Please observe that we had been working with Go to Florida on components of this journey. Full disclosure on the backside of the submit.
Now we have been again from our Florida journey effectively over month and a half now and it has taken me this lengthy to really sit down and write the primary of our street journey posts. I’ve been prioritising the movies (which at the moment are all achieved, I’ll depart a hyperlink to the Miami one beneath), and now I’ve completed with these I can get began on the weblog posts.
On earlier journeys I’ve made the posts far more about what we did and extra like a vacation diary, however I’ve determined that it will be higher to do these posts as extra of an informative information (with some fairly photographs thrown in). So hopefully by studying this if you’re planning to go to Miami together with your kids it provides you with some inspiration.
To present a fast overview of our journey, we flew into Miami and spent 16 nights travelling across the state of Florida, visiting Miami, the Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale, Anna Maria Island, Crystal River, Panama Metropolis Seaside and Pensacola Seaside, earlier than travelling to Louisiana and spending a few days in New Orleans. We coated 1825 miles in whole. I might be doing weblog posts on every vacation spot we stayed in, in addition to some sensible journeys for planning and occurring a street journey with younger kids (mine are 8,6 and three).
However first Miami.
Jon and I had beforehand visited Miami on our honeymoon virtually ten years in the past now and clearly after we went then it was a really completely different baby free expertise to now. I had been curious beforehand as as to if Miami could be a superb metropolis to go to with kids, however we discovered it to be good for families- it clearly relies on the place you wish to go to in fact, however on the entire we discovered it nice to go to with kids.
THINGS TO DO IN MIAMI WITH KIDS
We’re large followers of avenue artwork (you’ll be able to’t name your self an instagrammer should you don’t like posing in opposition to a wall!) and in Miami there’s a enormous space devoted to avenue artwork referred to as Wynwood Partitions. Simply minutes from Downtown Miami, close to Midtown and the Miami Design District, there are streets and streets filled with avenue artwork, and it has massively regenerated the entire space. There’s an official Wynwood Partitions which is pedestrian solely (and free to get in!), however you’ll be able to stroll for blocks taking a look at all of the unofficial artwork too.
It’s additionally a cool place to buy and eat and has grow to be a cool place to hang around. Maisons du Monde have a furnishings store there (the dream!) as do Glossier amongst others. It’s a severely cool place and for my part no journey to Miami is full with no little go to.
MR KREAM WYNWOOD
While you’re in Wynwood it’s good to make a cease to Mr Kream Wynwood. I discovered this place on instagram simply by wanting on the #miami hashtag, and I knew my youngsters would find it irresistible. Described as a ‘hip hop ice cream store’, as quickly as you stroll in you might be created with hip hop memorabilia everywhere in the partitions and all of the ice cream flavours are named after both songs or artists.
The ice cream is scrumptious and so they have big variations of a few of your favorite video games you’ll be able to play whilst you eat- we had a go of big Uno and big Join 4. At nighttime I consider they maintain occasions and events with native DJ’s however for the day time it was excellent for a pleasant deal with after working up an urge for food wanting on the vibrant murals across the Wynwood Partitions.
After all some of the well-known components of Miami is South Seaside. Every part you should have seen about South Seaside on movies, television and magazines is just about appropriate. It’s a loopy, glamorous and just about an all day occasion. It’s only a enjoyable place to be, you’ll be able to sit on one of many tables in one of many many eating places exterior on Ocean Drive and watch the world go by- individuals watching is the perfect factor to do right here. Positively head down on to the seaside itself in case you have children- it’s pretty sand and you’ll see should you can spot one of many iconic Miami lifeguard stations.
I’ve been at evening earlier than and it’s loopy however within the day time it’s a enjoyable, quirky place to go to with kids. In case you are focused on Artwork Deco buildings and structure then you’ll find it irresistible right here too, there have been picture alternatives on each nook.
In case you are trying to seize a chunk (or slice!) to eat in South Seaside I undoubtedly suggest Pizza Bar. They do huge pizza slices to go or eat in (they solely have a number of tables) or you’ll be able to order an entire pizza.
