How to Have a Budget-Friendly Family Vacation in Miami
Like most moms on a budget, I know that travelling to certain cities in America will cost much more money than others. So, for this reason, I often overlooked booking holidays in Miami. Sure, it looks great, and it is full of places that me and the kids want to visit, including Jungle Island and the celebrity homes, but I was always put off by what I thought the cost of a holiday in Miami would be.
However, I was surprised to find out that you can visit Miami on a budget, and so, I wanted to share a few tips and tricks for your next Florida vacation!
If you think of Miami, you’ll probably think of sun, sand and sea. If you’re a busy mom of two boys, then you’ll know that “sea” is probably the most important word in the last sentence. The Miami Seaquarium has everything every little boy, girl and adult will need, from dolphins, to manatees to stingrays, and they offer very generous discounts when tickets are booked in advance for certain days of the month. Check out their website or other voucher providers for specials on night time and all day tickets.
If you’re more of a sand person, then Miami has many great beaches to choose and explore. The Matheson Hammock Park Beach is not only budget friendly, but also designed for families, with a wading pool designed for toddlers and beautiful views of downtown Miami for the grownups. Entrance fee for a full day is around $5-$6 per person, and there are restrooms on-site, as well as the opportunity to walk or bike the five nature trails that lead from the beach.
Elsewhere, Haulover Park offers great waves for surfing meaning it’ll be an excellent choice for more active families and it’s a bargain at just $2 admission. Why not take along your dog too – there are enclosures where dogs can play while you shelter under the shade of the trees or enjoy a picnic? Meanwhile, Surfside offers a more laidback and quieter alternative to the famous South Beach, as well as less-expensive beach parking and sand that’s just great for jogging and running on.
As well as beaches and Seaquariums, Miami also has a growing arts scene. The Coral Gables Gallery Night Art Walk is held once every month, and gives visitors and locals alike the chance to experience art, music and culture from people living in Miami. A free shuttle bus and trolley service will get you there, while the walk itself lets you enter a number of galleries and venues allowing you to experience exhibitions and other cultural events for free.
Author: Juliet Catton
Juliet Catton is a proud mum of 4 from Raleigh, NC. With such a crowd to keep entertained, she regularly explores USA’s most exciting and least-known spots.
Image: Miami Seaquarium by Leonardo Dasil Va used under creative commons license: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16278399@N00/5541010912/