• One island packed with two family friendly, adventure-filled activities
  • Explore a zoological park devoted to rain forest plants and animals
  • For curious kids, visit a museum that lets them play, learn and create

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.

Both of these experiences can be found on Watson Island. You can access the island from the MacArthur Causeway. Once you make it to this little island, you’ll see Jungle Island on one side and the Miami Children’s Museum on the other side.​

​​JUNGLE ISLAND: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail; 305-400-7000;

MIAMI CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: 980 MacArthur Causeway; 305-373-5437;