Miami for kids

Discover Time Out's guide to the top Miami spots for tots

Most popular kids venues in Miami

Everglades Alligator Farm

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.

  1. 40351 SW 192nd Avenue, off Palm Drive
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Coopertown Airboat Rides/Restaurant

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.

  1. 22700 Southwest 8th Street
  2. Main courses $9–$22
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Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center

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.

  1. 52105 Tamiami Trail E
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Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour

  • 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.

  1. 128 S Federal Highway
  2. Main courses $10–$14. Credit AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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