Miami features a wide variety of parks offering numerous recreation opportunities for sports lovers, those seeking to commune with nature and folks just looking for a nice place to take a stroll on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. In this article, we take a look at some of the best parks that Miami and South Florida have to offer.
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Everglades National Park is one of South Florida's natural treasures. Within the park's boundaries, you will find wildlife unique to this swampy habitat, natural formations of great beauty and recreation opportunities that exist only in Florida's southernmost tip. The Ernest Coe Visitor Center should be the first stop on your exploration of the Everglades. It is the hub of activity in the park and offers Everglades orientation movies, educational exhibits and information on ranger-led programs.
02 of 05Did you know that just off the coast of Miami lie gorgeous coral reefs, pristine tropical waters and over ten thousand years of pirates, shipwrecks and Native Americans? A single trip to Biscayne National Park will change your views very quickly! At Biscayne National Park, you can snorkel and explore an ocean of colorful coral reefs and the dense population of marine life that inhabit it, or you can opt to explore the mysterious mangrove forests that line the shoreline. No matter which activity you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the unique beauty of Biscayne National Park.
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Tropical Park, located at the intersection of Bird Road (SW 40th Street) and the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826), offers Miami residents a green oasis in the middle of a densely populated suburban area. You'll find a tennis center, equestrian center, dog park, boxing program and a professional soccer team housed in this former horse track. Join the 1,000,000 visitors who experience the beauty of this park each year!
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Named after the infamous editor of the Miami News, Cape Florida State Park is a world-famous treasure that’s renowned for its natural beauty. In fact, Cape Florida State Park is currently enjoying its ranking as the 10th best beach in Dr. Beach’s annual “Top Ten Beaches in America” list and it’s clearly on our list of South Florida’s best beaches. To say that Cape Florida State Park’s beaches are among the best in the country is an understatement; with over a mile of gorgeous Atlantic shoreline, a host of friendly restaurants and even a beautiful lighthouse that dates back to the early 19th-century (which is the oldest standing structure in the county), this state park should be on every South Florida to-do list.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The Barnacle State Park
Located on the picturesque Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, the Barnacle in Miami is a sprawling house that was built by Ralph Middleton Munroe, a great sailor whose passion for building sea vessels and yachts has made him a famous name in the nautical world. He built the Barnacle in 1921 and designed it to seamlessly integrate with the natural wonders around the estate. In 1973, the estate was placed on the National Register of Historic Houses, making it an important historic landmark in southern Florida.
If you haven't sampled the variety of natural wonders that our parks have to offer, you owe it to yourself to get out there and give them a visit. You won't regret the time you spend getting to know the beauty of our region's natural environment.