1. Get That Will Smith Video Out Of Your Head

Visit Miami, FL
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South Beach is Miami but Miami isn’t South Beach. This is Miami-Dade and it’s huge. There are plenty of different neighborhoods to choose from here and yes, many include very family-friendly areas. Put South Miami, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, and Coconut Grove on your list of places to explore to find the one that will work best for your family.

2. Vacations Are Always Affordable Now

Fun in Miami, FL
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You might not find yourself going to the beach regularly. But when you want to, it’s there, and that makes for a huge savings come family vacation time. Florida has beaches all over, so you don’t have to stay super local. Since Orlando is only a short three-hour drive away, you’ll be able to check out all of the parks at Disney World, Universal Studios, Seaworld, and Legoland without dealing with airfare.

3. With A Little Leg Work, You Can Find Great Schools in Miami

Education in Miami, FL
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The Miami public school system doesn’t have the best reputation these days, but that doesn’t mean that your kids can’t get a good education here. Locating yourself in the right district is what matters most, so a little research can go a long way. Among the 239 public schools here, you’ll be thrilled to discover that George Washington Carver Middle School, Mast Academy, New World School of the Arts, School for Advanced Studies, Ada Merritt, Miami Arts Charter, Mater Grove, and many more have a 10 out of 10 GreatSchools Rating. There are also 185 private schools to check out in Miami if you’re not comfortable with sending the kids to public. And having the University of Miami in your backyard means your kids can continue their education at local tuition rates.

4. Moving to Miami Is So Much More Than Sand

Beaches in Miami, FL
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Sure, the beaches here are pretty spectacular. But they’re far from the only place for you and your family to stretch your legs and get in some recreation and nature. With 260 parks to explore including 143 playgrounds, every neighborhood has somewhere green to go. And many of them have ample shade to keep everyone out of that hot Miami sun.

5. There’s Always Someone Keeping An Eye Out In Miami

Crime in Miami, FL
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Like any metro area, Miami has its share of issues with crime. But stick with the places already mentioned and you’ll find that it’s much less of an issue than you might expect. Programs like the Citizens Crime Watch and Miami-Dade Parks security keep a close watch to ensure that you feel safe.

6. Miami Makes It Easy For Kids To Stay Physically Fit With Fit2Play

Health in Miami, FL
Source: The Parks Foundation Of Miami-Dade Facebook
The parks and rec department of Miami-Dade has worked diligently at putting together an awesome variety of programs, and physical fitness is at the front and center of them. There’s even a scholarship fund to go with it. With the Fit2Play Scholarship Fund, kids who partake in programs like Morning Mile not only learn how physical fitness is an important part of their day, but they also put money into the scholarship fund which goes towards helping the kids of Miami receive the education they deserve.

7. Miami Has Something For The Extreme Outdoor Adventurer, Too

Adventure in Miami, FL
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Some kids are more restless than others and require a little extra fun to keep them entertained. Luckily, you’ll find paintball here as well as a family-friendly sports shooting range, archery range, and kayaking on Key Biscayne. So there’s never an excuse to hear even the wildest of kids say that they’re bored.

8. Miami Is For Animal Lovers

Zoo in Miami, FL
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Zoo Miami opened in 1948 and has been a local favorite for families since with over 100 exhibits representing 500 species, 40 of which are endangered. Definitely check out the Miami Seaquarium where you’ll find attractions for the whole family including Lolita the killer whale’s show, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sharks, manatees, alligators, and more.

9. Your Family’s Best Friend Is Welcome, Too

Dog Lovers in Miami, FL
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Miami is a very dog-friendly area, so you never have to worry about leaving the four-legged member of your family at home alone. With 14 neighborhood dog parks in the area, you’ll find leashed parks, unleashed and free-roam parks, and running parks for leashed dogs.

10. Miami Helps Keep The Community Hands On

Community in Miami, FL
Source: The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade Facebook
A little hands on work in the community is a great learning opportunity for kids. The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department encourages all of the residents to volunteer their time. You and your kids can help clean up the beaches and parks, help maintain natural areas, play basketball with less fortunate kids, help coordinate activities for seniors, and much more.

11. Miami’s Children's Museum Is Way More Than A Rainy Day Last Resort

Children's Museum in Miami, FL
Source: Miami Children’s Museum Facebook
Speaking of hands-on fun, it doesn’t get much more entertaining than Miami’s Children’s Museum. Families love this interactive museum, where kids from toddlers through grade school can enjoy simulating life as hospital workers, newscasters, banking, food shopping, recording their own music, and more.

12. Bend It, Hit It, Dunk It, Toss It

Fun in Miami, FL
Source: The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade Facebook
Miami does, that’s for sure. You don’t have to wonder if the city will have the program that your kid is interested in available because Miami’s parks and recreation department offers tons. Soccer, football, roller-hockey, swim teams, tennis, track and field, baseball and softball, boxing, and golf are just a few of the programs available for residents to sign up.

13. Get Your Library Cards ASAP

Miami-Dade Public Library in Miami, FL
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The Miami-Dade Public Library System made sure to keep room on their shelves for everyone. With 49 branch locations in the Miami-Dade metro area and two bookmobiles, everyone in the city has access to a wide variety of books, art programs, and reading programs. With separate library departments for children, teens, and adults, along with an art section, these facilities ensure the whole family will keep reading.

14. It’s Always A Holiday In Miami

Holiday in Miami, FL
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Holidays are all about family. And Miami makes sure to make them as special and fun as possible. Every month, you’ll find some sort of parade, festival, or event going on. January highlights the city’s art scene with the Art Deco Weekend and honors Martin Luther King with a parade, March brings the Carnaval & Calle Och Festival and Ultra Music Festival for the older kids, and don’t forget November’s Miami Book Fair International.

15. Parents Can Always Find A Place To Relax

Feel Relaxed in Miami, FL
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At the end of the day, parents need a little pampering, too. Running around Miami keeping your kids active and entertained can definitely wear you out. So make sure to schedule a little time for you and your partner–or just go solo–at one of Miami’s many resort and spas to re-energize you to keep going. You’ve earned it! Like This Post? You’ll Definitely Love These: