When it comes to natural gems Miami delivers. Take off and explore hidden beaches, ancient forests in the midst of city or the country’s largest marine park. Miami does it all!

 Here’s a look at some of the top natural gems WPH recommends you visit.

Biscayne National Park

9700 SW 328th Street

Islands, coral reefs and shoreline mangrove forest, get close to nature in the largest national marine park in the country. It is must go spot for snorkeling. The coral reefs are amazing! Grab a canoe or kayak and get exploring. Or enjoy the this natural gem from a boat or from kicking back on the sand. Home to dolphins, turtles and pelicans Biscayne Bay Lagoon is a perfect place to get in touch with nature. Get directions and more information here.

Simpson Park

5 SW 17th Rd

An oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle. Escape the hectic rush of city life and slip into Brickell’s hidden natural gem. Sampson Park preserves the Miami’s original forest of tropical hardwood hammock biodiversity. It is home to an old stone house used as a garden center, some great short walking trials and a pond. A great spot to hang out and have a picnic in the shade. The walking trails offer up some amazing native plants. The peace and tranquility is sure to center you from the buzzing city that surrounds it.

North Shore Open Space Park

8328 Collins Ave

Take a break from the SoBe crowds and hit the stunning beach at North Shore Open Space Park. It is one of the largest parks on Miami Beach. Hidden behind mangroves, set up your chair and enjoy the clear blue waters and soft sand. Off the beaten track, the wide-open space is a break from the towering skyscrapers. A perfect spot to gather the gang for a picnic lunch followed by swim.

Matheson Hammock Park

9610 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables

Escape to Matheson Hammock Park, a 630-acre natural paradise. Enjoy a day filled with kiteboarding, kayaking and paddle boarding in the calm shallow waters, before taking in the beautiful sunset with views of the Miami skyline. There are also some of Miami’s best walk and bike trials! Admire the great scenery as the trials lead you to the shoreline, where you can take a dip. For some delicious fresh seafood grab a table at Red Fish Grill located right by the water!

Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

2000 Convention Center Dr

For those who want to stay close, you can find a quiet spot in nature at Miami Beach Botanical Garden! With acres of green gardens, ponds and open space, it is the perfect place to escape the madness of the city. Lay out under the blooms of over 100 different species that make the garden one of the Miami’s most biologically diverse. It is free to enter, check the opening times here.

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