What is the Best Neighborhood in Miami for your Kids (Updated for 2020)
The Best Miami Neighborhoods to Raise Kids
When thinking of moving to Miami with a family, the first thing that comes to mind is the well-being of your kids. As many wealthy families are relocating to Miami for business opportunities or to escape socio-political turmoil we are increasingly hearing the question: Where in Miami will my children be the happiest?
As a father of two little girls this topic hits close to home. When I decided on where to move to next, my main concerns were also: “Where are the best Miami schools for my kids?”, “Which Miami areas are most child or family friendly?”, “Which Miami areas are the safest?” and “Where can they freely play around in parks or other kid friendly areas?”
The links above explore Miami areas with great schools and the safest Miami’s areas. This blog will focus more on your children’s quality of life
Safety and Great Schools first
Needless to say parents want the safest area for their kids. As we mentioned in our blog on the safest Miami neighborhoods, areas such as Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, Fisher Island, Key Biscayne and Weston are extremely safe. Many of these areas offer gated communities or 24/7 police control and neighborhood watches. More importantly they are close to Miami’s best schools.
So once we know we have safety and good schools around, what is the next step to our children’s happiness? Thats right, playgrounds, beaches, parks and kids’ activities.
Children’s Quality of Life
For your children it is important to live around other children. For this reason you want to live in a family friendly area that doesn’t require driving your kids around for half an hour before you reach their friend’s home.
Being around other children
Desired areas like Brickell, Edgewater, Downtown and the Design District attract a lot of young professionals and to a lesser extent families with young children. Condo life however is often well adapted to young children with playgrounds, kid’s pools and 24/7 security.
If you like to live on the Beach with your children you might want to avoid South Beach. The more touristic part of Miami Beach attracts a younger crowd, snowbirds as well as families who own second homes on the beach. Miami Beach with kids is better in the area around La Gorce, North Bay Road, Alton Road and Pine Tree Drive. Many of the homes here are located in gated communities and there are more families in this area.
Miami is a very child friendly city. Besides the beaches (Miami Beach and Key Biscayne) there are plenty of other activities to do
- the Miami Zoo in Kendall
- Jungle Island in the Downtown Miami Area.
- Miami Children’s Museum in Downtown Miami Area.
- HistoryMiami Museum in Downtown Miami Area.
- Crandon Park Beach in Key Biscayne.
- Oleta River State Park in North Miami Beach Area.
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center in Key Biscayne.
- Miami Seaquarium in Key Biscayne
- The Everglades in South Florida
Besides this, Miami is known for its many parks in residential areas such as Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Coconut Grove and the Beach.
The Best Miami Neighborhoods to Raise Children in a nutshell?
- Key Biscayne
- Coral Gables – Read everything about relocating to Coral Gables
- Coconut Grove – Read everything about relocating to Coconut Grove
- South Miami
- North Miami Beach
As mentioned before this does not mean other areas are not children-friendly, the list above is merely a selection of the best options in Miami to raise your family.