For outdoor fun, Miami-Dade’s beaches, boating and fishing are right at the top of list of year-round activities. There are miles of popular beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, from Sunny Isles Beach through Key Biscayne and south to Homestead’s Bayfront Park.
Just offshore is Biscayne National Park, and to the west is Everglades National Park, making Miami-Dade one of the only communities in the U.S. to have two of these natural treasures. Golf and tennis are among the many other “fun-in-the-sun” activities that Miami-Dade residents can enjoy year-round. The region also has an extensive network of parks and other recreational facilities, as well as an extensive network of bicycle lanes that runs throughout Miami-Dade County.
Major Parks and Recreation in Miami-Dade County
Miami’s beaches and parks rank among the best in the world including two national parks and countless pockets of natural splendor throughout the tropical landscape. Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and Biscayne National Park preserves Biscayne Bay and it’s offshore barrier reefs where ninety-five percent of the park is water. Miami-Dade County also boasts the third largest county park system. In total, the community includes 800+ parks. Unique outdoor community gems include, for example, the mangrove forests at Matheson Hammock Park, the quiet oasis at North Shore Open Park, the historic Deering Estate with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and the beauty of Fairchild Tropical Gardens.
- Amelia Earhart Park401 E 65th StHialeah, FL 33014
- Arch Creek Park1855 NE 135th StNorth Miami, FL 33181
- Calusa Club Estates Park13464 SW 96 StMiami, FL 33128
- Charles Deering Estate16701 SW 72 AvenueMiami, FL 33157
- Crandon Nature Center6767 Crandon BlvdKey Biscayne, FL 33149
- Crandon Park6747 Crandon BlvdKey Biscayne, FL 33149
- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens11935 Old Cutler RdMiami, FL 33156
- Fruit & Spice Park24801 SW 187th AveHomestead, FL 33031
- Greynolds Park17530 W Dixie HwyNorth Miami Beach, FL 33160
- Haulover Park10800 Collins AveBal Harbour, FL 33154
Miami-Dade residents appreciate the region’s balmy weather, where they can enjoy swimming, boating, golf, tennis, running, cycling and other sports at any time. Two national parks (Everglades and Biscayne) and the Florida Keys are close at hand for scenic eco-adventures. In addition, Miami-Dade has the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land, including beaches, wetlands and many types of recreational facilities.
“I’ve been a resident of South Florida for many years, and I can tell you, unequivocally, that Miami is a unique place for both work and play. The vibrancy of our physical and cultural landscape is second to none.”
-Pat Riley, president of the Miami HEAT, 2006, 2012 and 2013 champions of the National Basketball Association.