As summer starts to rear its humid head, that means getting your daily workouts and movement in will have to put up with some serious heat. The only way we can take our minds off of the temperature is by making our physical activity as fun as possible–like rollerblading. Incline skating has risen significantly in popularity over the pandemic, and good thing for us South Florida has plenty of trails and places that makes rollerblading a breeze. Check some of our favorites out:
Crandon Park is one of our favorite spots to get your blades out on a sunny day. Not only is the proximity to water a perfect addition to a sweat session, but the trails that weave in and around the Gardens are naturally breathtaking. If you have the right skills and skates, test it out on the track though we highly suggest you stick to the smoother trails.
Of course, one of the most OG spots for rollerblading has to be anything on Miami Beach, particularly in the area around Lummus Park. Beware the slits that separate the sidewalks, but you can always stick to side streets and cruise on the boardwalk if you’ve feeling wobbly.
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The Biscayne Trail is a lesser-known trail that connects the Old Cutler Trail and the Black Point Trail as far south as Black Point Marina. This section of this trail along the southern corridor is an 11-mile north-south route and offers several unobstructed areas that give way to low-trafficked, luscious rides with very few cars along the way.
The Commodore Trail is a 5-mile paved route that takes you along several roads including South Miami Ave., Bayshore Dr., Main Highway and Douglas Road. The largest section of this trail runs through Miami’s oldest neighborhood, Coconut Grove and passes key historical landmarks like Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Alice Wainwright Park, David T. Kennedy Park and more.
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The M-Path is a paved multi-use trail in urban Miami-Dade County, which was opened in 1983 and is part of the Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) system. The trail follows a MDT right-of-way under the elevated Metrorail guideways. It runs north-south along US-1 and offers a completely well-paved 9+ mile ride. Keep an eye out as The Underline continues to revamp this experience over the next years.
The 13.5-mile Old Cutler Trail goes through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the greater Miami area under the cover of magnificent fichus trees and banyans. Popular stops along the way include Matheson Hammock Park, Fairchild Tropical Garden, and Pinecrest Gardens. What we love about this trail is that its smooth surface and user-friendly way-finding helps make it a great option for beginners and skaters of all ages.
For a shorter option and to get some easily measurable laps in, Red Road Linear Trail is a great option. Red Road Linear Park is a 1.3 mile paved trail that runs along the west bank of the Snapper Creek Canal. Because of its proximity to natural wildlife, this trail offers much to entertain for those of us who like to stop and see flora and fauna along the way. Or stop at Pinecrest Wayside Market for some delicious fresh smoothies and shakes.
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For the more advanced skaters in South Florida, the Rickenbacker Trail is a wonderful feat of physical prowess. The Rickenbacker Trail begins in southern Miami and continues south along the Rickenbacker Causeway/Crandon Boulevard for nearly 9 miles, traversing the length of Key Biscayne. Along this popular route, you’ll have beautiful views of Biscayne Bay, beaches, and palm trees.
This is one of the more popular trails in the entire region. The South Dade Trail runs along the South Miami-Dade Busway between Florida City and Kendall Drive/ SW 88th Street just north of the Dadeland South Metrorail station. The trail connects communities from South Miami to Homestead. At Kendall Driver, however, the trail doesn’t end. You can pick up the M-Path here and continue north to downtown Miami. The corridor is 31 miles long.
For more options on great rollerblading trails around Florida, check out Trail Link.
Cover photo of Crandon Park via American Butler.