National Parks / Natural World in MIAMI with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Miami has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Miami, Florida offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Miami itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Oleta River State Park

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    (11 miles) North Miami

    Florida's largest urban park, Oleta River is located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area. Although it offers a variety of recreational opportunities, the park is best known for miles ...

  • Norwood Park and Outdoor Pool

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    (11 miles) Miami Gardens

    Outdoor swimming facility in a well kept park with tennis courts, baseball, a rec. center and an adventure playground.

  • Topeekeegee Yugnee Park

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    (17 miles) Hollywood

    138 acres of water park, camping and RV sites, and HUGE park for kids to bike, skate and play? Just head to Topeekeegee Yugnee Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

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    (25 miles) Fort Lauderdale

    Rent a canoe, stroll through the tropics, enjoy some fishing or spot some wildlife - just some of the things you can do in this lovely tropical paradise in Fort Lauderdale!

  • Fern Forest Nature Center

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    (31 miles) Coconut Creek

    247 acres of Florida wilderness for kids to enjoy! Nature walks, picnic areas, and even live native reptile displays. A great place for kids to learn about the ecosystem, natural history as well as ...

  • Sugar Sand Park

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    (39 miles) Boca Raton

    132 acres of green space to play in, with nature trails, carousel and multi level fun science playground including water play areas.

  • Daggerwing Nature Center

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    (41 miles) Boca Raton

    A beautiful Florida nature center with live animals, interactive exhibits, and boardwalk trails talking you through wilderness and wildlife.

  • Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

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    (41 miles) Boca Raton

    A fascinating experience with wildlife where kids can learn about marine ecosystems and conservation, in Florida

  • Everglades National Park

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    (62 miles) Homestead

    Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the USA - an incredible landscape for kids to explore with crocodiles, panthers and diverse habitats.

  • Billie Swamp Safari

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    (64 miles) Clewiston

    It's swamp time with Billie Swamp Safari on 2,200 acres of untamed Florida Everglades! Wildlife exhibits, snake shows, airboats...a true swamp experience for the whole family!

  • Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

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    (70 miles) Copeland

    Welcome to the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, "the Amazon of North America." The Fakahatchee Strand is a linear swamp forest, approximately twenty miles long by five miles wide and oriented ...

  • John D MacArthur Beach State Park

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    (76 miles) North Palm Beach

    A unique mixture of coastal and tropical hammock and mangrove forest, this barrier island provides a haven for several rare or endangered native tropical and coastal plant species. The park's Nature ...

  • Curry Hammock State Park

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    (86 miles) Marathon

    This park is made up of a group of islands in the Middle Keys, with public access to swimming, a playground, picnic tables, grills, and showers on the ocean side of Little Crawl Key. The hardwood ...

  • Naples Botanical Gardens

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    (98 miles) Naples

    Thoughtfully created and sympathetically restored environments host botanical samples from all over the world plus water features, plus children's garden including butterfy house and treehouse.

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  • HistoryMiami

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    (2 miles) Miami

    A interesting and educational look into over 10,000 years of fascinating past and dynamic and vibrant present of South Florida and the Caribbean.

  • Miami Museum of Science

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    (3 miles) Miami

    All things science and learning for kids of all ages at this Miami Museum of Science, with a host of exhibits covering weather, the oceans, space and of course - technology!

  • Gold Coast Railroad Museum

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    (16 miles) Miami

    It's all things locomotive at this Miami Railroad Museum - with actual historic locomotives to explore, as well as a fun train rides for any age!

  • Museum of Discovery and Science

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    (23 miles) Fort Lauderdale

    Two fascinating floors of fun, interactive exhibits which make science and discovery entertaining for kids! Fossils, animals, sharks, bats...even test your pilot skills! A great family day out in ...

  • Boca Raton Children's Museum

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    (40 miles) Boca Raton

    A fun place for kids in Boca Raton that captures the imagination and allows them to learn as they play! A hands-on family day out!

  • Boca Raton Museum of Art

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    (40 miles) Boca Raton

    Immerse kids in the world of art at this Boca Raton Museum filled with fascinating and inspirational exhibits

  • Parrot Jungle Island

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    (3 miles) Miami

    - 3 entertaining shows feature some of the wildest animals from around the globe. From the most lethal bird to some of the most deadly snakes. One of the family places to visit if you're looking for ...

  • Miami Seaquarium

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    (5 miles) Key Biscayne

    Amazing animal encounters and underwater adventure at this Miami aquarium, with educational and conservational aspects for kids

  • Zoo Miami

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    (16 miles) Miami

    Formerly Miami MetroZoo, this family friendly animal attraction always has something fun going on - and plenty of animals!

  • Monkey Jungle

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    (20 miles) Miami

    Home to nearly 400 primates, most running free on a 30 acre reserve. It is one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States and the only one that the general public can ...

  • Flamingo Gardens

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    (20 miles) Davie

    A 60 acre botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary including Free-flight Aviary and Bird of Prey Center, plus narrated tram tour. Come hand feed a flamingo!

  • Everglades Alligator Farm

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    (32 miles) Homestead

    Alligator shows, snake shows and alligator feedings, there is something going on every hour on the Farm. The Everglades Alligator Farm is currently home to about 2,000 alligators of all sizes. The ...

  • Butterfly World

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    (34 miles) Coconut Creek

    Visitors of all ages can enjoy a hectic rainbow of live exotic butterflies, spot hummingbirds and hear macaws, visit the Live Bug Zoo and explore the world of caterpillars.

  • Dolphins Plus

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    (51 miles) Key Largo

    Key Largo's original swim with the dolphins program! Call us today to sign up for the dolphin experience of a lifetime!

  • Palm Beach Zoo

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    (61 miles) West Palm Beach

    The Palm Beach Zoo is a unique cultural and educational resource welcoming all members of the community, the region and the thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the many treasures of South ...

  • The Good Earth Farm inc

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    (64 miles) Loxahatchee

    The only petting zoo in town. 100 Animals, 20 acres of fun, pony rides, petting zoo, hayrides and farm animals. Good for the whole family!

  • Lion Country Safari

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    (64 miles) Loxahatchee

    Lion Country Safari is involved in the captive breeding of a number of threatened or endangered species, including: Southern White Rhinoceros and Chimpanzee. Lion Country Safari is a licensed ...

  • McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary

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    (68 miles) West Palm Beach

    Appointment only visits to this beautiful wildlife sanctuary in West Palm Beach with tours educating kids on rescued sick and injured native animals.

  • Loggerhead Marinelife Center

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    (76 miles) Juno Beach

    A fascinating and educational conservation facility with exhibits all about the wonders Florida's endangered sea turtles, and fun family activities, talks, and hikes!

  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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    (95 miles) Naples

    Open to the public 365 days a year-(except in severe weather) The sanctuary offers a 2.25 mile boardwalk that winds through the swamp- A 1 mile short-cut is also available. There is an admission ...

  • Bluefoot Pirate Adventures

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    (24 miles) Fort Lauderdale Beach

    Bluefoot Pirate Adventures children’s pirate cruise in Fort Lauderdale. Where children and adults alike, come to experience the magic of a pirate cruise sailing in South Florida in search of ...