Miami-Dade is home to almost 200 parks and greenspaces, each of them unique and special in their own way. During the pandemic and isolation periods, being outdoors has been a saving grace for health benefits and Miami’s many parks have served as a refreshing haven for beating cabin fever. There are plenty of places for a romantic setting, daily sweat session, or just a casual picnic with your germ pod. Here are our favorite parks for just those reasons:

Museum Park

Greenery with a side of art? Yes, please. Maurice A. Ferré Park, named after one of Miami-Dade’s most influential mayors, is a beautiful cross between Downtown’s modern designs and Miami’s penchant for tropical foliage. Its rolling hills give way to breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay, flanked by PAMM’s beautiful art and the AAA’s passionate energy. Whether you take a seat on a bench along the water or park your picnic on the grass, there’s no going wrong here.

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Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park

North Miami has long-since been a home for many hidden gems, food-related or otherwise. And Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park is one of its best kept jewels. This 22-acre park hugs a natural creek which gives it its naturally-lush environment. It’s home to many secret spaces, one of witch is Arch Creek Park with its natural rock formations and serene space.

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Merrie Christmas Park

On the border where Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and South Miami meet is this beloved escape. Merrie Christmas Park is a favorite for kids and families from all around. While it might be in the center of a residential area, the towering banyans that enclose it make it feel like it’s always been a part of the area. There are plenty of corners for picnics and dates, away from the playground and bustle.

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South Pointe Park

This South Beach park is hands-down one of our favorites in the region. South Pointe Park and Pier, though relatively new and manicured, is a refreshing greenspace that hugs water on two sides. It has plenty of flat space and trails for working out, shaded hills for picnics, and elevated points for beautiful sunset or sunrise views with a special someone.

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David T. Kennedy Park

Another beloved Miami park, this one’s been an anchor for the Coconut Grove community for years. David T. Kennedy Park has a little bit of everything you want out of a neighborhood greenspace. Untouched mangroves and pines, well-kept trails for walking or running, wellness courses, a dog park, benches and boardwalks along the bay, and plenty of secluded shade for important conversations.

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Morningside Park

One of the most beautiful things about our city is its proximity to water, which means many of its best parks have refreshing views and breezes. Morningside Park sits along the waterfront and feels pretty much detached from civilization. Busier on the weekends for its paddle board and kayak rentals, it’s nice and quiet during the week and filled with benches to meet up with friends.

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Indian Hammocks Park

Living in a subtropical climate, these parks serve as a window to what our land once looked like before civilization set in. Indian Hammocks Park down in Kendall is a perfect example of our region’s many native environments while still keeping a well-trimmed space for all kinds of activities. There are plenty of trails here for walks in nature, but also tables and grassy areas to sit and eat.

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Matheson Hammock

Another personal favorite of ours, this one comes with a significant side of history along with it’s intimate atmosphere. Matheson Hammock Park, while nestled along the busy Old Cutler Road and neighboring Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, is a local treasure not many take advantage of. Which makes it perfect for quiet picnics and romantic moments under green oaks, especially on top of the limestone castle on-site.

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Both Lummus Parks

Not many people realize that we have not one but TWO Lummus Parks in Miami-Dade. There’s the more popular Lummus Park on Miami Beach that hugs Ocean Drive for nearly 13 blocks and offers unlimited spaces for picnics and dates. The Lummus Park Historic District along the Miami River in Downtown might not be as colossal as its sister, but it has the lesser-appreciated river views and historically preserved buildings on-site.

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Cover photo by Kirsten Vignes via Pheobes Birding