Fruit and Spice Park
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Five Unique Miami Parks

By Travel Savvy

Everyone knows about Miami's great beaches and how great they are to beat the heat. But if you're looking for a more unique way to escape the scorching weather this summer, head to one of these parks for a one-of-a-kind experience. 

Sample of the Park's Fruit 1

Photo Credit: Fruit and Spice Park

Fruit and Spice Park

24801 S.W. 187th Ave

(305) 247-5727

www.FruitandSpicePark.org 

 

The Fruit and Spice Park is the only place you can learn about and taste Miami's varied agriculture with its "500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, and nuts, and other commercially important plant specimens from around the world." Take a tour or go solo to explore all the 37 acres of botanical beauty. You can taste any of the fruit on the ground and the visitor's center has samples of fruits like Dragon Fruit and Mangosteen. 

Amelia Earhart Park 2

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Amelia Earhart Park

401 E. 65th St

(305) 685-8389

www.MiamiDade.gov/parks/amelia-earhart.asp 

Choose your adventure at the Amelia Earhart Park. Step back in time and explore the old Florida farming days at the Bill Graham Farm Village and sample farm life in the Demonstration Shed. Here you'll learn how to milk a cow and shoe a cow - something you should do at least once in your life. If your taste is more extreme, then pay a visit to the Miami Watersports Complex, recently opened at the park. 

Butterfly 3

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Rd

(305) 667-1651

www.FairchildGarden.org/visit 

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is the perfect location for a romantic stroll or a family adventure. Take a break from Miami's excitement and explore the flora of Florida. The size and breadth of the garden's plant collection is staggering in its variety. Visit the Wings of the Tropics exhibit for an unforgettable butterfly encounter or the Simons Rainforest to reflect and relax near the surprising waterfalls and cascades. 

Bayfront Park 4

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Bayfront Park

301 N. Biscayne Boulevard

(305) 358-7550

www.BayfrontParkMiami.com

Exercise-loving locals can't get enough of Bayfront Park thanks to the free workout offerings like Yoga, Capoeira, and Bootcamp classes held throughout the week. Located downtown on famed Biscayne Boulevard, this is just a short ride from the American Airlines Arena. Check their site for a calendar of events. 

Snorklers at Biscayne National Park 5

Photo Credit: Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park

9700 S.W. 328th St

(305) 230-1144

www.nps.gov/bisc/

Underwater enthusiasts should check out Biscayne National Park, which covers almost 173,000 square acres south of Miami. Ninety-five percent of this park is water and covers mangrove swamp, shoreline, offshore coral reef, and more. Engage with the marine life or just lay by the bay for a relaxing outing. Bring your diving equipment or rent on-site to swim with the colorful schools of fish and through numerous shipwrecks. 

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