Opened in 1949, Crandon Park – which takes up a commanding portion of Key Biscayne – is packed with family fun. The biggest draw is the beach, which spans two miles of oceanfront. It’s a gentle beach with few waves, the sandbars preventing big swells from the Atlantic from coming ashore.
Location: Key Biscyane
Lat-Lon: 25.709548, -80.155929
Fees: $5 parking fee weekdays, $6 weekends and holidays
Open: sunrise to sunset
6747 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Nature Center is surrounded by Bear Cut Preserve at the north end of Crandon Park. The nature center and natural area let you get in touch with the wild side of barrier islands, better to understand what’s been lost along these otherwise densely-packed shores around Miami.
Since the park opened, there has always been something for the kids. A classic carousel and an old-time outdoor roller rink now are the centerpieces, along with a splash pool and other activities. For anyone who grew up in or visited Miami before 1980, the Crandon Park Zoo is part of their childhood memories; it moved and became the Miami Metrozoo.
No children? No worries. Golf and tennis are also a part of the park. You can rent a kayak or bike the paved trails. Or simply relax. Cabana rentals are available.
Explore the park
- Bear Cut Preserve - On the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne, Bear Cut Nature Preserve is a precious sliver of natural oceanfront in Miami with both hiking and bike paths