Top 10 Parks In Miami For Beautiful & Green Spaces

Take in the skyline view that Miami has to offer from the comfort of a scenic park.

Check out any of these ten parks in Miami for a break from the hustle and bustle. From picnicking under shady trees to biking along the coast, there’s something for everyone in these beautiful green spaces. So pack a picnic basket and explore all that Miami’s parks have to offer.

Biscayne Park

Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park. Photo by Ilse Orsel on Unsplash

Located in Miami’s Biscayne Bay, near Key Largo, there are a variety of activities to enjoy with loved ones. There are rumored to be over 40 shipwrecks across Biscayne Bay since the late 1800s. Ninety-five percent of the park is water, and the shore of the bay is where an extensive mangrove forest lays. In Biscayne Park, people can go bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, or have a picnic. The nearest restaurant is in Homestead, about 7 miles away. The grounds have 172,971 acres, including Elliott Key, the major island, and the northern part of the Florida Keys, which were formed by fossilized coral reefs. The offshore portion of the park includes the Florida Reef, one of the largest coral reefs in the world.

Crandon Park

6747 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

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Since 1947, Crandon Park has offered the best beach and park for families to have quality time together. With over 800 acres, the park includes a water fountain, playground, and plenty of space for children to play and run freely. The beachfront grassland is located on Key Biscayne, so there are also beautiful views of the Miami skyline. For adults, there are beach volleyball courts, a golf course, tennis courts, bicycle/running paths, hammocks, and food stands to have fun and unwind. The pristine beaches and calm waters make for a relaxing location to have a picnic or to birdwatch.

Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

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Built-in 1925 Bayfront Park has held important political rallies, concerts, and speeches making it a popular spot for events in the city of Miami. More recently in early March, a rally took place to support Ukraine and end the ongoing war, as well as where the mayor and city officials spoke on the issue. There is also an amphitheater which can seat up to 10,000 people for events and festivals. Bayfront Park is home to the Ultra Music Festival every year. The skyline view of the Magic city makes for a great place to have a picnic, exercise, or ride a bike.

Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

2000 Convention Ctr Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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The 2.6-acre Miami Beach Botanical Gardens are a popular venue for weddings in Miami. The mission of the botanical gardens is environmental enjoyment, stewardship, and sustainability through education. There is free admission from Tuesday to Sunday. One of the botanical gardens is an edible garden, where workers harvest vegetables and fruit such as coffee, raspberries, and pomegranates to prepare for events and workshops. The garden center houses a nursery, propagation, and outdoor classroom for guests to receive all of the tips and tricks to prepare for a prospering garden at home.

Matheson Hammock Park

9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156

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The park covers over 600 acres, providing plenty of room for a picnic or to go hiking. The waters are said to be dirty, making them unsuitable for swimming, however, guests can enjoy flying a kite, fishing on the pier, or riding a bike along the coast. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens are located inside of Matheson Hammock Park, making it easy to check out two parks at once. There is an onsite seafood restaurant, named Redfin, near the marina to indulge in after a long day of fun with loved ones.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156

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The Fairchild Botanic Gardens are another popular venue for weddings and events. The mission of the botanic gardens is to share the joy and beauty of tropical gardening with the world. The 83-acre park has a butterfly garden, rainforest, and a variety of tropical flowers and plants. The green oasis is also home to the Miami International Mango Festival where there is live music, cooking demonstrations, and over 500 varieties of mangoes. Throughout the year there are more events and festivals such as the chocolate, and orchid festivals. The park is open every day from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Everglades National Park

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The Everglades is a 1.5-million-acre wetland preserve that is home to many different types of plants and animals. There are different airboat and tram tours available for guests to explore the national park. Some of the animals that can be seen on these tours are alligators, crocodiles, eagles, and snakes. The vast stretch of wildlife makes for a great opportunity to hike in one of the 26 trails available, as well as to camp out under the stars and fall asleep to the sounds of nature. The Everglades is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oleta River State Park

3400 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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Oleta River State Park is the largest urban park in Florida. The park has mangrove swamps, hardwood hammocks, sandy beaches, and nine miles of the Biscayne Bay coastline. There are also mountain biking trails and playgrounds for children. Visitors can go kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, biking, and picnicking. The park also has a fitness trail, and volleyball courts. The pavilion may be rented for events, such as birthdays or baby showers. Oleta River State Park is open every day from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

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Cape Florida State Park is home to the oldest standing structure in Miami, the Cape Florida Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1825 to guide mariners away from the coral reef. To explore the inside there are tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday through Monday.  In this state park, visitors are able to rent bikes, kayaks, canoes, go camping, and go hiking. The park also has a beach that was named the best beach in Miami by the Miami Herald. The one-mile stretch of beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. There are also picnic tables and grills available for visitors to use. Cape Florida State Park is open every day from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Amelia Earhart Park

401 E 65th St, Hialeah, FL 33013

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Amelia Earhart Park offers mountain bike trails for adventurous visitors and a tiny petting zoo open on the weekends. A small lake is used for wake surfing, waterskiing, kneeboarding, paddle boarding, and wakeboarding. Bicycles, surrey bikes, and water bikes may be rented at an hourly rate. The long stretches of grass may be used for games or picnics, and visitors are welcome to play any kind of sport such as soccer, tennis, and volleyball. There is also a fenced dog park with obstacle courses divided into small and large breeds.

Natalia Guerra

Contributing Editor

Natalia Guerra was born in Miami and comes from a Cuban background. Aside from her passion for travel writing and culinary arts, she also loves to step out of her comfort zone to live life to the fullest. Her lifestyle is being a digital nomad, working remotely as she travels the world one city at a time. Her favorite country has been Spain for its beautiful architecture and food, which reminds her of her Cuban culture.

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