Miami Indoors: Finding Fun Out of the Sun

Located on the southeastern most part of Florida, Miami Dade is the most populous county in the state, with almost 2.5 million residents. Home to 35 incorporated cities, and several unincorporated areas, the Miami Dade County is heavily urbanized, especially along the coastline. With city of Miami as its county seat, the Miami Dade county is home to thriving and modern urban spaces, and attracts millions of tourists every year.

All of this means that, whether you are a resident of the county or a visitor, you will have a smorgasbord of choices when it comes to fun activities for the whole family. While the tourist brochures may feature the county's countless world class beaches, you will discover that Miami Dade also offers plenty of indoor options, for those hot and muggy days. 

Let us, then, take you through the very best INDOOR OPTIONS that Miami Dade has to offer for you and your family. 
 

Malls

Intense urbanization and tourism has made sure that Miami Dade county is home to some of the most luxurious shopping malls anywhere in the country. Ensconced in their air conditioned environment, you can spend a whole day browsing the latest in fashion, experiment diverse cuisine from around the world, enjoy cinema including IMAX movies, while your kids rejoice in dedicated play areas with a host of fun activities lined up for them. All of it is inside some of the most architecturally impressive buildings. 

If pure and uncomplicated fun with the whole family is your idea of a perfect day, then let us help you with a list of the top 10 malls in Miami Dade county.

1) Aventura Mall, located at Biscayne Boulevard 
2) Dolphin Mall, located at 12th Street, in Sweetwater
3) Mall of the Americas, located at West Flagler Street, in Miami
4) Miami International Mall, located at 107th Avenue, in Doral
5) Dadeland Mall, located at N Kendall Drive, in Miami
6) Village of Merrick Park, located at San Lorenzo Avenue, in Coral Gables
7) Westland Mall, located at West 49th Street, in Hialeah
8) Southland Mall, located at South Dixie Highway, in Cutler Bay
9) Mary Brickell Village, located at South Miami Avenue, in Brickell
10) CocoWalk, located at Grand Avenue, in Coconut Grove

Nature Centers


For those with a love of nature, especially the unique flora and fauna of South Florida, there are a number of nature centers in Miami Dade county. The nature centers are a great place to learn about endangered species in the region and elsewhere, and the threats facing the fragile local ecology, while the kids can participate in a range of feeding, petting and other activities. Here is a list of prominent nature centers in Miami Dade county with an indoor facility. 

1) Arch Creek Park Museum and Nature Center, located at NE 135 Street, Biscayne Boulevard
2) Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center, located at SW 79 Avenue, Miami
3) Castellow Hammock Preserve and Nature Center, located at SW 162 Avenue, Miami
4) Environment Center at Miami Dade College, located at MDC Kendall Campus
5) Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, located in Key Biscayne
6) Tropical Audubon Society, located at Sunset Drive, Miami

 

Bowling & Indoor Rinks


If you want to blow off some energy but not sweat to death while you're at it, then take the family to an indoor skate rink or go bowling!  Don't forget your socks and just plan to rent the shoes when you arrive.  There are plenty of great indoor options across the county.

1. Splitsville Bowling,  Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Dr., Miami

2. Bird Bowl, 9275 SW 40th St, Miami

3. Ice Rink at Scott Rakow Youth Center in Miami Beach

4. Kendall Ice Arena 

5. Super Wheels Miami Skating Center

 

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Children's Museums and Science Centers


For the science minded among you, or people who want to introduce their kids to the joys of science, there is nothing better than a day spent at a modern science center. Science centers and museums showcase the best of science in a fascinating and interactive manner, one that schools and textbooks cannot replicate, and are crucial for developing a scientific curiosity for many of us. 

On the other hand, a trip to the Miami Children's Museum is a fantastic choice for families with young kids on a hot sweltering day. It keeps them indoors in comfortable air conditioned environment, and introduces them to a host of delightful and interactive exhibits and games. 