PHILLIP AND PATRICIA FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
The primary day we had been in Miami it rained always. As in always. So rapidly we wanted to provide you with a wet day plan and after a fast google I discovered the Frost Museum of Science. Primarily based in Downtown Miami, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a number one science museum devoted to sharing the facility of science, sparking surprise and investigation, and fuelling innovation for the long run. It is split into 4 buildings: the Frost Planetarium, Aquarium, and North and West Wings. There are a great deal of interactive reveals for the children and probably the most stunning aquarium (excellent for a insta pic!). It was the right wet day exercise and all of us actually loved it.
TAKE A BOAT RIDE
We had gone on a ship experience years in the past on our honeymoon and it was such a incredible expertise, that I immediately knew that I wished to take the children on a ship sightseeing tour. Miami’s superb metropolis skyline is certainly greatest seen from the water, the place you get probably the most unbelievable take a look at it as you cross by way of Miami.
We used Island Queen Cruises and so they had been nice. They cross by way of Biscayne Bay the place you’ll be able to see the whole downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami – with the cruise ship and cargo districts, Fisher Island, after which Millionaire’s Row – the properties of the wealthy and well-known. It was actually attention-grabbing having the information level out the place some well-known celebrities and enterprise individuals reside.
Our youngsters had been a bit too little to essentially take heed to what the information was saying, however they simply loved being on the boat and seeing all the good homes. However it was actually informative for myself and Jon and I might completely suggest it. You possibly can choose the boat at Bayside which is one other space that’s nice to discover with youngsters.
Like I discussed briefly above, Bayside is a good space in downtown Miami to spend a few hours. Bayside Market is a two-story open air buying heart positioned within the Downtown Miami space and is recognised because the primary most visited attraction in Miami. You get the boat cruises from right here, however there are additionally a number of retailers and eating places, together with well-known chains resembling Hooters and Bubba Gumps. It’s somewhat bit touristy however effectively value a go to, particularly with youngsters as it’s a pedestrian solely place to have a wander round.
We solely had a few days there so I believe we solely actually scratched the floor of all Miami has to supply for households. Now I wish to discuss some sensible issues as effectively…
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed on the Greatest Western on the Bay Inn and Marina, which is positioned in North Bay Village, which is located on an island between Miami and Miami Seaside. We opted to remain right here as we determined we didn’t wish to be proper in South Seaside with three younger kids.
The resort was fundamental however clear, with no frills rooms, however is a good base for exploring. We had a automobile so it was straightforward to get to South Seaside and all of the touristy bits inside about 10 minutes (relying on Miami visitors). The resort is a bit drained in locations, nevertheless it was high-quality for a two evening keep after we weren’t within the room a lot in any respect. There’s a small pool there which we didn’t use nevertheless it regarded good, and it’s overlooking the water.
We might undoubtedly take into account staying there once more if we had been to search out ourselves in Miami sooner or later, nevertheless it’s nothing particular. Only a moderately priced (relying clearly on once you ebook) base for a household keep in Miami.
We employed a automobile throughout our journey from Hertz. We had been truly working with Hertz on this journey, and had been loaned the automobile in trade for some content material however we’ve got used them on a number of completely different journeys now and we all the time discover them to have incredible service and are dependable. (Discover out extra data on Hertz right here)
They’ve lately launched a model new enjoyable exercise to do on street journeys referred to as Trip ‘n’ Search. For those who go to the Hertz Trip ‘n’ Search web page you’ll discover all of the spots you want to have a look out for in your journey (presently in Florida, NYC and California). It’s mainly a treasure hunt and plenty of enjoyable for teenagers. Then. should you tag #ridenseekflorida (or whichever vacation spot you might be in) in your posts you can be in with an opportunity of successful a Polaroid digicam. For those who full all ten sights you’ll be able to fill out a type on-line, and you can win as much as 1000 Gold Plus Reward Factors. Automotive rent begins from £22 a day (further for automobile seats which we all the time get).
We all the time rent a big mini van sort automobile as being a household of 5 we all the time have a good bit of baggage, and we’re all the time unhappy to say goodbye on the finish of the journey. This time we nicknamed ours Dave!
Right here is the video I manufactured from our time in Miami…
Half Two of our street journey coming quickly…. our time within the Florida Keys!
NB We had been working in partnership with Go to Florida on components of this journey and a few of our lodging and actions got to us in trade for content material. Take a look at their web site for heaps extra recommendation and inspiration for planning your street journey.