Top 10 South Florida Beaches with Playgrounds


If you are a visitor to South Florida, or a resident looking to take your family somewhere fun for the day, checking out some of the amazing South Florida beaches with playgrounds will give everyone something fun to do. There are beaches all over Florida, so we've compiled a list of some of the best that not only offer swimming and other beach activities, but also playgrounds for young kids to enjoy.

Some of the best we've found, in no particular order, are:

1. Crandon Park - located in Key Biscayne, Florida, in Miami-Dade County, this beach has some of the best amenities you could hope to find. Not only is there a playground for the little ones, you'll find a carousel, an outdoor roller rink and a splash fountain. There are nature trails to walk on and observe some of South Florida's native wildlife species. The beaches of Crandon are protected from the usually powerful crashing surf by an offshore sandbar, and are consistently named one of the top ten beaches in America. There are kayaks and cabanas to rent, ample parking, and numerous picnic areas with grills. Not too far from the beach you will also find Crandon's Family Amusement Center and the Crandon Golf Course. There are so many things to do, you will most certainly want to come back for more than just one day.

2. DuBois Park - Jupiter, Florida, in Palm Beach County is where you will find this fantastic beach. It has not only a guarded swim area during daylight hours, but also a snorkel lagoon, something that is not as common. Take your children to the playground, with a play area suitable to children 5-12 years of age. Park your boat in one of the 17 available boat slips after a day of fishing, and then come to the picnic area and grill up some food for the family. If you are planning a big event, you can always rent the large covered pavilion. At the end of the day, hit the outdoor showers to clean up before you head home. You'll definitely be back.

3. Curry Hammock State Park - located in Marathon, Florida in Monroe County, this actually consists of a bunch of small islands and 1200 feet of shallow water beaches to enjoy. With wetlands, swamps, hardwood hammocks, and seagrass beds to explore, seeing some of the magnificent wildlife is almost guaranteed. Some of the native creatures you might see are: manatees, sharks, dolphins, spotted rays, and even bald eagles. Take a canoe or kayak through the shallow waters, travel a hiking or bike trail, or try out a stand up paddleboard. There are a lot of activities for all in the family. Afterwards, let the kids play on the playground while the food is cooking on the grill at the pavilion. If you enjoyed your time, and you most likely will, pitch a tent in the campground and stay for another day or more.

4. Oleta River State Park - just off I-95 in North Miami, Florida in Miami-Dade County is Florida's largest urban park. With 1,200 feet of sandy beaches and saltwater fishing available, there is plenty to do in the sun here. Oleta River also is home to miles of off-road bike trails of varying skill levels, something that they are well-known for. There are 9 pavilions available to rent, as well as air-conditioned cabins for overnight stays, and plenty of picnic tables and grills. Don't forget the playground for the little ones. or canoeing and kayaking for the older ones!

5. Ocean Cay Park - Jupiter, Florida in Palm Beach County is home to this 13 acre beach park. Go for a swim in the water, or grab your fishing pole, or rent a pavilion for a family picnic or event. Ocean Cay also has 2 sand volleyball courts to use, and 2 playgrounds for the children. One is geared towards younger kids, ages 2-5 years, and the other is for the older children , ages 5-12 years. You'll be sure to have a fun filled day for the whole family here. Don't forget to hit the outdoor showers and clean up before you head home.

6. Loggerhead Park - over 17 acres large, this park can be found in Juno, Florida, in Palm Beach County. There are 2 playgrounds available for your younger family members, one for 2-5 year olds, and one for 5-12 year olds. There is a large pavilion for rent if you had a big party or event, or there are 7 usable picnic shelters that can be rented. There are 900 feet of guarded swimming areas, and saltwater fishing as well. Bring your camera on the nature trail and try and capture some wildlife in the most eco-friendly way possible: on film. If no one feels like hiking a trail, stop by the activity building for something to do. If you want to get out of the sun for awhile, you and your family might want to stop by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a conservation center dedicated to preserving Florida's ecosystem, with a particular focus on saving endangered sea turtles. With so much to do here, your visit won't be one you will regret.

7. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - in Key Largo, in Monroe County, Florida, is simply a wonderland filled with things to do. Take your kids to the playground, complete with climbing tower, before heading to the beach to swim. Engage in some land exploration hikes through the mangrove swamps, upland areas or hammocks, observing wildlife as you go. For an even more exciting adventures, rent a glass bottom boat and take them through the magnificent coral reefs that give the park its name. The older members of the family might like to head down to Cannon Beach and go snorkeling or scuba diving around the Spanish shipwreck that sunk in the crystal blue waters. People of all ages will like the aquarium located in the park. With such a variety of activities, camping in the park might not be a bad idea to make sure you have enough time to do everything.

8. Lake Worth Beachfront -  The city of Lake Worth recently renovated it's beachfront area with beautiful pathways, shady large pavillions, and a brand new playground with views of the ocean and pier.  Take the kids out to see what's being caught on the pier. Sometimes you can see sea turtles, sting ray, sharks, and schools of bait fish on the pier.  Be sure to keep small kids in hand especially around fishermen casting their hooks.  The municipal pool is also right there across from the beach so the little ones can take swim lessons and then enjoy the playground and beach afterwards. After some fun in the sand and sun, grab an ice cream or slice of pizza just across the street from the beach. Come early and enjoy breakfast at the ever popular Benny's on the Beach restaurant located on the pier itself.   Lake Worth beach no longer is a local secret.  Find out what all the buzz is about!  Parking can be found just west (and downhill) from the beach.

9. Charnow Park - located in Hollywood, Florida in Broward County has not only a nice playground for children, but also a splash park replete with tiled dolphins that they will enjoy as well. For a unique treat, check out one of the 6 restored paddleball courts, which have entertained guests since the 1930's. Rest in the shade of a pavilion before hitting the beach for a good swim or build a sandcastle with the kids.

10. Anchor Park - in Delray Beach, Florida has some of the nicest beaches that Palm Beach County has to offer. With guarded beaches that are not overcrowded, you and your family can have fun swimming and be safe while doing it. Dry off and hit the playground with the kids, or have a picnic on one of the convenient picnic tables. Beachside volleyball courts are open to the public, as well as a large open play area that can be used for whatever type of outdoor activity your family prefers. Whether it is flying a kite or playing a game of touch football, your options are open for fun. Checkout the recreational rental facility on the beach, or take advantage of the outdoor showers to wash off the ocean before you head home.

These are just a few of the best South Florida Beaches with playgrounds available, there are many more places to go and things to do with your whole family. Be sure to explore more with your family using!