Miami is one of those vacation destinations par excellence. Nowhere is it more apparent how Florida earned its moniker as the Sunshine State. The Miami Metro Area is home to a host of great attractions in addition to literally hundreds of miles of fantastic beaches. Whether you’re staying in Jupiter or all the way down in Homestead, you’re never far from a vacation adventure. If there is a troublesome part of traveling to Miami, it’s arguably narrowing down the plethora of hotel options. This is particularly the case for families with young children. Finding a location that caters to the kids as well as to moms and dads can be a challenge. Lucky for you, we’ve done the heavy-lifting and searched out the best family-friendly hotel experiences in Greater Miami. These run the gamut from dedicated children’s clubs to budget-friendly accommodations that will leave you with enough left over for ample toys and souvenirs. Without further ado, here are our recommendations for the top family-friendly hotels in Greater Miami in no particular order.
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The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
The Kimpton Surfcomber’s prime location is one reason it features on our list. Parents with kids in tow won’t have to worry about long treks to attractions. When you stay at the Kimpton Surfcomber, you’re literally right on Miami Beach. Even better is that the Kimpton is a hotel that won’t break the bank. Head out for a lazy morning building sandcastles with the little ones before taking a stroll through nearby Soundscape Park with its iconic floral arrangements, outdoor movie screenings, and innovative use of sound and visual designs. The Fillmore Miami is also within easy walking distance and an outstanding place to catch a concert or show. Back at the hotel, kids can enjoy the outdoor pool or take part in a host of organized activities. These include kid’s yoga, storytelling, arts & crafts, sports, and obstacle courses on the beach. There are also rainy days events so you won’t struggle to find something to do if the weather turns fickle. Parents will very much enjoy the many options for dining and drinks, not to mention the abundance of relaxation that comes when you manage to keep the kids occupied. This is one place where you can easily turn a normal vacation into something memorable for the whole family.
Of course, if it’s a truly memorable family vacation experience you’re after, you’d be hard pressed to do better than the Acqualina Resort and Spa. Nestled on a small strip of land in Sunny Isles Beach, the Acqualina is both a resort and a residential complex. It’s also a place that pulls out all the stops. The mixed use residential development on the property means there is a strong community atmosphere. Acqualina feels less like a hotel vacation than it does a home away from home. In addition to the full range of spa treatments available for mom and dad, there are several different dining options to choose from, including an upscale Japanese sushi restaurant. Well-equipped fitness areas complement Acualina’s three different outdoor pools. What’s more, there’s also on-site kayak and Jet Ski rentals in case you want to get out onto the open Atlantic waters and put some wind in your hair. For the little ones, there’s the award-winning AcquaMarine kids program. You can rest easy knowing the kids are in good hands in the purpose-built children’s center. Providing a range of fun and educational activities, your kids can explore, be creative, and make new friends all within the safe confines of the AcquaMarine program. This is one of those places they’ll look forward to all year and then ever want to leave.
If anyone’s going to give our last entry a run for its money, it’s bound to be a place whose name is synonymous with luxury. South Beach is one of Miami’s swanky enclaves and the Ritz-Carlton here is every bit the show-stopper you’d expect from this storied brand. Newly renovated in 2019, you’ll feel as if you’re among the first guests to stay here. South Beach is packed with upscale developments. Trendy restaurants and cafes dot the streets near the South Pointe. Stroll through South Pointe Park or take a tour of the famous Art Deco Historic District. It’s great after dark when you can see the many neon accents and experience a bit of the nightlife. Lummus Park is a good place for kids. There they can romp on the playground or in the sands. Back at the hotel, the Ritz Kids program will help introduce budding young minds in your family to the local art, history, and culture of the city through a set of interactive and fun experiences. These include the chance to venture out onto the waters with researchers from the University of Miami to learn about sharks and other local marine life. Parents can enjoy the sleek decor at the newly redesigned South Beach Ritz while the kids are off exploring. It’s a vacation win-win!
