Miami Summer Bucket List: Creating a Summer to Remember


Summer Graphic MMC Contributor Jessica Alvarez-DucosIt’s summertime which means it is time to make your Miami Summer Bucket List! Miami has so much to offer within its mix of eclectic and iconic neighborhoods, historical sights, places to visit and activities to do. There is sure to be something for each family to make this summer an epic one! 

Here are some things that we had to add to your Summer Bucket List!  

Visit An Attraction!

Summer Bucket List Zoo Miami MMC Contributor Jessica Alvarez-Ducos

  • Zoo Miami
  • Miami Seaquarium
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
  • Coral Castle 
  • Miami Children’s Museum
  • Perez Art Museum Miami
  • Butterfly World 
  • Lion Country Safari
  • Museum of Discovery and Science

Get Lost In A Garden! 

Summer Bucket List Fairchild Tropical Garden MMC Contributor Jessica Alvarez-Ducos
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens 
  • The Barnacle Historic State Park
  • Fruit and Spice Park
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Pinecrest Gardens
  • Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens 

Cool Down In A Water Park Or Splash Pad!

Summer Bucket List Zoo Miami Splash Pad MMC Contributor Jessica Alvarez-Ducos
Zoo Miami Splash Pad
  • Venetian Pool 
  • Jacobs Aquatic Center 
  • Rapids Water Park 
  • Grapeland Water Park 
  • Pinecrest Gardens Splash Pad
  • A.D. Barnes Park Pool
  • Tidal Cove Miami
  • Pirates Cove at Patch Reef Park 
  • Zoo Miami

Pro Tip: Check out the Miami Mom Collective Water Parks & Splash Pads Guide for all the details on choosing which water park or splash pad to add to your summer bucket list!

Get Historical! 

A photo of The Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay (Instagram Worthy: The Top 10 Most Instagrammable Places in Miami Vanessa Santamaria Contributor Miami Mom Collective)
View of The Deering Estate from the water.
  • Cauley Square Historic Village 
  • Deering Estate
  • Coral Gables Merrick House 
  • Freedom Tower at Miami Dade 
  • Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach
  • Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center
  • Haitian Heritage Museum
  • Stiltsville
  • History Miami Museum
  • Vizcaya

Explore A Lighthouse! 

Summer Bucket List Hillsboro Lighthouse MMC Contributor Jessica Alvarez-Ducos
Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse
  • Cape Florida Lighthouse at Bill Baggs
  • Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse
  • South Pointe Park Lighthouse
  • Boca Chita Lighthouse

Get Adventurous In A Park!

Kayaking at Biscayne National Park (Love Where You Live: Why I Love Living in Homestead Kristina Fiorentino Contributor Miami Mom Collective)
Biscayne National Park (Photo by Suresh Ramamoorthy on Unsplash)
  • Oleta River State Park
  • Bill Bags State Park 
  • Biscayne National Park
  • Dante Fascell Park
  • Peacock Park
  • Crandon Park
  • Kendall Indian Hammocks Park (check out the nature trail and disc golf!)
  • Haulover Park
  • Matheson Hammock Park
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ocean Park (Watch for peacocks!)
  • Maurice A. Terre Park
  • Amelia Earheart Park
  • Tropical Park

Soak In The Sun With Toes In The Sand! 

Summer Bucket List Pompano Beach MMC Contributor Jessica Alvarez-Ducos

  • Virginia Key
  • Key Biscayne Beach
  • Bal Harbour Beach
  • Siesta Key Beach
  • Pompano Beach
  • Marco Island 
  • Sunny Isles Beach

Explore The Everglades!

Crocodile on Body of Water by Sergey Mishakov from Pexels MMC Contributor Jessica Alvarez-Ducos
Crocodile on Body of Water by Sergey Mishakov from Pexels
  • Shark Valley
  • Long Pine Key
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
  • Everglades Alligator Farm
  • Big Cypress National Preserve

Visit A Local Farm! 

Summer Bucket List Robert is Here Fruit Stand MMC Contributor Jessica Alvarez-Ducos
Robert Is Here Fruit Stand
  • The Berry Farms
  • Tinez Farms
  • Pinto’s Farm
  • The Little Farm
  • Knaus Berry Farm
  • Robert Is Here Fruit Stand 
  • By Brothers Farm

Create Your Own Fun for your Epic Summer Bucket List:

Learn a New Skill or Try a New Activity: 

  • Fly A Kite
  • Learn to Swim (*Swim Lessons are a must in South Florida! Check out our Guide to Miami Swim Schools!) If your kid is feeling really brave – jump off the diving board! 😉
  • Learn to hula hoop
  • Create summer crafts (Need somme ideas? Check out this fun list from Simply Bessy &  The Happening Housewife!)
  • Have a Picnic
  • Take a Night Swim
  • Ride a Train
  • Make Bubbles
  • Visit the Library! (Create a Summer Reading Chart and see how many books you and your child can read!)
  • Make Your Own Ice Cream
  • Slip & Slide Fun
  • Make a Fun Summer Schedule!

What’s on YOUR Miami Summer Bucket List?

Clearly, the fun is endless! We hope that you found some inspiration to get out and explore with your family this summer. Did we miss anything that is on your Miami Summer Bucket List? Please let us know in the comments! 


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