Planning a Family Holiday in Miami

Miami Airport Car Rental

Have you ever dreamed about a family holiday in Miami? Yes? Me too.  It´s on my bucket list and I am almost as excited about planning the trip, as I am about going on it. Almost!! There is so much to see and do in Miami for families, and the climate there means that you can be assured of good weather almost all year round. We are a family of two adults and two kids (5 and 3 years old). We will land and rent a car from Miami International Airport, so that we can be flexible and do what we want to do on holiday, plus with the kids, having our own car on holiday is always easier.

Family Rental Car in Miami

We have decided on a medium SUV as our car for the trip, this would get us a KIA Sportage or similar, which is a good size car, with 5 doors and space for 4 big bags, which is more than enough for us.  It costs $438 for our SUV in Miami for the full rental for 14 days, which works out at about $13 per day.  We could have chosen a cheap car rental from Miami Airport but, honestly, the difference between the smallest car and this SUV was $25 for the entire trip, so we are happy to pay that for all the extra space that we will get.

We have made the decision to rent child car seats there, as we are travelling from Europe and there are different regulations in the USA than here, so to be sure that we are compliant, we will rent them. They cost about $9 per day.

Family Hotel in Miami

We haven´t booked our hotel yet, but there is still plenty availability for next year, so we are still researching. I am almost settled on the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Here are my thoughts.

It costs from about $135 a night, a little more for a family room. It has great reviews as a family hotel, and caters explicitly to families with large guest rooms, multiple dining venues with children’s menus and a sprawling poolscape. That means plenty of things to keep the kids occupied, but it is also has many upsides for parents including a babysitting services and a kids’ club. They also have the Lure Fishbar, which is apparently one of the best seafood restaurants in town. Mammy can also do some much-needed pampering in the Exhale Spa or do some of the classes on offer. The great thing is that you are right in South Beach and can also stroll outside in the evenings to grab a bite, or just enjoy the vibe.

If you have any other recommendations for me, then please write in the comments section. All advice is welcome.

Family Activities in Miami

We have a fairly full-packed itinerary for our trip but have left a few days free so we can just have beach days or soak up the atmosphere and just be! The kids love the beach and swimming, and for them that is a holiday. Luckily, Miami has lots to offer the biggies and the smallies, so we have a good mix so that we are all happy. 

Here are my top 5 must-dos while we are there:

1. Jungle Island

Jungle Island is Miami´s premier activity centre with animals from around the world, interactive and educational experiences including petting zoos with domestic animals and monkeys, flamingos, parrots, big cats, serpents and a serpentarium. They also have zip-lining and water sports. 

Jungle Island Miami Map

2. Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium, where conservation and education go hand in hand, sea lions delight children of all ages, and endangered sea turtles and manatees find a safe haven. Enjoy a world class marine life entertainment park with fun things to do such as dolphin encounters, shows to watch, see the sea life up close, learn a little and have fun!

3. Fury Water Day in Key West

An action-packed day of snorkelling, driving jet skis, parasailing and playing on the inflatable climbing equipment in the middle of the ocean. This is the ultimate Key West adventure experience and everything is arranged by a company called Fury Water Adventures Key West. The full day is about 6 hours of activities, but we will have to take a shorter and a less adventurous trip as the kids are small, but there is still a day of real fun to be had. They also supply breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks on board the catamaran. This big kid is very excited about this!

4. Miami Children’s Museum

This kids’ museum offers interactive exhibits, programmes and learning material related to arts, culture, and the community. It encourages visitors of all ages to play, learn, imagine, and create together.

Miami Children’s Museum

5. Frost Science Museum

The Frost Science Museum is dedicated to science, but do not think of boring learning period tables in school. This is an interactive museum for kids, which caters to all ages, showing them experiments and allowing them to participate.  They have a programme called Kid´s night at the Frost Museum of Science, which our kids are too young for (5 years and over), whereby you can drop your kids off at the museum, and they get to stay overnight, exploring the most popular exhibits and programmes, they have dinner and sleep over there, and get to experience a whole other side to the museum.

If you have any other family-friendly recommendations for places to see and things to do, then please share them with us. Happy holiday planning, and of course, have a great vacation.

Frost Science Museum Miami
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