Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034
The Everglades National park was established in 1947 and spans a vast 1.5 million acres across three counties. It is heralded as one of the largest subtropical wildernesses in the U.S. It was established as an opportunity to conserve the plants and animals that call this marshy landscape home. Visitors can experience the company of alligators, manatees, wading birds and
eagles, as well as hike along historic trails and bear witness to prehistoric sites.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 S. Crandon Blvd.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
You can become a part of history by spending a day at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. This Key Biscayne park is home to the oldest standing structure in Miami, a lighthouse with original construction dating back to 1825. There is something for the whole family – basking in the sun, picnicking on the shores or swimming in the surf – so no one will be without enjoyment. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is ranked as the 10th best beach by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, author of “The Top 10 Beaches in America.”
Spanish River Park
Spanish River Park
3001 N. State Road A-1-A
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Spanish River Park on the shores of Boca Raton, Florida is a destination park that delivers a full day of fun for family and friends. Vast biking and running trails stretch north to south along A1A and curl into Spanish River Park, where tunnels take you to the beach or hidden trails lead you on a bird watching extravaganza. Plan a cookout event under one of the park’s many gazebos and grill stations or watch the children play on the slides and swings at the playground. Whether you walk, run, bike, swim, surf or play, this park is a one-stop shop for warm fun and adventure in Boca Raton.
Biscayne National Park
9700 S.W. 328th St.
Homestead, FL 33033
Biscayne National Park has been dubbed a “watery wonderland” by the tourist industry with more than 10,000 years of human history to boast about and fun among the blue water, coral reefs and tiny islands. For those who seek adventure, the rugged outdoors of Biscayne National Park provides the opportunity to boat, snorkel, camp and observe wildlife. But, if it is relaxation you seek, simply plant your chair on the shoreline and nap as the waves crash around you. If you want a peek into history, saunter over to the Dante Fascell Visitor Center to learn more about the shipwrecks that lurk in the deep blue ocean of the park.
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
6503 N. Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park is a hidden treasure away from the masses in Dania Beach. From picnicking with the family to canoe rides with friends, you will find coastal pleasure all in one place. This park has yet to have its views disturbed by coastal planning – no sky-high condos block scenic views and no shops and restaurants have stolen the peaceful ambiance. You can enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities and rent gear to suit the desire of your heart: kayaks, canoes, sailboats, paddleboats, pontoon boats, gazebos, barbecue grills and volleyballs are all available for rent at the park.
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