Things to do in Miami

Parks in Miami

Discover parks in Miami, where tropical landscapes and cultural sights come together to offer a fantastic day out for every family member.

Ready to explore parks in Miami? You’ve come to the right place. This city has so many beautiful parks that it's difficult to choose. This guide can help you decide, and create an itinerary that takes in all of Miami's best parks.

Between our shows in Miami, we love to chill out in the city’s many gorgeous green spaces. Plenty of the best things to do in Miami can be found in the city’s parks, from outdoor concerts to sculpture gardens. Join us as we tumble our way through the best parks in Miami, Florida.

Downtown Miami and Surrounding Areas

Museums within parks, musical events, and playgrounds that you’ll have to drag the kids away from — Downtown Miami is one of the best places to start your search for cool parks in Miami. Lace up your best walking shoes, and let’s get started!

1. Bayfront Park

Bayfront Park is one of the best parks in Miami for chilling out before you head out for the evening to catch one of our shows. Founded in 1896, the park was significantly expanded in 1926 to cover 32 acres in Downtown Miami. Today, it plays host to a range of events, from yoga to movie nights.

Check out the Lee and Tina Hills Playground within Bayfront Park, where a unique play sculpture invites kids to climb and have fun together. The star of this park is the FPL Solar Amphitheater, which can seat up to 10,000 people for outdoor performances.

Solar panels around the amphitheater provide power for the lighting, restrooms, and more. It’s an environmentally friendly venue in one of the most beautiful parks in Miami.

2. Maurice A. Ferré Park

Let’s take a walk through Maurice A. Ferré Park, where the views are almost as spectacular as one of our shows. From Biscayne Bay to the Downtown Miami skyline, hanging out here allows you to see all the city’s best sides at once.

With the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science as its neighbors, this park has some serious cultural clout. It also has art on display outdoors, such as the sculptures showcased along the Dogs and Cats Walkway to the upcoming Manolo Valdés exhibition.

Maurice A. Ferré Park even features a nod to history in the form of the Plaza de la Marina Española. This monument marks the Spanish Navy’s arrival in the Americas in 1492. Give yourself plenty of time to soak it all in before you head to the theater for one of our breathtaking performances.

3. Margaret Pace Park

Welcome to Margaret Pace Park — Miami’s not-so-secret oasis, where the vibe is as laid-back as a Sunday brunch. Speaking of brunch, you can pick up a tasty breakfast sandwich at nearby The Daily Creative Food Co. — even if it’s actually afternoon before you get around to visiting.

Hidden just north of Downtown in Edgewater’s condo haven, Margaret Pace Park offers relaxation right on Biscayne Bay. It’s where the locals play, jog, and let their fur babies run wild in the enclosed dog park.

For the kids, Margaret Pace offers a playground and enough green space to tire out even the most energetic little legs. Kick back on a park bench, tuck into a tasty treat, and take in the views. From Miami Beach to the Venetian Islands, it’s a feast for the eyes.

South Miami and Coral Gables

In South Miami, greenery lines the streets, and the parks are even more lush. Meanwhile, just a stone’s throw away in Coral Gables, you can find some of the most beautiful parks in Miami, along with upscale boutiques and exquisite dining venues.

4. Matheson Hammock Park

Water lovers agree that Matheson Hammock Park is one of the best parks in Miami, thanks to the man-made atoll pool which naturally fills with the tides.

Kiteboarders love this spot because it’s an easy place to launch, and ideal for swimming, paddling, and more. If you don’t fancy getting your feet wet, you can simply lounge on the beach and feel the sea breeze rippling your hair as you enjoy the view.

Drier activities available in Matheson Hammock Park include nature walks and biking trails, which weave through the beautiful landscape. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab yourself a charcoal grill and picnic table, and serve up a feast in one of the pavilions.

5. Tropical Park

Built on the site of a former horse track, Tropical Park remains in touch with its equestrian roots. The Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center hosts at least 36 horse shows a year, where you can see purebred horses show off their tricks in the hope of taking home a trophy.

