Miami Children's Museum

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Key Info

980 MacArthur Causeway

Price & Hours

$20 for adults and kids; free for kids younger...
10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.5scorecard
  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Miami Children's Museum is located on a little island between downtown Miami and South Beach. Kid-friendly interactive exhibits are the focus of this museum, which caters to youths with things like a 6-foot piggy bank (to learn about financial literacy), the Castle of Dreams (a colorful sand castle designed to inspire imagination) and the Music Makers Studio (where children can learn how musical sounds are made), among several other engaging activities.

Families visiting Miami Beach say this is a great air-conditioned place to spend some time with kids, especially since many of the exhibits are so engaging. The only downsides visitors noted were the high cost of admission (and having to pay for parking, too) and the limited dining options available on-site. The museum does offer free admission every third Friday of the month, from 4 to 8 p.m., but patrons said the venue gets absolutely packed on those days.

General admission costs $20, but Florida residents can get in for $15. Children 12 months and younger get in for free. For those that drive here, the parking lot charges about $1 an hour. Bus routes C, K, M, and S all service the museum. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information about the Miami Children's Museum, check out its website.

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With nicknames like "America's Riviera" and the "Art Deco Playground," it's no wonder so many people flock to South Beach. Travelers see South Beach not only as one of the best vacation areas in Florida, but as one of the best in the country. Popular perception has somewhat pigeonholed the area as being reserved exclusively for the young and beautiful and 24-hour partiers, but that's not necessarily the case. The truth is that South Beach welcomes anyone looking for pristine sand, amazing food and yes, a buzzing nightlife.

The options are limitless: you can spend the whole day shopping at boutiques, getting pampered at an opulent spa or just strolling along Ocean Drive. Families can take the kids over to see the animals at Jungle Island or to play at the Miami Children's Museum for some educational fun. South Beach also hosts numerous festivals and events, including volleyball tournaments, Art Deco Weekend and music and art shows.

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