Miami Parks and Gardens

(Miami, Florida - FL, USA)

For many visitors, Miami is all about the beaches, water sports and nightlife, although there are a number of appealing gardens and parklands within the city as well. Located directly to the north of Miami International Airport, Hialeah Park dates back to 1921 and incorporates both a historic horse racing track and a huge flamingo lake.

Just a short distance to the north of Hialeah is the extremely family friendly Amelia Earhart Park, which covers an area of just under 500 acres / 200 hectares and comes with more than 8 miles / 13 km of cycle trails, a petting zoo, a small insect museum and a disc / Frisbee golf course. A trip to the Biscayne National Park is also highly recommended, with its frequent glass-bottom cruises, endless snorkeling opportunities and camping.

Hialeah Park

Address: 2200 East 4th Avenue, Hialeah, Miami, Florida FL, 33013, USA
Tel: +1 305 885 8000
Miami Parks and GardensHialeah Park is situated in North Miami and is a vast parkland with a number of interesting attractions. The centerpiece is an old-style thoroughbred horse racing track, which covers over 200 acres / 81 hectares and is highly regarded in America. Other highlights include a Mediterranean-style clubhouse, immaculately manicured gardens, fountains, statues, ponds, a breeding colony of over 400 pink flamingos originating from Cuba, and one of America's finest libraries dedicated to horse racing.

Tropical Park

Address: 7900 Southwest 40th Street, Miami, Florida FL, 33155, USA
Tel: +1 305 226 8316
Tropical Park is one of the largest parks in Miami and includes many expansive areas suitable for sports, together with no less than four lakes. There are a number of excellent facilities onsite, such as American football fields, soccer pitches, cycling pathways and areas designated for playing softball, volleyball and basketball. Further attractions include jogging trails, boating, fishing, picnicking and shaded seating areas.
Open hours: daily - dawn to dusk
Admission: free

Miami Parks and Gardens

Amelia Earhart Park

Address: 401 East 65th Street, Hialeah, Florida FL, 33013, USA
Tel: +1 305 685 8389
The Amelia Earhart Park is a family oriented attraction, featuring five lakes heavily stocked with fish for anglers, a country store, horse-shoeing demonstrations, pony rides, a children's island, picnic areas and a barn with friendly farm animals, which children are allowed to stroke.

This park is named after Amelia Earhart, as in 1937 she stopped at a nearby air base, whilst on her ill-fated attempt to circle the globe.
Open hours: daily - dawn to dusk
Admission: free, Saturday and Sunday - charge for parking

Biscayne National Park

Address: 9700 Southwest 328th Street, Homestead, Florida FL, 33033, USA
Tel: +1 305 230 7275
Biscayne National Park is one of Miami's most accessible National Parks and much of this area is actually under water. One of the most popular excursions here is the Reef Cruise, which is a three-hour voyage from the Convoy Point Visitor Center onboard a glass-bottom boat. The boat has a viewing chamber running lengthways, with thick-panel glass ports angled downwards. With clear waters, reefs, more than 200 species of colorful fish and a wide range of sea creatures, the cruise is very memorable. Most of the water at the Biscayne National Park is less than 10 feet / 3 meters deep and is also a popular place for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing and boating. There is also a campsite available here.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours, Convoy Point headquarters and visitor center, daily - 07:00 to 17:30; Dante Fascell Visitor Center and gift shop daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: free, fee for camping and overnight docking of boats

Matheson Hammock Park and Beach

Address: 9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida FL, 33156, USA
Tel: +1 305 665 5475
The Matheson Hammock Park is a former coconut plantation and covers around 100 acres / 40 hectares. This large beach park is situated in the Coral Gables district of Miami, next to Biscayne Bay, and features excellent facilities. Attractions include an artificial lagoon, a secluded and private beach, mangrove areas, interesting pathways, a marina, boat hire and a popular restaurant. A well-placed car parking area is also located within the grounds.
Open hours: daily - dawn to dusk
Admission: charge per vehicle