If you’d rather get active yourself than watch the horses, you’ll love the 12 tennis courts in Tropical Park, complete with lighting and wheelchair access.

It also has a track, racquetball facilities, and a stadium where high schoolers play football. Tropical Park is an integral part of the local community, offering something for everyone.

6. Pinecrest Gardens

If you’re looking for nice parks in Miami, it can be difficult to choose between them. However, we strongly recommend you don’t miss out on Pinecrest Gardens, which features more than 1,000 species of tropical plants.

In addition to the natural beauty that's always on display, the park also plays host to live music, art fairs, and classes in everything from flower-preserving to jewelry-making.

Take a guided tour of Pinecrest Gardens to understand how plants thrive in this tropical hardwood and cypress habitat, or explore on your own for a relaxing day in nature.

North Miami and Aventura

Aventura is known for upscale shopping, stylish residences, and chic urban living. However, if you step off the fashionista trail, you can find some of North Miami’s best parks. We'll guide you through the natural delights offered by this part of the city.

7. Oleta River State Park

Looking for a slice of paradise just 30 minutes from Downtown Miami? Oleta River State Park is just that. Here’s the deal — there's a small fee for the entrance ticket — but trust us, it’s worth every penny.

Adventure seekers, roll up! Oleta River’s 15 miles of off-road biking trails will have you feeling like the king or queen of the jungle. You can also paddle through lush mangrove forests to see the park from the water — a unique perspective on a beautiful setting.

Quick tip: Get there early, as the park may close if it reaches capacity. Plus, getting an early start means you’ll have plenty of time to make your way to one of our jaw-dropping shows in the evening.

What a perfect day that would be — nature’s quiet beauty during the day and our mind-bending stunts as the sun goes down. The ultimate double feature.

8. East Greynolds Park

Get ready to step into the time machine and dive into the epic story of East Greynolds Park, a 249-acre wonderland with more history than your grandmother’s attic.

Once a rock quarry, East Greynolds Park opened to the public in 1936 when it became the third park in the county. Fast-forward to 1983, when it was declared a historic site by the Miami-Dade County Historical Preservation Board.

The limestone rock structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps are one of the park’s most interesting historical features.

Prefer to live in the moment? The park still has plenty to offer: two playgrounds, miles of trails and walking paths, spacious picnic areas, and a bark park area for your four-legged friends. You can fish from the dock, launch your kayak or canoe into the Oleta River, or simply hang out and see how many bird species you can spot.

Insider tip: It’s free to park here during the week, but on weekends and holidays you’ll need to pay a small fee.

Photographer: Filip Mroz

9. Arch Creek Park

Welcome to Arch Creek Park, where history meets nature. Pass over the ancient stone bridge used by Native American tribes, visit the museum packed with artifacts, or simply walk the trails that pass through the 8-acre wild animal sanctuary, which is a paradise for bird-watchers.

Arch Creek Park offers a range of activities to help you get up close and personal with the park’s best features. Eco-adventure tours are available, and the park also offers year-round educational fun for school groups, scout squads, and homeschool heroes.

You can even host a themed birthday party or an adult team-building experience here. And if you’d like to give a little something back, watch out for monthly volunteering opportunities.

Miami Beach and Key Biscayne

The sun-soaked shores of Miami Beach and the tranquil island of Key Biscayne are home to some of the most beautiful parks in Miami, set against a background of golden sands and clear, blue skies.

Note the iconic examples of art deco as you make your way through Miami Beach to check out the parks listed here, which include some of Miami's best beaches.

10. Crandon Park

Welcome to Crandon Park, where nature, recreation, and relaxation take center stage. This coastal haven is a thriving ecosystem where you can embark on a journey through diverse habitats, including dunes, mangroves, coastal hammocks, and seagrass beds.

