Miami Autism Dad

9 FREE Autism-Friendly Activities in My Hometown, Miami

Petting zoo at Amelia Earhart Park


🌴Hello, my future Miamians!🌴

As a Realtor and an autism dad, I’ve combed through my hometown to find activities and spots that resonate with the autistic community’s unique needs. Miami steps up to the plate. Here’s a list of 9 free activities in Miami that are enjoyable and sensitive to the sensory preferences of those on the autism spectrum.

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I’m a Realtor and Autism Dad specializing in helping autism families buy their dream homes.

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9- Strolling the Boardwalk along South Beach

Lummus Park along Ocean Drive


Ocean Drive in South Beach is a spot you can’t miss when you’re in Miami. With its signature Art Deco flair and energetic ambiance, this iconic boulevard offers a unique Miami experience. As you wander or drive through, you’ll be treated to views of palm-fringed streets, historic hotels, and the mesmerizing hues of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Along Ocean Drive is Lummus Park, a delightful green space perfect for a picnic or a moment of relaxation. With the many renowned Miami beach hotels lining the area, it’s a prime location for some laid-back people-watching. For those with autism, the rhythmic sound of the waves and the broad, open spaces can provide a soothing environment. 

Address: Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Fl 

Hours: Open all day, every day.


8- Pondering It All at the Institute of Contemporary Art

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)


The Miami Design District isn’t only about fashion and architecture; it’s also home to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). ICA is a must-visit for art aficionados, offering a deep dive into contemporary art. With a collection that spans works from seasoned artists to emerging talents, it’s a space where art comes alive. The museum’s modern design and spacious galleries make it a serene place to appreciate the craft in all its forms. 

After exploring the exhibits, you can enjoy the wider Design District. Its array of restaurants and coffee shops makes it perfect for grabbing a bite or sipping on a Cuban cafecito as you reflect on the art you’ve just witnessed. And for those with autism, the museum’s open design can provide a calming space amidst the city’s usual pace.

Address: 61 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Closed on Monday & Tuesday.


7- The Miami Book Fair

Miami Book Fair


Every year, Miami plays host to a literary celebration like no other: the Miami Book Fair. Unlike many other book fairs that sometimes devolve into marketplaces for pencils and novelties, Miami’s event stays true to its name. It’s an authentic book fair where literature takes center stage, and streets come alive with stalls showcasing a myriad of books, interactive sessions, and stages where authors share their stories. 

So whether you’re a seasoned bookworm or looking for a good read, this fair promises a genuine literary experience. Engage with authors, attend insightful sessions, or wander around, soaking in the literary ambiance. For those in the autism community, the sublime joy of being surrounded by books can offer a comforting experience. 

On a related note, if you’re interested in the intersection of real estate and autism, I’ve authored 2 books on the subject. They are available on the Books tab of my website for those who wish to delve deeper into this unique topic.

Location: Most events are held at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 

Hours: Typically between 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.


6- Decompress at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Miami Beach Botanical Garden


There’s a hidden gem in Miami Beach that I’ve come to adore: the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. It’s not only the exotic collection of subtropical and tropical plants that draws me in but also the tranquility of the place. Whether wandering among the towering palms, admiring the delicate orchids, or sitting with the gentle fragrance of the ylang-ylang tree surrounding me, it’s become one of my favorite spots to immerse myself in a good book. 

And here’s a little secret: as smashing good as this botanical garden is, it’s surprisingly underutilized. So, when looking for a subdued spot to read or take a breather, this might be your place. The garden also hosts eclectic cultural events and wellness sports like yoga, adding to its appeal. For those with autism, the benign surroundings and serene sounds of nature offer a restorative escape.

Location: 2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


5- Experience South Pointe Park

South Pointe Park Water Garden


South Pointe Park, located at the southernmost tip of Miami Beach, is more than a park—it’s an experience. During the day, it’s a haven for those looking to soak in the views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Port of Miami. The well-maintained pathways are perfect for a stroll, and the inviting grassy areas wait for you to lay down a picnic blanket or kick back and relax. 

But come the weekend, the park transforms. Young athletes converge here to practice parkour and tricking, turning the park into a dynamic display of agility and skill. It’s a workout and a performance, making it a fantastic spot for some unique people-watching. 

And if all that activity makes you hungry or thirsty, inside the park overlooking the water is the steakhouse Smith & Wollensky. They’ve got you covered whether you want a refreshing drink or a hearty meal. For those with autism, the park’s spaciousness and variety of sights and sounds offer relaxation and stimulation in just the right doses. 

Location: 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 

Hours: Daily, 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.


4- Relish Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park Lighthouse


Miami is uniquely positioned with 2 national parks, and while the Everglades might be the more famous sibling, Biscayne National Park holds its own allure and is closer to downtown Miami. One of the best parts? You can enjoy the beauty of nature without the constant company of bugs you might find in the Everglades. 

