Collins Ave. from 96th Street to Haulover Inlet
Bal Harbour ~ 305-866-4633
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area
1200 S. Crandon Blvd. (From Miami, take I-95 to the Rickenbacker Causeway, all the way to the end - south of downtown Miami)
Open 8 am till sundown 365 days a year.
Sunbathe, swim, and picnic on over a mile of sandy Atlantic beachfront. Biking and kayaking are also popular activities. Anglers can throw in their lines from the seawall along Biscayne Bay for some of the best shoreline fishing in the region. Overnight boat camping is allowed in No Name Harbor.
Restrooms and showers, concessions for dining, rentals for bicycles, beach chairs and umbrellas, boardwalk, seawall, fishing, hiking and nature trails. 18 picnic pavilions with picnic tables, and childrens playground area with swings, slides and monkey bars. Historic lighthouse offers guided tours.
Crandon Park Beach
4000 Crandon Blvd.
Family amusement center offers roller rink, splash fountain, beachfront playground. Beach is in a lagoon area where waters are calm and good for swimming and snorkeling. Lifeguards patrol the 2 mile beach from 13 elevated towers. Multiple picnic areas with tables and grills. Nature center and nature trails, bicycle and walking paths, mangrove boardwalk. Guided tram tour of preserve. Cabana rentals available - call 305-361-5421. Full-service marina with bait & tackle shop, fuel, pump out, boat launching ramps. Beach Weelchairs and Surf Chairs are available by calling 786-336-6980,
General Information: 305-361-7373
Haulover Beach and Park
10800 Collins Ave.
Open sunrise to senset daily. Restrooms, showers, picnic area with grills. One and one-half mile beach is patrolled by lifeguards, beach is good for surfing and swimming. Park across from the beach offers equipment rentals, food, 9-hole golf course, shops and a marina. Clothing-optional section at northern end. Beach Weelchairs and Surf Chairs are available by calling 786-336-6990
Hobie Beach / Windsurfer Beach
South end (north side of Rickenbacker Causeway)
Homestead Bayfront Park
9698 SW 328th St.
Matheson Hammock Park Beach
9610 Old Cutler Road
Man-made atoll pool, snack bar, restaurant, picnic pavilions with charcoal grills and picnic tables, nature trails and bike trails, full-service marina with boat launching ramps, bait & tackle shop, fuel and transient wetslips.
Miami Beach Central
Collins Ave. from 21st Street to 46th Street
Raised boardwalk, lifeguard towers, food and drink concessions, beach chair and umbrella rentals.
Miami Beach North
Collins Ave. from 46th St. to 78th St.
Facilities: Lifeguard towers, food concessions, shower facilities, beach chair and umbrella rentals. Also close to fast food restaurants and cafes.
Miami Beach / South Beach
(including Lummus Park 5th to 15th St.)
gay and lesbian beach on 12th St. Ocean Dr. & 5th St. to Collins Ave. & 21st St.
Restrooms at 10th street Visitors Center, many cafes and restaurants along Ocean Drive.
Miami Beach / South Pointe Park
Ocean Dr. at 5th St.
Miami Beach ~ 305-673-7714
North Shore Open Space
Collins Ave. from 78th to 87th Terrace
Miami Beach ~ 305-993-2032
Oleta State Recreation Area
3400 NE 163rd St.
North Miami Beach
Open 8 am till sundown 365 days a year.
Facilities: Over 10 miles of mountain bike trails great for bicycling or roller blading. Canoeing, fishing pier, nature trails, picnic pavilions and picnic tables, concession area for snack items and rental of canoes, kayaks and bicycles. 14 Cabins available for rent (1-800-326-3521). Showers, Restrooms and Playground.
Sunny Isles Beach
Collins Ave. from 157th St. to 193rd St.
Sunny Isles Beach
Facilities: Pier, pavilion, boardwalk, restrooms, showers, beach volleyball, food, rentals and fishing.
Collins Ave. from 88th St. to 96th St.
