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a VirtualTourist member from Wellington asked on Aug 14, 2016

Miami Beach

Miami beach with 3 and 1 year old

Hi, is miami beach family friendly? We have a 3 year old and 1 year old. So that means restaurants with stroller, highchair etc for breakfast lunch and dinner. I'm not from America and from my research it doesn't seem to be overly family friendly. Also any advice on things to do. We will be travelling in march so I don't think it's beach season for the kids to be swimming

6 Answers

answered on 8/14/16 by
a VT member from Miami

Hello, I live here in Miami.

Although Miami Beach is indeed a location which draws more an adult style beach crowd there are many many beaches which are also more family oriented - 21st street beach for instance.
Of course all restaurants are and have stroller accessibility. I don't know why you would think otherwise.
As to highchairs, I cannot answer this, you would want to check with restaurants - *however* as there are so many many MANY restaurants all sitting one next to the other, chances are that if this first one or two do not have a high chair the 3rd or 4th one will.

Miami Beach is a very vibrant, sometimes loud, party'ing area. In this of course you have families of both locals and tourists which frequent it.
I think children would be more apt to hinder your ability to party (if this is what you are looking for).

If you are looking for more of a family style beach area, Crandon Park or anything down Key Biscayne is more suited for small children.
Water is quite calm, very low, shallow and lots of shade in the form of trees.
This is where local families go to 'relax' during the weekend. Also, parking is more readily available.

March is indeed not beach weather for locals as it is usually cold but we are Floridians. Canadians, Europeans find it pleasant and inviting.

Enjoy Miami,

answered on 8/14/16 by
a VT member from Wellington

Hi thanks for your reply. I'm from mallorca, I guess our weather is similar to florida...which means we would also find March cold then :). We live next to a beach so thats not our reason for going...we just want to visit miami. Basically I have been reading TripAdvisor and also restaurant websites where I didn't find one children's menu. I assume they only have them there...well I hope.

answered on 8/14/16 by
a VT member from Miami

Ahhh, some of the tourist places, especially in Lincoln Road may not have a 'children's menu" per se but will be able to accommodate you.
Mostly all restaurants throughout Miami offer up children's menu.
Will you be staying stationary in Miami Beach or will you be renting a car? Transportation?

answered on 8/14/16 by
a VT member from Miami

Close to Miami Beach you also have the Miami Children's Musem, Jungle Island, Duck Tours, Holocaust Museum (a must for all ages I think) and the Science Museum.
As previously mentioned, in Key Biscayne you have Crandon Park and then there's Miami Seaquarium.
Closer to where I live - extreme southern Miami-Dade, Zoo Miami which is rated one of the top zoos in the world.

answered on 8/14/16 by
a VT member from Wellington

Nice, sounds like we will survive. We are thinking of something like miami beach (no car) 4-5 days. Disney cruise. Then hire a car for few more days to visit they keys etc.

answered on 8/14/16 by
a VT member from Miami

You will enjoy the Keys!
Make sure and stop at the National Key Deer refuge on Big Pine Key - just before Key West.
Here you will be able to see the smallest Deer which only live in the Keys.
They are quite tame and will readily come to your hands looking for food.
Refrain from feeding them but they are quite cute only the size of a German Shepherd dog.

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