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Miami is home to several state parks, which may be of interest to you if you are an appreciator of nature. As you search for the perfect Miami luxury hotel or vacation rental Miami Beach, knowing about these state parks is a great start to planning the perfect vacation.

There are three states parks in Miami:

  • Oleta River State Park
  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
  • The Barnacle Historic State Park

Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park is the largest urban state park in Florida. It is located on the Biscayne Bay, and is well know for miles of off-road bicycle trails for various levels of bicyclists. At the northern end of the park, there is a mangrove forest along the Oleta river. This forest is home to many different types of flora and fauna, and kayakers and canoers can paddle through the river to view this area. There is a 1,200 foot sandy beach where people swim and saltwater fish. People can rent canoes, bicycles and kayaks, as well as picnic pavilions. The park also supplies visitors with grills and tables. You can spend nights at this park by reserving cabins and utilizing a campground. These are extra lodging options that you should consider as you shop around for the perfect Miami luxury hotel or vacation rental Miami Beach.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Bill Baggs Cape Florida is home to the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade county. This structure is a lighthouse that was constructed in 1825 and rebuilt in 1846. The park consists of more than one mile of sandy beachfront. Visitors come to the park to swim, kayak, sunbathe and bike. People can also fish along Biscayne bay. Beach chairs, umbrellas and bikes are available to be rented. Twice daily, guided tours of the lighthouse keeper’s cottage and the lighthouse are given.

The Barnacle Historic State Park

The Barnacle Historic State park is a 5 acre park with an old house on it, located in the Coconut Grove neighborhood, along the shore of the Biscayne Bay. The house was built in 1891. A man by the name of Ralph Middleton Munroe who was one of the founders of Coconut Grove originally lived there. His property spanned 40 acres.

In 1973, his descendants sold 5 acres of the property, which was turned into this park, to the State of Florida. Tours of the house are given. In order to enter the park, there is an entry fee of about $2 for ages 6 and over. To go inside the house, people must pay about $3 (if they are above 12 years of age) and $1 (if they are between 6 and 12 years).