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Miami Beach trip with kids

Old 02-17-2019, 05:01 PM
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Wife has a work trip in a few weeks and I am flying down with kids (9 and 7) to meet her on Wed night, first time in MIA with kids. We are going to hit the zoo on Thursday, Heat game sat night and open to other suggestions. We are staying in Miami Beach. Is a everglades tour fun, if so who should we use. Can rent care and travel. Should I rent a boat? Looking for fun things to do instead of sitting by pool all day.
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Old 02-17-2019, 05:23 PM
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Do the airboat tour. Look up 15th street fisheries in Fort Lauderdale. Nice seafood restaurant and the kids will enjoy feeding the tarpon. Take a road trip down to keys if you can, at least till Islamorada. Would also look into the water taxi in Fort Lauderdale as well. PM me if you need more suggestions. Welcome to SoFlo.
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Old 02-18-2019, 06:09 AM
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Personally I think the zoo is only ehh. Seaquarium is much more convenient to MB and a nice day. Jungle Island is also OK.

Day trips to the Everglades and Islamorada are also great ways to fill up a couple days.

On MB take an Uber to South Point on a nice day and walk the Gov't Cut waterline. If you have the $$ lunch at Smith and Wollensky is great - outdoor tables right on the water. Pick the right day and time and big tankers and cruise ships will pass right by - pretty cool for the kids.

Renting a boat... I live in Miami and my boat is on the west coast for a reason!
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:13 AM
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Frost Museum of science next to AA arena, jungle island. Rent Citi bikes and ride around the south end of south beach. BTW, use your spare CC for bike rental, you'll find fraudulent transactions after you use your card in those machines almost 100% guaranteed.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:11 AM
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Snorkeling in Pennekamp, Robbies to feed the tarpon, walk the docks at Bud n Maryís, lunch or early dinner at Lazy Dayz or Worldwide Sportsman.

Airboat tours off of Tamiami trail west of Krome Ave or Holiday Park off of US 27 & Griffin Rd in Broward.

Miami Zoo is ok, havenít been to the Seaquarium in a long time but wasnít overly impressed. Back in the day they had a shark moat with a small walking bridge. A trainer would tie fish carcasses to a rope and the sharks would go crazy! Bulls, tigers and lemons, even sawfish, it was pretty impressive for a young kid. I donít know if thatís even there anymore.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:26 PM
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OP, you might notice that most of the suggestions are fairly far away from Miami Beach. That's cuz MB was not built for kids. Other than the beach, there's not much.

Instead of Zoo Miami, which is at least an hour away, try Jungle Island. It's much newer, though not as large, and it's just a couple miles away from your hotel.

I strongly disagree with my friend doublhook, who recommended 15th Street Fisheries in Fort Lauderdale. There are about 100 restaurants in Miami Beach superior to anything in Fort Lauderdale. Why drive an hour away for lesser restaurants? The King of all seafood restaurants in the southeastern United States is on Miami Beach-- Joe's Stone Crabs. They do not accept reservations and they do have a business casual dress code. It is expensive, though 20 years from now you will remember everything you ate at Joe's and you will laugh about the cost.

Lincoln Road is still a great place to hang out. Avoid Ocean Drive, Washington, and Collins from 5th street to 15th street. Crime is out of control and the police chief is a clueless idiot who should have stayed in Colorado.

I was disappointed in the airboat tour we went on. When you see the commercials, they show you amazing airboats cruising thru the Everglades at 40mph for long distances along a canal. In real life, we were on a cattle boat with dozens of other people and in the hour long trip, we maybe went 400 yards. No, thanks.

If you want to see the Everglades, then head to Shark Valley on US41, which is probably 90 minutes away from MB. A few weeks from now will be prime season, so you should see more animal life than any other time of the year. It's not expensive. Definitely hop on the tram and definitely climb the tower. The guides are EXCELLENT!!! Most of them have been guiding for decades and can give you a true perspective as to how the Everglades are in tough shape. For example, there are ZERO small mammals left in the Everglades. Bring a rain jacket, DEET, and sun screen.

Islamorada is a 2 hour trip if you do not get stuck in traffic. You will probably get stuck in traffic.

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Old 02-18-2019, 06:58 PM
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I second the recommendation for Shark Valley.

My kids and I loved the Miami Zoo 25 or so years ago. Hopefully it hasn't changed that much.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:40 PM
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You can rent jet skis both in MIA Beach and a Bayside (other end of the causeway). I prefer Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park at the south end of Key Biscayne to the SoBe beaches (lots easier to park too).

MIA Beach is shopping, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Not much for kids.

Bring money!

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Rapi's advice is spot on...
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:58 AM
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Frost Museum of science next to AA arena, jungle island. Rent Citi bikes and ride around the south end of south beach. BTW, use your spare CC for bike rental, you'll find fraudulent transactions after you use your card in those machines almost 100% guaranteed.

Yep Frost Museum is the spot for you and the kids.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:48 PM
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In MIA Beach, don't take anything to the beach you can't live without. Same thing for stuff you leave in your car, especially if they see you are going to the beach. is offline  
Old 02-20-2019, 03:07 AM
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Your kids would love this....
Assuming they are still open after the big-blow....
Only about an hour drive down to Key Largo.....
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