It would be easy to overlook Watson Island, which most folks traverse on the MacArthur Causeway heading from South Beach to Downtown Miami. But Watson Island is actually the city’s kiddie nirvana—playing host to two great family-friendly attractions: Jungle Island and the Miami Children’s Museum. The former is a lushly landscaped interactive theme park devoted to plants and animals typically found in rain forests and jungles; essential highlights include a petting zoo, a serpentarium, and a massive Everglades Habitat. The Miami Children’s Museum is just minutes away and set in an architecturally significant space masterminded by local design leaders Arquitectonica. Spread over 55,000 square feet, the Museum’s interactive displays help curious kids learn about everything from life on a cruise ship to working at a construction site to how music is recorded and made. Both are a short cab ride from the hotel.