company which was on the other side of the road to the others. All the reviews I had read about the boat tours were very similar. We chose Buffalo Tigers by chance and it was perfect. We did not book before our tour and only had to wait 10-15mins to board our boat. We were with 8 other people which meant the tour felt intimate and personal. Make sure you take a pair of the free earplugs when offered as the airboat fans can be very noisy. We saw plenty of gators and we very close to them but felt safe at all times. The tour was 45mins in length, don’t forget to tip your guide.
On our drive back from the boat ride we drove past all the fancy Miami houses and harbours and looked how the rich people lived!
If you’re are a sports fan you may like to catch a game in the afternoon such as basketball or baseball.
Your next decision will be where to eat dinner and with so many fantastic choices this will be tricky!
Where to next after Miami?
With so many choices in Florida to head where will you go after Miami? We headed south to the Florida Keys and spent a few weeks driving the east coast of Florida which you can read about here.
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