By Monica Torres, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – With over thirty parks, Miami Beach has an ample amount of recreational sites to keep guests and residents connected to nature and active. However, five of these stand out as the best parks to spend a day in the fun, seaside town.
South Pointe Park:
With 17 acres spanning the southern tip of South Beach, South Pointe Park, has a variety of seaside entertainment options and amenities for an entire family. There is a large parking lot on 1 Washington Avenue next to the main entrance. Visitors set up blankets on lawns next to art deco fountains to catch a glimpse of cruise ships passing through the harbor.
The area near the park’s entrance is the liveliest spot with many photo ops including an artistic lighthouse made up of circular overlapping pieces of different colors. Closer to the sand, there is a large bathroom facility with outdoor showers next to a state of the art playground. On their way to the pier down the illuminated palm-tree lined boardwalk, guests pass Smith and Wollensky Steakhouse and the South Pointe Cafe.
Miami Beach Soundscape:
Nestled in the heart of Miami Beach, next to the entrance of Lincoln Road Mall on Washington Ave., Miami Beach Soundscape is 2.5 landscaped acres of grass and palm trees on the front lawn of the New World Center. It may not sound like much, but it isn’t called Soundscape for no reason.
The New World Symphony presents WALLCASTS, live projections of concerts occurring within the concert hall. The City of Miami Beach hosts film screenings on the building’s giant front wall on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Open to the public, these movie nights attract about 300 guests. With all of the nearby eateries, this is a great space to enjoy a post-beach picnic during the day followed by one of the entertaining evening events.
North Beach Oceanside Park:
Further away from all the action on South Beach, located on 85th street and Collins Ave, is North Beach Oceanside Park. It is a quieter beachfront expanse of green spaces full of trees and barbecue grills, perfect for a get-together or party. About ten blocks in length, from 77th to 87th street, the large attraction has a few parking lots, which are connected to the boardwalk.
Guests can walk through the path to find a relaxing spot on the sand, put some chairs and an umbrella out, and enjoy a beach day away from the noisy party atmosphere of the mainland. But this neighborhood is experiencing a recent invigoration. With the North Beach Bandshell on 72nd street, it’s starting to attract crowds, so beware.
One of the most popular parks in Miami Beach is Lummus Park. It stretches from 5th street to 14th street on Ocean Drive, and is an unmissable part of South Beach for most visitors and residents. The vast area includes a major boardwalk, playgrounds, open field space, a walking trail, and outdoor gyms.
At peak hours, this park has a rowdy, party atmosphere since it runs parallel to all of the bars and restaurants on the drive. For guests looking for a lot of life amidst touristy crowds near major entertainment and shopping venues, Lummus Park is the spot for you.
Pine Tree Park:
A hidden treasure within the often hectic town of Miami Beach, Pine Tree Park is not known to many besides locals since it is not on a major street. Located between 44th and 45th street on Pine Tree Drive, the serene retreat includes a kayak launch, a community garden, ample walking trails, and large majestic trees near the Indian Creek.
On the other side of the creek are the Fountainblue and other major Collins Avenue hotels. So for people who are staying near this area of Miami Beach and looking for some peace, just a short distance away they can find serenity in nature.