National Parks Near Miami

If you are a Miami resident, or just a visitor, it should come as no surprise that apart from golf, beach volleyball and amusement parks, most outdoor recreation in this Magic City involves water. Located in the southeastern corner of Florida, the region’s tropical climate and countless rivers, lakes, bays and beaches allow for ample outdoor activity year-round.

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Everglades National Park

As a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, Everglades National Park encompasses a landscape that is critical to the environmental health of our world.

River of Grass

Famously called a "river of grass" by Florida writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Everglades is a complex system of ecosystems including cypress swamps, mangroves, tropical hardwood forests and hammocks, the Florida Bay, and of course, sawgrass marshland.

Get Up Close

The wheel-chair accessible Anhinga Trail and Shark Valley Tram tour let park visitors view wildlife at a comfortable distance while guided canoe and kayak tours will take visitors into the mangroves and marshes. 

Biscayne National Park

With 99 percent of Biscayne underwater, visitors will want boat access to enjoy the park. Those without a vessel can contact the Dante Fascell Visitor Center for guided boat tours.

Lights on Miami

At the tip of the Boca Chita Island, this lighthouse stands, with Miami on the horizon, as the park’s beacon and unofficial symbol.

Big Cypress National Preserve

For those seeking Florida wildlife, Big Cypress is the place to go. The park offers the most diverse population of plants and animals in the Everglades including ghost orchids, the Florida panther and the giant cypress tree.

Ocala National Forest

With four natural springs and 600 other rivers, lakes, and waterways, the Ocala National Forest beckons for kayakers to carve paddle strokes through its aquamarine waters. Though not a national park, it's federal land and water worth enjoying.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Located 70 miles west of Key West, seaplane, ferry, or a chartered vessel are the best ways to reach this island sanctuary. Upon arrival visitors will be rewarded with beautiful beaches, the impressive Fort Jefferson, and underwater coral reefs perfect for snorkeling.

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