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Relish in these 2 outdoor attractions in Greater Miami & Miami Beach

Greater Miami & Miami Beach offers outdoor attractions and activities for tourists and locals

When people think of Greater Miami & Miami Beach, they think of its cityscapes. But there’s more to it than its man-made attractions. Greater Miami & Miami Beach also has its underrated quieter side featuring fresh air, outdoor attractions and lots of sunshine.

Here’s what the outdoor attractions in Greater Miami & Miami Beach offer.

Where to begin?

Kick off your outdoor trip by exploring nature trails. These shaded trails offer relaxation and renew one’s perspective of life. On Key Biscayne, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center’s staff offers walking tours at Crandon Park.

The tour of this former plantation of ecosystem features seagrass beds, mangrove forests, dunes and hammocks. Take a stroll at the park to witness wildlife, including manatees, sea turtles and over 200 other bird species.

As far as outdoor attractions a mountain biking tour on 15 miles of trails at Oleta River State Park. Or kayak on mangrove wetlands to break free from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Miami.

1 man walking up through the forest

Explore Coral Gables

Take a walking tour of Coral Gables to marvel at the beauty and bounty of nature. Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens feature tropical fruits, flowering trees and rare palm tree collections. The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is another serene spot to quietly take a respite in a natural and lush retreat located a few steps from the convention center of Miami Beach.

Explore the pristine waters teeming with a wide array of marine life. Rent snorkeling gear at South Beach for an underwater adventure. Swim to Jose Cuervo Reef –home to snapper, Spanish mackerel, corals and sponges.

A half-day charter or a stand-up paddleboard is easy to book. Discover Biscayne Bay to witness dolphins and manatees playfully enjoying the waters. A one-day adventure at Biscayne National Park or Everglades National Park is perfect to enjoy Greater Miami & Miami Beach outdoors.

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