A Virginia Key kayak outing offers an amazing combo – views of the Miami skyline rising out of Biscayne Bay in one direction, mangrove lagoons with shore birds in the other. An extra treat: It’s the best way to see the old Miami Marine Stadium.
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Crandon Beach Park is the Miami that you see in magazine ads, tourism brochures and movies. Relax on the picture-perfect beach, picnic under the canopy of live oaks, visit the gardens and ride an antique carousel.
Miami’s paradise of tropical plans, Fairchild Tropical Garden, normally charges $25 adult admission. But during August 2013, Sundays are only $7.50. Explore the rain forest, edible gardens and the “Wings of the Tropics” exhibit.
Tucked away in the dense urban crunch of North Miami is a vast natural environment where you can paddle your kayak or canoe, ride your bike on challenging “mountain” trails, hike backwoods paths, or just relax on a broad beach that sweeps the shore of Biscayne Bay.
Biscayne Bay is a boater’s paradise, and that includes those with kayaks and canoes. These quiet paddlers can explore bird rookeries. A Barry University professor has captured close-up photos of many birds during her paddles.