Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fun Activities and Historic Landmarks of North Miami, Florida

North Miami, Florida is one of the best places to enjoy and relax. With their beautiful beaches and parks, the stunning beauty of nature where you can have picnics with your family and the place to date your love ones. You can also enjoy watching the cultural presentations in the historical museums and theaters.

   Arch Creek Park

 A small park with a large and significant history, Arch Creek Park was created around a natural limestone bridge formation that was once part of an important Indian trail.  It is believed to have first been used by the now-extinct Tequesta Indian tribe and later by the Seminoles. The Park has a museum containing artifacts left by natives who homesteaded the site as they passed over the arched bridge.  Miami Dade Park naturalists guide visitors through the park as they point out native birds, animals and insects and identify the variety of trees growing in the area.  Arch Creek Park is designated as a Florida State Historical Preserve. Activities at the park are supported by the volunteer group, The Arch Creek Trust. 

Blue Moon Miami

Experience the Real South Florida. Get away from the everyday hustle and bustle lifestyle and enjoy the great outdoors right in the heart of Broward and Dade counties. They cater to first time kayakers and cyclists as well as providing rental gear and trips to more adventurous and experienced kayakers and bikers. Blue Moon offers adventures at Oleta River State Park which is located at the Northern end of Biscayne Bay, 15 minutes away from downtown.

The Ancient Spanish Monastery

A very unique sight in a young city like Miami, the monastery was originally built in Segovia, Spain in 1141. In 1925, William Randolph Hearst (the newspaperman and inspiration for Citizen Kane) purchased the building. It was dismantled and shipped to the U.S., where the stones remained in storage for almost three decades. In 1952, the stones were reassembled at its current site in North Miami Beach. Today, it is a very popular spot for weddings. There is also a church that holds regular services. 

Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park

This 22-acre park, located on North Miami's Arch Creek, is an ideal spot for parties, picnics or just enjoying the great outdoors. The park naturalist is also on hand for public presentations to area clubs, groups and schools. Children's activities include nature walks and scavenger/bug hunts. 

Oleta River Picnic

Located under the towering Miami skyline, Oleta River State Recreation Area is Florida's largest urban state park offering wonderful picnicking opportunities that far exceed the normal picnicking generally found within a state park. Wedding receptions, family reunions, corporate outings, and more take place at the 200+ tables and more than 7 pavilions each accommodating 75 people and 1 pavilion accommodating up to 150 people. Each area has grills and water with nearby modern restrooms. The swimming beach, fishing pier, and children's playground are footsteps away. The pavilions are reservable by calling the park office. Other park amenities include mountain bike trails and racing competitions, primitive cabins, youth camping, and paddling opportunities. With the provided directions, travel east along State Route 826 for one mile to reach the park entrance. Travel the main park road to the huge parking area. Picnicking tables are scattered throughout the peninsula. The fishing pier / swimming area are located at the southern tip of the peninsula.


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