Slightly inland in lovely Coral Gables, the Biltmore is famous for its 1920s-era architecture. The tower and distinctive Italian-style roof tiles will leave you convinced you’ve wandered into some Tuscan paradise. The palatial resort has long been a favorite among Miami’s elite. Featuring numerous tennis courts, a well-regarded golf course, and one of the largest pools in South Florida, this is a location with something for everyone in the family. The interior dining areas are nothing short of magnificent while the guest rooms are bright and tastefully decorated. Parents will be able to enjoy some private time together while the kids indulge in various supervised recreational activities including golf and tennis lessons, hands-on cooking classes, and seasonal kid’s camps. In addition to the kids-only activities, the Biltmore’s offerings include programs designed for family participation. Why not learn how to all cook together? Varied menu options are fun and exciting to try your hand at preparing. The Biltmore has just about everything you need for a great vacation all in one place. Go in for a spa treatment or perhaps a bit of onsite shopping. Coral Gables’ famed Venetian Pool is just up the road from the Biltmore too. You can spend a day there with the natural spring water, grottos, and tropical flavor. It’s a vacation paradise!
Back on Miami Beach, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel is a mere stone’s throw from Lummus Park. Head out from the hotel and you’ll run smack into glistening sands and the Miami Beach Ocean Walk. Set just back from the sand, this is a fantastic place for a stroll or a morning/evening run. In the guest rooms, you’ll have your choice between city or ocean views. The décor is subtle and tasteful. The rooms here feature what you need and do so without ostentatious displays. On-site dining options include the Lure Fishbar with a delectable menu featuring sushi, raw oysters, and Florida-inspired entrees. Kids will love the hotel’s ice cream bar while parents can sip a coffee or a tea in the café. After the treats, kids can head to the indoor playground and children’s area. The SOBE Kids Club has lots of play equipment and toys to keep the Rugrats occupied. A selection of books and kids reading materials will make the bookworms in your family feel right at home. When you’re ready to head outside, you can make use of the hotel pool or head down to the warm Atlantic waters. Miami Beach is quite wide along this stretch so you’ll have no problems finding a place to spread out and maintain a safe distance. This is a place where you can make a great vacation.
Sometimes vacations are as much about being on the go as they are about relaxing while doing nothing. We fondly recall family trips where the thing to do was to go see the sights. The hotel was at best a secondary concern, a place to get some shuteye and prepare for the next day. For families who see themselves in this light, the Travelodge by Wyndham in Florida City might be just what you’re looking for. Clean rooms, friendly staff, a pool, and easy access to the highway and Everglades National Park. This is one of those classic family vacation hotels. In our estimation, it’s well-worth it if you plan to spend time in the Everglades. As the largest tropical wilderness in the United States and the largest wilderness area of any kind east of the Mississippi River, the Everglades is a national treasure. In fact, UNESCO recognized the park in 1976 as a World Heritage Site. The Everglades ecosystem is unlike any other tropical wetlands on Earth. From the Travelodge, you can easily hop right on State Highway 9336 and be at the southern park entrance in less than 20 minutes. Alternatively, US-1 will take you right down into Key Largo. Explore the Keys for a day before coming back for a relaxing dip in the hotel pool. The Travelodge is a great value!
If you north from Downtown Miami Beach, you’ll happen upon the small enclave of Bal Harbour. Set north of Biscayne Bay, Bal Harbour has a pleasant atmosphere and a less frenetic vibe compared to South Beach. Things seem to move a bit slower in Bal Harbour and that can be just the right speed for a great vacation. The St. Regis is an iconic and luxurious establishment where you’ll easily find yourself right at home. Incredible ocean view rooms come with a balcony where you can relax in the sun away from everyone else. The gorgeously decorated interior public spaces are practically spellbinding. In fact, it’s just the sort of place where the young luminary in your family can branch out and socialize with other precocious up and comers. Games such as foosball, table tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, and more are available for adults and kids to enjoy. The young ones can also take part in various creative pursuits such as paper plate decorating and jewelry making. Let them indulge their aristocratic side over traditional afternoon tea tastings or dining with others their age. There are no shortage of attractive and fun things for young people to do at the St. Regis. In that way, it very much lives up to the brand’s storied history.
