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A Park for Every Pursuit: Navigating Sunny Isles Beach

Reston Town Center Park August 2014

Image via Flickr by Brendan Ross

Blog Post Type: Expert Opinion Piece

Sunny Isles Beach boasts an idealistic barrier island location that makes it an ideal spot for outdoor adventures. Though you may think of swimming and sunning when you picture this destination, the public parks here go far beyond the traditional beach town options, offering something unforgettable for every type of traveler.

Playground Paradise at Town Center Park

If you’re travelling with children, the routine of lugging your all beach belongings out to the surf each day can get exhausting. Town Center Park offers a convenient alternative for afternoons when your little ones have some extra energy but you’re not up for the beach. This 3-acre park features a playground, restrooms, and plenty of room to run. Book a nearby hotel like the Aqualina Resort and Spa on Hipmunk.com, and you can easily pop over for a short visit.

Safe Splashing at Heritage Park

The family friendly facilities at Heritage Park include two playgrounds and a splash pad. Children can hop around in the fountains and enjoy hours of watery fun without worrying about some of the hazards inherent at a beach. Take a picnic and relax on the lawn, or bring your furry friends to enjoy the dog park. The nearby Ramada Plaza Marco Polo Beach Resort allows pets, making it the perfect complement for a dog friendly getaway.

Off-Road Biking at Oleta River State Park

Despite its beachfront location, Sunny Isles Beach offers as many recreational opportunities on land as it does on water. Oleta River State Park offers miles of challenging off-road bike trails through the preserved mangrove forests. Bike rentals are available on-site if you can’t bring your own. Rugged vacationers can even camp in the park, though nearby accommodations like Sole on the Ocean offer a more luxurious alternative for visitors who only want to get dirty for the day.

Fishing and Kite Rentals at Haulover Park

Haulover Park is a charming retreat, just a short drive down A1A from popular resorts like the DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean Point Resort. Bill Bird Marina has boat rentals and a bait and tackle shop for visitors who want to take to the water. Kites, wind spinners, and wind socks are available to rent for as little as $5. A 9-hole golf course and tennis courts offer additional recreation for land lubbers. Grab an icy drink or ice cream treat from the solar-powered concession stand when you need a bit of refreshment, or head to Cafe Azul for a full meal.

Haulover Beach is the last undeveloped stretch of sand in Miami-Dade County. The swimming area has a lifeguard for your safety. Part of the beach is clothing optional. This area is family friendly and has a volunteer staff on hand to explain proper beach etiquette.

If you’re ready to enjoy the picturesque parks and outdoor escapes of Sunny Isles Beach, add this destination to your must-see list and start planning. What are your favorite parks in the Sunny Isles Beach area? Add your thoughts below!

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Mandi Rogier is a resident of sunny central Florida who regularly contributes to several travel blogs and websites. In her free time she enjoys visiting nearby theme parks, taking family road trips, and planning girlfriend getaways.

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