Hi, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘Things to Do in Florida guide’ — but the timing seemed right with a lot of you guys traveling here — and even emailing me about looking to move here, too. Well, you guys know we love Florida. There’s nowhere else I’d really live here in the States. I mean, I love California, too, but they don’t have the tropical fruit we have 🙂 The list is really endless here in South Florida — I could have easily made a list of 50 things to do here, but let‘s not overwhelm with detail – here’s a list of our favorite family friendly things to do in South Florida (and none of the them cost a million bucks).
It’s new and amazing. We waited a month after the opening to finally check this place out and it was well worth the wait. From the aquarium, to the planetarium, to all the wonderful exhibits, this place is SO rad! We spent a few hours there — but could have easily spent the entire day. The planetarium show was by far the best one I’ve ever seen. Not only did the place feel exciting and fresh but it’s also perfect for kids and adults. It can be hard to go to museums that are geared toward kids without getting bored yourself, but this place really is for everyone.
Fairchild Garden | Miami, Florida
Looking for a tropical adventure? Go to Fairchild. I’ve been a member of this place on and off for the past decade. I would visit weekly when I lived in Miami. There are so many amazing tropical trees to explore here. Be sure to check online before you head out because they host a lot of events, almost all family friendly. Oh, and the (newish) butterfly space is amazing. So big! There‘s so much to learn and enjoy.
Young At Art Museum | Davie, Florida
Have kids? Love art? This place is the best. Honestly, even if you don’t have kids, this place still is worth checking out if you’re into art. You can learn about color theory, abstract art, modern art — all manner of art-related info. Not to mention the rotating exhibit has been amazing every time we’ve visited!
Everglades Outpost | Homestead, Florida
There are a lot of animal-themed road stops in Florida, but Everglades Outpost is one of the very best. Every single one of the animals here has been rescued. Everglades Outpost is a small, family owned animal sanctuary, with some pretty intense large animals: tigers, bears, wolves, zebras, hundreds of alligators, and more. Come hang out and visit, or even experience a more up-close tour with a chance to feed these rescued wild animals. If you’re ever heading to Homestead, this is a must-stop. (I’m going to do a whole other post on this place. It was just too amazing not to!)
The beach is sort of a no-brainer. We have some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. You really can’t go wrong, just head east toward the ocean and have your pick at any of them. Some of our favorites are: Palm Beach, Juno Beach, Delray Beach, and Crandon Park in Miami.
Riverbend Park | Jupiter, Florida
Have you ever wanted to canoe side by side with real Florida alligators? Riverbend Park is such an awesome experience — it feels like a mixture of Jurassic Park and FernGully. Have a leisurely day as adults or take the kids to explore Florida wildlife. Pack a cooler with a few snacks and some water and have yourself an entire day in natural Florida.
Vizcaya Musem + Gardens | Miami, Florida
Vizcaya is a national historic landmark right in the heart of Miami. Escape the heat inside this beautifully detailed mansion or explore all the charm of the outdoor gardens overlooking the water. This place feels like a whimsical fairytale.
Perez Art Museum (PAAM) | Downtown Miami
Modern and contemporary right in Downtown Miami. Rain or shine, this is a great place to visit. While this place isn’t specifically a kids’ museum, modern art is fun for people of all ages. Don‘t forget to ask for a kid pack when you check in the door. They have sets for different ages. Spend your time looking at modern art while your kiddos explore by your side with their own artfully inspired and fun to-do list.
Fruit + Spice Park | Homestead, Florida
This place is great year round, but if you have to pick one time of the year to visit, then choose mango season. There are hundreds of varieties of fruit trees to enjoy here. The rule is: you can eat anything as long as it’s fallen to the ground; no picking fruit off the trees. We usually pack a small pocket knife (to cut open mangoes) and a towel for the mess that‘s soon to follow — then eat our way through the magical food forest. All right, friends! There ya go — my favorites! If you have other places you’d recommend, feel free to leave a note in the comments 🙂
Oh, and of course: Check out my favorite vegan and healthy places to eat list HERE. Enjoy your exploration days!
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