Miami for kids
Discover Time Out's guide to the top Miami spots for tots
Most popular kids venues in Miami
Not officially part of the Everglades park, this is a distilled version of the Florida wilderness, complete with 2,000 alligators, airboat rides, local and exotic snakes, and a couple of Florida panthers pacing their cages. An observation deck gives a sweep of the landscape, while an airboat ride gives you a real feel of the Everglades. Alligator wrestling (11am, 2pm, 5pm) and feeding (noon, 3pm) thrill the kids.
- 40351 SW 192nd Avenue, off Palm Drive
Airboats are flat-bottomed skiffs powered by a great big fan at the back. They’re loud and environmentally dubious, but a heap of fun. Rides depart every 20 minutes throughout the day, last around 40 minutes and cost $22 per person or $11 for children under 12. Under-sevens go for free.
- 22700 Southwest 8th Street
- Main courses $9–$22
This is the starting point for a couple of trails and scenic drives through Big Cypress National Preserve, a swampy terrain that nurtures cypresses and pines.
- 52105 Tamiami Trail E
- Rated as: 4/5
Part ice-cream palor, part ode to American childhood, Jaxon’s has a 50-year-long-established reputation as a specialist in kids’ dessert wish-fulfillment. A fabled collection of Americana, focusing on license plates, adorns the ice-cream parlor and restaurant—oh yes, they do non-frozen, non-dairy dishes too—to give the place an appealing vaudeville charm.
- 128 S Federal Highway
- Main courses $10–$14. Credit AmEx, Disc, MC, V