Arch Creek Park
Arch Creek Park features eco-adventure tours, a natural stone bridge, museum, ghost tours, a butterfly garden and a bird & wild animal sanctuary.
Bill Graham Farm Village
Bill Graham Farm Village is a fancifully re-created Miami-Dade County homestead combining features of pioneer farms from the turn of the century with a country store, demonstration hall, petting zoo and pony rides.
Crandon Park Visitors & Nature Center
Overlooking the dunes and ocean, the Biscayne Nature Center is a beautiful facility on the north end of Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. In this pristine setting, our multifunctional Center serves our visitors with a reception area, exhibit space, gift shop, an audio visual presentation room and demonstration lab classroom facilities. And right outside our doors, we are fortunate to have Mother Nature's spectacular classroom, which we proudly care for and share with our visitors.
Deering Estate at Cutler
Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler is an environmental, archeological and historical preserve with family-friendly activities like canoe tours, butterfly walks and guided nature hikes.
Everglades Safari Park
Everglades Safari Park is South Florida's most complete airboat attraction. Everglades Safari Park has a modern fleet of airboats of all sizes, capable of accommodating singles, couples, families, and large groups.
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
One of the world’s preeminent botanic gardens, Fairchild spans 83 acres and features an extensive collection of rare tropical plants. A great place to stroll around and visit for special events (annual festivals, special exhibits, etc).
South Beach’s ultimate community center. The massive park features tennis courts; a swimming pool; basketball courts; an outdoor track; playground with slides, baby & kids swings; and a water park.
Fruit & Spice Park
Over 500 varieties of fruits, spices, herbs and nuts are on display at the 37-acre park. Explore the gardens then taste at the tasting counter in the Park Store.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Located next to the Zoo, GCM is a train-lover’s heaven. Classic exhibits, passenger & freight cars and other railroad parts are on display
Grapeland Water Park
Near the Miami airport, Grapeland, opened summer 2008, is Miami’s only official water park. It features bright Romero Britto designs, two pools with slides, a winding river and an open area. There’s a special area for toddlers & kids 5 and under.
Ligers, parrots, penguins, tigers and oimairangutans are a few of the animals in residence at Jungle Island. Stroll through the park, feed a few animals and catch a show or two. Parking is super easy and the park is very well maintained.
Knauss Berry Farm
Open mid-November through late-April, Knaus is a farm and bakery operated by the Knaus Family. It’s trek through the Redlands to get there, but the freshly-baked sticky buns & homemade strawberry milkshakes are well worth it. Stock up on breadsticks and pies while you’re there.
One part playground, one-part people-watching escapade. Located on 6th & Ocean, Lummus is South Beach at it’s most South Beach-iness. The playground has swings and slides and the boardwalk is home to a rotating slate of tourists, locals, street performers and a few homeless people.
Matheson Hammock Park
Equal parts beach, park & marina, Matheson Hammock is a great off-the-radar place to spend an afternoon. Bring a blanket, bathing suits and lunch and hit the beach and/or the nature trails.
Maurice Gibb/Purdy Park
A true neighborhood park, Purdy Park is mostly playground. Look for baby & kids swings, slides a swinging tire and marina access (fun to watch the boats and/or feed the ducks).
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Small and a bit off the radar, the MB Botanical Gardens are fun for a stroll. They’re quiet, free and probably good for an hour’s worth of entertainment. Maybe a bit longer if you’ve got a budding botanist, a bit shorter if you’ve got an antsy pants.
Billed as a “38-acre tropical paradise,” the Seaquarium has been entertaining locals since 1955. Current highlights include dolphin and sea lion shows, manatee and shark channel presentations, Atlantic & Caribbean aquariums and an opportunity to swim with the dolphins.
Located just off U.S. 1 in South Dade, Monkey Jungle is home to nearly 400 primates, most running free on a 30 acre reserve. It is one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States and the only one that the general public can explore. A total of 30 species of primates are represented at Monkey Jungle including gibbons, guenons and spider monkeys. The Golden Lion Tamarin is native to the Brazilian jungle. Threatened with extinction, Monkey Jungle proudly participates in an international effort to save the tiny creature.
North Shore Park
Beach access, baby & kids swings, a rock wall, slides and more.
Palmetto Mini Golf
Palmetto Mini Golf offers safe family fun in a beautiful setting with a waterfall cascading into pools and an abundance of trees and plants from around the world. All age groups and all levels of athletic ability can enjoy the game of miniature golf. Admission $6: Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm $& Mon-Fri: 6pm-close & weekends
Enjoy a playground, splash ‘n play area, petting zoo and botanical gardens at the former Parrot Jungle site.
Scott Rakow Center
Options abound at Scott Rakow, including an ice skating rink, a swimming pool, six bowling lanes, a gym, a game room, an arts & crafts center and an indoor beach volleyball court. Probably best for kids over four or five.
South Pointe Park
Arguably the best view on the Beach, SPP re-opened in Spring 09 to rave reviews. Tons of open space for kids to roll around on, a hill to roll down, bike & stroller paths, up close views of cruise ships, motion-activated sprinklers and a playground with slides. Only caveat – minimal shade & no swings.
Browse gardens, trees and tropical fruit cultivars in this historic garden in the Grove
The Little Farm
Accompany us on the actual farm feeding. Help feed animals, and assist in the milking of our goats. We have a cuddly 36” pony that everyone loves to pet and hug, and a beautiful butterfly garden to explore.
Kids three and up can get wet at the only swimming pool registered in the National Register of Historic Places. Concession stand open Fri-Sunday, discounted admission fees for Gables residents, only cash & check are accepted.
Village Green Park
The ultimate & park – loads of space to run around, a jogging path, room for kite flying, a bocce court and a massive playground with baby & kids swings, slides and tons of climbing equipment.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark; we're also a museum owned by Miami-Dade County and accredited by the American Association of Museums. We invite you to visit this serene and stunningly beautiful retreat in the heart of Miami. Built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens features a Main House, ten acres of formal gardens, and a rockland hammock (native forest).
Zoo Miami, with 340 acres and more than 2,000 animals, is an ideal venue to visit the world in one day - Africa, Asia, the Amazon and Australia. It offers wildlife tours, birthday packages, special events, educational opportunities and school field trips. Feed giraffes, rhinos, pelicans and parrots; ride camels; or play in the playworld playground.