The next time your kids get antsy for some aquatic outdoor activities in Miami, give the ocean a miss and hit the tranquil waters of beautiful Biscayne Bay instead. Founded in 1990 as an organization where people with disabilities could enjoy Miami’s natural aquatic resources, Shake-A-Leg Miami now partners with the city of Miami to offer adventures and activities for everyone, making it a perfect family day destination. Located right on the water with extensive docks and state-of-the-art recreational facilities, there’s no better place to sail, scuba dive, kayak, paddle board, or just learn about sea life in a safe, stimulating environment.
Before you make your way to Miami’s premier community boating center, you’d better have an idea of what you’d like to do. Shake-A-Leg’s outings programs are a good way to start, with several packages of activities to choose from. If you don’t have much time, the Turtles Packages is for you, allowing you to kayak or sail for two blissful hours. Care to get even wetter? The Dolphins package has it all, from outrigger canoeing and a sea grass walk to all the sailing and swimming you can handle. There’s even a private island and protected snorkel zone to explore. (Call ahead for schedule and booking info.)
Of course, there’s really nothing more relaxing than kicking back on a bay cruise, winding among little islands and seeing the city skyline recede as you float among the gentle waves. As the captain points out various landmarks, your whole family seems to exhale in unison, finally relaxing together after a day of fun and excitement. Enjoy the moment, before making plans to return again soon.