Things to See & Do in Miami

Things to See & Do in Miami
Miami has a lot more to offer than shopping and nigh clubs. Natural escapes at local state parks provide kayaking, bicycling, swimming, athletic courts, and hiking trails along the shoreline. Visitors can bring their own equipment, or rent bicycles and kayaks at the state park offices.

Barnacle Historic State Park

The Barnacle Historic State Park is located on the shores of Biscayne Bay in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. Tropical hardwoods dot the hiking trails. In addition to the forested pathways at this Florida State Park, visitors can enjoy "Yoga by the Sea" classes, live musical performances, and tours of the home of Ralph Munroe, one of the first boat makers in Florida.

Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
305-442-6866
http://www.floridastateparks.org/thebarnacle

Amelia Earhart Park

Amelia Earhart Park features approximately 30 acres of recreational space. Seven miles of hiking and bicycle trails situated along the beach section of the park are open year around. Boating and swimming are also available. Kayaks and canoe rentals, along with an aquatic center make Amelia Earhart Park a popular Miami attraction. Green space at the park includes picnic, playground, tennis courts, skate park, basketball courts, soccer fields, softball fields, and sand volleyball court areas. Pets are permitted in the "Paw Park" section off-leash.

Amelia Earhart Park
401 East 65th Street
Hialeah, FL
(305) 685-8389
http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/amelia_earhart

Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park features hiking and biking trails, along with kayak rentals. While paddling through the waterway, visitors are likely to sight both dolphins and manatees, and the occasional alligator. This Florida State Park is home to a large Mangrove tree forest, hawks, warblers, and vireos. Bird watchers are known to spot red-bellied woodpeckers during the fall season. A picnic area, butterfly garden, swimming area, and fishing pier are also features of the Oleta River State Park.

Oleta River State Park
3400 Northeast 163rd Street
Miami, FL 33160-4460
(305) 919-1846
http://www.floridastateparks.org

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park features a lighthouse offering views of migratory birds, and Biscayne Bay. Bicycle and hiking paths run along the shoreline, with bird watching and fishing areas marked off trail. Kayak and bicycle rentals, along with non-motorized boat ramps are available for visitors. Primitive and boat camping is available along "No Name Harbor" and Key Biscayne.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 S. Crandon Blvd.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
305-361-5811
http://www.floridastateparks.org/capeflorida/

Article Written By Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.

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