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Miami's 20 best secret gardens, parks, and green spaces, mapped

Lesser-known spaces across the Magic City

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A satellite image of No Name Harbour in Key Biscayne
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Miami isn't exactly overflowing with green space, ranking 52nd last year nationally in Park Score, which studies all sorts of various factors in analyzing parkability across the United States.

However, the parks we do have usually offer some sensational views, considering our proximity to various bodies of water, and a wide-array of outdoor activities suitable for all different types of people.

Some of the greatest outdoor spaces that do exist are the least obvious, a collection of parks, gardens and green spaces. Keep in mind, we tried to stay away from the well known--places like like South Pointe Park in Miami Beach, David T. Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove, and the bustling Museum Park in downtown Miami--and instead hone in on treasures that require more digging.

Here now are 20 such places littered throughout Miami.

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1. Pinecrest Gardens

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11000 SW 57th Ave
Pinecrest, FL 33156
(305) 669-6942
When Parrot Jungle relocated to Watson Island, the Village of Pinecrest had the good sense to preserve the attraction's former home as a verdent, exotically landscaped public park known as Pinecrest Gardens.
Curbed Miami Flickr Pool/Emilio

2. Crandon Park Gardens

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Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL
An abandoned zoo on a subtropical island, ever since Dade County's main zoological park decamped to way down south, the Crandon Park Gardens, or just Crandon Gardens (both derivations are used) has sat and grown into a hidden, mysterious botanical garden with otherworldly follies (the former animal enclosures) scattered here and there.
Photo via MiaUrbex blog

3. Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park

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1725 NE 135th St
North Miami, FL 33181
Smaller cousins of the nearby Greynold's Forest Park, North Miami's Enchanted Forest and neighboring Arch Creek Park are full of hidden discoveries, and follies, like a natural rock bridge over Arch Creek. Technically the rock bridge caved in decades ago, so they recreated it out of concrete. It still looks natural though.

4. Brickell Park

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501 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Nearby the much more well known Miami Circle Park, this bayfront park is much more lushly landscaped, and contains the old, neoclassical Brickell Family Mausoleum. Tucked next to the Icon Brickell, thousands of people drive by it every day and probably don't even know it exists.

Miami is the literal definition of classy

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5. Simpson Park

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55 SW 17th Rd
Miami, FL 33129
An original stand of unadulterated South Florida jungle, Simpson Park is a preserve of old growth hammock, the exact same stuff that blanketed South Florida thousands of years ago, just left alone from development. Within stands a simple, serene pavilion designed by architect Chad Oppenheim.
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6. Morningside Park

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750 NE 55th Ter
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 795-1834
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A large park hidden within the enclave of Morningside, the area's namesake park is a great neighborhood park, with tons of room to run and climb trees and a variety sports facilities.
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7. Brickell Key Park

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Brickell Key Island
Miami, FL 33131
Technically the only development site remaining on Brickell Key, this green space is being used as a publicly accessible park. Situated on the tip of Brickell Key, it links up to the Brickell Key baywalk that circles the island.

Brickell Key #brickell #brickellkey

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8. Ancient Spanish Monastery

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16711 W Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33160
Not actually a park, the monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux has a history going back a thousand years, although only the last 75 have been in the United States, and maybe 50 of those in Florida. The Ancient Spanish Monastery sits among a small wood, with formal gardens at the front, and a cloister courtyard within. It's a popular spot for weddings.

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9. Fruit and Spice Park

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24801 Southwest 187th Avenue
Homestead, FL 33030
One of Miami's lesser-known botanical gardens, the Fruit & Spice Park has hundreds of varieties of this and that, massive rows of mango trees, and lots of other goodies. It encompasses 37 acres.

....at one point I didnt want to leave.

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10. Manatee Bend Park

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465 NE 77th Street Rd
Miami, FL 33138
The Little River's Manatee Bend Park, where you can spot actual manatees, (six of them are in that picture!) is a small, green space to relax, a communal outdoor living room for the surrounding neighborhood.

11. Virginia Key Beach Park

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4020 Virginia Beach Dr
Miami, FL 33149
(305) 960-4600
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Consisting of Virginia Key Beach (obviously) as well as a lagoon, a variety of habitats, bike trails, etc. the Virginia Key Beach Park is big. A lot bigger than you'd think by just driving over the island to Key Biscayne.

a win for the day #ArtSea2017

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12. Alice Wainwright Park

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Entirely hidden from the nearby Rickenbacker Causeway, Alice Wainwright Park is a simple waterfront park with swaying palms on a tree-lined residential street, with the added feature of Coral Gables' magnificent cliffs. Yes, cliffs! They go up about ten feet, but they're limestone cliffs nonetheless, part of a ridge of high ground that extends up and down eastern South Florida.
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13. Flagler Monument Island

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Flagler Monument Island
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Situated in the middle of Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach developer Carl Fisher dredged this island to create a suitable site for a monument dedicated to Henry Flagler, which remains at its center.
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14. Palm Island Park

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Hidden on Palm Island, this quiet park has a nice basketball court (with glass backboards!), tennis courts, and a playground.

