Miami for Families: A Vacation Guide for Parents and Kids is written by Laura Albritton and was published by University Press of Florida on April 22, 2014.
There are plenty of books about taking kids to Walt Disney World and the other Central Florida attractions but it is refreshing to see a book highlighting Miami for families with kids. Laura Albritton actually lives in Miami with her family and that is very obvious as you read the book, it is like having your own personal local tour guide. The book is packed with little details that only a local would know.
She recognises the need to consider the suitability of attractions for different age groups, all the way from babies and toddlers, to small children (aged 4 to 9), tweens (aged 10 to 13) and right up to teenagers.
If you’ve not been to Florida before and in particular to Miami, then the introductory chapter offers sound advice on the best time to visit, what to pack and what to wear. Useful safety tips include advice about water sports and Miami’s less than perfect car drivers from both a driver and a pedestrian point of view!
With the help of this book, you can enjoy your time in Miami and South Florida with your family, no matter what their ages
One of the standout features of “Miami for Families” are the highlight boxes scattered throughout the book. As well as giving you useful information about the various attractions and activities, there are boxes on special deals like free and inexpensive attractions; ideas for what to do on rainy days; insider secrets that you might otherwise miss; ideas like special hotels and restaurants for when you want to splash out and treat yourself; advice on where to find necessities and survival tips on topics such as safety, health and transportation.
For example, some beaches may have dangerous currents or lack a lifeguard station. This sort of information is invaluable to a visitor who does not know the area and is maybe visiting for the first time.
If you are travelling with very small children, then the sections on necessities are particularly useful if you run out of things like sunscreen, bottled water or nappies (diapers) or find you need a beach umbrella.
The main chapters of the book conveniently split Miami into eight separate neighbourhoods with a further chapter covering the Everglades, Key Largo and Key West for those who perhaps have a couple of days to spare and want to venture further afield.
Each chapter starts with a clear monochrome overview map highlighting the main attractions and points of interest to make it easier to find your way around and ends with suggestions on where to eat and where to stay, for all budgets.
Accompanying the descriptions of the attractions and activities there is a summary paragraph which gives you all you need to know including the address, website, telephone number, opening hours, prices, concessions and suitable age groups.
There are a selection of black and white images throughout the book plus a good collection of colour photographs in the centre.
Even if you are visiting South Florida without children, Miami for Families is a perfect guide book to read before you go and take with you as you explore the Miami area.
This book has not been republished since 2014 but a lot of the information is still relevant. It is still in print and can often be picked up secondhand for a lot less money.