Family Fun near Downtown Miami

Miami Family FunThose looking for family fun in Miami should start with a trip to Zoo Miami. Zoo Miami is a large zoo with a total area of over 700 acres. More than 2,000 animals call this zoo their home. One of the zoo's highlights is the American Banker's Family Aviary. Over 70 different bird species occupy this exhibit from loud parrots to ducks gently floating on the pond. Children will enjoy all of the exhibits in the Children's Zoo area including the special meerkat exhibit and the camel rides. Several animal feeding demonstrations are held throughout the day. Zoo Miami is open every day of the year.

Miami's Arcade Odyssey provides fun for all ages. With over 100 games available, there is plenty to keep the whole family busy. Arcade Odyssey includes classic games like Pac-Man to the most modern games coming from Japan. There is also a good selection of pinball machines. Video game tournaments are held on a regular basis.

The Miami Science Museum is a place to learn all about the natural world. In addition to the museum, there is a planetarium, observatory and wildlife rehabilitation center. Numerous science exhibits, many of them interactive, will keep visitors interested for hours. One of the highlights of the museum is the Hurricane Exhibit. At this exhibit, visitors are able to build a small structure and see how it would withstand hurricane force winds. The planetarium has several special programs throughout the year. The Miami Science Museum is open all days except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Miami Seaquarium is a great place to see dolphins and other ocean dwelling wildlife. Killer whale, dolphin and sea lion shows are held at various times throughout the day. There are also several wildlife exhibits to see including Discovery Bay filled with birds and turtles. Another great exhibit is Tropical Wings with its parrots, peacocks and flamingos. The Miami Seaquarium is open every day of the year.

According to the Miami Children's Museum, their goal is to provide an atmosphere that encourages learning and creativity. One way that this is accomplished is through the museum's many interactive exhibits. In the Safety Zone area, children can experience what it is like to drive a fire truck to an emergency. The All About Art area allows children to express their creativity through drawing and painting. The Miami Children's Museum is open each day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.