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Mom has always been there for you. We bet you can’t think of a time where she wasn’t. She’s been there for all the good times, and she’s picked you up during the bad times. So it’s time to show her just how much that has meant to you over the years. It’s time to show her how much you love and respect her. It’s time for Mothers Day!

Gorgeous white sand and glistening blue water set the stage for a fantastic Mother’s Day in Miami no matter what you do for your celebration of Mom. From beach picnics to dinners out at the famous restaurants that gleam along the shore, you can’t really go wrong here in Miami. From South Beach to Biscayne Boulevard, there’s a mass of things to do in the A-List city. Here we’ll outline some of the best. From sunrise to sunset, here are the best options for Mother’s Day in Miami.

1. Island Queen Cruise

Take the best Miami sightseeing tour with Mom – the Island Queen Cruise is the best in the biz. Enjoy the beautiful Biscayne Bay and Millionaire’s Row! Sit back and relax for an unforgettable fully narrated bilingual sightseeing cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay. See Miami’s spectacular coastal sites including the spectacular downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and the famous Millionaire’s Row- the homes of the rich and famous. Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase onboard in general, but call ahead of time to see what Mother’s Day specials are being offered: (305) 379-5119. Plan to spend $40 per adult.

2. Parasailing with Mom

One of the best activities to experience when in Miami is parasailing. Nothing compares to soaring over 800 feet above Miami in Biscayne Bay with spectacular views of Miami, Miami Beach, Fisher Island, Biscayne Bay, Key Biscayne, Everglades and amazing views of the entire Downtown Miami skyline. It is definitely a great activity to add in your collection! Mom will be blown away at this super fun Miami Mothers Day activity with the family. Two can go at a time so she can be paired with you or an older grandchild. Check out Parasail Miami Beach, Miami Parasail, or Miami Beach Ocean Watersports for reservations.

3. Miami Seaquarium

Now this is a South Florida attraction like no other; it’s a place where dolphins walk on water and a killer whale flies through the air! Mom will absolutely be thrilled to attend the fantastic shows here, witness the animals in their natural habitats, and also spend time with the ones she loves. She can even swim with dolphins!

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4. Beach Picnic with the Family

There’s no better way to celebrate the warm weather than hitting the beach. Miami’s beaches offer a great opportunity to get some exercise or just enjoy some time in the sun! Why not take Mom out to the beach, buy her a good book and leave her alone for a few hours? Or take a picnic with you and let her enjoy the sights and sounds while monging on some cheese and crackers?

5. Mothers Day Brunch

Whether her breakfast consists of a piece of toast or a full set of Belgian waffles, made to order, the brunches at the following Los Angleles restaurants will cater to your every need. Check out one of these well-known restaurants for your Mothers Day brunch: 660 at the Anglers, Canyon Ranch Grill, Gazebo Café, ToroToro at the Intercontinental Miami, or Kitchen 305.

6. Fairchild Botanical Garden

Fairchild is an 83-acre paradise; it’s verdant, sultry, & steamy and everything you would want in a real tropical garden! Fairchild is among the world’s best tropical botanic gardens. You’ll find internationally renowned collections of flowering trees, tropical fruits, Aroids and even endangered species, which provide a living laboratory for scientists, and the opportunity of discovery for everyone. In addition, Fairchild has the largest Palm collection in the U.S. and is also the keeper of the National Palm Collection as designated by the American Public Gardens Associations. Bring Mom along with the whole family to the Fairchild Botanical Garden for a romp through paradise right here in Florida! Call ahead because there will be special events for Mom like the High Tea in the afternoon on Mothers Day only. Call for pricing and admission questions, too: (305) 667-1651.

7. Fountainbleu Hotel Getaway for Mom

This May treat your mom to something special at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach as they celebrate Mother’s Day by pampering her in every way. Start by checking in to a plush one-bedroom suite at a specially discounted rate, enjoy a day-long “Mother’s Day Off” retreat at the Lapis Spa, brunch at Gotham Steak (Chef Alfred Portale’s modern American steakhouse) complete with Mother’s Day menu and unlimited mimosas, an array of goodies and gifts from Fontainebleau’s chi chi patisserie and high-end fashion boutique, and finally a poolside Mother’s Day menu for dinner at La Côte. All the elements are separate so you can mix and match to create the perfect Mother’s Day getaway for your mom, or why not join her and make it a mother/daughter weekend?