Miami packs a punch when it comes to entertaining children. Head to the 250,000-square-foot Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for a day of inspiring science-focused programming and experiences. Watch sea lions get fed and dolphins spinning and playing at the Miami Seaquarium. Take an exhilarating ride through the Florida Everglades at the Sawgrass Recreation Park.
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1.Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is a 250,000-square-foot museum and science center in downtown Miami that provides a range of inspiring programming and experiences to encourage visitors to take an interest in the sciences. The museum is divided into four sections, each of which occupies their building, namely the Aquarium, the Frost Planetarium and the North and West Wings. The Aquarium is a tri-level 500,000-gallon Gulf Stream aquarium that houses a wide variety of marine creatures, and the North and West Wings boast year-round, interactive exhibits such as Rivers of Grass, Feathers to the Stars, and MeLab. The Frost Planetarium features a 67-foot planetarium dome and presents sky and star shows, rock ‘n’ rolls laser light shows, and scavenger hunts for children of all ages. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science are open 365 days a year.
Museum Park, 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 33132, Phone: 305-434-9600
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The Miami Seaquarium is one of South Florida’s top attractions and Miami’s premier facility for seeing and experiencing marine life with an array of activities, including favorite marine shows, feeding experiences, and designated splash zones. Located on Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, the world-class marine-life entertainment park was founded in 1955 and houses a wealth of marine creatures from sea turtles, sharks, and manatees to killer whales, sea lions, and dolphins. The 38-acre oceanarium offers eight different aquatic animal shows, and presentations on a daily basis, including dolphin and killer whale, shows, sea lion and manatee feeding experiences, seal kissing demos and tickling stingrays.
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, 33149, Phone: 305-361-5705
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3.Miami Children’s Museum
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Located across the causeway from the popular Jungle Island on Watson Island, the Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to teaching children how to explore and discover through a variety of interactive and immersive experiences. Founded in 1983, the 56,500-square-foot museum is based in an architecturally significant building designed by Arquitectonica and features 14 permanent galleries filled with exhibits and displays, a 200-seat auditorium, pre-school classrooms, an educational gift shop, a parent/teacher resource center, and Subway restaurant. The family-friendly museum presents an array of bilingual and immersive exhibits, as well as educational programs, classes, and workshops for children of all ages.
980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island, Miami, 33132, Phone: 305-373-5437
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4.The Wynwood Walls
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The Wynwood Walls in Miami is the city’s only outdoor street art park that features works by some of the world’s most acclaimed artists and muralists. Launched during Art Basel in 2009 with just a few commissioned murals to beautify the area, the park has become one of Miami’s top attractions, showcasing works by How and Nosm, Shepard Fairey, Retna, Ryan McGuinness, the Date Farmers, Kenny Scharf, and Liqen. Admission to the walkable outdoor museum is free where buildings have replaced the usual gallery canvas and works are impressive in their scale, reflecting the vibrant atmosphere of the surrounding Wynwood.
2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami FL 33127, Phone: 305-531-4411
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Monkey Jungle is a 30-acre wildlife park, zoological garden and historic tourist attraction in Miami that is dedicated to the study of endangered monkeys in semi-natural habitats. Established in 1933 and located in Redland, the park is home to around 500 free-roaming primates of 18 species that visitors can see and experience by walking through a series of tunnel cages. Attractions at the park include the Wild Monkey Swimming Pool where monkeys demonstrate these water skills; and the Cameroon Gorilla Forest which is home to a group of gorillas; the Amazonian Rainforest, which is home to around 125 squirrel monkeys; and the Wings of Love with large free-flight geodesic domes where an array of bird species live.
14805 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33170, Phone: 305-235-1611
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6.Miami Beach Botanical Garden
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The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a beautifully maintained 2.6-acre urban green space that features an array of native Florida plants and trees, a Japanese Garden, plant nursery and an event plaza. Founded in 1962 and later renovated by South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles, the gardens feature meandering pathways, water gardens with fountains and ponds, a wetland with mangrove, a native garden and bio-swale, and a pretty Japanese Garden. Species that can be seen in the garden home include palms, cycads, orchids, and bromeliads, and visitors can purchase young plants at the plant nursery. A Great Lawn and event plaza can be hired for special events and celebrations, and nighttime lights add a romantic touch to an evening at the gardens. The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is open Tuesday to Sunday with free admission.
