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As a gateway to three national parks – Biscayne, Everglades, and Big Cypress National Preserve – Miami has wild spaces within easy reach of the urban core.
The Miami-Dade Parks system includes many smaller gems, most protecting a sliver of natural landscape amid vast urban spaces.
Some parks that interpret historic sites, like Vizcaya and the Deering Estate, or have a botanical theme, like Fruit and Spice Park.
For those who love gardens, a trip south through Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and Pinecrest provides access to a bevy of beautiful botanical wonders, including two of the country’s oldest tropical gardens.
National Parks Near Miami
Featured Parks and Trails in Miami
It’s Florida’s roughest, wettest, weirdest backpacking trip, best tackled with friends. Along this 30 mile stretch of the Florida Trail in the heart of Big Cypress National Preserve, immersing in the swamp is the point of the hike. Sandra tackled it as the final stretch of her multi-year 1,110-mile section hike of the Florida Trail, end-to-end.
NEARBY: Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park, Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale | INCLUDES: Biscayne Bay, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Homestead | PART OF: Southeast Florida