401 East 65th Street Hialeah, FL 33013 +1 305 685 8389
There are not many farms to be found in urbanized Miami these days, so this is a particularly delightful diversion for those in search of a little country atmosphere. Children in particular will enjoy this family-oriented park, with its pony rides and petting zoo (housed in a barn). Located in Hialeah, the park includes five lakes that have plenty of fishes. Visitors can also find picnic facilities, playgrounds, and an old-fashioned country store.
1855 Northeast 135th Street North Miami, FL 33181 +1 305 944 6111
This is a relatively small park, but it is home to a bird and animal sanctuary, nature trails, and a museum/nature center containing Indian and pioneer artifacts. Miami-Dade Parks' naturalists conduct free tours regularly. This tranquil park is perfect for a quiet picnic among the trees or a stroll across the limestone natural bridge that was once part of an Indian trail. Attendants at Arch Creek Park and Museum offer a variety of special programs for both children and adults.
A subtropical climate, a broad, shallow river, and a unique variety of plant and animal life make Everglades National Park well worth the visit. Wildlife species include the Florida Panther, American Crocodile, and West Indian Manatee, all three of which are on the endangered species list. This large expanse of wilderness can be explored throughout the year; guided tours led by park rangers are available. Named a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance, the park is without question a national landmark and treasure.
People who bemoan the gentrification of Lincoln Road can take a small measure of comfort in the bohemian delight that is Espanola Way. This tiny street is an oasis of charm and creativity, wending its way between the busy main streets of South Beach. Restaurants, shops, and small art galleries line the street. A smoothie shop, a youth hostel, and several street vendors add to the eclectic atmosphere. The street lights up during the evening, when super-chic revelers flock to Blue, one of the hippest bars on the Beach.
At this lush park, you can glide through tranquil waters in your own canoe, join a park ranger on an informative tour, or explore a delightful underwater world. Of course, as at any South Florida Park, you will also find plenty of sunbathing and swimming opportunities. Visitors who are not satisfied with a day trip can camp for the night. However, the campsites are located on two small keys, accessible only by boat. Sometimes the park can provide a boat, but there are no guarantees. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This museum serves as an educational organization, a repository of police artifacts, and a memorial to 6,000 officers from around the country who lost their lives in the line of duty. An enormous Italian marble block stands in the center of the museum. On its wall are carved the names of fallen officers, along with their rank, state, and city. The museum sponsors a number of educational and outreach programs. A nondenominational chapel is located on the premises, as is a display of futuristic police equipment.
1200 South Crandon Boulevard Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park Key Biscayne, FL 33149 +1 305 361 5811
Built in 1825, this 95-foot (28.95-meter) lighthouse is the oldest building in south Florida. It originally guided sailors through the dangerous waters along the Straits of Florida. Although it was removed from service many times during various wars, it has weathered the years extraordinarily well. The US Coast Guard has used it as a navigational device for the past 25 years. The lighthouse is part of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Guests can take guided tours or explore the Cape Florida Lighthouse by themselves.
This state park boasts one of the top 10 beaches in the United States. In addition, visitors can fish, hike, take guided tours of the property, or enjoy a picnic on the grounds. One attraction that should not be missed is the Cape Florida Lighthouse, a landmark in its own right. Overnight accommodations are available; in fact, this is a recommended destination for Florida visitors looking for a quiet getaway. The park is accessible by automobile or by boat, and overnight boat moorage is available. The park is open daily at 8 am.
This state park, the largest in all of Florida, touches two majestic bodies of water: the Oleta River and Biscayne Bay. Visitors enjoy a variety of water sportsand other activities, including canoeing, fishing, paddle-boating, and mountain biking. The park, located minutes from downtown Miami, spans 993 acres in the northeastern corner of Dade County. Large groups may want to consider renting a picnic pavilion (available by reservation or on a first-come basis).
16711 West Dixie Highway North Miami Beach, FL 33160 +1 305 945 1461
Spanish Monastery was originally erected in 1141 in Segovia, Spain and brought to America in pieces by William Randolph Hearst to be rebuilt stone by stone. It is the oldest building in the western hemisphere. Now officially named the Ancient Monastery St. Bernard de Clairvaux, the building serves as an historical landmark, an Episcopal church with 200 active members and a tourist attraction. The building is available for weddings, receptions and parties.
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