Some people don’t know about some of the incredible parks around town, which is especially unfortunate in Miami because their parks are one of the reasons it is such a beautiful city. Miami's parks are sanctuaries that serve not only as a habitat for Florida’s wildlife, but also as a place to clear the mind, spend quality time with family, and get a little exercise during the day. You can do all these things as well as enjoy scenic views at some of the most stunning parks in Miami.

Amelia Earhart Park

This five-acre park in Hialeah has five lakes and features different outdoor activities almost all visitors will enjoy. Biking trails in the woods, going wakeboarding, and playing friendly games of soccer are some of the highlights of Amelia Earhart Park, making it ideal for getting away from the craziness of the city.

Crandon Park Nature Center

Located in Key Biscayne, Crandon Park Nature Center is an enormous park with a wide variety of daily activities including tennis and golfing as well as swimming at the beach. Their cabana rentals are conveniently among palm trees, providing more than enough shade on sunny days. You can also take an EcoAdventure Tour around the park’s different ecosystems, or visit the Bear Cut Preserve if want to get a glimpse of South Florida's thriving wilderness.

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Matheson Hammock County Park

Matheson Hammock Park gives you a perfect picture of natural Miami before settlers and urbanization chopped away at its natural beauty. Full of mangroves ruling their own ecosystem, this 630-acre park in Coral Gables includes a sandy beach, a marina, and the amazing Red Fish Grill restaurant. Matheson Hammock Park is also a popular place for kitesurfing thanks to the constant winds and its calm, shallow waters.

North Shore Park & Youth Center

In North Miami Beach, this coastal park is known for being calm and peaceful, probably because it’s mostly frequented by locals. A portion called North Shore Open Space Park is a dog-friendly area that provides walking and biking trails as well as picnic tables, making it great for families with furry friends. Whenever you're in the mood for a change of scenery, just head down to the shore and unwind at the beach.

Miami's many parks and open spaces are invaluable to this large, multicultural city, so, whether you're a local or a tourist, be sure to take the time to visit one of these stunning Miami parks.

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