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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WALKS TO TAKE IN MIAMI

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KATY PROHIRA

MAY 6, 2019

Known for its nightlife, beaches, and vibrant art scene, Miami is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the US, with some of the most active inhabitants. And with beautiful weather year-round, it’s hard not to want to be outside.

From beaches to parks to outdoor museums, our city is filled with some of the most eye-catching and picturesque scenes. Come on, Miami — let’s take a walk.

Wynwood is hands down a ‘must see’ when visiting Miami. Not only does it have a reputation for being one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city (thanks to the street art and graffiti walls, a walk here is basically one giant photo op), but it’s also home to many locally-celebrated cafes. Make a pit stop at organic health food café Dr Smood or local vegan spot Love Life Cafe for a little extra fuel, then head over to the Wynwood Walls, which is famous for its street murals created by artists from all over the world.

A short but beautiful stroll throughout Museum Park/Maurice A. Ferré Park almost feels like stepping into a postcard. Along the bay of the Intercoastal Waterway, this walking spot overlooks the MacArthur Causeway crossing into Miami Beach. Make your way to the base of the Pérez Art Museum Miami and you’ll find sculptures scattered throughout the park. And with the most picturesque museum acting as the background (we might be biased here), it almost feels like your walk in the park has transformed into a cultural affair.

When you’re ready to escape the city and enjoy that Miami beach life, walking the Venetian Causeway to Sunset Harbor is the perfect late-afternoon activity. Surrounded by water on both sides, the causeway connects 11 islands to the mainland. With palm trees and elegant homes lining the street, it’s easy to think you’ve just walked onto a private resort. Once you get over the final bridge, you’ve entered the land of juice bars, cafes, and fitness studios. We recommend stopping by Dreamer Acai Juice Matcha or Panther Coffee for a pick-me-up.

At the very bottom of Miami Beach sits South Pointe Park, your new go-to walking destination. Take a trek along the water to the South Pointe Pier overlooking the beautiful and exclusive Fisher Island neighborhood. Then, continue up to the pier for a view of South Beach as well as some of the most popular surf spots in Miami Beach. And if you’ve worked up a bit of a sweat getting there, South Pointe Park comes complete with a cooling station.

Spanning the bottom half of Key Biscayne sits Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The cape is home to the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse, which overlooks the clear blue waters of Biscayne Bay, so get your steps in and head to the top for an incredible view. After you’ve taken it all in, explore the park’s nature trails or walk along the 1.25-mile natural beach (just be on the lookout for wildlife). The best part? The park is open until sunset 365 days a year, so you can head over anytime you’re in the mood for a little adventure.

Along the coast of the ritzy community of Bal Harbour runs the Bal Harbour Beach. The winding walking and bike trail features towering palm trees scattered throughout and leads to the area pier, which acts as a host to fisherman and photographers alike. You can walk this beautiful beach for miles, eventually ending up at South Beach. Just don’t forget your sunnies and a water bottle — it’s quite a trek.

When you’re ready to head inland for a stroll, take the time to explore the beautiful Miami Design District. What started as an art and fashion district created by native Miami entrepreneur Craig Robins over 15 years ago now holds some of the most elite shops and galleries. Be sure to visit St. Roch Market, which is home to local favorites like SweetBlendz, a go-to for delicious smoothies, salads, acai bowls, and cold-pressed juices, and Chef Chloe and The Vegan Cafe, a shop famous for their vegan cakes that taste (and look) too good to be true. When you’ve finished wandering the district, make sure to stick around for the free concert series hosted every Friday in the Palm Court.

Tucked just north of Coconut Grove are the magical Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Though this walk isn’t free, it’s worth the $22 to roam the halls of the 100-year-old building lined with marble floors, hand-painted ceilings, and antique furniture. After you’ve explored the mansion, head outside to the 43-acre garden filled with sculptures, fountains, and mazes. Complete with a terrace looking over the bay and an old shipwrecked party boat, you’ll feel miles away from Miami.

An upscale neighborhood along the Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove is one of those places that pretty much has it all — parks, cafes, shops, and lush, tropical trees. Start your journey through Peacock and The Barnacle Historic State Park, which both overlook the water, then head into town where you’ll find the beloved CocoWalk, the glamorous shopping mall with outdoor courtyard, perfect for quick a power walk session. Plus, cafes and restaurants are not hard to come by, and most are tucked in the trees, making you feel like you’re on your own little island. If you find yourself there on a weekend, be sure to stop by the farmers market to stock up on fresh produce and local eats.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is one of those places where you want to take a blanket, a good book, and your most comfortable walking shoes. With over 80 acres of tropical plants, lakes, conservatories, cafes, and shops, you can easily spend more than one day exploring the landscape here. An escape from the bustling city of Miami, Fairchild is as serene as it is stunning, so it’s also a good place to clear your mind. Just don’t be surprised if you happen to walk upon a wedding or two along the way; it is a prime location for special occasions.

Just up the street from the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, you’ll find Matheson Hammock Park. Named after tropical hardwood trees called ‘hammocks’ because, well... they look like hammocks, this lush urban park is one you’ll want to get lost in. But what makes Matheson so unique is the strip of sand and palm trees that extend into the ocean, creating a manmade pool, and making it appear as though they’re floating on water. Paradise is the word you’re looking for.

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