The Ten Best Parks in Miami
6. Greynolds Park
17530 W. Dixie Highway, Miami
Ahhh, old Miami, where inestimably valuable tracts of land were once owned by the fat cats of the era. A.O. Greynolds was one of those cats, and fortunately for us, he decided to donate his rock quarry and all the land that came with it, which would be developed into the 265-acre Greynolds Park. This densely wooded space has a top-rate golf course, areas for picnics and gatherings, and one of the largest concentrations of hardwood mangroves in North Miami. It also has a variety of Florida fauna, from raccoons to gold-legged spiders to big orange iguanas that scurry around your feet and into the bushes.
5. South Pointe Park
1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
South Beach isn't the part of town that usually comes to mind when most people think of relaxing in peace and quiet. But just south of the din of tourists, you can follow curve of Miami Beach to its disappearance in the sea at the end of the jetty in South Pointe Park. For more than three decades, South Pointe has catered to locals and tourists alike, appealing to everyone with its view of Downtown, the Port of Miami, and the beginning of the Key Island chain. You can stand along the sea wall over Government Cut and watch as a barge arrives from the Netherlands, or scream obscenities as disturbed cruise passengers pass by, waving uncomfortably. Perhaps best of all is the beach, which is a little too far south from the main drag of Ocean Drive to get quite as grossly overpopulated. For longboarders, there are few rides in Miami Beach quite as fun as the adrenaline soaked experience of carving between cars down Washington and Ocean all the way down to South Pointe for a relaxing dip in the Atlantic before making your way back.
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6630 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL