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Escape the crowds of the city and revel in the best of Miami’s natural beauty at one of these amazing parks.
Everglades National Park
At over one million acres, Everglades National Park is the largest protected subtropical wilderness in the world. There is something for everyone here—air boating in the wetlands, biking through the trails in Shark Valley, canoeing, off-roading in Big Cypress, camping, and rare alligator, crocodile, and even Florida Panther sightings.
Matheson Hammock Park – Miami
With its ‘wild and natural beauty’ as described by the park’s founder – William J. Matheson – this other-worldly yet peaceful haven gives visitors a place to explore lush forests of mangroves, dip in an atoll pool or stroll along a tranquil beach. Nature trails and bike trails also weave through the park. For boaters, the Matheson Hammock Marina is a prime spot for docking.
South Pointe Park – Miami Beach
For those already in Miami Beach, South Pointe Park offers a nearby escape. The 17-acre urban green space features a kids area, dog park, picnic pavilions, fitness courses, observation towers, and boardwalk for strolling. It also offers panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island, Downtown Miami, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – Key Biscayne
A short ten-minute drive from Downtown Miami is Bill Bags Cape Florida State Park. With over 400 acres, visitors have ample green space to sunbath, swim, and picnic, as well as bike, kayak, and fish. The park is also home to a historic lighthouse built in 1825, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Overnight camping is also allowed in No Name Harbor.
Crandon Park – Key Biscayne
Crandon Park covers 808 acres worth of the island of Key Biscayne, and offers visitors a unique breathtaking playground for exploring, relaxing, and fun alike. For the adventure-seekers, the park offers eco-adventures and kite-board and kayak rentals. For the nature-lovers, there are bird and butterfly walks, historical nature walks, and nature trails. And, for beach-goers, there is a peaceful sandy beach.