Where to stay in Miami for families with kids: 6 Best areas

Hi guys, on my website, I already wrote an article about Miami without a car (I will put the link to it at the end of this article). In today’s article, I will help you to find the best places to stay in Miami for families with kids.

I will share with you what I believe are the best areas to stay in Miami for families, along with a helpful map. I’ll also share where I stayed in Miami and recommend the best family-friendly hotels for all budgets.

Miami is the largest city in the Miami metropolitan area, located in southeastern Florida. It is often considered a gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean due to its strategic location. 

The city is famous for its beautiful beaches, waterfront areas, and a tropical monsoon climate. It is also known for its diverse cultural scene, influenced by its large population of Hispanic and Latino residents. The city has a rich blend of cultures, which is shown in its cuisine, festivals, and art.

When visiting Miami, you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife of South Beach, visit the Art Deco Historic District, the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Frost Museum of Science, and Everglades National Park.

Miami has an extensive transportation network, including Miami International Airport, several highways, and public transportation options like Metrorail and Metromover.

Is Miami a good place to visit with family?

Yes, Miami is a great place to visit with family. Even though it is known for its nightlife and party, there are plenty of family-friendly things to do and see in the city. 

Your family can enjoy beautiful beaches, like South Beach and Crandon Park, visit museums, aquariums, take a sightseeing cruise, visit Art Deco Historic District, and take a boat tour in Biscayne Bay.

Some of the popular attractions in Miami for children include the Miami Seaquarium, Jungle Island, Jet Boat Miami, as well as numerous cultural attractions such as the Frost Museum of Science, Miami Children’s Museum, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Bayside Marketplace.

Where to stay in Miami for families with kids?

The best areas to stay in Miami for families with kids are Miami Beach, Key Biscayne,  Downtown/Brickell, Bal Harbour/Surfside, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables. These are the city’s most popular tourist neighborhoods offering a variety of children-friendly attractions and amenities.

If your family wants a beach-centric vacation, I recommend that a hotel in Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, or Bal Harbour/Surfside may be ideal. If your family prefers a more cultural or upscale experience, Coral Gables or Coconut Grove could be the right fit. 

Downtown/Brickell is convenient for families who want to explore the city’s diverse attractions such as the children-friendly Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and Bayfront Park.

On my trip to Miami, I stayed at the 3-star good value for money Generator Miami in Miami Mid Beach. The hotel is located in a nice quiet area and offers easy access to the nightlife South Beach. Also easy walking distance from the beach, restaurants, shops, and public transportation.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Miami for families. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Miami for families with kids
Map of the best areas to stay in Miami for families with kids

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Miami, especially for families. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

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6 Best areas to stay in Miami with family:

1. Miami Beach

Miami Beach is one of the best places to stay in Miami for a family beach holiday. Miami is divided into 3 parts, South Beach (vibrant night), North Beach (more laid back atmosphere), and Mid-Beach which offer easy access to both South and North Beach.

South Beach is known for its vibrant atmosphere, but it can get crowded and noisy. If you prefer a quieter and more family-oriented experience, I suggest you book your accommodation in Mid-Beach, North Beach/ Bal Harbour. 

You can take your kids strolling along Lincoln Road Mall and enjoy some shopping and dining. It  is a popular pedestrian mall in South Beach with shops, restaurants, and street performers.  

Another popular street in South Beach is the Ocean Drive, lined with historic Art Deco buildings. It is a popular spot for dining, shopping, and people-watching. You can also enjoy cycling along the oceanfront at The Miami Beach Boardwalk.

There are several parks, including Flamingo Park, Lummus Park, and South Pointe Park, where families can enjoy green spaces, sports facilities, and stunning views.

In addition to swimming, and sunbathing, Miami Beach offers various water sports activities suitable for families, including paddleboarding, jet skiing, and boat tours. These can be a fun way to spend time together on the water.

You can take your kids to the nearby Jungle Island, a family-friendly attraction featuring exotic animals, interactive exhibits, and animal shows. It’s a great place for kids to learn about wildlife.

