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.