Top Five Miami Parks For a Memorial Day Barbecue
Named after Miami's first director of parks and recreation, this South Miami destination since 1977 has reflected Barnes's belief in the importance of fun to the lives of every citizen. In addition to grills, the park also features The Sense of Wonder Nature Trail and Center, a large pool and a playground for the kids. Park hours are from sunrise to sunset, which will occur around 8 p.m. on Memorial Day. The Nature Center will be closed during the holiday, as it is every Monday and Tuesday, but is open until 5 p.m. every other day of the week.
Oleta River is a huge 1,043-acre state park system on Biscayne Bay in North Miami that stands as Florida's largest park located in an urban setting. The park opens at 8 a.m. and closes at sundown. It is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, from novice to expert. Nine pavilions that all feature running water can be rented with advance notice (305-919-1844) for a small fee that ranges depending on the season. Additional overnight cabins are also available for $55 a night plus tax.
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