When you first think of Miami Beach, it might conjure thoughts of endless or the saucy and colorful nightlife along Ocean Drive. But, Miami Beach is so much more. As a parent, taking the kids on a Miami Beach vacation will unlock an entirely new side of the famous destination. From parks to interact with nature, to beaches that thrill all ages – there are activities for every personality type. Combined with plenty of roomy vacation homes to choose from, Miami Beach is a vacation mecca for families.
Far and away the most exciting city in Florida, Miami is an often intoxicatingly beautiful place, with palm trees swaying in the breeze and South Beach’s famous Art Deco buildings stunning in the warm sunlight.
Miami is a city of paradoxes. It’s often viewed as a 76-degree paradise of glitz, bling, flaunted wealth, South Beach nightclubs, bay-front mansions, flashy cars and fast boats – all part of the glamorous “life-in-the-fast-lane” for the celebrities, pro athletes and rich who live here
This glittering metropolis in south Florida is a cultural melting pot, with a distinctly Latin American flavour and a whole lot of flair.
The tropical climate, breathtaking beaches and the abundance of activities draw visitors from around the world, many of whom have come to call Miami home. Hospitality, dining, arts, culture, sports and recreation – Miami’s a world leader in all these areas. Discovering why is part of the fun of travelling here.
Miami is also known as the Magic City. It earned the name early in its history due to its rapid growth, which seemed to happen overnight, as if by magic. This tradition continues today. Miami is a city where expansion never stops. The city’s skyline has given rise to a record number of skyscrapers in just over a decade. The highway system is continually being improved. And Miami Beach continues to be an innovator in hospitality and tourism.
Famous for its sun, sand and surf on the Atlantic Ocean, Miami also has hundreds of top restaurants, serving virtually any type of food. In between beach days, you can sample the cuisine while also discovering the museums, parks and recreational activities available both outdoors and indoors.
Whether you visit for pleasure or for work – or both – you will not run out of things to see and do. In fact, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll need to return several times, just to see all the major sights. And that would be just scratching the surface. It’s a Magic City, after all.
Once a quiet farming town, Orlando now welcomes more visitors than any other place in the state. The reason, of course, is Walt Disney World, which, along with Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and a host of other attractions, of varying degrees of quality, attracts millions of people a year to a previously featureless plot of scrubland.
It’s hard to believe that this area of central Florida was once quiet farmland. Starting with Walt Disney’s visionary theme park, Orlando is now dominated by fantasy resorts, thrill rides, water parks, and every other mind-bending amusement you can imagine.
If you dream of Walt Disney World Resort as a giant amusement park, think again. Disney World is a city in its own right, with four elaborate theme parks, two water parks, two nighttime entertainment districts, golf courses, hotels, over 100 restaurants, its own police force, and an average daily population of well over 100,000 people. This all-encompassing approach provides an all-in-one holiday, luring travelers back year after year. The “happiest place on earth” is also the most visited vacation destination on the planet.
The Magic Kingdom is Disney World’s oldest park and the one closest to Walt Disney’s original vision of a “timeless land of enchantment”. It’s perfectly calibrated to younger children, as it captivates with elaborate design and whimsical “imagineering” rather than fast-paced special effects.
Disney World’s second park, Epcot, is modeled on a World’s Fair. A huge silver golf-ball structure anchors Future World, the first of its two main areas. The second zone is the World Showcase, a whistle-stop tour through 11 pavilions themed for different countries, from Mexico to China.
The third park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, combines some of Disney’s best rides with a behind-the-scenes look at movie-making. A 12-story sorcerer’s hat towers above the park, ushering visitors into attractions based on popular live-action movies and TV shows.
Even after all the animated creatures and imaginary critters, you can still be wowed by real wildlife at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Staying at one of the Disney Resort hotels that pop up between these various parks and attractions accords visitors some special privileges in addition to the convenient location. Best of all is that hotel guests are eligible for the Extra Magic Hours – an extra hour, before or after the standard public entry times, or access to the parks.
Day 1 – Smile! You’re in Miami!
At your arrival to Miami Airport, after custom formalities, transfer to your hotel in Miami Beach.
You will dedicate these next 7 days to Miami & around.
Whether you’re traveling over your children’s spring break, summer vacation or winter holidays, you’ll find great weather in South Florida, which explains why Miami is such a hot spot for families year round. Overnight in Miami.
Itinerary will be adjusted according to your flight schedule.
Day 2 – Sun & Endless Beaches
Relax and enjoy a day out at the beach. Is the perfect time for sand castels and cold lemonade. In the afternoon you could pay a visti to Bayside Marketplace. There are plenty of shops and souvenir stands here for all members of the family. Overnight in Miami.
