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Kayaking past the fishing pier in the lagoon area of  Oleta River State Park. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Oleta River State Park feels like island getaway in Miami urban sprawl

This Miami state park, 10 minutes from sprawling Aventura Mall, is a remarkable island of green where you can kayak, mountain bike, picnic and enjoy a sandy beach. There are even rustic cabins to rent.

Strangler fig along Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk along the Tamiami Trail. (Photo: David Blasco)

Tamiami Trail: Scenic drive exploring Everglades

The Tamiami Trail, linking Miami and Florida’s west coast, gets you close to alligators, cypress swamps and Everglades scenery. It also offers outstanding stops along the way, particularly the Shark Valley area of Everglades National Park.

At Shark Valley in early January, this pair were so close, you had to walk to the other side of the paved path to avoid crowding them. (Never crowd a Mama Gator!) There were six oher young gators in the grass around Big Mama.

Shark Valley at Everglades National Park: Great bike trail; terrific wildlife

This entrance to Everglades National Park has one trail, but it’s so special that Shark Valley is hard to top. It’s an especially great place to bicycle. Flooding closed this section of the park from September until mid-December, and water levels are still high.

Cinnamon rolls at Knaus Berry Farm in Homestead: 80 cents each and irresistible.

Knaus Berry Farm: Beloved sweet spot in Homestead re-opens Oct. 31, 2017

The true sign of fall in South Florida: Lines start forming at Knaus Berry Farms. This 50-year-old institution south of Miami has generations of devoted fans. It’s a good stop for an Everglades trip or a day exploring the Redland.

Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne

Cape Florida on Key Biscayne: Top beach, lighthouse & sangria

This state park is more natural than it has been for decades. Enjoy the terrific beach and tropical hammock, tour the historic lighthouse, dine at restaurants with great views and walk or bike trails.

The Kampong: Coconut Grove gardens and a fascinating Floridian

The Kampong: Coconut Grove gardens and a fascinating Floridian

The Kampong is an intimate and charming tropical estate and gardens, built by one of Florida’s most interesting characters, David Fairchild.

Vintage postcard of Venetian Pool in Coral Gables.

Coral Gables Venetian Pool: Tropical vacation in a day trip

Venetian Pool is one of those “only in Florida” sites that is worth a visit if you’re in the area – especially on a hot day. Even if you are only there for the day, you feel as though you are on vacation in a tropical oasis.

Biscayne National Park

Boat tours are back at Biscayne National Park south of Miami

Biscayne National Park is 95% covered by water, so you can’t see much without a boat. Now, after a several year gap, the park again offers boat tours to one of its islands over its clear blue waters.

Miami Circle Park with a view of Miami River and Biscayne Bay

Miami Circle: See history, great views by foot or bike

After a dozen years, a prehistoric Native American archaeological site is saved and opened as a park. It makes a nice stop on a walking or bicycle tour of the Brickell area of downtown Miami.

The Deering Estate boat basin viewed from the Stone House. (Photo courtesy Ross F18.)

Deering Estate: Hidden getaway, full of beauty and history in Miami

The Deering Estate is a serene spot in South Dade offering a sweeping view of Biscayne Bay and a fascinating tour of a castle-like home and a historic inn.