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Top spots for kids in Miami

From yoga to reptiles, Miami has plenty to offer all members of the family. Swedish family Sandström, who loves Miami enough to have a second home there, shares their favorite places.

Cruising on Ocean Drive

Driving with the sunroof down is just the thing in Miami, even at night since it’s usually warm 24/7 – and the kids love it, too. Magnus Lanje always tries to rent a convertible when they’re visiting. “It’s just magical cruising along Ocean Drive with the wind in your hair, the fragrance from the ocean and the lights from the city blinking. It’s like driving a ­motorbike without a helmet – without the danger,” he says.

Third Street Beach Yoga

A community yoga session that’s been active since 1998, Third Street Beach Yoga is for anyone into exercising on the beach as the sun comes up. “Yoga on the beach is part of the package of being healthy here. Contrary to what many think about Miami, that this is a place where you eat fries all day long, being here is great for the mind and body,” says Nina.

Miami Beach, Miami

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Flamingo Park

Nestled inside the green public areas next to 14th Street and Meridian Avenue in South Beach is this little gem of a park, playground and splash pool. It’s here the locals take their kids when they need a break from the beach. “It’s fun at the pool and we like sunbathing here too,” says Tora. Inexpensive entry, relaxed atmosphere, squealing kids every­where, Flamingo Park is a great spot for the entire family.

Alligator safari

A visit to Miami isn’t complete without spending time in the Everglades, the swampy national park which spreads across most of South Florida, and where thousands of alligators, birds, a few panthers, manatees and other wildlife call their home. Get on one of the many airboat tours that leave from Coopertown on Calle Ocho and you’ll get to experience the swamp and its leathery inhabitants close up. “It was so cool to see the alligators and be on that boat,” says Malte. The engines, which sit out of the water, do get loud however, so beware for younger children who might not like the roaring sound, even with ear protection.

22700 SW 8th Street, Miami

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Las Olas

There are lots of great cafés to take the kids for breakfast and lunch. At Las Olas, the pace is fast and fun and the food delicious.

644 6th Street, Miami

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The former industrial area turned arts enclave, located just across the causeway from Miami Beach, has become a must-stop on the Miami itinerary. The spectacular murals painted on the walls of former warehouses are the main draw, as are the galleries showing the latest from the stable of Miami’s best artists. It gets hot here so the best times to go are in the morning or late afternoon. Great place for the kids to see outdoor art in a relaxed setting.

Wynwood, Miami

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Books & Books

Books & Books, is a mainstay of the pedestrian shopping street Lincoln Road, where guests lounge for hours reading the books and magazines on sale at the shop while sampling the menu of sumptuous sandwiches, light ­salads and hearty mains.

927 Lincoln Road, Miami

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Pérez Art Museum (PAMM)

Designed by Swiss firm Herzog de Meuron, PAMM pays homage to Latin American artists in a way that no other museum does: The most avant-garde installations are often on display and a visit will teach you much about art and artists not usually shown so prominently on the global art cir-cuit. “The kids are into the Perez Art Museum”, says Lanje. “Just as with the rest of Miami, the museum is a kind of larger than life experience. Plus, the building itself is amazing.”

1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

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My Ceviche

My Ceviche is the place to go if you need to pick up something quick – this is fast-food as you’ve never seen it – fresh, tasty and super healthy.

235 Washington Ave, Miami

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The Keys

Though quite a drive from Miami, a visit to the Keys is well worth it if you have the time to spend a day or two exploring the most southern part of the US. Pristine white beaches, lagoon-like waters, rich wildlife and great food, the Keys are a paradise like no other. “The Keys are like a dream”, says Magnus Lanje, who took the family down there to visit the spots where the television series Bloodline was filmed, and stopped for some legendary Key Lime Pie at Midway Café. “I went nuts over it and the owner of the place was so thrilled that I loved it so much she gave us an entire pie to take home!” He laughs. That’s Floridian hospitality for you.

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