2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Phone: 305-673-7256
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7.Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Located in the heart of Coral Gables, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens is an 83-acre botanic garden that is home to extensive collections of rare tropical plants such as cycads, palms, flowering trees, and vines. Established in 1936 by Robert H. Montgomery and opened to the public in 1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden focuses on preserving biodiversity and conserving tropical plants to avoid the extinction of species and their habitats. Located in Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, just south of Miami, the garden is surrounded by the Matheson Hammock Park and features several facilities, including a museum, a laboratory, a butterfly house, a learning center, and a conservation research facility. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens also hosts art exhibits throughout the year.
10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156, Phone: 305-667-1651
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8.Miami Children's Theater
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The Miami Children’s Theater is a family-focused community theater that presents a line-up of performances that are produced, acted and choreographed by children. Based at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC in Miami, the Theater provides training for the nation’s top young talent, some of who go onto performing arts colleges in America and star on Broadway. The theater offers a variety of classes including Mainstage Jr., group vocal classes, and audition technique classes for budding actors and actresses, and students. The Miami Children’s Theater has additional locations in Coral Gables and Miami Beach.
11155 SW 112th Avenue, Miami, Phone: 305-274-3595
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9.Museum of Discovery and Science/Blockbuster IMAX(r) Theatre
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Based at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater offers one of the extraordinary theater experiences in the world. Featuring new IMAX with LASER® groundbreaking movie projection technology, the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater provides both 2D and 3D movies using the new dual 4K laser projection system, a next-generation sound system, and one of IMAX’s largest screens. The AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater is a designated Certified Giant Screen Cinema® with a six-story-high, 60 by 80-foot screen, which is large enough to show a life-size whale. The theater also features unique theater geometry, stadium seating and IMAX sound system, providing an exceptional and immersive film experience.
401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Phone: 954-467-6637
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10.Young at Art Children’s Museum
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Located in Davie, the Young at Art Museum, originally called the Young at Art Children's Museum, is dedicated to showcasing young children’s artworks and promoting the arts to young visitors. Founded in 1987 by artists Esther and Mindy Shrago to fill a void in arts education in South Florida public schools, the museum is based in a 55,000 square foot Gold LEED building and features several exhibition galleries with a variety of artworks, along with studios for art classes and workshops. Five exhibition galleries include Artscapes, Culturescapes, Greenscapes, Wonderscapes, and The Knight Gallery, and provide authentic, interactive artistic, historical and cultural experiences for all audiences. The museum also offers educational programs and student field trips throughout the year.
751 SW 121st Ave, Davie, FL 33325, Phone: 954-424-0085
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11.Sawgrass Recreation Park
The Sawgrass Recreation Park is a family-owned and operated attraction deep in the heart of the Florida Everglades. The one-of-a-kind airboat tour offers two exclusive adventures - a fun-filled daytime private trip and an exhilarating Red Eye Tour at night. Tours explore the magnificent Everglades, one of the world’s rare subtropical ecosystems and Florida's most remarkable treasures. Guided tours include the history of the Everglades and the fauna and flora that call them home, as well as the secrets of this untamed wilderness, shared by experienced and professional captains and guides. Guests can catch glimpses of local wildlife such as Florida alligators, turtles, iguanas, and plenty of birds along the way and visit the Exotic Wildlife exhibit to learn more about endangered species like the Florida Panther that also reside here.
1006 N. U.S. Hwy. 27, Weston, FL 33327, Phone: 954-389-0202
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12.Oleta River State Park
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The Oleta River State Park is Florida’s largest urban park and features an array of land and water-based activities and attractions. Located 30 minutes from downtown Miami, the park is bisected by the Oleta River, which provides water for the lush forests of hardwood hammocks and mangroves that can be found in the park. The river also offers plenty of water-based recreation such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and swimming, and land-based activities include hiking, mountain biking, shoreline camping, and picnicking. A youth campground provides an ideal venue for organized groups, and there are rustic, air-conditioned cabins for overnight stays. Long-distance paddlers can enjoy the challenging 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, which begins in the park.
