10 places to visit during your summer vacation in South Florida
Summer vacations are here and you are probably wondering where to go and how to keep your kids entertain without breaking your budget.
Here 10 great places to spend time with your kids during your summer break!
Bahia Honda State Park: at mile marker 37 in the Florida Keys has become a favorite destination for visitors to our island paradise. The park, encompassing over 500 acres and an offshore island offers some of the best snorkeling and beachcombing in Florida. You can also enjoy of kayaking, camping, lodging, bicycling, fishing and swimming. The perfect and quiet getaway for the entire family. Admission Fees: from $2.00 to $8 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. For tour coupon discount click here.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: This park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the park’s upland areas offer visitors a unique experience, it is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring most visitors to the park. Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, but visitors can get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling. Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities; fishing is permitted in designated areas. Admission Fees: from $2.00 to $8 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.For discount coupon click here.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: discover a century-old connection between Japan and South Florida. It is here that a group of young Japanese farmers created a community intended to revolutionize agriculture in Florida. The 16 acres that surround Morikami’s two museum buildings include expansive Japanese gardens with strolling paths, resting areas, our world-class bonsai collection and lakes teeming with koi and other wildlife. The wider 200-acre park features nature trails, pine forests and picnic areas. Admission Fees: Adults $15, Seniors $13, Children $9. Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a Coastal & Marine Environmental Experience: Gumbo Limbo’s 20 acres of protected barrier island not only provides refuge to many varieties of plants and animals – some rare or endangered – but represents a commitment to protect our natural resources by our Members, Volunteers, and the organizations that comprise the Center. Check webpage for details ohm the 2016 Turtle Walk and Hatchling Release Program. Admission Fees: $5. Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm – Sunday, 12 pm – 4 pm
Monkey Jungle: a unique wildlife park and discovery center established in 1935 in a natural subtropical forest in southern Miami-Dade County. The Jungle wildlife live there much as they would in their native habitats. Visitors, students and scientists experience up close encounters with these amazing creatures in Miami’s natural 30-acre Jungle park. Explore the Jungle trails and exhibits and join the presentations that occur regularly throughout the day. Admission Fees: Adults: $29.95 – Children (3 – 9): $23.95 – Seniors (65+): $27.95 (click here for discount coupons)
Miami Seaquarium: you can spent the day enjoying the shows and attractions or you can go VIP and take advantage of special activities like trainer for a day, dolphin odyssey, dolphin encounter, seal swim, Sea Trek Reef Encounter or the VIP tour. (from $99 to $495) Admission Fees: Adult: $44.99 Child (Ages 3-9): $34.99 Save $2.00 when you buy online!
Zoo Miami: The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, also known as Zoo Miami, is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. There are four main exhibit sections in the zoo: Asia, Africa, Amazon and Beyond, and Australia. An air-conditioned monorail system loops around the zoo’s premises, providing both an aerial view of the zoo and a convenient way to move between sections. The monorail system has four stations, each found in the zoo’s four sections; Asia, Africa, Amazon and Beyond, and Australia. Narrated tram rides and guided tours are given daily. Admission Fees: Adult (13+) $19.95, Child (3-12) $15.95, Children 2 and under free.
Museum Of Discovery & Science: is a fun museum with an emphasis on interactive. The entire family will experience a day of exploration. You can ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, enjoy the playful antics of river otters, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant megalodon shark, and see exciting science theater shows. Admission Fees: Adults $15.00, Seniors $14.00, Child (2-12) $13.00, Military (w/ ID) $13.00 , Child (1 & under) No charge.
Miami Children’s Museum: the Miami Children’s Museum is kid-centric, interactive, educational playground. It opened the doors to its new facility on Watson Island in 2003 and through its 14 permanent exhibits, the museum helps children discover the world
around them from the land and sea to the grocery store. At each exhibit there are hands on
activities that allow you children to learn by doing and outside there is a playground for outside entertainment. Admission Fees: general admission $20, Florida residents: $15, Child (1 & under) No charge.
Young at Art Museum: founded in 1987 with the belief that art is a fundamental part of a child’s complete education. Ride a subway,
visit a cave and discover a dig in ArtScapes. STOMP to the rhythm, build sand sculptures and recycled puppets in GreenScapes. Learn about faraway customs in CultureScapes. Explore the world of Alice in WonderScapes. Admission Fees: Adults & Children: $14, Seniors (62+): $12, Broward County Residents: $12, Military Families: $11