1) Frost Museum of Science, located at South Miami Avenue, in Miami  (Completely re-done in 2016)
2) Miami Children's Museum, located at MacArthur Causeway, in Miami
3) Gold Coast Railroad Museum, located at SW 152nd Street, in Miami

4) Miami Science Barge, Museum Park Baywalk, Miami

 

Art Museums


For people and families with an eclectic taste, who prefer artsy activities, Miami Dade presents an impressive line up of arts museums. Whether it is renaissance and baroque art, or contemporary masterpieces, you will discover that museums in Miami Dade have it all covered. These museums would not only introduce you to priceless works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and artifacts, from different time periods but also different cultures and regions all over the world. Whether it is Japanese woodblock prints, Rococo court paintings, African textiles or important art movements across eras, a visit to these museums would make sure that you day out was an educational and culturally enriching experience. 

Here is our curated list of museums in Miami Dade. 

1) Bakehouse Art Complex, located at NW 32nd Street, Miami
2) Lowe Art Museum, located at Stanford Drive, in Coral Gables
3) Bass Museum of Art, located at Park Avenue, in Miami Beach
4) Perez Art Museum, located at Biscayne Boulevard, in Miami
5) Museum of Contemporary Art, located at NE 125th Street, in Miami
6) Rubell Family Collection, located at NW 29th Street, in Miami
7) Frost Art Museum at FIU, located at SW 17th Street, in Miami
8) Art Fusion Galleries, located at North Miami Avenue, in Miami
9) The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, located at NW 27th Street, in Miami
 

Historical Museums


Some people cannot have their fill of history. They are always looking for the curiosities from different time periods, or simply want to learn as much as they can about the past. For history buffs, here's a list of top history museums in Miami Dade County.

1) Casa Bacardi, Cuban History, located at University of Miami
2) HistoryMiami, located at West Flagler Street, Miami
3) Jewish Museum of Florida at FIU, located at Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
4) Wings Over Miami Air Museum, located at Kendall Tamiami Executive Airport

 

UP NEXT: INDOOR SPORTS, CHILDREN'S INDOOR AMUSEMENT CENTERS & MORE!

Indoor Sports


Often times, even on a hot day, you simply want to indulge in some high energy activity. Indoor sports venues are perfect for such occasions as they allow you to burn the excess energy without exposing yourself to harsh sun and the exhausting humidity. For such days, we have the following list to recommend for both kids and adults. 

1) Scott Rakow Youth Center, located at Sheridan Avenue, in Miami Beach
2) Midtown Soccer Indoor Stadium, located at NW 24th Street, in Miami
3)  Xtreme Rock ClimbingSW 139th Ct, in Miami
4) Revo Soccer in Doral

Libraries


For many people, a hot and humid day is best spent in a quiet environment, in the company of books. The Miami Dade county has a strong public library system for the bibliophiles among you, where you can enjoy not just several genres of books and periodicals, but also access facilities like WiFi, computer terminals, and DVDs and games to keep your kids occupied for hours on end. You should use the following list as your reference if your are looking for a library within Miami Dade county.

1) North Miami Beach Public Library, located at NE 164 Street, North Miami Beach
2) Miami Dade Public Libraries at 48 locations in the county
3) Coral Gables Library, located at Segovia Street, Coral Gables (Miami Dade Public System)
4) Pinecrest Branch,  located across the street from beautiful Pinecrest Gardens. (Miami Dade Public System)
5) Coconut Grove Branch, located across from Peacock Park and the Historic Barnacle

6) Aventura Branch, located near the mall which is another fun indoor place to visit in the area!

Child Amusement Centers


For families with kids, a trip to an amusement center is arguably the most popular choice when it comes to spending a day out. In Miami Dade county, your kids will find themselves spoiled at the choices on offer. Here's a list of the very best. 

1) Planet Kids Playground, located at NE 2nd Avenue, Miami
2) Play-In, located at NW 2nd Avenue, Miami  (Multi-Sensory Activity Center)
3) Jump A Roos, located at S Dixie Highway, Cutler Bay

4) Action Town in Hialeah
5) Ninja Lounge in North Miami
6) Just 4 Fun Family Fun Center Sunset Drive in South Miami

Theaters

For people who prefer captivating live performances, including plays, dances, opera etcetera, Miami Dade county has a range of theater options to choose from. Here's the curated list.
1) Miami Children's Theater, located at SW 112th Avenue, Miami
2) Fillmore Miami Beach, located at Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
3) Le Jeune Cinema 6, located at NW 42nd Avenue, Miami
4) Actors' Playhouse, located at Miracle Miles, Coral Gables
 

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