Best places to stay in Miami Beach for families with kids:

  • Luxury ($$$): The Betsy Hotel, South Beach, 5-star family-friendly hotel located on Ocean Drive, easy access to restaurants, shops, cafes, and attractions. Easy access to both Miami South Beach and Mid Beach.
  • Mid-range ($$): Esme Miami Beach, great 4-star children-friendly accommodation located on Washington Avenue and features spacious family rooms. The hotel welcomes children of all ages and children 18 years and above will be charged as adults.
  • Budget ($): Generator Miami, 3-star kid-friendly hotel located on Collins Avenue, in the  Mid-Beach district, offering an outdoor swimming pool, terrace and restaurant.

2. Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne is a serene and upscale island with beautiful beaches and parks located south of Miami Beach. It’s a great base for families who want a quieter and more laid-back atmosphere while still being close to major attractions. 

The island is known for its pristine beaches, including Crandon Park Beach and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Beach. These beaches offer calm waters, making them safe for children to swim and play. 

Crandon Park Beach has picnic areas, a playground, bike paths and a nature center for kids. 

While staying on the island, your family can enjoy outdoor activities, such as biking, hiking, kayaking and paddleboarding. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is where you can find the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse, and climb to the top for sweeping views.

Another popular children-friendly attraction on Key Biscayne is the Miami Seaquarium where you can see marine animals, watch shows, and even swim with dolphins.

Village Green park in the center of Key Biscayne offers a playground, a small water park, and a skate park, making it a great place for kids to play.

While Key Biscayne is quieter than Miami Beach, it still has a variety of restaurants and cafes offering family-friendly dining options. You can find seafood, international cuisine, and casual eateries.

Best places to stay in Miami in Key Biscayne with kids:

  • Luxury ($$$): The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, 5-star kid-friendly hotel, that offers family-friendly and adult outdoor swimming pools, easy access to the beach.
  • Mid-range ($$): Beach Haus Key Biscayne Contemporary Apartments, 4-star accommodation, welcomes all age children and Children 6 years and above will be charged as adults. It has a private beach club, comes with free Lounge chairs, umbrellas, and private parking.

3. Downtown/Brickell

Downtown/Brickell is a great area for families who are interested in exploring cultural attractions, an urban/ cosmopolitan experience, and don’t mind a short drive to the beach.

Kids can play and enjoy outdoor activities at the Bayfront Park, in Downtown Miami, a large urban park with open spaces, a playground, and beautiful views of Biscayne Bay. 

Don’t miss out on the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), a contemporary art museum that offers numerous educational programs and activities for children, making it a cultural and educational destination for families.

Families can explore the Bayside Marketplace, a shopping and entertainment complex in Downtown Miami located right on the waterfront. It features shops, restaurants, and live music.

Downtown Miami offers several guided walking tours, which can be a fun way for families to explore the city and learn about its history and culture.

One of the advantages of staying in Downtown/Brickell is its central location, making it easy to access other parts of Miami, including beaches, museums, and attractions, by car or public transportation.

Best places to stay in Miami Downtown/Brickell with family:

  • Luxury ($$$): InterContinental Miami, an IHG Hotel, 5-star hotel, conveniently located in Downtown Miami, within easy walking distance from Bayfront Park Metromover Station.
  • Mid-range ($$): Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell, great 3-star accommodation that offer family rooms, located on Southwest 12th Street, Brickell. It offers easy access to the free Brickell Metromover Station, allowing explore the downtown area without a car.
  • Mid-range ($$): Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami, 3-star children-friendly accommodation in Brickell, offering good breakfast and an on-site restaurant.

4. Bal Harbour/Surfside

Bal Harbour and Surfside are the northern section of Miami Beach known for its upscale and serene atmosphere. They are best suited for families searching for a relaxing beach holiday.

Bal Harbour and Surfside boast pristine and less crowded beaches compared to South Beach. The beaches here are known for their soft sands and calm waters, making them suitable for families with young children. There are also lifeguards on duty for added safety.

You’ll find a range of high-end hotels and resorts in Bal Harbour, some of which offer family-specific amenities like children’s programs, pools, and kid-friendly dining options.

Bal Harbour Shops is an upscale shopping destination known for its designer boutiques. While this may not be the primary attraction for kids, it’s a great place for parents to indulge in some luxury shopping.

The Surfside Community Center offers various family-oriented programs, including art classes, fitness activities, and recreational events. It’s a good place to check out for activities that your children might enjoy.

