Everybody knows about the city views and beaches of the 305, but there’s not a lot of talk about Miami’s nature scene. Actually, one of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about Miami is that it doesn’t compare in natural beauty to other states in the U.S. I have come to discover that most Miamians just don’t know where to go for nature escapes, even though the Everglades is staring us right in the face! I mean, the Everglades is a1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida, yet we still miss it! To give us all a little help, I turned to a local talent, @adventuresoundz,a nature cinematographer and music producer who gets a thrill out of capturing wildlife and landscapes in their purest element. A frequent visitor to natural landscapes across South Florida, I asked @adventuresoundz about his favorite locations, and this is what I got:
1. Anhinga Trail located in Everglades National Park
If wildlife is what you’re looking to see, Anhinga trail was built for you. Take a walk down the paved walkway onto the boardwalk that sits over Taylor Slough, a freshwater sawgrass marsh. Look over to your left and right to see alligators just a few feet away from you! It’s easy to access and full of surprises. Bring your camera and some binoculars if you really want to do some exploring. If you want to learn more about what you see on the trail, opt for a guided tour.
Pro-tip from @adventuresoundz- Best to go on this trail from March to April to view the wildlife.
2. Kirby Storter Boardwalk located in Big Cypress Preserve
Although the Kirby Storter Boardwalk is only about a mile long (half a mile each way), the views are pretty unique, as you’re standing in the middle of a swamp without having to get messy! It’s called Big Cypress Preserve because you’re surrounded by giant bald cypress trees which are about 600 to 700 years old. At the end of the boardwalk, there’s a viewing platform which overlooks a small pond teeming with all sorts of wildlife, most notably the popular ibis, wood storks and herons.
3. Bear Cut Preserve located at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne
Compared to the last two locations, Bear Cut Preserve is a bit more rugged as it truly is a hike along the waterfront through a trail system of footpaths. You’ll be walking on a path of leaves and dirt that intertwine under the shade of tropical trees while enjoying the sound of ocean waves in the distance. At the end of the trail, you will find yourself on a boardwalk that overlooks a 6,000-year-old fossilized mangrove forest reef with a backdrop of downtown Miami. The trail itself is up to 2.2 miles in three loops, plus a 1.3 mile paved Fossil Reef Bike trail.
Pro-tip from @adventuresoundz- Best to visit during low tide
Keep in mind, the best times to visit any of these locations is between the months of December to April, as South Florida is infamous for being hot and humid. Don’t forget to bring bug spray, sunscreen, breathable long sleeve and pants, a hat, snacks, and lots of water!
For truly incredible videos of South Florida nature, be sure to follow @adventuresoundz on YouTube and Instagram, you won’t regret it.
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