With over 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s hard not to find something amazing to do in Miami’s outdoors. Florida is truly one the last frontiers. It is hard to imagine, but about a little of a hundred years ago our state was known as a wilderness, a swampland, and even a wasteland. Efforts were made to ‘tame and drain’ the Everglades, which allowed for residents and tourist to come to this tropical paradise, but with devastating results for our ecosystem.

Airboating in the Florida Everglades

Airboating in the Florida Everglades, Photo by Andrew Kaufman

Luckily, over time views have changed. Our Everglades National Park is now a World Heritage Site and many more state and city parks were created to protect our mangroves, hammocks, bays, beaches, dunes and ancient reefs. These parks offer lots of outdoor fun and sun activities.

From in-line skating and biking around Lummus Park in South Beach, learning how to kite or wind surf in Key Biscayne, enjoying a day of birdwatching in the Everglades or renting a kayak and seeing our Ten Thousand Islands up and close.

In Olete State Park you can rent a bike and ride some challenging mountain biking trails. Crandon Park, in Key Biscayne, offers naturalist-guided adventure excursions, from snorkeling, kayaking, to marine wading tours. And all along the beach, in South Beach, you will find locations for jet-ski rentals, parasailing and banana-boating.

Water Skiing

Water skiing in Fort Lauderdale, Photo by Andrew Kaufman

Taking to the water is easy too. Our city has many boat tour companies and private yacht charters. From the water you can get to know Biscayne Bay, have lunch at a river-front or bay-front café and enjoy Miami’s beautiful coastline and amazing pink sunsets.

And for the botanists, Miami has some outstanding botanical gardens, like the Kampong and the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coconut Grove and the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead. Each year, Coconut Grove even hosts a festival to celebrate the blossoming of our Royal Poinciana Trees.

We hope you agree, for the passionate outdoor person, Florida is a State like no other!

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