Biscayne National Park is a marine wonderland. As you venture into the park, watch for manatees, dolphins, and a myriad of shorebirds. You might even spot a crocodile basking in the sun if you’re lucky. The park’s clear waters and vibrant marine life make it a haven for nature lovers. 

Dive into the history of Biscayne Bay at the visitor center, or soak in the natural beauty around you. For those with autism, the serene environment and the gentle ebb and flow of the waters can provide a tranquil experience. 

Location: Biscayne National Park, Florida, United States

Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


3- Explore Historic Amelia Earhart Park

Amelia Earhart Park


Amelia Earhart was a pioneering aviator known for her daring flights and being the 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Her spirit of adventure and determination resonates with many, and it’s fitting that one of Miami’s parks is named in her honor. 

Amelia Earhart Park, spanning 515 acres, is fresh air for those looking to escape the city’s pace. The park has got you covered whether you’re in the mood for a scenic picnic, fishing, or biking. The serene lakes are perfect for reflective moments, and spotting local wildlife can be a delightful surprise. 

Families will appreciate the petting zoo and playground, ensuring a fun-filled day for the little ones. For those with autism, the park’s peaceful setting and various activities can provide a balanced mix of stimulation and relaxation.

Location: 401 E 65th St, FL 33013 

Hours: Daily, sunrise to sunset.


2- Hop On The “Free” Miami Trolley


Miami Trolley in the Coral Gables neighborhood


The Miami Trolley system is your best bet to get around without breaking the bank. It’s not only for tourists; locals love it too! Jump on and get whisked away to various neighborhoods, check out some cool cultural spots, or hit up your favorite shopping districts. 

And guess what? It’s completely free. Plus, with air-conditioning in every trolley, you can beat the Miami heat while cruising around. So next time you’re considering exploring a new part of the city or want a change of scenery, try the trolley. It’s a chill way to see what Miami has to offer. 

Routes: Miami Trolley covers areas like Coral Way, Little Havana, Wynwood, and others. 

Hours: Daily, 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM.


1- Chill at Alice C. Wainwright Park

Alice C. Wainwright Park


Named after Alice C. Wainwright, the 1st woman to serve on the Miami City Commission and an environmentalist, this park is a tribute to her dedication to preserving Miami’s natural beauty. 

Located in the Coconut Grove neighborhood, this park is a favorite spot for locals, and for good reason as it boasts some of the most breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. As you enter the park, you’re transported to a tranquil haven away from the city’s usual pace. The Tropical Hardwood Hammock here is a nod to the old Brickell Hammock, giving visitors a taste of South Florida’s rich ecological past.

There’s something for everyone, whether you want to have a quiet picnic, enjoy the playground, take in the scenic bay views, or shoot some hoops. And here’s a local tip: while the park is never too crowded, it’s best to come early as parking is limited.

Address: 2651 BRICKELL AV, Miami 33133 

Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset. Swing by and find your perfect spot!


So Why Miami? Here’s Why.

1st-off, Miami isn’t only about the white sandy beaches, the pulsating rhythms of Little Havana, or the glamour of Ocean Drive. Sure, those are nice, but there’s so much more to it. For families with autistic members, my hometown offers a unique blend of activities tailored to sensory needs. Think calm beach mornings, sensory-friendly events, and parks that provide a peaceful retreat. And the best part? These spots are enjoyable for everyone, not only those with sensory sensitivities.

But it’s more than the activities. It’s the feeling of being part of a community that inspires. As a Realtor and an autism dad, I’ve seen 1st-hand how my city goes the extra mile. It’s in how local businesses train their staff, organize events, and the community’s overall commitment. 

For those considering a move here, take it from a local: Miami gets it! We’re not only catering to tourists but laying out the welcome mat for future Miamians like you!

Stay sunny, Miami! ☀️🌊

Are you buying a home in South Florida?

I’m a Realtor and Autism Dad specializing in helping autism families buy their dream homes.

Email: or call/text 305-401-6224

Autism-friendly residential neighborhoods served in South Florida

MiamiMiami Beach, Brickell, Coral GablesCoconut Grove, Aventura, Key BiscaynePinecrestSunny Isles Beach, Doral, South Miami, Miami Lakes, Palmetto BayCutler Bay, North Miami, Miami Shores, Surfside, Golden Beach, Brickell Key, Bay Point, Cutler Bay, Biscayne Park, El Portal, Venetian Islands, Fisher Island, Star Island, Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, Indian Creek Island, La Gorce, Belle Meade Island, Biscayne Point, Normandy Isles, Normandy Shores, Sunset Islands, Bay Harbor Islands, Bal Harbour, North Bay Village, Indian Creek Village, Ponce DavisKendall


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