Miami is an incredible, vibrant city, known for its beautiful beaches, art-deco architecture and the cultural hubs of Little Haiti and Little Havana. While Miami is known for some great high-end shopping and pedestrian malls, there’s far too much to do in the area to spend your vacation indoors. Here are the best outdoorsy Miami places to visit that will make your vacation even better.

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Top 10 Miami Places to Visit If You Love the Outdoors

  1. Visit the Beach. No trip to Miami is complete without some time at the beach. 
  2. Rent a quad bike. In Bill Baggs Cape Florida, you can take part in a range of outdoor activities, but one of the most thrilling is quad biking. Rent a quad bike from the concession and set off on a 1.5-mile paved bike route, for a look at the nature in the park and amazing views over Biscayne Bay.
  3. Hire a yacht. Take to the seas with yacht rental Miami. You can enjoy the sea air, so the famous beaches from another angle, and maybe even see some of the local sea life, which if you’re lucky, could be dolphins.
  4. Canoe in Oleta River State Park. The park overlooks Biscayne Bay and has some very scenic routes to take in a canoe or a kayak. Drift your way down towards the bay and enjoy the mangrove trails, and look out for some local wildlife, like the resident crabs.
  5. Swim at the Venetian Pool. Venetian Pool is a must-visit, with picturesque waterfalls and grottos. The large pool was made from coral-rock quarry almost 100 years ago, making it a unique swimming experience. The pool is very popular, so get there early to avoid the crowds, and get a parking spot.
  6. Visit the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The best way to explore this garden and learn about its plant collections is to take the free 45 minute narrated tram tour, which is available in English and Spanish. As well as plants, there’s also art to see, and a beautiful butterfly conservatory.
  7. Explore the Everglades. The Everglades has a lot to offer, and some very beautiful scenery. Ride through the swamps on an airboat, go on a trip look for alligators, ride a bike through Shark Valley or go camping. This National Park shouldn’t be missed.
  8. Try a drag brunch. For something a bit different, hit the famous Palace Bar on Ocean Drive for an outdoor seat at the best drag show in Miami. Enjoy brunch and bottomless mimosas, while drag queens perform all around you, often literally stopping traffic on the road outside.
  9. Hike at Greynolds Park. Hike up the hill to the rock quarry Observation Tower. The quarry stairs will give you a good walk and some incredible views over the park. There are also paved paths for walking, jogging or cycling, or you can go off-road on one of the nature trails. Their hardwood and mangrove hammocks are a sight worth seeing too.
  10. Go on a walking tour. There are guided walking tours all over the city to suit all tastes. Try the Wynwood mural tour to learn about local street art, or walk through Little Havana or the historic neighborhood of Coconut Grove to learn about the history, culture and art scenes of Miami.

There are things to do outdoors in and around Miami. Have you visited Miami? What is your favorite outdoor activity?

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