15. Pine Tree Park

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[Image via Google Earth} Tucked among the estates of Pine Tree Drive, this park has a community garden and lots of tranquil, undisturbed waterfront green space.

16. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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3251 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 250-9133
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It's not that much of a "secret" with Vizcaya Museum Gardens hosting films like Iron Man 3, Any Given Sunday, and Bad Boys 2, but it's among the most captivating and iconic locations in all of Miami
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17. Bay Road boardwalk

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1499 16th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
It's no park or green space, but the boardwalk along Bay Road running from the Capri (16th Street) to the Flamingo on South Beach is the perfect place for mindfulness, especially while the sun rises or sets. Absorb the ripples of Biscayne Bay and the ever-changing Miami skyline. There's also a new tiny little waterfront park off 14th Street and Bay Road.

I ❤ watching you #sunset #nofilterneed

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18. No Name Harbor

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1200 Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Essentially acting as a cul-de-sac for boats, the natural No Name Harbor is a fine reprieve for captains looking to anchor on a windy day while the seas are choppy. There's a waterfront restaurant and plenty of green space to explore. It's part of the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

19. The Barnacle Historic State Park

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3485 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133
At this 5-acre gem in Coconut Grove is the oldest home in its original location in Miami-Dade County (1891), which once housed Ralph Middleton Munroe, an American yacht designer. You'll also see plenty of mesmerizing Spanish moss.

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20. AD Barnes Park

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3401 SW 72nd Ave
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 662-5883
Opening in the 1970s, the 65-acre A.D. Barnes Park is located on Bird Road near the Palmetto, offering a string of trails, peaceful enclaves, and various activities.

Oxygen...

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1. Pinecrest Gardens

11000 SW 57th Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156
Curbed Miami Flickr Pool/Emilio
When Parrot Jungle relocated to Watson Island, the Village of Pinecrest had the good sense to preserve the attraction's former home as a verdent, exotically landscaped public park known as Pinecrest Gardens.
11000 SW 57th Ave
Pinecrest, FL 33156

2. Crandon Park Gardens

Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL
Photo via MiaUrbex blog
An abandoned zoo on a subtropical island, ever since Dade County's main zoological park decamped to way down south, the Crandon Park Gardens, or just Crandon Gardens (both derivations are used) has sat and grown into a hidden, mysterious botanical garden with otherworldly follies (the former animal enclosures) scattered here and there.
Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL

3. Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park

1725 NE 135th St, North Miami, FL 33181
Smaller cousins of the nearby Greynold's Forest Park, North Miami's Enchanted Forest and neighboring Arch Creek Park are full of hidden discoveries, and follies, like a natural rock bridge over Arch Creek. Technically the rock bridge caved in decades ago, so they recreated it out of concrete. It still looks natural though.
1725 NE 135th St
North Miami, FL 33181

4. Brickell Park

501 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131
Nearby the much more well known Miami Circle Park, this bayfront park is much more lushly landscaped, and contains the old, neoclassical Brickell Family Mausoleum. Tucked next to the Icon Brickell, thousands of people drive by it every day and probably don't even know it exists.

Miami is the literal definition of classy

A post shared by Alec (@alecxstasy) on

501 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131

5. Simpson Park

55 SW 17th Rd, Miami, FL 33129
Ken Hayden/archdaily
An original stand of unadulterated South Florida jungle, Simpson Park is a preserve of old growth hammock, the exact same stuff that blanketed South Florida thousands of years ago, just left alone from development. Within stands a simple, serene pavilion designed by architect Chad Oppenheim.
55 SW 17th Rd
Miami, FL 33129

6. Morningside Park

750 NE 55th Ter, Miami, FL 33137
Miami Dade Parks
A large park hidden within the enclave of Morningside, the area's namesake park is a great neighborhood park, with tons of room to run and climb trees and a variety sports facilities.
750 NE 55th Ter
Miami, FL 33137

7. Brickell Key Park

Brickell Key Island, Miami, FL 33131
Technically the only development site remaining on Brickell Key, this green space is being used as a publicly accessible park. Situated on the tip of Brickell Key, it links up to the Brickell Key baywalk that circles the island.