The Surfside Beach Walk is a lovely, pedestrian-friendly path along the beachfront, perfect for strolling, biking, or rollerblading with your family.

Best places to stay in Miami in Bal Harbour/Surfside with children:

  • Luxury ($$$): The St Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 5-star beachfront hotel in Miami North Beach area, featuring a private beach, short walk from Bal Harbour Shops.
  • Mid-range ($$): Beach Haus Bal Harbour, 4-star accommodation, offering views of  Intracoastal waterway, just a few mins walk from Bal Harbour beach.
  • Budget ($): Sun Harbour Boutique Hotel, 3-star beachfront hotel, located on Collins Avenue, featuring family rooms, outdoor swimming pools, and free parking for those who drive.

5. Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove is a historic and charming neighborhood located south of Downtown Miami and is known for its bohemian atmosphere, lush greenery, and outdoor activities. It is a great choice for families with kids looking for a more relaxed and culturally rich experience.  

Coconut Grove is home to beautiful parks and outdoor spaces, including Peacock Park and Kennedy Park. These parks offer playgrounds, picnic areas, and open spaces where kids can run and play. You can also find bike rentals and walking trails in the area.

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a historic mansion with stunning gardens. While it may not be the most interactive attraction for kids, it offers a beautiful setting for a leisurely family stroll and a chance to appreciate the architecture and gardens.

The Barnacle Historic State Park is the former home of pioneer Ralph Middleton Munroe and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Families can explore the historic house, enjoy picnics, and participate in ranger-led programs and events.

CocoWalk is a shopping and dining complex in the heart of Coconut Grove. It has various shops and restaurants, some of which are family-friendly. It’s a great place to grab a meal or do some shopping.

Coconut Grove has a vibrant arts scene, including galleries and live performances. Check the local events calendar for family-friendly cultural events and exhibitions.

Coconut Grove has marinas that offer boat rentals and water-based activities, such as sailing and kayaking. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the water with your family.

If your visit coincides with the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (usually held during Presidents’ Day weekend), it’s a fantastic family-friendly event featuring art, live music, and food vendors.

Best places to stay in Miami in Coconut Grove with kids:

  • Luxury ($$$): Mayfair House Hotel & Garden, 5-star family-friendly good value for money boutique hotel located on Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove. It has a great location, within walking distance to lots of restaurants nearby.
  • Mid-range ($$): Private Oasis at Arya, 4-star kid-friendly hotel, located close to  Cocowalk Shopping Center, offering family rooms and private parking.
  • Budget ($): Hampton Inn Miami-Coconut Grove/Coral Gables, 3-star accommodation located within a short car ride from Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, featuring family rooms, outdoor swimming pools, and free Breakfast.

6. Coral Gables

Similar to Coconut Grove, Coral Gables is an upscale and picturesque neighborhood located right next to Coconut Grove. It’s famous for its Mediterranean-style architecture, tree-lined streets, and cultural attractions. 

Coral Gables is home to numerous attractions such as the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Venetian Pool, Coral Gables Museum, Matheson Hammock Park, and Giralda Plaza.

Giralda Plaza is a pedestrian-friendly area with outdoor dining, art installations, and cultural events. It’s a pleasant place for families to enjoy a meal and the local ambiance.

Your families can enjoy shopping and dining at the Miracle Mile and Merrick Park that offers a variety of restaurants, boutiques, and cafes, including family-friendly options.

Best places to stay in Miami in Coral Gables with family:

  • Luxury ($$$): Biltmore Hotel, 5-star popular hotel located on Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, featuring family rooms, golf course, free parking, and 4 on-site restaurants. 
  • Mid-range ($$): Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, Autograph Collection, 4-star family-friendly hotel, located in the middle of  Coral Gables, easy access to the Port of Miami and  Miami International Airport.

In conclusion, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne,  Downtown/Brickell, Bal Harbour, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables are the best places to stay in Miami for families with kids. These neighborhoods provide a wide variety of family-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops, and attractions for all children.

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There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas and neighborhoods that you can stay during your family trip to Miami. I hope you found my article helpful and enjoy your holiday!

About Author: Ocean Cameron

I'm Ocean, founder and main editor of travelhotelexpert.com. I’m a passionate traveler who specializes in uncovering the best hotels and locations in every city, especially for first-timers, all without the need for a car.

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