Calendar Of Events Outdoors
Written by Miami Today on August 30, 2012
The Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center offers the Bear Cut Preserve, a 264-acre natural barrier island habitat on the northern tip of Key Biscayne. Guided tours and educational programs are offered year round for all ages — from low tide marine beach and wading tours, to bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling and bicycling. Visit the center’s exhibit room and aquariums with different recreated underwater habitats. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Crandon Park Visitors and Biscayne Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Details: (305) 361-6767 or www.biscaynenaturecenter.org.
BEAT THE HEAT
Keep cool in the summer heat canoeing or kayaking Oleta River State Park’s calm waters. Choose from open waters or mangrove trails. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Any day. Oleta River State Park, 3400 NE 163rd St., North Miami. $2-$6. Details: (305) 919-1844 or www.floridastateparks.org.
MAKE A SPLASH
Amelia Earhart Park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Mountain bike a 5.5-mile trail with challenging slopes and runs or practice a variety of water sports at the 91-acre lake. Learn to wakeboard with experienced coaches from the Miami Wakeboard Cable Complex. 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E 65th St., Hialeah. $6 parking fee. Fees vary. Details: (305) 685-8389 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
KAYAK & SNORKEL
Kayak along the shallow waters of Key Biscayne and explore the protected areas of Bear Cut Preserve with Crandon Park’s Kayak and Snorkel Adventure. Discover tropical fish, spotted eagle rays, sea stars and coastal birds. Bringing closed-toe water shoes, water, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel and a wide-brimmed hat is recommended. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Crandon Park, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. $70 per person. RSVP required. Details: (305) 365-3018 or www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.
Meet and greet Zoo Miami’s Zoo Squad — Gigi the giraffe, Kaz the rhino and Pio the red-billed oxpecker — during their daily appearances at their gazebo by the spotted hyena exhibit at Zoo Miami. Take your photo with them and receive a gift. On weekdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Richmond Heights. Free for children under 2 and members. $11.95 children 3-12. $15.95 others. Details: (305) 251-0400 or www.zoomiami.org.
For Labor Day weekend, take a guided tour of The Kampong, an 11-acre botanical garden and historic waterfront estate on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove. The walking tour provides a look into the private house and gardens that plant explorer David Fairchild built. 10:30 a.m. The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, 4013 S Douglas Road, Coconut Grove. Free for children under 3. $10 children 4-12. $15 seniors and students. $20 others. RSVP required. Details: (305) 442-7169 or firstname.lastname@example.org or http://ntbg.org/gardens/kampong.php.
Crandon Park’s Key Biscayne Bike Adventure explores Key Biscayne as you bike along the streets and paths of the historic barrier island. This tour highlights Crandon Park’s Bear Cut Preserve, the Crandon Gardens-site of the original Crandon Zoo-and the Village of Key Biscayne. 1:30-4 p.m. Crandon Park, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. $28 per person. RSVP required. Details: (305) 365-3018 or www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.