Surfside ~ 305-861-4863
Virginia Key Beach
4200 Virginia Beach Drive ~ Miami
South of Rickenbacker Causway. (east of Biscayne Bay)
In 2002 Virginia Key Beach Park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and received a Florida Historical Marker. A fund was established in 2003 to provide ongoing restoration and preservation of the park.
Facilities: Beach pavilion, picnic shelters, restrooms, playground, carousel, snack bar, nature trail, mini train, camping area
Biscayne Bay Coral Reefs
No sea-lover could look unmoved on the blue rollers of the Gulf Stream and the crystal-clear waters of the reef, of every delicate shade of blue and green, and tinged with every color of the spectrum from the fantastically rich growths on the bottom, visible to the last detail through this incredibly translucent medium. It scarcely resembles northern seawater at all – a cold semi-opaque, grayish-green fluid, which hides the mysteries of the bottom. Drifting over the Florida Reef on a quiet day one may note all the details of its tropical luxuriance twenty feet below, and feels himself afloat on a sort of liquid light, rather than water...read more »
Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328th Street
Homestead, FL 33033
Glass bottom boat rides, 45 foot snorkeling and diving catamaran, canoeing, kayaking, hiking. Waterside picnic spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Convoy Point, Adams Key, Elliott Key and Boca Chita Key. Pavilions are also available at Adams and Boca Chita Keys — access to these islands is by boat only.
Cape Florida Lighthouse Off US Highway 1 on the southeast tip of Key Biscayne just south of Miami Beach. For more information call the Bill Baggs Cape Florida Recreation Area, (305) 361-5811.
Located on the southeast tip of Key Biscayne, the Cape Florida Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Florida. Established in 1825 to mark the Florida Reefs for ships entering Biscayne Bay, the lighthouse sits on the closest point of land to the Gulf Stream. The original tower was destroyed in 1836 during the Second Seminole War. The new tower was not completed until 1845 due to hostile Indian activity. Originally 65 feet high, the tower was raised to 95 feet in 1855. During the Civil War the lighthouse lamp was destroyed by a band of marauders believed to be Confederate soldiers. The lighthouse went out of active service in 1878 but was relit in 1978 and today is open to the public. The restored Keeper's Cottage houses a museum.
28655 S. Dixie Highway
Homestead, FL 33033
Coral Castle Article...
This man's name is Edward Leedskalnin. His achievement is the beautiful Coral Castle at Homestead, Florida; which is conveniently located 25 miles south of Miami on Highway 1 for all to see.
How a man who stood just over 5 foot tall and weighed a mere 100 pounds built such an amazing structure still remains a huge mystery. No one can explain how for 28 years, Ed single-handedly moved blocks of coral stone weighing upwards of 30 tons using only primitive hand tools. Such stones cannot be moved even today without the use of huge cranes, which themselves take days to assemble. Ed had no such equipment? only determination...read more about Coral Castle »
Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, Florida 33034
Hialeah Park contains one of horse racings oldest and most prominent tracks. Built in 1925 as a resort facility, the park was modeled after European racing sites such as Longchamps in France and several notable tracks in England. Bought in 1930 by Joseph Widener, the park was redesigned and includes a Renaissance Revival clubhouse, associated buildings and formal landscaped gardens of flora and fauna native to southern Florida. The park has a lake with several islands inhabited by large flocks of pink flamingos. Hialeah Park has become so famous for these birds that it has been officially designated a sanctuary for the American Flamingo by the Audubon Society. The racetrack and associated buildings are among the oldest existing recreational facilities in southern Florida. Originally built to attract the rich and famous who rode special trains to the park from Palm Beach, Hialeah Park has contributed to the development and popularization of southern Florida as a winter resort.
Hialeah Park is in the City of Hialeah (NW of Miami) and is bounded by East 32nd Street, East 4th Avenue (Flamingo Way), the Florida East Coast Railroad and Palm Avenue.
Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130
1111 Parrot Jungle Way
Miami, Florida 33132
See three spectacular shows: Winged Wonders, our world famous bird show; Reptiles of the Jungle, which includes cold-blooded reptiles that will send chills down your spine; and Tale of the Tiger with awesome tigers and much more.
If that's not enough, encounter exotic animals, like our twin orangutans; our Liger, he's part lion and part tiger, and many more fantastic exhibits and events.
Visit with our new Red Kangaroos and see our South African Penguins! Come welcome our new Loveable Lemurs, from Madagascar. For hands-on activities, visit our Petting Barn, feed our birds; and don't forget to ask about our VIP Safari Tours, Lemur Experience and Penguin Encounters! These are hands on, face to face experiences with incredible animals.
Open Daily 10am - 6 pm; 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami on Macarthur Causeway between Miami Beach and Downtown Miami
Miami Museum of Science
3280 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149
Miami Seaquarium opens daily at 9:30 am - 365 days a year
Dolphin, Sea Lion and Killer Whale shows. Dolphin encounters for ages 5 and up as participants (child observers ages 3-9 years)
Monkey Jungle - where humans are cages and monkeys run wild! Rainforest Adventure guided tours available daily. See black-capped capuchins, brown headed spider monkeys, diani monkeys, gorilla, howler monkeys, java or crab-eating macaque monkeys, orangutans, read handed tamarins, squirrel monkeys and white heanded gibbons. Also visit our parrot sanctuary / aviary.
Venetian Pool 2701 DeSoto Boulevard - Coral Gables
Originally a rock quarry, the Venetian Pool is situated in a residential area of Coral Gables. Used as a source of coral rock for construction during the early years of Coral Gables, the quarry was later turned into a public pool. Coral Gables Corporation architect Phineas E. Paist and artistic advisor Denman Fink designed a pool inspired by the lagoons of Venice. The Venetian Pool was completed in 1924. The pool is surrounded by several Spanish style buildings, a garden patio and a grotto. The grotto is carved from the coral rock of the quarry walls with waterfalls, a cave and a rock diving platform. Spanning one section of the pool is a Venetian style bridge leading to an artificial island with large palm trees. The terra cotta roof tiles, observation towers and loggias of the pool's buildings continue a tradition of Mediterranean-inspired design found throughout Coral Gables.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
Modeled after a lavish Italian Renaissance style palace, Vizcaya was built in 1916 as the winter residence of industrialist James Deering. The estate is located on the west shore of Biscayne Bay and is operated as a decorative arts museum by the Dade County Park and Recreation Department. Vizcaya is famous for its fantastically decorated rooms filled with antiques ranging from the 15th through the early 19th centuries and for its ornamental ironwork, particularly the front gate, created by Samuel Yellin. The estate is also well known for its formal gardens inspired by Italian Renaissance palace gardens. Among the many gardens at Vizcaya are the walled Secret Garden, the large Formal Garden with elaborately clipped low hedges; the Theatre Garden, a small garden in the form of an Italian outdoor theatre; and the Fountain Garden, a large circular garden with a 16th century fountain at its center. Also of note are the Casino, a loggia or open summer retreat at the southern end of the garden; the Mount, an artificial hill with man made shell lined grottoes in the front and back; a latticed Tea House on one end of the sea wall and a breakwater built in the shape of a large stone barge. Local building materials were used throughout the house and grounds and several prominent artists contributed to the overall decoration of the estate.
12400 SW 152nd Street
Miami, Florida 33177
Over 2,000 animals and more than 1,200 plant species. Monthly featured animals! Childrens zoo, more than 40 endangered species, Wings of Asia Aviary, over 100 exhibits on 740 acres.
Best of Miami
Miami is a tourist's paradise, with its bright blue waters, gently swaying palm trees, and eclectic mix of people. In fact, there is so much on offer in this beautiful city that it can be hard to choose the best attractions. When choosing what to do in Miami, you'll find the best ones are those that take advantage of the perfect weather and welcoming atmosphere. We've compiled a list of our favorite 5 in Miami to help you find the best the city has to offer...read more about the best of Miami »