3400 NE 163rd Street, North Miami, 33160, Phone: 305-919-1846
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13.Buehler Planetarium and Observatory
Located on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus of Broward College, the Buehler Planetarium and Observatory is a 40-foot in diameter, domed theater and public planetarium that provides telescope observation nights and day and night-themed planet and star shows. Opened in 1965, the planetarium features a Zeiss M 1015 projector and a Definiti full-dome video system, producing interesting sky shows and presentations. Visitors can also spend an evening gazing at the majestic night sky through a collection of high-tech telescopes, seeing everything from the shining orbs of planets to bright moons and shooting stars. Admission to the Buehler Planetarium and Observatory on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings is free.
3501 Davie Rd, Davie, FL 33314, Phone: 954-201-6681
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14.Institute of Contemporary Art - Miami
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Located in the heart of the Miami Design District, the Institute of Contemporary Art - Miami, also known as ICA Miami, is a contemporary art museum dedicated to promoting contemporary art and fostering the exchange of art and ideas. The internationally-renowned institute provides a platform for the work of local, emerging, and under-recognized artists and presents a calendar of exhibitions and programs with the aim of advancing the public appreciation and understanding of contemporary art. ICA Miami boasts a permanent collection of artworks from many different artists including William Copley, Jose Antonio Hernandez Diez, John Miller, Francis Alÿs, Gabriel Orozco, and others. The Institute of Contemporary Art – Miami offers year-round free admission.
61 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 33137, Phone: 305-901-5272
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Rosetta Bakery is a classic Italian-style bakery offering several locations throughout Florida, including a Miami beach location opened in 2015. The bakery is named for one of Italy's most recognizable bread loaf shapes, also known as a michetta, which is a popular choice for lunch sandwiches. Scandinavian-style decor is highlighted in the cafe's rustic dining space, which features ample natural light and communal tables. Diners can enjoy a selection of excellent cafe sandwiches throughout the day, including the restaurant's signature King Rosetta, which is stuffed with prosciutto di parma, Swiss cheese, cherry tomatoes, and arugula. Classic coffee beverages are also available, along with a selection of elegant cakes, tarts, biscuits, and crostatas.
1666 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Phone: 786-534-7512
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16.Zoo Miami (Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens)
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The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, also known as Zoo Miami Zoo Miami is a fantastic place for a day out with the family. Set on 750 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, the zoo is the oldest and largest zoological park in Florida and is home to over 3,000 animals and features more than 100 exhibits, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Amazon and Beyond, and Mission Everglades. Dr. Wilde's World is an indoor pavilion that features seasonal interactive exhibits and a large lake called Lake Iguana offers a lovely spot for relaxing with a picnic. The zoo can be explored on foot via three miles of walking paths, or on an air-conditioned monorail system that loops around the zoo's grounds providing excellent aerial views of the animal habitats. Narrated tram rides and guided tours are given daily.
12400 SW 152nd Street, Miami, Phone: 305-251-0400
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17.Lulu's Ice Cream
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Lulu's Ice Cream serves unique nitrogen-blasted ice cream at two locations in downtown Miami and Miami Beach, founded in 2015 by Bogota native Luisa Santos. This innovative type of ice cream preparation crafts rich, creamy treats flash-frozen at more than -300 degrees Fahrenheit, made from scratch with milk from Dakin Dairy Farm. Classic flavors range from vanilla, strawberry, and cookies and cream to Nutella and coffee-infused concoctions, served up in Petrillo's waffle cones or ice cream sandwiches. Seasonal varieties include specialty flavors like honey lavender, cinnamon, key lime, or piña colada. Seasonal flavors rotate weekly, depending on locally-sourced ingredient availability.
2001 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137, Phone: 833-585-8269
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The HistoryMiami Museum, formerly known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, is dedicated to telling the story of the history of Southern Florida. Founded in 1940, the museum is the largest of its kind in the State of Florida and features four permanent galleries that house both permanent and traveling exhibits, and an Archives and Research Center. The museum is also home to the South Florida Folklife Center, the Education Center, and the City Tours program and offers several educational programs that focus on the importance of the past in shaping Miami's future.
101 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130, Phone: 305-375-1492
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19.Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Nestled on the shores of Biscayne Bay in the affluent Coconut Grove neighborhood of South Miami, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, previously known as Villa Vizcaya, is a rambling Italianate mansion that once belonged to industrialist James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune. Built in the 1910s in a time when Miami was choked with trees instead of traffic, the beautifully maintained 34-room mansion is surrounded by acres of serene European-style gardens packed with ornate fountains and statuary, some of which date back to antiquity. The villa features an ornamental breakwater that was carved out of Florida limestone in the shape of an oversize Venetian barge and is studded with a variety of decorative sculpture – the pièce de résistance of this magnificent abode.