Brickell Key #brickell #brickellkey

A post shared by Lylia Pelaez (@lipebe77) on

Brickell Key Island
Miami, FL 33131

8. Ancient Spanish Monastery

16711 W Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33160
Not actually a park, the monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux has a history going back a thousand years, although only the last 75 have been in the United States, and maybe 50 of those in Florida. The Ancient Spanish Monastery sits among a small wood, with formal gardens at the front, and a cloister courtyard within. It's a popular spot for weddings.

A post shared by Amanda Powers (@hrsofpwrs) on

16711 W Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33160

9. Fruit and Spice Park

24801 Southwest 187th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030
One of Miami's lesser-known botanical gardens, the Fruit & Spice Park has hundreds of varieties of this and that, massive rows of mango trees, and lots of other goodies. It encompasses 37 acres.

....at one point I didnt want to leave.

A post shared by @andbrightflash on

24801 Southwest 187th Avenue
Homestead, FL 33030

10. Manatee Bend Park

465 NE 77th Street Rd, Miami, FL 33138
The Little River's Manatee Bend Park, where you can spot actual manatees, (six of them are in that picture!) is a small, green space to relax, a communal outdoor living room for the surrounding neighborhood.
465 NE 77th Street Rd
Miami, FL 33138

11. Virginia Key Beach Park

4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami, FL 33149
Consisting of Virginia Key Beach (obviously) as well as a lagoon, a variety of habitats, bike trails, etc. the Virginia Key Beach Park is big. A lot bigger than you'd think by just driving over the island to Key Biscayne.

a win for the day #ArtSea2017

A post shared by Laura Hope (@luraajay) on

4020 Virginia Beach Dr
Miami, FL 33149

12. Alice Wainwright Park

Miami, FL 33129
FAU Science Dept
Entirely hidden from the nearby Rickenbacker Causeway, Alice Wainwright Park is a simple waterfront park with swaying palms on a tree-lined residential street, with the added feature of Coral Gables' magnificent cliffs. Yes, cliffs! They go up about ten feet, but they're limestone cliffs nonetheless, part of a ridge of high ground that extends up and down eastern South Florida.

13. Flagler Monument Island

Flagler Monument Island, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Wikipedia Commons
Situated in the middle of Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach developer Carl Fisher dredged this island to create a suitable site for a monument dedicated to Henry Flagler, which remains at its center.
Flagler Monument Island
Miami Beach, FL 33139

14. Palm Island Park

Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hidden on Palm Island, this quiet park has a nice basketball court (with glass backboards!), tennis courts, and a playground.

15. Pine Tree Park

Miami Beach, FL 33140
[Image via Google Earth} Tucked among the estates of Pine Tree Drive, this park has a community garden and lots of tranquil, undisturbed waterfront green space.

16. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129
Marvel
It's not that much of a "secret" with Vizcaya Museum Gardens hosting films like Iron Man 3, Any Given Sunday, and Bad Boys 2, but it's among the most captivating and iconic locations in all of Miami
3251 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33129

17. Bay Road boardwalk

1499 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
It's no park or green space, but the boardwalk along Bay Road running from the Capri (16th Street) to the Flamingo on South Beach is the perfect place for mindfulness, especially while the sun rises or sets. Absorb the ripples of Biscayne Bay and the ever-changing Miami skyline. There's also a new tiny little waterfront park off 14th Street and Bay Road.

I ❤ watching you #sunset #nofilterneed

A post shared by Daniel Manzini (@manzinidaniel) on

1499 16th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

18. No Name Harbor

1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Essentially acting as a cul-de-sac for boats, the natural No Name Harbor is a fine reprieve for captains looking to anchor on a windy day while the seas are choppy. There's a waterfront restaurant and plenty of green space to explore. It's part of the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.
1200 Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

19. The Barnacle Historic State Park

3485 Main Highway, Miami, FL 33133
At this 5-acre gem in Coconut Grove is the oldest home in its original location in Miami-Dade County (1891), which once housed Ralph Middleton Munroe, an American yacht designer. You'll also see plenty of mesmerizing Spanish moss.

A post shared by @lizz_ax3 on

3485 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133

20. AD Barnes Park

3401 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33155
Opening in the 1970s, the 65-acre A.D. Barnes Park is located on Bird Road near the Palmetto, offering a string of trails, peaceful enclaves, and various activities.

Oxygen...

A post shared by Laz (@iam_laz) on

3401 SW 72nd Ave
Miami, FL 33155