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Miami is known for being a predominantly fit city. And, seeing as the weather is so nice, we’re also known for taking our sweat sessions beyond the studio. In fact, it’s rare to walk outside and not see someone working out in some capacity — whether it’s for a quick, half-hour run during their lunch break or for a bike ride to the beach. Being fit is just a part of the culture down here.
So, when it comes to outdoor workout spots in Miami, well... we could write about them for days. But instead, we’ve rounded out the best spots for a workout in the fresh air.
South Pointe Park is one of our favorite spots to work up a sweat. Not only is it one of our favorite places for a scenic walk, but it’s also one of the most picturesque workout spots in Miami. South of Fifth on Miami Beach, this open green space attracts all types of athletes and workout fanatics. If you’re looking for a brisk walk or run, take the boardwalk up to South Pointe Pier and reward all your hard work with a breathtaking view of the ocean. Group workouts more your thing? Keep an eye out — this area is known to host everything from HIIT classes to yoga flows.
Consider yourself a yoga fiend? Well, pick any day of the week and you can attend a free outdoor yoga sesh along South Beach. Whether you’re an early bird or prefer to unwind after a stressful day at the office — head to the Third St. lifeguard station to unroll your mat and find your zen. Morning or night, yoga on the beach is it’s own kind of experience, and since this practice is donation-based, you’ve got no excuse to miss out.
If you’re looking for exercise with a side of culture, head to Sculpture Gardens at the Pérez Art Museum, where you can work out amongst larger-than-life installations. Many bring their mats workout on their own, but if you prefer something a little more social, you can join one of the public yoga classes that are frequently held here. Better yet, if you’re in the area during the Equinox ARTworkOUT Series, you can head to the East Portico for a free, 45-minute cardio class that will get your heart pumping. Just keep an eye out on their events calendar for details on upcoming events.
Part of the famous Muscle Beach South Beach, Lummus Park is one of the best places to get your muscles burning. Equipped with walking, biking, and running trails, two playgrounds, two outdoors gyms, more volleyball courts than you can count on two hands, a pavilion, AND an open field, there’s so much room for activities, you may not know what to do with yourself. Our recommendation? Start with the nature-inspired installations, MyEquilibria’s Leopard Tree and MyBeast, which are functional structures that act as outdoor fitness stations and are the first of their kind to be featured in a public park in the US.
With epic views, tennis courts, and outdoor fitness equipment, Margaret Pace Park is a go-to outdoor workout spot in Miami. Tucked right between the Art & Design District and Edgewater, this park is the perfect place to get away from the hustle of Miami living and zone out while you crush some PRs. Bring your gear and workout solo along the water. Or, join one of the many classes that take place along the bay, like Beat The Gym’s Full Body Bootcamp. Be warned, though: this bootcamp is intense, so you may not be able to walk the next day.
If you’re into water sports, then Biscayne Bay is where to go to work up a sweat. Stop by for beginner, intermediate, and advanced paddleboarding and kayaking classes at the Virginia Key Outdoor Center. But if you already know what you’re doing, the beach is open to solo surfers, paddleboarders, water skiers, pretty much any water activity you can think of.
Tropical Park in Olympia Heights is more than just your average park. It pretty much has everything any athlete could ever dream of. A track and stadium, community center, tennis and boxing centers — it even has its own equestrian center! Made up of over 250 acres of field and running trails, there’s truly something for everyone. And if you’re looking for more of a challenge, you can also join one of their many programs and classes, like boxing or bootcamp.
Just north of the Upper East Side is Legion Park, a quintessential exercise mecca. Not only does this spot have two basketball courts, a tennis court, a playground, and an athletic club, it also has one of the most scenic views of Miami Beach overlooking the Biscayne Bay. And with almost 50 acres of open field, it’s the perfect place to get in a workout while enjoying a view of the water (without feeling like you’re jumping over sunbathers or being chased by seagulls).
Morningside Park is one of those perfect escape-from-the-city-type parks. With miles of trails running throughout, you may forget you’re in a city at all. And with plenty of trees for shade, you could pretty much workout at any time of day. Complete with tennis courts, a watersports rental center, and a swimming pool, it’s one of the more functional inner-city parks. So, whether you lace up those sneakers and hit the ground running or slip on your bathing suit and get some laps in — you’re sure to hit your daily exercise goal here.
Tucked in the charming neighborhood of Coconut Grove, lays the equally as charming, Peacock Park. With a basketball court, baseball field, playground, and view of Biscayne Bay working out at Peacock Park almost feels like a little slice of vacation — almost. Plus, the Park hosts free community yoga classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights and is within walking distance from all the shops and cafes.
Who says you need a fancy gym or technology-driven equipment to get in a good workout? Installed in September 2019, the fitness zone at Flamingo Park has everything you need to get in a full-body sweat. Featuring six exercise stations complete with chest presses, an elliptical, and more, plus wheelchair accessible equipment, it's perfect for fitness enthusiasts of all types.
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