With its seemingly endless sunshine and vibrant mix of cultures, there's something for people of all ages in Miami, Florida. A trip to one of Miami's many beaches is always a must-do -- but when you're looking for more action than that towel in the sand can provide, you'll find plenty of other things to keep teens occupied.
Get on the Water
To add a little more activity into your days, check out one of the many water-based activities Miami has to offer. Try renting a kayak or canoe near Oleta River State Park, just south of the city, or hire a guide to show you and the kids around. Blue Moon Outdoor Center and Miami Dade Parks Eco Adventure are just two companies that offer guided kayak, canoe and snorkel tours. For a really memorable experience, head over to the Miami Seaquarium, where you can swim with dolphins.
Luxurious Pools and More
The beach is always one way to cool off -- but another way to enjoy Miami's abundant sunshine is to visit one of the area's elaborate pools. Check out the Biltmore, a historic hotel featuring the largest pool in the United States. If you decide to stay at the Biltmore, your teens can enjoy classes such as zumba, salsa or tango. Also worth visiting is the Venetian Pool, another stunning pool built on a quarry of coral rocks that's hugely popular with families with older kids. If you have smaller kids in your party, however, keep in mind that the Venetian does not allow kids under age three. For an upscale experience on Miami Beach, the Delano Hotel's pool and garden path, called "Alice in Wonderland-esque" by the Huffington Post, will be a lesson in luxury for teens. If the teens need a little more action after all that relaxing, head out to the beach from the Delano and take part in any one of the lively beach volleyball games going on, or strap on a pair of rollerblades and head to the Causeway to roll around.
Culture and Food
To give the kids a taste of Miami's vibrant culture, head to Little Havana, a few minutes' drive from South Beach. Take part in a game of chess or dominoes at Domino Park, or nibble on any number of Cuban and Latin specialty foods. The colorful murals, art galleries and music flowing into the streets make this area an exciting way to spend an afternoon.
Shop Til You Drop
Let's face it -- most teens love a chance to shop. In Miami, plenty of businesses are willing to oblige. Bayside Marketplace is an outdoor marketplace that offers you the chance to pick up souvenirs or ogle the high-fashion displays in the area's many boutiques. In South Miami, check out The Falls, a shopping center named in honor of the waterfalls that dot the center. Also worth a visit is Coco Walk in Coconut Grove, featuring a mix of locally owned boutiques as well as the name brand stores teens tend to love.