Miami has a reputation as a city for young professionals, tourists, and retirees. Yet it is also an ideal city to raise a family. The city has lots of fun, interesting and healthy activities for families that promote a vibrant community spirit among its vast array of neighborhoods. We love visiting Miami when possible and also stop by for a day or two on the way to a Caribbean getaway. Have grown up in a coastal town, we have always toyed around with the idea of moving to Miami and wondered what are the best areas are best family neighborhoods in Miami that are good for raising kids.
10 Best Family Neighborhoods in Miami
At the top of their 15 best neighborhoods in Miami for families article, Discover Homes puts Pinecrest as their #1 choice. They state that it is one of the safest neighborhoods in Miami and it has some of the best schools in the city. Pinecrest even has its own free bus service that operates exclusively in the neighborhood
Miami Lakes is the perfect place if you are looking for a bit of tranquility in the city. The neighborhood has green spaces, corporate parks, and 23 lakes that are ideal for family activities.
Located right in the center of Miami, Kendall is a short distance from the beaches, the airport, and the American Airlines Arena. The neighborhood also features the busiest mall in the city Dadeland Mall, which is also Florida’s biggest branch of Macy’s with over 200 shops.
Located on the seafront, Upper Eastside is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the whole of Miami. Upper Eastside has some of the most affluent sub-neighborhoods with many of them behind gated streets with 24-hour security. Situated on the waterfront is Morningside Park, a waterpark where families can try water activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing.
One of Miami’s smallest neighborhoods makes up for its size with the wealth of culture in and around it. Edgewater is adjacent to two of Miami’s culture hubs, Wynwood and the famous Design District, making it a great place for families who enjoy art, shopping and urbanity.
Coral Gables has some of Miami’s oldest architecture in the city dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries. It is considered one of the safest neighborhoods, receiving the highest Building and Zoning Department rating. Coral Gables is also home to the famous Miracle Mile shopping center.
Key Biscayne is considered one of the best places to raise a family due to its natural beauty, island lifestyle, and some of the city’s top public schools. Located on the island is Crandon Park, which is a perfect place for families to relax by the sea. The beach has a long sandbar that shields the beach from the strong ocean surf making it an extremely safe beach for children.
Just south of Miami’s Downtown district is Brickell. It is rated by American business magazine Forbes as personifying the new Miami with its rich and multicultural vibe. Brickell has a well-known library, and Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus making it ideal for families with children who are studying.
On the northernmost tip of Miami Beach is Bal Harbor, an iconic and exclusive location. The neighborhood only consists of ten blocks making it a very close-knit community. The beaches are considered to be the best and most pristine in the city.
Coconut Grove is a tropical paradise with several outdoor parks and the National Tropical Botanical Garden. The neighborhood has great public transport with the Miami Metrorail stopping at two stations: Douglas and Coconut Grove. It is also the location of Miami’s best private schools.
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