If the days at home have made the whole family a little antsy for outside time, we’ve got the list for you. These kid-friendly hikes near Miami will show you all the gorgeous nature that surrounds us. See iguanas scurry under mangrove trees, birds aplenty and tons of shaded walkways for those hot, hot days. Find you new favorite hike here.

Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, sometimes closures occur at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the spread of Covid-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead before you pack your kids (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Stay safe! 

Chapel Trail Park Nature Preserve

The City of Pembroke Pines oversees this 450-acre passive park that was established in the 1990s. The wetlands have become home to 120 species of birds, deer, marsh rabbits, alligators, snakes, turtles, largemouth bass and insects. This nature preserve includes a 1,650-foot long boardwalk that's perfect for stroller hikes. Interpretive signs are found all along the trail, making this a pleasant place to explore for families and newbies to the Everglades.

Learn more: ppines.com

A.D. Barnes Park

This Miami city park has paved trails that are perfect for stroller walks and bike riding. Kids will love the Sense of Wonder Nature Center and the man-made waterfalls throughout the park.

Learn more: miamidade.gov

Old Cutler Hammock Nature Trail

At the Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center, the nature trail takes you into Florida’s own jungle habitats. Within the park's thirty acres are three distinct habitats: pineland, tropical hardwood hammock and a drained Everglades slough.

Learn more: miamidade.gov

Biscayne National Park Walk

Within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds away, Biscayne is a watery wonderland that protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents. Though most of the park is covered by water, a short 1/4-mile jetty trail is available at Convoy Point.

Learn more: alltrails.com

Black Creek Trail

This trail is totally flat and great for stroller hikes or even new bike riders. It is 7.6 miles and follows a river which is fun for spotting animals.

Learn more: alltrails.com

Secret Woods Nature Center

Nature is the emphasis at this small park along the New River—nature trails, a nature exhibit hall and a full schedule of nature-oriented programming. With a mile of gentle interpretive trails centered around a top-notch nature center to teach the kids about Southeast Florida habitats, it’s perfect for a family outing.

Learn more: broward.org

—Kate Loweth


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