Federal Government Shutdown: Where to Snorkel, Kayak, and See Gators Until the National Parks Reopen

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The Everglades: So close, and yet so shut down.
If you had grand plans for an Everglades adventure or a killer scuba session in Biscayne National Park this week, think again. Thanks to Congress' inability to get its shit together, non-essential government programs have been shut down as of this morning -- and that includes both Miami-area national parks.

That's bad news for park employees, as well as the private tourist companies who work within the park grounds. But it's not necessarily bad news for you, would-be outdoor explorer. You may not be able to see the 'Glades unique, swampy terrain or Biscayne's protected, but you can still do all the things you had in mind elsewhere in South Florida.

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Hiking and Biking
For once, compared to the federal government, the state of Florida looks good. While national parks are closed, state parks like Oleta River State Park in North Miami remain open, with three miles of paved hiking trails and 14 miles of mountain biking trails that wind through dense flora and fauna while still just a stone's throw from FIU and the high rises of Sunny Isles Beach. Maybe you can even find that creepy clown statue that's hidden there. It's almost Halloween, after all.

Oleta River State Park, open daily from 8 a.m to sundown. Admission costs $6 per vehicle. Visit floridastateparks.org/oletariver/default.cfm.


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The Everglades

40001 State Highway 9336, Homestead, FL

Category: General

Biscayne National Park

9700 Southwest 328th St., Homestead, FL

Category: General


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7 comments
George Maldonado Ochun Lari
George Maldonado Ochun Lari

Stupid, narrow minded, out of touch,wealthy protecting Republicans are the reason this country is so fucked up... no matter what, they're still getting paid...maybe if the shutdown stopped them from getting paid, they would act differently... oh well, just another case of politicians getting paid for doing shit...

Rodrigo Sepulveda
Rodrigo Sepulveda

So when did the parks belong to the government and not to the people???? Another sign that we are not the land of the free, but we are the home of the slave!!!!!!

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

by all means go to the public land without anyone there to save your ass when something happens. then sue the govt for not being there. then whine again about freedom

David Detweiler
David Detweiler

Public land? Why's it closed? As one other poster noted...why can't we still go us it (public) w/o the nanny bitches watching over us enjoy freedom/

Carolina Fuller Michelena
Carolina Fuller Michelena

What morons! I'm sure they don't care that it costs more money to start everything up again than it would be to just keep it running.

Oscar Sosa
Oscar Sosa

Leo Villar III in reference to the call you got earlier

Iamdigi Talfire
Iamdigi Talfire

Fuck what the government says. It is public land, we should have the right to use it regardless of having a nanny to watch over us while we enjoy our "freedom"

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