3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129
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Crandon Beach is a sprawling 808-acre urban park of beaches and amenities, including a family amusement center, a nature center, and rentable private cabanas. Located in the northern part of Key Biscayne and connected to mainland Miami via the Rickenbacker Causeway, the popular beach park is home to a variety of ecosystems, ranging from coastal hammock and dunes to mangroves and seagrass beds, making for a fun, informative nature walks. The Crandon Park Nature Center features exotic plants, rare fish and wildlife, and a natural Environment Study Area called Bear Cut Preserve, which can be explored with a naturalist. The waterfront park also boasts a small amusement area with a beautifully restored vintage carousel and an outdoor roller rink, and the pristine beach is ideal for beach volleyball, picnicking, and swimming.
6747 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, Miami, Phone: 305-361-5421
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21.Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center
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The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, also known as the Biscayne Nature Center, is a pristine nature center overlooking the dunes and ocean on the north end of Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. The modern, multifunctional center was established to promote the conservation of the local and irreplaceable natural resources in Key Biscayne and the surrounding area. The environmentally-friendly and sustainable center features demonstration lab classroom facilities, an audio-visual presentation room, exhibit space, and a gift shop, and offers a wealth of educational programs for young conservationists, such as field trips and summer camps.
6767 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, Phone: 305-361-6767
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22.Matheson Hammock Park
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The Matheson Hammock Park is a picturesque 630-acre park in the heart of metropolitan Miami that surrounds the north and western ends of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and offers an array of amenities for the whole family to enjoy. The park features a human-made tidal pool, which is flushed naturally with the tidal action of the sea water from Biscayne Bay, several nature trails and picnic pavilions and a historic coral stone building that houses a snack bar and a restaurant. An on-site marina has boat launch ramps, a fishing tackle shop, refueling facilities, and wet slips, and can accommodate vessels of up to 50 feet.
9610 Old Cutler Road, Miami, Phone: 305-665-5475
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Vicky's House is the latest offering from popular Miami restaurant group Kush Hospitality, known for local hits like LoKal, Miami Brew Bus, and The Spillover. The restaurant, which was opened by Matt Kuscher in 2017, serves up 1980s-inspired milkshakes and ice cream parlor delicacies within a 12-seat bar space designed after Kuscher's childhood home. Retro stylings include an original Galaga arcade cabinet and wallpaper salvaged from Kuscher's mother's house, along with a washing machine serving as a makeshift beer cooler. Specialty milkshakes are crafted from ice cream sourced from Dasher & Crank and Wynwood Parlor, featuring clever 1980s-themed names like Golden Girls, The Breakfast Club, and E.T. Goes To The Movies. Root beer floats are also served up, along with Cuban-style coffees and ice cream sandwiches.
3190 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133, Phone: 305-442-3377
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Jungle Island is an interactive zoological park in Watson Island that offers an interactive experience with a variety of extraordinary animals and birds from around the globe. Founded in 1936 as Parrot Island with the idea of having free-flying birds, the park began to include a range of exotic wildlife, including rare twin orangutans and a cassowary and evolved to become Jungle Island. The family-friendly theme park features a variety of exciting and interactive exhibits, displays and habitats in which the animals and birds live, such as the ‘Serpentarium,’ which is home to a variety of snakes, lizards and snapping turtles. The park is home to a 900-pound ‘liger’ (a cross between a lion and a tiger) called Hercules and the Parrot Bowl in which an impressive array of birds, including an Andean condor and a King Vulture, reside. There is a petting zoo where young children can enjoy close-up interactions with several domestic and exotic animals, including red kangaroos.
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132, Phone: 305-400-7000
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25.Walls Old-Fashioned Ice Cream
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Wall's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream is a family-owned and operated store old-school ice cream parlor that serves homemade ice cream by the scoop and bowl, mouthwatering ice cream sundaes and house-made fudge. The friendly, welcoming café features indoor seating and red-umbrella-adorned outdoor tables where visitors can tuck into a myriad of ice cream flavors like nutty bright-green pistachio and cookies 'n' cream with toppings of chocolate, Nerds candy, and caramel. The café features a boob tube mounted to the outside wall and surrounded by brightly colored classic cars to reflect a tiny drive-in movie screen, providing the ultimate American experience.