The air is alive with the flutter of bright butterflies, and herons and ospreys make guest appearances in this natural paradise. Look out for rare plants, such as the beach peanut and the Biscayne prickly ash.

The beach is the star of the show, with two miles of pristine sand and a well-kept promenade. However, the Bear Cut Preserve is also worth checking out, particularly if you can get a guided tour to point out the rare plants and animals that call Crandon Park home.

Tennis enthusiasts can ace it up at the Crandon Tennis Center, which offers 29 courts, while golfers can tee off at the championship 18-hole Crandon Golf Course, surrounded by dense mangroves and vibrant foliage.

Photographer: warrend98

11. South Pointe Park

Perched right on the southern tip of Miami Beach, South Pointe Park offers a front-row seat on an Instagram-worthy panorama — South Beach’s shoreline, the cruise ships at Port Miami, the dazzling Downtown Miami skyline, and the exclusive Fisher Island.

The park offers direct beach access, meandering trails, picnic spots, barbecue areas, benches for contemplation, and an off-leash dog park where your furry pals can frolic freely. If you're feeling the heat, cool off at the mini water playground or kick back at the café with a cold drink.

The 450-foot South Pointe Pier is a hot spot for fishing enthusiasts. Beyond, sandy shores await, complete with lifeguard towers, umbrella rentals, and beach chair options.

Surfing, volleyball, and paddleboarding are fun ways to build up an appetite before you head to nearby restaurants for some fantastic grub with an even better view.

12. Lummus Park

At Lummus Park, you can do far more than just sunbathe — although it’s a great place for that too. The park boasts open fields, outdoor fitness gyms, and playgrounds for both tots and older kids. Stroll the walking trails, sip from the water fountains, and soak up the ocean breeze.

The park has 18 sandy volleyball courts waiting for your spike. If you want to work those muscles before you show them off, head to Muscle Beach South Beach to use the innovative workout equipment.

Photographer: Ryan Arnst

West Miami-Dade

Away from the bright lights of Miami, Dade County has some beautiful places to explore. One of the cornerstones of West Miami-Dade is the iconic Amelia Earhart Park, where you can enjoy winding trails, water sports, and more.

Join us as we explore West Miami-Dade and pick out the jewels in this region’s crown. And once you’ve explored the serenity, get a skyline view of the city in one of Miami’s rooftop bars.

13. Amelia Earhart Park

The Miami Watersports Complex at Amelia Earhart Park is the perfect place to give wakeboarding a go. Choose from cable wakeboarding and boat wakeboarding, or opt for something completely different in the form of paddleboarding or water-skiing.

If you’d rather keep your feet firmly planted on dry land — or at least on dry pedals — you can rent a mountain bike and explore the trails.

There are also some great places for the kids to play and learn, including Tom Sawyer’s Play Island and the Farm Village, created to help kids learn about Miami’s agricultural heritage.

You could easily spend all day here, so be sure to arrive with plenty of time. That way, you can take in all the sights and activities and still be on time for one of our shows in the evening.

Photographer: Benjamin Klaver

14. Miccosukee Golf & Country Club

Keen golfers will be in their element on the three courses at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club. Choose from Marlin, Dolphin, and Barracuda courses for a fun and challenging game, with breathtaking views as a bonus.

Miccosukee features 27 unique holes, all of them with fast fairways in beautifully kept surroundings. It’s a golfer’s paradise.

Photographer: Jopwell

Embracing the Great Outdoors: Miami's Parks Await Your Discovery

We hope you’re now inspired to go out and explore cool parks in Miami! From the iconic Bayfront Park to its many hidden gems, such as Margaret Pace Park, every park has its own unique charm — just like our shows in Miami.

From daring acrobatics to colorful costumes and enchanting storytelling, we can promise you a night you'll never forget. No two of our spectacular performances are ever quite the same, just like no two landscapes can fail to wow you with their own unique charms.

What are you waiting for? Grab your most comfortable shoes, and get outside.

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