Florida Parks & Recreation
Florida's largest urban park, offers many wonderful recreational activities but is best known for the many off-road bicycling trails. Trails range from novice to challenging for every type of cyclists. Go to Oleta River State Park and enjoy fishing, camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking, mountain biking, and so much more. Kayaks, canoes, and bicycles are available for rent from the park concessionaire.
Everglades National Park is located in the southern tip of Florida, just west of the city of Miami. The unique subtropical eco-system is the ideal habitat for many endangered species. A great place to see alligators, visitors may also see the Florida Panther, West Indian Manatee, as well as many other types of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and insects. Walking and canoe trails, boat tours and tram tours are excellent for viewing wildlife.
The heart of the Everglades, known as the “True Everglades”, stretches 100 miles from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico. This freshwater ecosystem of sawgrass marsh and tree islands attracts many wildlife. Hike, bike or use the tram to explore the area. An observation tower located halfway around the tram road provides a spectacular view into the sawgrass marsh.
The Shark Valley Trails starts behind the Visitor Center. The Bobcat Boardwalk Trail is a wheelchair accessible, one mile (round trip) self-guided nature walk through the sawgrass slough and tropical hardwood forests. The Otter Hammock Cave trail is only a half mile (round trip) walk on a rough limestone path through the tropical hardwood forest with small footbridges over a small stream. The Tram Road is a 15 miles (round trip) flat paved road used by the trams but also ideal for walking or biking. Bike rentals are available at the Shark Valley Tram Tour Company. At the halfway point along the road is an observation tower, which offers panoramic views of the area.
The Cape Florida Lighthouse constructed in 1846, is an amazing landmark and is still active today. Located in Bill Saggs State Park on the southernmost tip of Key Biscayne, this 95-foot, white brick tower is opened to the public from Thursday through Monday all year round. Facilities include a museum, gift shop and is handicap accessible.