The Fontainebleau’s storied reputation very much precedes it. A Miami Beach staple since 1954, Fontainebleau’s iconic curved design has generally won praise from architecture enthusiasts. This is one of those places where when you arrive and take a look around, you get the strange sensation you’ve seen the place before. In this case it’s entirely possible given the extent to which the Fontainebleau has featured in film and television dramas over the years. Having undergone an extensive renovation in 2008, the Fontainebleau today is every bit as swanky as when the likes of Sinatra and Elvis roamed the grounds. If your kids aren’t impressed by stories of Ol' Blue Eyes, they’ll dig the Fontainebleau's eight swimming pools. These include several shallow pools ideal for younger kids. The Fontainebleau kid’s club provides access to various enrichment activities including sports, art, and other recreational pursuits. You can sign the kids up for full- or half-day activities in order to give yourself some time to relax on your own. There’s also the kids’ night out program for parents who want to indulge in a bit of nighttime fun themselves. When you’re ready to hit the waves, the Fontainebleau has excellent beachfront access. This is a storied institution in Miami Beach and one of those places where you can easily make the memories of a lifetime.
This is 1 Hotel you won’t want to miss...get it? A trendsetting destination, 1 Hotel has made a name for itself catering to eco-conscious travelers. Featuring a huge so-called “living wall” comprising local flora, 1 Hotel does not hesitate to show off its environmental bona fides. The property is LEED certified and very much in tune with minimizing its impact. Unlike other hotels situated in South Beach, 1 Hotel focuses on what it calls “daylife” (as opposed to the racy nightlife scene). Stunningly designed interior spaces maximize openness and airflow. This carries over into the guest room layout, which tend to run larger than most other hotels in the vicinity. When you’re traveling with kids, extra space in which to spread out can make all the difference in the world. A full slew of wellness activities will help keep you centered. Whether it’s a spa treatment, yoga, meditation, or just some old fashioned poolside relaxation, you’ll find it in droves at 1 Hotel. Kids can enjoy the hotel’s Seedlings Program. Activities and adventures there are focused on bringing kids closer to nature and imparting a lasting understanding of the world we inhabit. The program’s fun and educational offerings make it an ideal addition to an already thoroughly progressive vacation experience. This is a place you won’t feel guilty for visiting.
The Palms is a fitting name for this location. The hotel’s aesthetic befits a high-quality establishment boasting a tropical flair. Airy interior public spaces feature lovely palm accents while the outdoor areas near the pool are landscaped to near perfection. The Palms has that Old World Florida charm. Families can relax outside where there’s plenty of space, or retire to a spacious guestroom. Large windows and light colorings maintain the open atmosphere found in the public areas. On-site dining options include organic and locally-sourced meals. There are also kid-friendly menus available. In terms of activities, the Palms features easy access to the beach, a lavish pool area, and a genuinely relaxed atmosphere. The hotel’s Art Deco design is right at home in Miami Beach. As one of the few remaining independently owned and operated hotels in the area, The Palms is able to offer a wonderful commitment to service and experience that sometimes gets lost at the larger chains. You get a real sense at the Palms that guests are a priority. This goes a long way in our estimation. Families have access to preferred room rates and can take advantage of the kids play area set right on the beach. If you’re looking for a great location with lots of character, The Palms might be just the right place for your next getaway.
If you’re considering Greater Miami as your next vacation destination, the hotel options we profiled here provide everything you need to plan a memorable experience. No matter if you’re headed to Zoo Miami, Everglades National Park, the Seaquarium, or just working on your cannonballs at the pool, the combination of amenities, family focus, and great location help make these among Miami’s best family-friendly hotels.