The Ten Best Parks in Miami

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Travis Cohen
4. North Shore Open Space Park
7929 Atlantic Way, Miami Beach
There's no shortage of people who complain that there's no community in this city, no place where Miamians gather and frolic and commiserate over the common sublime strangeness we all live with in this town. But the Open Space Park is evidence to the contrary. Winding between the Beach and Collins Avenue from 78th street to 87th, this park is a fascinating place because it's part of three worlds that somehow interconnect: A1A, the park itself, and the shoreline. All three have different rhythms and sensations to their respective atmospheres, and yet you can walk from one world to the next in a matter of a few steps and feel like you're suddenly on another planet. From the immense amount of trees and greenery to the barbecues and the spaces for dogs to run free, this place feels like a miniature Central Park for Miami Beach locals.

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Travis Cohen
3. Crandon Park
6747 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne
This place is big enough to get lost in. Not metaphorically speaking, like "I lost myself in the magic of the woods" -- no, lost as in, "How much of this fucking place is there? Have I crossed into Monroe County yet? Call the Mayor, tell him I need a goddamn helicopter and a rope ladder now!" But in a good way. That kind of lost isn't a sense we get to experience all that often in this city (except perhaps in Hialeah and parts of Downtown) and getting to be totally cut off like that is an incredibly refreshing feeling. As you make your way back from the unmarked and unspoiled depths of the Bear Cut Nature preserve, you can head to the beach, the golf course, or perhaps the tennis courts. With just over 808 acres' worth of the island of Key Biscayne being part of the park, there's no doubt that you could easily while away days on end reveling in the natural splendor Crandon has to offer.

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Location Info

Venue

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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