School’s Out, Fun’s In

Top 6 picks for traveling with kids in Coral Gables 

We can all vividly remember those family vacations when mom and dad treated us to surprisingly cool experiences. You know the ones—the activities that sparked your curiosity, the shows that left you in awe, the times you stopped fighting with your siblings because you were too busy having fun. 

Well, there’s more where that came from! Whether you’re traveling with toddlers or teenagers (or the kid that’s hard to please), here’s where the fun’s at in Coral Gables for your whole crew. 

Venetian Pool

Splish, splash. Dive into one of the coolest swimming experiences in Miami. This isn’t your average swimming pool. Created from coral rock, this Venetian-style lagoon will keep you cool all summer long with picturesque waterfalls, stone bridges, grottos, and caves. Best part? There are no chemicals in the water. This is a crystal-clear, freshwater pool fed by an underground aquifer.

Parents can have their fun too. There’s plenty of shady cabanas and sunbathing areas to lounge and soak up the sun. 

Lowe Art Museum

Ready to unleash your family's artistic talents? Head over to the Lowe Art Museum, located smack dab on the University of Miami campus. With over 17,000 mind-blowing paintings, sculptures and more, this place is an absolute visual feast. 

But here's the best part: they've got art-making activities and workshops that'll get your kiddos' creative juices flowin'. They’ll be mini Picassos in no time.

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens 

Do you have little nature lovers in the family? Then the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens are an absolute must-visit. Imagine strolling through 83 acres of pure tropical bliss, surrounded by exotic plants and bloomin' flowers from all over the world. Explore the lush rainforest, soak in the vibrant colors of the butterfly garden, and let your kids' imaginations run wild. 

They'll even get the chance to learn cool stuff about nature through interactive workshops and programs. Prepare for some serious "oohs" and "aahs" as you embark on this unforgettable nature adventure.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

Take up family flicks a notch. Introduce your kids to whole new worlds and stories during Family Day on Aragon at Coral Gables Art Cinema. Held every second Saturday and Sunday of the month, the event also includes arts and crafts, plus live performances. Best part? Admission is ‘pay what you can’ (suggested price is $5)—with a small popcorn included with every ticket. 

Let the on-screen adventures begin. 

Shops at Merrick Park

Time to treat yourself and your fam to some retail therapy at the Shops at Merrick Park. This outdoor mall is the place to be for all your shopping needs. With a mix of high-end boutiques, popular stores, and tasty restaurants, it's a win-win for everyone. While you and your teen check out the latest trends, your youngest ones can have a blast at the outdoor play area or get in on the action during the mall's entertaining events—from seasonal activities to fun festivals.

 Excited to plan your family’s next getaway? Hotel Colonnade is right in the heart of Coral Gables’ charming downtown district, surrounded by shops, eateries, galleries and more. Take a peek inside. 

Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

It's showtime, folks! This family-friendly theater— voted “Best Children’s Theatre” in Miami by South Florida Parenting Magazine—offers a smorgasbord of amazing productions that'll leave your whole crew in awe. 

From musicals to plays and special shows just for the kiddos, there's always something incredible happening here. Oh, and they even have interactive workshops and camps where your little stars can unleash their inner actors.


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