Miami definitely is an urban jungle. Loved by so many for its art deco architecture, all night party scene, and loads of spots to site a celebrity. But beyond the superficial fun and skyscrapers there are plenty of natural spaces to get active or to relax and find your Zen.

Our parks are some of the most beautiful in the country and always top the best lists. Here, we have put together a list of our favorites you need to get to while in Miami.

South Pointe Park

1 Washington Avenue

A peaceful paradise on the southernmost point of South Beach. So close to WPH! Jump on one of our Maritone bikes and make your way down to South Pointe Park for the best views in all of Miami. Surrounded by water on almost all sides, it’s just about the most romantic spot to watch the sunset. For a great steak, we recommend you eat at the picturesque Smith & Wollensky. The beautiful view and delicious menu makes for an excellent dining experience. Some of the best cocktails in the city. We love the martinis!

Biscayne National Park

Rent a car and take a day trip to this aquatic paradise. Biscayne National Park preserves rare aquamarine waters, emerald islands and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Be sure to pack your swimming gear, as 95 percent of the park is water with a lush mangrove forest lining the bay. For outdoor lovers there’s boating, fishing, snorkeling, bird and wildlife watching or simply lay back and gaze out over the crystal clear waters that make this place so special. Get directions on how to get there.

North Shore Open Space Park

8328 Collins Ave

Take a break from the SoBe crowds and hit the happening beach-front North Shore Open Space Park. It is one of the largest and most beautiful parks on the beach. Hidden behind mangroves, this natural gem is the perfect place to gather your friends for an afternoon of fun. Enjoy a picnic lunch or barbecue on the grills before roaming the grounds. What’s the best thing? It’s always quiet and free from the tourist crowd! Find a your own stretch of sand to settle yourself down and enjoy the sounds of the ocean.

Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd

Bayfront Park is Downtown’s hippest open space with stunning views of Biscayne Bay and the downtown skyline. A cultural epicenter, it hosts a bunch of concerts, ethnic festivals and huge Independence Day, New Year's Eve and Winter Holiday celebrations. A perfect spot for a picnic lunch or an afternoon of outdoor activities. Explore the park and don’t forget your swimsuit, there’s beach access as well as a bunch of marine activities like fishing and stand up paddle boarding. Make sure you check to see what events are on. There’s nothing better than a Bayfront Park happening.

Lummus Park

1130 Ocean Dr

One of the most iconic spots in SoBe , Lummus Park starred as a key location in the famous television series ‘Miami Vice.’ Just steps away from WPH it’s set between Ocean Drive and Miami's pristine water this urban paradise offers grassy green areas lined with palms. A perfect spot to do some people watching. The volleyball courts and pull up bars are always full of locals. The Promenade separates the grass of the park with Miami Beach. The sidewalk was inspired by Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx's oceanfront walk along Copacabana Beach in Rio. A definite must on your list of places to visit.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

1200 Crandon Blvd

An amazing natural oasis by the beach. Visitors love to soak up the sun, bike, tour Miami’s oldest standing lighthouse and dine at one of the two trendy restaurants. Enough activities to fill a day and then some! This peaceful park on Key Biscayne is a welcomed alternative for those seeking a quieter, more relaxed experience. Make sure to explore one of the hiking tracks full of the natural life that makes Florida so unique.

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