The Ten Best Parks in Miami

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Paradise. That's what this city is. It may often be perverse or peculiar, but have no doubt: Miami is the paradisiacal metropolis of the south. And the beauty of this place won't be found within the pulsating walls of LIV or along the bustling, crowded sidewalk of the Corner. The sublime appeal of this town radiates from the trees and the sand and the mangrove-entwined waters -- from the natural fibers of Miami.

But as in all great cities, the expansion of Miami has made that natural beauty a bit harder to connect with. Enter the Miami-Dade County department of Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces, who've have helped carve out pockets of earth, both small and large, in order to sustain a few fine spots where one can wander, relax, and enjoy the sense of serenity that comes with entering a peaceful, green space. And as the sun hangs higher and longer with each passing day, nobody should go without a few strolls through those spaces. So, for your strolling pleasure, here are ten of the best parks in the county of Miami-Dade.

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10. Martell Park
NE 36th Street at Biscayne Bay, Miami
The idea of a park dropped in between the east and westbound lanes of the Julia Tuttle Causeway may not seem like the most serene concept in the world, but this is a thoroughly relaxing park. The calm feeling about this green space is emphasized by the disparity between the park and the churning concrete arteries surrounding it. The eastern edge of this park is a bulk head that allows a little bit of Biscayne Bay to traverse a breadth that separates Martell from the foot of I-195 and adds to the picturesque scenery that makes up the smallest park on this list.

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9. Legion Park
NE 66th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
Many people pass this park every day without the slightest idea that it's there, which is incredible considering how large it is. Stretching from Biscayne Boulevard to Biscayne Bay, Legion is another example of how a good park can feel like a point of departure, a portal world where things are easier and more comfortable than amidst the pay by the hour motels and bicycle bound errand boys of Miami's "Upper East Side." The park sports a nicely maintained set of basketball courts that are rarely too busy for you to jump in on a game or get your own going, and a pair of tennis courts that boast the lovely qualities of a view of Biscayne Bay and being free to play on. On a breezy day, you might just catch expert handlers flying stunt kites like fighter jets, which, if you've never witnessed it, is mesmerizing to watch -- and a far cry from watching half-wit drivers inch their way along US 1.

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Location Info

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Map

Legion Park

6630 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: General

Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: General

Pine Tree Park

44th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Greynolds Park

17530 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

South Point Park

1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

North Shore Open Space Park

7929 Atlantic Way, Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Crandon Park

6747 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL

Category: General

Biscayne National Park

9700 Southwest 328th St., Homestead, FL

Category: General

Matheson Hammock Park

9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL

Category: General

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13 comments
jgcamp99
jgcamp99

Too many parks to single out 10 and rank them. It all depends upon what you seek from the park, Oleta has trail riding for mountain bikes, they even have cabins if you want to stay in the park for a weekend or whatever.

GODisGREAT
GODisGREAT

make the distinction between national parks and smaller places of recreation. of course biscayne bay destroys say...... dante fascell, but what is the definition of park really?

Shaun Gavidia
Shaun Gavidia

I was surprised that Alice Wainright park wasn't on the list. That's always been my favorite park

Gambao De Encotina
Gambao De Encotina

this is so lame....how can a city like Miami boast such "great" parks. You can't even bring your dog to most of them. Indian Hammocks park should be on this list, what about Tropical Park (although it's a total shit show)...at least those parks you can feel somewhat lost as you can't see the other side of the park at any given moment.

Corey Davis
Corey Davis

When compared to other American cities this is a pretty sad list. Most residents would be hard-pressed to name ten parks in this city. A lot of great things about this city thoughtful and innovative use of public green space is not one of them. Martell? Really. Stretch. Just have 9 on the list.

Carlos
Carlos

@Corey Davis 

Unfortunately, I have to agree with you. Love so many things about Miami but our parks (for the most part) are woeful compared to many American cities.

Fairmount Park in Philadelphia alone dwarves any of these in size and scope. Hell, you can go white water rafting inside the city limits there.

But I do have a soft spot for Haulover.

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