Miami is a city that loves being outdoors, and there’s no better way to experience it without visiting a few parks. Ranging from hidden garden hideaways to marine parks for the adventurous, these are some of the best parks around Miami.
This pristine little enclave of greenery is basically a ticket to a tropical paradise. Explore the landscaped grounds lush with Caribbean vegetation, and get lost in this self contained world.
Matheson Hammock Park
Locals complain of how this place is always full, but there’s a reason why it can be hard to get in: because Matheson Hammock Park is awesome. Admission is around $5-6 per vehicle, which gets you access to the beach, including an artificial atoll pool. Expect crowds on weekends.
Fruit and Spice Park
Little known even among locals, Fruit and Spice is one of Miami’s best botanical parks. Spread over 37 acres, they have hundreds of intriguing species, plus a rather pretty orchard of mango trees.
Bill Sadowski Park
A birdwatcher’s paradise, the Bill Sadowski Park is the perfect spot to catch sight of any number of exotic tropical birds. The park organizes its own birdwatching tours, and stargazing events are also available.
Easily one of the most picturesque beaches in Miami, Crandon Park’s white sands are easy to fall in love with. The shallow waters aren’t so great for swimming, but the beach holds its own as a classic spot for a weekend barbecue.
Oleta River State Recreation Area
Florida’s largest urban park is great for getting out of the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s endless bike trails, and waterways perfect for kayaking. It’s also a great place to camp, with enough space to make you feel further from the city than you really are.
Biscayne National Underwater Park
So this park isn’t quite like the others. For one, 95 percent of the park is underwater, so you’ll need to plan this one a bit. Your best option is a guided boat tour, which takes visitors
David T. Kennedy Park
Some people say this is the best park anywhere in Miami, though admittedly there’s been some pretty close contenders. Either way, it’s clear David T. Kennedy Park is one of the best spots in the city for an outing, with plenty of great community facilities on hand. There’s a good exercise course and an even better bike trail. On top of this, there’s a dog park, and even free yoga on weekends. So grab a frozen lemonade from A.C.’s Icees, and explore all the little nooks and crannies of this excellent park.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Another aquatic park, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef is a far cry from the humble urban playground. A visit here usually revolves around a dive down to the 4,000-pound statue of Jesus. It’s approximately 25 feet down, and a favorite for local scuba diving aficionados. If you’re not quite up for a dive, consider taking one of the glass-bottomed boat tours.