8075 SW 67th Ave, Miami, FL 33143, Phone: 305-740-9830
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25 Best Things to Do in Miami with Kids
- Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Photo: Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
- Miami Seaquarium, Photo: Felix Mizioznikov/stock.adobe.com
- Miami Children’s Museum, Photo: Miami Children’s Museum
- The Wynwood Walls, Photo: The Wynwood Walls
- Monkey Jungle, Photo: Celso Diniz/stock.adobe.com
- Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Photo: Studio Barcelona/stock.adobe.com
- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Photo: Maria/stock.adobe.com
- Miami Children's Theater, Photo: andrys lukowski/stock.adobe.com
- Museum of Discovery and Science/Blockbuster IMAX(r) Theatre, Photo: Museum of Discovery and Science/Blockbuster IMAX(r) Theatre
- Young at Art Children’s Museum, Photo: Young at Art Children’s Museum
- Sawgrass Recreation Park, Photo: Jan/stock.adobe.com
- Oleta River State Park, Photo: Fotoluminate LLC/stock.adobe.com
- Buehler Planetarium and Observatory, Photo: kotelnyk/stock.adobe.com
- Institute of Contemporary Art - Miami, Photo: Institute of Contemporary Art - Miami
- Rosetta Bakery, Photo: Rosetta Bakery
- Zoo Miami (Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens), Photo: Irina Schmidt/stock.adobe.com
- Lulu's Ice Cream, Photo: Lulu's Ice Cream
- HistoryMiami Museum, Photo: HistoryMiami Museum
- Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Photo: rabbit75_fot/stock.adobe.com
- Crandon Park, Photo: Irina Schmidt/stock.adobe.com
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, Photo: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center
- Matheson Hammock Park, Photo: Felix Mizioznikov/stock.adobe.com
- Vicky's House, Photo: Brent Hofacker/stock.adobe.com
- Jungle Island, Photo: SIRIPONG JITCHUM/stock.adobe.com
- Walls Old-Fashioned Ice Cream, Photo: Walls Old-Fashioned Ice Cream
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Dylan’s Candy Bar
Located in the former Ghirardelli space in the Lincoln Road Mall, Dylan’s Candy Bar is a bright and whimsical café, candy shop and cocktail bar that serves nostalgic and modern candies, endless streams of sugary and salty treats, and candy-infused cocktails. A larger-than-life Dale Chihuly-inspired lollipop tree takes center stage in the store and is surrounded by candy cane columns, candy-inspired art, and a contemporary, state-of-the-art backlit staircase that creates a whimsical ambiance. Signature treats include mouthwatering ice cream sundaes, white, milk and dark chocolate fondues, and gourmet chocolate pizzas, along with salty, mini pizzas and sandwiches, and candy-inspired cocktails like Pop Rocks Explosions and Chocolate Martinis.
801 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Phone: 305-531-1988
Shenandoah Branch Library
The Shenandoah Branch Library is part of the Shenandoah County Library System and offers a variety of activities for children of all ages, including Summer Reading Games, Storytime, and K-5 Activities. Amenities and services at the library include public access computers, free wireless Internet, black and white printing and copying, fax services and more. Fantastic Family Fun for all ages is held on Tuesday mornings, and adult activities include a monthly book club, the Shenandoah Healthy Journey Support Group, a and knitting, and crocheting g every Thursday.
2111 SW 19th St, Miami, FL 33145, Phone: 305-250-4688
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Occupying the southern tip of Key Biscayne, the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is one of Miami's most popular state parks with an array of things to see and do. Boasting a rich history, plenty of wildlife, lots of activities to enjoy, and a beautiful old lighthouse, the park offers a relaxing and scenic alternative to some of Miami's more packed beaches. Miami-Dade County’s oldest standing structure – the famous Cape Florida Lighthouse - is the park's most famous attraction and visitors can enjoy free lighthouse tours of this fantastic structure which dates back to 1825. Other activities include swimming, kayaking, shoreline fishing, windsurfing, cycling, hiking, and in-line skating in and around the park and covered pavilions are available for picnics.
1200 S Crandon Blvd, Miami, Phone: 305-361-5811