Miami-Dade and Broward counties are heavily populated. After a week of work and the frustrations of 5 o’clock traffic, it’s no wonder locals seek relaxation. Parks are key in finding time to unwind and enjoy a much-needed break from the busy streets of South Florida. From kayaking to petting zoos to iguana watching, there are a lot of relaxing activities. Here are five places to try them out.
Oak Grove Park
690 NE 159th St. Miami, FL
In March 2019, Oak Grove Park officially opened the new Father Gerard Jean-Juste Community Center. The center introduced an indoor gym, kids programs and a pool. However, even before the center was introduced, Oak Grove included four tennis courts, walkways, a soccer field and a beautiful lake that is home to plenty of friendly ducks. This park is a must if you are a lover of fitness or appreciate nature and the arts.
Ilene Lieberman Botanical Gardens
3801 Inverrary Blvd. Lauderhill, FL
From expansive, luscious green golf courses to eye-catching architecture, Ilene Lieberman Botanical Gardens offers areas for picnics and a running path that takes you right over the lakes.
Amelia Earhart Park
401 E 65th St. Hialeah, FL
Just by the name, it is obvious that Amelia Earhart Park is rich in history. This Miami-Dade beauty was originally an undeveloped part of the old Naval Air Station Miami. Today it offers five lakes, a farm with a petting zoo, pony rides, a skate park, mountain-bike trails and a bark park. There are also plenty of areas to barbecue and enjoy time with family and friends.
7825 Southgate Blvd. Tamarac, FL
Tamarac Veterans’ Park is the perfect spot for boat owners, bike riders and dog lovers. What’s even more interesting about this location is that you can grab an organic treat for you and your furry pet. Vendors are available every day of the week to fulfill your every need while you enjoy the warm Florida weather.
Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park
1725 NE 135th St. North Miami, FL
Enchanted Forest delivers peace. This beautiful park features a walking trail, a butterfly garden, a community garden, a nature center, a community center, a playground, horse stables, covered shelters and open spaces to read or enjoy the sounds of nature.