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5 Fun Family Outings

BY Germaine Benson | August 18, 2016 | Feature Features

Summer vacation may be over for the kids, but that doesn't mean family bonding takes a backseat. Here are five outings that guarantee a good time all year round.
Up-close and personal animal encounters are the norm at Jungle Island.

1. Garden Glory
Explore the great outdoors with a visit to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. Take a stroll or a tram ride through the 83-acre grounds to see a variety of exotic plants, tropical fruit and a bevy of birds and butterflies. $12-$25, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 305.667.1651

2. Animal Kingdom
Besides the live animal shows and exhibits, there are plenty of additional adventures awaiting discovery at Jungle Island. Our recommendation? Book the Go Wild VIP Tour ($299 per person), which lets visitors enjoy hands-on interactions with lemurs, Australian red kangaroos, Aldabra tortoises and reptiles. $27-$35, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, 305.400.7000

3. Baseball Bound
A ball game at Marlins Park has Sunday funday written all over it. Cheer on the home team as the season winds down and make sure to get your hands on the stadium’s velvet creme donut, which has been brought back after a 14-year hiatus. From $15, 501 Marlins Way, Miami, 305.480.1300

4. Golden Opportunity

Hands-on activities are plentiful at the Miami Children’s Museum. On view through Sept. 4 is the exhibition Summer Games 2016, which gives youngsters an idea of what it takes to be an Olympic athlete. $20, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, 305.373.5437

5. Sea Escape
Even after all these years, the Miami Seaquarium remains one of Miami’s most unique attractions. At the Key Biscayne staple families can catch shows featuring dolphins and killer whales as well as penguins, sharks, manatees and other wildlife. $32-$41, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, 305.361.5705

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