Day 3 – Gathering Sea Shells
The Atlantic offers up a lot of shell pieces, but if you hit the beach early in the morning you can find a few gems among the slag. Look for a variety of whole shells, sharks’ teeth, mollusks, and sand dollars. Search for rare finds of sea glass, glass that’s been weathered into smooth stones. They are found in a variety of colors, blue, turquoise, red, or brown. Oleta River State Park is a great option for a kid-friendly beach. Biscayne Bay offers up a safe swimming option, as the waters here are pretty calm. As well, there are picnic tables, trails, outdoor showers, and food and drink vendors on site. Overnight in Miami.
Day 4 – Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Take a trip through old Florida as you climb the winding stairs at the Cape Florida Lighthouse, and tour the historic lightkeeper’s house. While there, the kids can soak up Florida history as they learn the story behind the lighthouse. The little ones can also try their hand at saltwater fishing off the seawall. But for the youngest kids, serene waters provide safe ocean play at the beaches. On the way back, Jungle Island is a great choice for kids who love animals. Overnight in Miami.
Day 5 – It’s time for science
For today the best option will be Miami Science Museum is a great place to visit. The museum is home to the Weintraub, Observatory’s two powerful telescopes. If it is summer, be assured that the Miami MetroZoo is one of the best outdoor options you can choose, with plenty of shaded rest areas along the paths. Overnight in Miami.
Day 6 – Be aware of the crocodile!
Enjoy the beaches or, you can book an adventurous trip, at Everglades National Park which is the only place on earth where alligators and crocodiles live side by side, which is certain to intrigue your family’s fans of Animal Planet. If you have the time, inclination and energy left at the end of your Everglades visit, stop on your way back to Miami at the venerable Monkey Jungle, where the primates live in an open 30-acre natural habitat and the trails for visitors are screened in. Overnight in Miami.
Day 7 – Beautiful sights and long bridges
Miami Children’s Museum with exhibits targeted to children from toddlers on up, has interactive experiences cultural, technological, artistic and natural, meant to enrich kids without slighting them the fun factor. And for the cultural part of the day we strongly recommend Vizcaya Museum & Gardens an Italianate mansion that will take you back to a time when Miami was choked with trees instead of traffic.
If you’re kids are up to a day trip with car you can reserve a trip to Key West/ Seven Mile and Bahia Honda Bridge. Overnight in Miami.
Day 8 – Finding Nemo on Key Briscane
EcoAdventures (in Key Biscayne) offers a guided beach walk to teach kids and parents all about Loggerhead sea turtles and how they nest. In the afternoon, rent bikes and take a family ride along Hollywood’s boardwalk. The Hollywood Beach Boardwalk is a perfect place for teens and preteens to rollerblade and skateboard. Overnight in Miami.
Day 9 – Flight to a fairytale world!
Transfer to Miami Airpot to your flight to Orlando.
At arrival, transfer to your Disney Resort and start your fan adventure : visitors both young and young at heart can immerse themselves in the world’s top theme parks right here in Orlando. From the classic Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort to The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM at Universal Orlando® Resort, there’s a world for everyone to escape into! Overnight in Orlando.
Day 10 – Meet the Mickey Mouse’s World!
We sugest for today: Walt Disney World, the land of the Mouse that makes makes everyone’s list as the No. 1 attraction for kids in Orlando! The Magic Kingdom’s attractions are beloved by all ages, with rides for even the little ones. Parades, musicals, and fantastical fireworks nightly help entertain all of you. Overnight in Orlando.
Day 11 – Swimming With Dolphins!
Spend a day at a private cove swimming with dolphins, hand-feeding exotic birds, and snorkeling a tropical reef surrounded by thousands of fish and rays at Discovery Cove. Children as young as 6 can swim with dolphins and the cove features a lazy river and quiet beaches without the drive to the coast. A Day Resort Package includes unlimited admission to SeaWorld, as well. Overnight in Orlando.
Day 12 – Legoland
Today is for LEGOLAND® Florida. Central Florida’s newest theme park, is specifically aimed at families with children ages 2 to 12 . The park has more than 50 rides, attractions and shows, life-size LEGO® displays and interactive fun for the whole family to enjoy! For the night be prepared for Cirque du Soleil. Permanently housed in Downtown Disney, performs nightly for visitors. For the night be prepared for Cirque du Soleil. Permanently housed in Downtown Disney, performs nightly for visitors. Overnight in Orlando.
Day 13 – Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
Located at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, this attraction is a top destination in itself – who doesn’t want to enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Kids and parents can explore Hogsmeade and Hogwarts and fly with Hippogriffs, or for families with smaller kids, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reveal The Wonderful World of Disney crosses into film and television, and fans of the movies and shows especially don’t want to miss this theme park at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Kids will find their favorite characters, from The Little Mermaid to the Toy Story ensemble to Belle and Beast to Lightening McQueen. Overnight in Orlando.
Day 14 – Flight back home!
Transfer from the hotel to airport, for your back home flight.
Or, extend your fun trip with a Disney Cruise.
Disney Cruise Line cruises feature a plethora of onboard activities to inspire and delight everyone in your family, where Disney’s world-renowned service and quality is matched only by the magic you’re sure to find around every corner.